Former Fellows


Kendra Resler Friend
External Communications and Media Relations Leader, Dow AgroSciences

Agricultural public relations and communications have been Kenda’s calling for more than 20 years. She spent the first part of her career in public relations firms around the country focusing on agricultural clients, and joined Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis in 2001. Kenda has led executive and corporate communications as well as international communications for a key new technology before being named to her current role in late 2013. She now leads proactive media relations and external communications efforts for the company and serves as a company spokesperson for media.

Kenda earned a B.A. in public relations and an M.S. in agricultural communications from Purdue University. She is active in the community, with favorite volunteer areas including various 4-H efforts as well as AgrIInstitute. A 2012 Distinguished Purdue College of Ag Alumni winner, she serves on the Purdue Ag Trust Fund board. She is active in leadership at First Mennonite Church of Indianapolis and, with her husband, enjoys the activities of her elementary school-aged children.

Presentation titles:
"Planning (Living) Your Personal Leadership Journey"
"Good Questions Lead to Good Communications"



Kendra Resler Friend