AGEC Senior Attends Nestle Diversity Symposium 

Written by Jo Thomas, Academic Advisor, Agricultural Economics

Zeb Davis (Senior; Agribusiness Management) has engaged in a variety of professional development activities throughout his time as a student. Most recently, he was awarded the unique opportunity to attend the Nestle Leadership Diversity Symposium. This event was something that took him out of his comfort zone, which helped him grow both personally and professionally.

The Nestle Leadership Diversity Symposium is a three-day event in Arlington, Virginia at Nestle’s U.S. Headquarters. The Symposium is geared around leadership in the workplace with diversity and inclusion at the heart of the discussion. For Zeb, the conference offered many attractive benefits, he found the last day to be the most beneficial, “The final day of the summit was framed around interviewing for full-time and internship positions-ultimately the full-time opportunities and learning attracted me.”

The Nestle Diversity Symposium hosted a variety of opportunities for participants to engage in. Various speakers from the company discussed their thoughts and perspectives, several breakout activities occurred, and lots of networking opportunities came about. Zeb’s favorite activity was packaging meals for the homeless for the greater Washington D.C. area. They packaged over 500 meals in one hour.

Zeb found many takeaway messages throughout the three-day conference but perhaps the most important was incorporating diversity in the workplace. “Diversity in the workplace is a trend we will continue to see as we move into the future. How we define diversity is ultimately the bar we will allow for inclusion. As a leader in any industry, making your workplace an environment of collaboration and inclusion regardless of background and characteristics will allow you to lead a team to the top level. Take the talent you have, include them, and your results will grow exponentially.”

Other AGEC students who attended the symposium were Markus Banas and Olivia West.

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