IA hosts Leadership Summit

Impressive lineup of speakers and panelists rounds out the Feb. 10 schedule.
EDITED BY ANNE BLANKENBILLER
IA Leadership Summit

The Irrigation Association is hosting its first virtual Leadership Summit on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Registration is now open and available to anyone.

The IA has gathered an impressive lineup of speakers and panelists, including leaders in irrigation and agriculture and those with experience working in two different White House administrations. Sessions during the summit will discuss insights to help current business executives build skills for success in leading projects, teams and organizations. It will also identify the common traps that many business leaders fall into and discuss how to build positive, lasting change in a company — all through the lens of irrigation. This opportunity is open to both seasoned and future leaders in the industry.

The following outlines the schedule and speakers for the virtual event:

Welcome & Keynote Speaker
Kelly Schulz, Maryland Secretary of Commerce

CEO Roundtable – Leadership & Resilience
Panelists:
Mike Hemman, Netafim USA
Greg Hunter, Hunter Industries Inc.
Jon Topham, Irrigation Design and Construction LLC and Agri-Valley Irrigation LLC
Doug York, Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply
This panel of CEOs will discuss leadership strategies that have worked for them, their employees and their businesses.

Cutting Through the Noise: Communication Strategies
Speakers:
David Almacy, Founder, CapitalGig, LLC (former White House Internet and E-communications Director for George W. Bush)
Johanna Maska, host of Pod is a Woman and CEO of the Global Situation Room communications firm (former Director of White House Press Advance for Barack Obama)

Irrigation companies each have a good story to tell. What is the best way to get your stories to your customers? How can you build your business through sound communication? This session will focus on the best strategies to build your business through sound communication.

Leadership in the Irrigation Industry
Panelists:
Kurtis Kammerer, Senior Director, SolutionView
Phil Stephens, General Manager, Horizon

Hear from your peers in the irrigation industry on what leadership means to them and how it is an essential component to their personal and professional growth.

Technology & the Future of Global Business
Panelists:
Tim Day, Principal, Calfee Strategic Solutions (former Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Technology Engagement Center)
Karen Hildebrand, Head, Solutions Agriculture, Amazon Web Services
Julie Bushell, President, Paige Wireless

While irrigation continues to innovate, global technology development is moving at a rapid pace. From AI to automated vehicles to IoT, the irrigation industry needs to be prepared for what is on the horizon. This panel of experts will talk about global technology development and what we can expect in the future.

Strategies for Success in a Post-Pandemic World
Panelist:
Tina May, VP, Rural Services and Chief of Staff to the CEO, Land O’ Lakes
Joel Lipsitch, VP, Product Management and Marketing, Sound Agriculture

This panel will discuss topics such as employee engagement, work-life balance and diversity and inclusion. They will also address any questions from the attendees relating to success strategies for leaders in these and other areas.

Those interested in attending the event can register online. This virtual event is open to the public.

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