A talk with Kincannon & Reed Managing Director Carolyn Schubert
In late September, executive-level agribusiness professionals gathered to discuss industry outlooks and trends, network with influential leaders, and develop valuable professional skills in an interactive and innovative forum. Of the hundreds of participants at the 2018 Women in Agribusiness Summit in Denver, Colorado, only a few were men.
“One of the prevailing conversations that kept coming up informally at coffee breaks and over lunches,” said Kincannon & Reed Managing Director Carolyn Schubert, “was the question of why more men aren’t attending this conference or others like it.
“On one level it’s to be expected,” said Schubert. “Perhaps the ‘Women In’ title implies women only. But it left some asking whether women might be creating our own bubble. It was interesting to observe that some of the larger companies, who are leaders in our industry, would send more than ten attendees, but none of them men.
“With the need for this industry to become more diverse, what if more men attended conferences like this one?” Schubert asked.
“What an amazing statement it would make if a large ag company sent a number of its male senior executives to hear from these talented women, to learn about their contributions, and their views on the future,” she added. “It would show they mean to be inclusive and underscore that diversity is important to their organizations.”
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