This program focuses on creating a diverse network of individuals who want to see more female engagement in agriculture. We are creating this network in two distinct ways: The in-person Women and Mentors Retreat and pairing mentors and mentees at the retreat to work on their goals together during the following year (and beyond). This network is already filled with people who can act as an incredible resource for each other. We look forward to building on this strong network for the future!
Women who would like to grow their skills and get more involved in associations at the state and national level are encouraged to apply as mentees. Anyone who would like to help women achieve their leadership goals is encouraged to apply to be a mentor.
The first annual retreat in June of 2021 was a great success, and we are now taking applications for the class of 2022. Our in-person session will be held June 27-28, 2022. If you apply early, you’ll also gain access to our quarterly lunch and learn leadership sessions prior to the retreat.
In 2022, we are opening this program to staff, in addition to farmers. Staff will be grouped into cohorts of mentors and mentees at the event, and will continue to work as mini-support networks with a focus on career, rather than association leadership.