Lauren Baer: August update

For many people, August is a time of transition. Students are preparing to return to school, teachers and professors are preparing to welcome students and facilitate their growth during this year of learning, and parents are trying to determine how to manage their roles as logistics specialists and juggle professional and personal lives.

For our family, we are preparing for the final year our four children will be together in one school until our 5th grader is a senior in high school. Life will change again next school season – become messier and more interesting to manage, as if it isn’t already with four kids! (Side note: We are also preparing to have three elementary-aged students playing an instrument in band or orchestra … our home is going to be loud.)

But we adapt and find new solutions to manage these challenges and opportunities. The same will be the case in the organizations we work for, as well as for TWG in our work toward building a diverse, inclusive, and skilled workforce for agriculture and food. We will all learn, grow, and innovate around the challenges and opportunities in front of us.

One proven way we learn to do this is by building our skill set. We get intentional about growing in areas that help us become better humans and more successful in our day-to-day world. TWG’s Transformational Leadership Cohort training program is a great opportunity to focus on building our skills and developing in areas of cultural competence as a current or emerging leader. Today is the LAST DAY to register for this virtual program (it’s not too late to join us!), and we look forward to the impact our cohort will make across the agriculture and food sector – and we hope you will be a part of this impact. Find more information, including the program agenda and registration link, on our cohort webpage.

Lauren Baer
Executive Director, Together We Grow

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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.