Ignite and Inspire Women in Ag Symposium 

Written by Kendell Combs

The Ignite and Inspire Women in Ag Symposium hosted by the Center for Commercial Agriculture took place last semester and students especially from the College of Agriculture were invited to attend. It took place in Creighton Hall of Animal Sciences and included two days full of listening and interacting with speakers on the subject of Women in Agriculture for AGEC students Brooke Evans and Khyla Wilson. Brooke and Khyla also had the chance to meet Purdue Pete at the event and even get their pictures taken with him.

Brooke Evans’ (Freshman; Agribusiness Management; Corunna, IN) favorite speaker was Beth Bechdol, president and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana.  Beth provided an interesting overview of her company and talked about some sectors of agriculture that Brooke had not previously explored. Brooke was amazed to see how broad the industry really is after this presentation. “I learned so much from the event, not to mention it was a great way to network!” She said that one very helpful section of the symposium was the panel that discussed resume “do’s and don'ts.” This helped Brooke and other students prepare for the Fall College of Agriculture Career Fair, which was the following week. Attendees had the chance to ask questions of the people who would potentially be reading their resumes one day. 

Khyla Wilson (Senior; Sales & Marketing; Walton, IN) enjoyed hearing the presenters’ stories and felt more at ease about being a senior and entering the career field after this conference. “I know I walked away with some tips that I will take with me after college.” During one of the sessions, the students had a guest speaker who discussed the DISC assessment, which is a personality test that the attendees took before the symposium. Khyla had never completed that personality assessment before, and she learned that she is a S (Steadiness). “It was a great way to see each other’s strengths and weaknesses and tips on how to work with individuals in different categories.” Although there were many great speakers, Khyla’s favorite was Dr. Angie Supple, Veterinarian at East Fork Swine Veterinary Service and Owner and Operator at The Pink Pig Boutique. She presented on “She Believed She Could So She Did,” and Kyhla found Dr. Supple’s story and passion inspiring. 

Khyla encourages female AGEC students to attend this event next fall because you “not only get to network with industry professionals, but also ladies from Purdue and surrounding universities.” “It can be a long day, but the value is totally worth it!” 

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