Twelve wheat state association staff members and two NAWG staff members will head to Orlando, Fla., next week for the biennial state executives’ training put on by the NAWG Foundation and generously sponsored by Syngenta.
This year’s session will be held in association with DigitalNow, an annual conference organized by Fusion Productions and the Disney Institute to bring together association staff and volunteer leaders from around the country.
DigitalNow sessions span three days and cover the range of critical issues facing association leaders in the digital age, focusing on integrating leadership and membership concerns with emerging technology.
The conference includes a number of leadership and technology general sessions as well as seven workshop periods.
The wheat participants’ experiences will be supplemented by two working dinners and a wheat-only session that will allow discussion of how the industry can apply the technology and ideas presented at the larger conference.
State staff members attending include:
- Coreen Berdahl, membership director, Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers;
- Tim Bartram, executive director, Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association;
- Steelee Fischbacher, director of communications, Texas Wheat;
- Aaron Harries, director of marketing, Kansas Wheat;
- Marti Hubbs, executive director, Wyoming Wheat Growers Association;
- Christina Hyre, communications and program director, Virginia Grain Producers Association;
- Sheena Johnson, communications specialist, North Dakota Grain Growers Association;
- Laura Knoth, executive director, Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association;
- Glenda Mostek, communications and marketing director, Colorado Association of Wheat Growers;
- Zoe Olson, executive director, Nebraska Wheat Growers Association;
- Dwyane Siekman, executive director, Ohio Wheat Growers Association; and
- Rick Vallery, executive director, South Dakota Wheat Incorporated.
They will be joined by NAWG CEO Dana Peterson and Director of Communications Melissa George Kessler, along with two representatives from Syngenta.
Syngenta is one of a small group of companies the NAWG Foundation works with to produce leadership training programs for wheat producers and wheat organization staffers. In alternating years, the company sponsors the state staff training and the Syngenta Women’s Leadership at Its Best program, targeted at farm women.