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Join us for our annual meeting!

The TWG Connect Conference and Annual Meeting is April 11–12, 2023, in Atlanta, Ga.

Together We Grow invites you to join us for the TWG Connect Conference and Annual Meeting occurring April 11–12, 2023, in Atlanta, Ga. The 2023 meeting is an opportunity for members to hear from TWG on the strategic path forward for the organization, as well as engage on topics related to building a diverse, skilled, and inclusive workforce for agriculture and food.

TWG is excited to partner with MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences) for the 2023 Connect Conference and Annual Meeting. TWG’s meeting will take place ahead of the 2023 MANRRS National Conference and Diversity Summit, which is focused on meaningfully convening industry, NGOs, higher-education, and students regarding the future of agriculture and food.

Please see the below event information and FAQs for more details!

The conference will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis: 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

For hotel accommodation information see additional FAQs below.

Please continue to check back for more information regarding our detailed agenda and speaker line-up, including exciting keynote speaker announcements. Times are subject to adjustment as we continue to finalize our agenda and will be updated on this page as available. All times in EDT.

Tuesday, April 11, 1:30–7:30 p.m. EDT

1:30-2:30 p.m.:  Check-in table open

2:30-3 p.m.: Connect to Purpose: Opening remarks, welcome, and introductions

3-3:45 p.m.: Connect to Partnership: Furthering DEI & Workforce Development Through Partnerships

3:45-4 p.m.: Break

4-5 p.m.: Session TBA (info coming soon)

5-6 p.m.: CONNECT! Reception and networking

6-7:30 p.m.: Conference dinner

Wednesday, April 12, 7 a.m.–4 p.m. EDT

7-8 a.m.: Breakfast and networking

8-8:15 a.m.: Connect to the Present: Day two welcome

8:15-9:15 a.m.: Connect to Inspiration: Keynote speaker

  • Stephen Ritz, The Green Bronx Machine

9:15-10:15 a.m.: Connect to Progress: Where Are We Going & How Do We Get There? Workforce Development & DEI Perspectives

  • Moderator: Dr. Quentin Tyler, director of Extension, Michigan State University
  • Dr. Dewayne Goldmon, senior advisor of Social Justice & Equity, USDA

10:15-10:30 a.m.: Break and group picture

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Connect to Understanding: Higher Education and Industry Approaches to DEI

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch and Connect to Storytelling: Changing the Narrative

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Connect to Our Future: What is the New Workforce Looking For?

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Session TBA (info coming soon)

2:30-2:45 p.m.: Break

2:45-3:45 p.m.: Session TBA (info coming soon)

3:45-4 p.m.: Connect to the Path Forward: Closing remarks

4 p.m.: TWG conference adjourns / break

6 p.m.: Connect to MANRRS: MANRRS Diversity Summit Reception*

*if registered for MANRRS Diversity Summit

  • Registration opens: Dec. 1, 2022
  • Early Bird registration ends: Jan. 31, 2023
  • Registration closes: April 1, 2023

TWG’s event registration timeline is aligned with MANRRS. Register today to take advantage of the early bird registration discount. The first 20 people to register prior to the early bird deadline will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Power of a Plant by Stephen Ritz of the Green Bronx Machine or Inclusion Revolution by Daisy Auger-Domínguez of VICE Media.

TWG Annual Meeting only

  • Early Bird registration (Dec. 1–Jan. 31): $200
  • Regular registration (Feb. 1–April 1): $250

Discounted TWG Meeting (with separate MANRRS Diversity Summit registration)**

  • Early Bird registration (Dec. 1–Jan. 31): $175
  • Regular registration (Feb. 1–April 1): $225

**Please note that the TWG Connect Conference discounted registration fee does not serve as a registration to the MANRRS Diversity Summit. To register for the MANRRS Diversity Summit, please visit the MANRRS National Conference page. All TWG conference registrants will receive a discount code for $50 off your MANRRS Diversity Summit registration. The code will be included in your TWG registration confirmation email from Eventbrite.

We want our members and partners to attend! If you need additional support to attend the conference, please reach out to Lauren Baer at lauren.baer@colostate.edu.

TWG appreciates event sponsors to help ensure we have an amazing conference. Please contact Lauren Baer at lauren.baer@colostate.edu for sponsorship information and opportunities, including event sponsor benefits such as free registration and event sponsor visibility and day-of promotion.

ADDITIONAL FAQ

We look forward to welcoming individuals from member organizations, strategic partners and those committed to workforce development and diversity, equity and inclusion for agriculture and food. Whether you are in industry, higher education, government or a NGO, we hope you will consider joining us to connect, learn and be inspired.

Both TWG and MANRRS conferences will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. The Hilton Atlanta — located at 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 — is also recommended, as it is linked to the Peachtree Center via skybridge.

Due to the downtown Atlanta location of this event, there are many other options for accommodations within walking distance of the event hotel.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Please plan for your own transportation to and from the Atlanta airport. The conference will be held at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis.

TWG will follow local health requirements and notify attendees of any requirements through updates to this event page and additional communications. As always, please feel free to wear a mask and social distance according to your comfort levels.

This will be a fully in-person event, and we look forward to seeing you in Atlanta, Ga.

Yes! We look forward to several participants from your organization attending. If your organization plans to register more than five (5) attendees, please reach out to Lauren Baer at lauren.baer@colostate.edu to ensure that all TWG member organizations have the opportunity to attend.

In addition to the TWG meeting, please consider registering to attend the MANRRS Diversity Summit on Wednesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 13. With the close alignment of MANRRS and TWG’s missions, TWG is partnering with MANRRS to hold our 2023 Connect Conference and Annual Meeting ahead of the MANRRS Annual Conference and Diversity Summit.

These are still separate events, so please make sure to individually register for both if you plan to attend both conferences. We are looking forward to seeing the new partnerships and connections that come out of our conferences this year.

Additionally, TWG and MANRRS are offering discounted conference registrations for participants that register for both events.

Please visit the MANRRS National Conference webpage to learn more about the MANRRS Diversity Summit, National Conference and registration. The TWG Connect Conference and Annual Meeting and MANRRS National Conference and Diversity Summit are separate events, so please make sure to register for each conference separately if you plan to attend both. Once you have registered for the TWG conference, you will receive a discount code for your MANRRS Diversity Summit registration in your TWG confirmation email from Eventbrite.

Visit Discover Atlanta and Explore Georgia for more information and suggestions on things to do and see while you are in The Big Peach.

Please contact Lauren Baer at lauren.baer@colostate.edu with TWG Annual Meeting questions. If you have questions about the MANRRS events, please refer to the MANRRS website, or contact Ebony Webber at ebony.webber@manrrs.org.

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Date(s)

Time

Program event/activity

April 11

2:30-8 p.m. EDT

Day 1 will include speakers, a reception and dinner, and networking opportunities!

April 12

8 a.m.-9 p.m. EDT

Day 2 will include speakers, panels and breakouts, networking opportunities, the MANRRS Diversity Summit Reception at Metro Atlanta Urban Farms (optional additional registration), and more!