Women in Food & Agriculture Summit

With 300+ participants

The insight of 35+ speakers

Our Advisors’ input to build our exceptional 2-day agenda

Women in Food and Agriculture (WFA) is the international initiative promoting inclusion and diversity in the food and agriculture industry and supported by the leaders of the sector, such as our advisory board companies including Nestlé, Carrefour, Metro & more. Read more about the initiative here.

The WFA Summit is your opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals facing similar challenges, and a unique chance to grow and be inspired.

2023 dates and info coming soon!

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AGENDA

PRE-EVENT:
28th Nov 2022

MAIN EVENT:

29th Nov – 2nd Dec 2022

Schedule is in CET time zone throughout

Monday, 28th November 2022

Welcome, Virtual Meet and Greet Session

Where ever you are in the world, join your fellow attendees and speakers in a global call for breakfast, lunch or dinner and a chance to break the ice ahead of the WFA virtual festival. (Complete with a magical surprise!)

Tuesday, 29th November 2022

In Focus:

Discover Food and Ag & Supercharge your career and business

The global food system employs more than 1 billion people worldwide. It is a widely diverse sector that encompasses people from every discipline from science to sales, manufacturing to marketing, farming to food and everything in between. Whether you want to understand how to enter this most vital part of the world economy, what your peers are working on in your part of the eco-system and boost your efficiency or what it would mean to work in a different part, this is the day for you.
14:00 - 14:05
14:00 - 14:05

OPENING REMARKS

Jamie Chadwick, News Director, URNER BARRY

14:05 - 14:25
14:05 - 14:25

KICK OFF KEYNOTE

Uncover and explore the opportunities of the Food and Ag industry
14:30 - 15:15
14:30 - 15:15

Join the conversation! Each session has a topic for discussion and a host who will present some key thoughts before guiding attendees through the session, splitting the virtual room into smaller breakouts or using the roundtable format so you can hear and be heard.

Duration– 45 minutes. Pre-booking is required.

OPTION 1: PRACTICAL NETWORKING GROUP FOR NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK AND INDUSTRY EXPLORERS

Examine challenges, understand latest developments, routes and solutions with your peers in sector specific networking groups on:

  1. Arable production
  2. Animal production and livestock
  3. AgTech
  4. Future of Agrochemicals

OPTION 2: PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS TO ADVANCE YOUR PERSONAL SKILLS

Discuss challenges, learn practical techniques and equip yourself with latest solutions in:

  1. How to be a strong and efficient communicator
  2. How to deliver better presentations effectively
  3. What you need to know when making the move from studying to your first role
  4. Networking for success – How to be a better networker
  5. What’s your brand - How to create a successful mission statement


OPTION 3: PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS TO ADVANCE YOUR BUSINESS

Discuss challenges, learn practical techniques and learn from examples, farmers and food business leaders sharing what works well, what not in:

  1. How to be profitable with regenerative agriculture
  2. How to steer your business well in the current environment ( the supply issues and inflation on fertilizers, energy, feedstock)
  3. Trading, managing volatility pricing and mitigating risks coming from supply chain disruptions in Ag

15:40 - 15:45
15:40 - 15:45

CLOSING REMARKS OF DAY 1

Wednesday, 30th November 2022

In Focus:

Overcome Obstacles in the Industry

Now let’s focus on you and your career. Join your peers to explore key networking tips, develop your personal brand, increase your confidence and visibility, overcome imposter syndrome, advance your career and much more.
14:00 - 14:05
14:00 - 14:05

OPENING REMARKS

Jamie Chadwick, News Director, URNER BARRY

14:05 - 14:45
14:05 - 14:45

PANEL DISCUSSION

Navigating majority dominated spaces

How it feels to navigate being an only or minority: hearing experiences and sourcing inspiration

14:50 - 15:35
14:50 - 15:35

PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS AND ROUNDTABLES

Time to join the conversation! Each session has a topic for discussion and a host who will present some key thoughts before guiding attendees through the session, splitting the virtual room into smaller breakouts or using the roundtable format so you can hear and be heard.

Duration– 45 minutes. Pre-booking is required.

  1. How to overcome imposter syndrome
  2. How to combat burnout
  3. How to manage your perimenopause and menopause symptoms at work
  4. How to shatter the glass ceiling and discover your leadership style for success
  5. Elevating the role of Ag and combating all the bad press
15:45 - 16:00
15:45 - 16:00

GUEST ADDRESS:

Inspirational Talk

Addressing the challenges of working in the ag & food industry and how to overcome them.

16:00 - 16:05
16:00 - 16:05

CLOSING REMARKS OF DAY 2

Thursday, 1st December 2022

In Focus:

Creating your belonging

Whether you are a leader, a DEI representative or a co-worker, building a truly inclusive culture is paramount. And to understand, we need to discuss issues that might be tricky at times to vocalize but therefore even more important to spend time focusing on.
14:00 - 14:05
14:00 - 14:05

OPENING REMARKS

Jamie Chadwick, News Director, URNER BARRY

14:05 - 14:45
14:05 - 14:45

PANEL DISCUSSION

Create belonging - building and embedding a truly inclusive culture, adding purpose, improving promotion processes and management training.

14:50 - 15:35
14:50 - 15:35

PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS AND ROUNDTABLES

Time to join the conversation! Each session has a topic for discussion and a host who will present some key thoughts before guiding attendees through the session, splitting the virtual room into smaller breakouts or using the roundtable format so you can hear and be heard.

Duration– 45 minutes. Pre-booking is required.

  1. Be an attractive employer – how to achieve diverse and inclusive recruitment
  2. Unconscious bias - how to identify and how to overcome
  3. Combating overrepresentation – how to achieve a truly diverse workforce all the way to the topand create psychological safety
  4. Equality v’s equity – how to run truly inclusive teams and adapt your management and leadership techniques to a wide diversity of employees in Food & Ag to excel in the business
  5. Talent retention – how to keep minorities in food and ag
15:45 - 16:00
15:45 - 16:00

SPOTLIGHT ON MENTORSHIP

Don’t take just my word for it – do it! Testimonials and Q&A

Friday, 2nd December 2022

In Focus:

Future of Food and Ag

Get clarity on the latest trends, challenges and opportunities affecting global food systems today. Uncover best practices in Ag and Food to help you develop your company’s approach in making food systems more inclusive, resilient, equitable and sustainable.
14:00 - 14:05
14:00 - 14:05

OPENING REMARKS

Jamie Chadwick, News Director, URNER BARRY

14:05 - 14:30
14:05 - 14:30

DISCUSSION

Sustainability and Climate change in Food and Ag. What can we learn from global perspective, what worked in the past and where the industry is heading now?

Geeta Sethi, Advisor and Global Lead for Food Systems, World Bank
Ponsi Trivisvavet, CEO, Inari

14:30 - 15:15
14:30 - 15:15

PRACTICAL CASE STUDIES AND ROUNDTABLES

Time to hear from examples that worked and join the conversation! Each session has a case study for discussion and a host who will present the study before opening up for questions from audience.

Duration– 45 minutes. Pre-booking is required.

  1. Disruptors and latest tech innovations in the industry
  2. Carbon storage, emission and trading
  3. Latest approaches to reducing and recyclable packaging
  4. Regenerative farming practices
  5. Sustainability in seafood
15:15
15:15

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SPEAKERS

Ruth Kimmelshue
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Ruth Kimmelshue
President
Cargill Animal Nutrition and Health
Margot Slattery
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Margot Slattery
Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion
ISS World Services
Máximo Torero
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Máximo Torero
Chief Economist
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Gunhild Stordalen
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Gunhild Stordalen
Founder and Executive Chair
EAT Foundation

More speakers to be announced soon!

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