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Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development

Entrepreneurship Panel

Learn to be successful from real-life entrepreneurs.  Beginning in 2012, the College of Agriculture hosts an annual panel discussion for students to learn about strategies to expand their future opportunities from innovative alumni and friends to Purdue Agriculture.  Attend the event to learn how to think outside the box, how to plan your own destiny, and how to accomplish your business dreams.

In 2015, Purdue Agriculture dedicated the event to honor Johann R. Garwood as a tribute for his passion for educating our students.  Joe Garwood earned his Bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1978 before he started his 21-year career with DuPont's Agricultural Products Division where he received the highest marketing award: the Corporate Marketing Excellence Recognition.  But, it was his entrepreneurial spirit that led him to the private sector where he was involved in several business ventures and ending his career as the LCC Manager, Vice President and Director of Corporate Operations at Fulcrum Exploration, LLC.  While being honored in 2014 as one of Purdue's Distinguished Agriculture Alumni, Garwood shared "I'm very passionate about sharing the virtues of entrepreneurism with our students."

Women in Leadership Panel

Beginning in 2021, the college has arranged a professional development opportunity for students to come and learn from some of the industry's best female agriculture leaders. The panelists are asked a variety of questions in regards, but not limited to, navigating their career path, challenges they have faced and how they overcame those challenges and are asked to share any lessons learned along the way.

Additional opportunities to network with the panelists typically include a meal, networking socials, and/or classroom discussions.

Fall 2022 Entrepreneurship Panel

Fall 2022 Dates Coming Soon!

Spring 2023 Women in Leadership Panel

Spring 2023 Dates Coming Soon!