Five Highlights from AWIA 2023
More than 300 women in agriculture from across Arkansas gathered in Hot Springs for the 17th Annual Arkansas Women in Agriculture Conference on April 3 & 4, 2023.
Here are five highlights from this year’s conference.
1. We were present.
In our opening session, Taylor Wiseman reminded us to be present and take advantage of the opportunities throughout the two days together. Each attendee wrote an “I am here” statement to remind them to limit outside distractions and fully engage with each other.
2. We made new friends.
When 300 women with similar interests come together, there are sure to be strong connections built! Icebreakers, social time, and breakout workshops allowed attendees to connect and find women who shared their passion for agriculture. Monday’s social at Crystal Ridge Distillery allowed attendees to unwind, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company.
3. We took the time to learn.
15 breakout sessions gave attendees a chance to learn something new. A few of this year’s workshop topics included:
Dr. Janeal Yancey provided an update on the state of the beef industry and how current trends and past events affect beef supply, demand, and prices.
Cindy Lewis revealed which bird best matches your personality type and how being “bird-like” can strengthen your ability to be successful in all your roles.
Macie Kelly from Senator John Boozman’s office shared a legislative update and tips for engaging with lawmakers.
Shayla Crowder from the Communications Group provided step-by-step instructions on how to turn your phone into a multimedia tool to enhance digital marketing.
Charla Keys shared insights from an HR professional on how to put your best foot forward job hunting with resume and interview tips.
4. We recognized and celebrated outstanding ag women.
Not only did we award $2,000 in scholarships to deserving women studying agriculture, but we also awarded the 2023 inaugural Ag Woman of the Year award.
5. We were encouraged and inspired.
Keynote speakers Coach Kiah and Kelli Payne shared their personal journeys in agriculture during our general session luncheons.
Coach Kiah reminded us how to grow through even the most negative circumstances. Kelli Payne reminded us of the resilience of ag women and the importance of prioritizing mental health so you can bloom where you’re planted.
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