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They’re back! Breakout sessions return to WIA Summit to enhance substantial agenda

TOPSFIELD, Massachusetts, July 7, 2022 – Content provides knowledge, and that surely applies to the annual Women in Agribusiness (WIA) Summit, which will be held this year in Dallas, September 26-28, at the Hyatt Regency. Key to the expanded offerings are that breakout sessions are back, adding several concurrent sessions for attendees to select from on Day 2 of the two-and-a-half-day conference.

“Pivoting to virtual conferences during the pandemic had limited our options to offer concurrent track sessions, which had grown to be very popular with our WIA community, so we are delighted to announce that the fully in-person 2022 event will offer three breakout sessions, each with four topics that will substantially add to an agenda already brimming with content,” said Carrie Vita, event director for Women in Agribusiness.

Breakout topic titles include: The Ever-Changing Vegetable Oil Market, Ukrainian Grain and Business Strategy, Managing Supply Chain Disruptions in Turbulent Times, and The Increasing Demand for Biofuels. A special animal ag track features Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, director of AgNext and professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, who will speak on “Animal Agriculture’s Role in Mitigating Climate Change”. Others presenting during this track are: Emily Metz, president & CEO of the American Egg Board; and Anna Forseth, director of Animal Health, National Pork Producers Council.

Here are the highlights from a couple key presentations:

This session, led by Susan Mac Cormac, chair of ESG at Morrison Foerster, will provide an overview of both the legal and practical application of ESG issues for ag companies. This includes understanding what is material to operations, how to prepare for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rule changes for climate-related disclosures, how ESG initiatives themselves can present unintended compliance risks, and ways companies can incorporate compliance risk assessment and mitigation measures in connection with sustainability initiatives to avoid unintended negative consequences from efforts to “do good”.

Executive Profiles

Always a WIA favorite, the Executive Profiles panel highlights top female executives who share their stories and perspectives on navigating a successful career in ag. This year, the popular panel will include:

· Jaine Chisholm Caunt, director general, The Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA).

· Kelly Olsen, president, Western States Equipment Company.

· Sylvia Wulf, president and CEO, AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.

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The Women in Agribusiness Summit in the U.S., introduced by parent company HighQuest Partners in 2012, is renowned for annually convening close to 1,000 of the country’s female agribusiness decision-makers. WIA initiatives have grown to include WIA Membership, WIA Career Connector, WIA Demeter Award of Excellence, WIA Scholarships, and the WIA Today blog. Learn more at


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