Cultivating Change Summit Set For June

The Cultivating Change Foundation will hold its fourth annual Cultivating Change Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, June 20-23, 2018. This three-day global agriculture conference will draw more than 200 leaders in agriculture, and will feature educational opportunities including workshops, expert panels, and keynote speakers from prominent agriculture LGBT and ally industry leaders.


Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Ave

Des Moines, IA 50309

(unless otherwise noted)


Wednesday, June 20

7:00 p.m. Opening Reception and Dinner Program, welcome from Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, President of Iowa State University, and Dr. Maria Gallo, President of Delaware Valley University, and Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation. (Hosted at the World Food Prize Headquarters)

Thursday, June 21

8:30 a.m. Opening Enrichment program and keynote featuring Jennifer Sirangelo,

President & CEO of the National 4-H Council

12:00 p.m. POWER Talk Lunch, special presentation from Justin Ransom, Ph.D., Sr.

Director, Sustainable Food Strategy at Tyson Foods

4:00 p.m. Fireside Chat: Leaders in Agriculture Roundtable, featuring: Tim Scott,

CFO of Land O’Lakes, Inc., Andy Armbruster, Bayer/Monsanto Acquisition

Director, Ebony Webber, COO of MANRRS Organization, and Ellen Thompson, Director, National Teach Ag Campaign

Friday, June 22

Closing Keynote from Rod Snyder, President of Field to Market 

The purpose of the Cultivating Change Summit is to bring together agriculture LGBT employees, human resources and diversity and inclusion professionals, employee resources group leaders, executives and organizational leaders, allies and others to share strategies and best practices to create a community inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions within the food, fiber, and natural resources industry.

More information about the event can be found by clicking here.  

Information provided by the Cultivating Change Foundation.  


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