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Jennifer L. Walker

Jennifer Walker is an accomplished human resources leader, c-suite business partner and communications executive with a twenty-year record of leading and motivating high-performing teams – across North America, Latin America, Europe & Asia-Pacific – within a world-class Fortune 100 company.

Over the course of her career, Jennifer has had direct accountability for leading HR efforts inside ADM that drove the key growth engines for future organization success, including professional leadership and development programs, employee engagement programs, large-scale ERP implementations and organizational change management. During her time at ADM, she served in several leadership roles, including oversight for enterprise change management, HR strategy, HR operations, HR information systems, corporate services and fleet management, global HR communications and global internal communications.

As a passionate advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, Jennifer was a founding member of Together We Grow: Feeding the Future, a consortium of modern food and agriculture companies, NGOs, members of academia, and the USDA who have united to focus on building a skilled, diverse, and inclusive workforce to make American agriculture a leader for generations to come. She is also a past Women in Food and Agriculture Advisory Board member.

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and English literature, with a minor in political science, as well as a Master of Science degree in communications from Illinois State University at Normal, Illinois.

Kristin Kirkpatrick, Executive Director, Together We Grow

Kristin Kirkpatrick is the Executive Director for Together We Grow and the Center for an Enhanced Workforce in Agribusiness, located at Colorado State University. In this role, Kristin works alongside a consortium of many of the world’s largest agribusiness interests, including members of industry, non-governmental organizations, higher education, and government institutions. Together We Grow is focused on building a skilled, diverse, and inclusive agricultural workforce that can power the innovation needed to feed the future.   

Kristin has always had a passion for systems change that creates more equitable opportunities and has done this work through the lenses of public health, policy advocacy, and community development. Most recently, she helped lead Kimbal Musk’s national nonprofit Big Green, which integrates food literacy education into school curriculums across the country.

Kristin has been an instructor with the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU and served as Chief of Wellness Planning for Bellisimo Development Inc., helping lead the master planning, design, and actualization of the award-winning Bucking Horse and landmark Jessup Farm projects in Fort Collins, Colo. She earned a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science from CSU and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado.