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Together We Grow Annual Meeting

September 21, 2021 - September 22, 2021

Save the Date for Together We Grow’s (virtual!) annual meeting, Sept. 21-22, 2021.

We’ll hear from the nation’s top thought leaders about current trends, and our members will share innovative strategies and best practices that will help build the pipeline of the future.

Register here.

Please note, all times listed below are in the mountain time zone.

DAY ONE, September 21:
11 a.m. — Opening + Land Acknowledgement
Kristin Kirkpatrick, Together We Grow Executive Director

11:30 a.m. — The opportunity before us: Fireside Chat
Deborah Borg, Together We Grow Board Chair, and Michael D’Ambrose, Together We Grow Founder

12-1 p.m. — Session One: Innovations in higher education + how industry can help
Moderator: Dr. Katie Gaebel, AFA
Dr. Theressa Cooper, Iowa State University
Dr. Todd Gaines, Colorado State University
Harrison Pittman, National Agriculture Law Center
Dr. Quentin Tyler, Michigan State University

1-2 p.m. — Session Two: Celebrating a year of change and opportunities ahead
Moderator: Ted Wells, STEMconnector
Ebony Webber, MANRRS
Dr. Pamala Morris, Purdue University
Jennifer Deitloff, Scoular
Philomena Satre, Land O’Lakes
Demetha Sanders, Cargill

2-3 p.m. — Transformational Training Cohort launch
Dr. Ramon Pastrano

3-3:30 p.m. — Session Three: Hiring and Retaining Veterans
Ardis Porter, VETSA
Tom Hebert, Bayard Ridge Group

DAY TWO, September 22:
8:30-10 a.m. — CHRO Roundtable
Hosted by Deborah Borg, Bunge, and Melissa Werneck, Kraft Heinz

10-11 a.m. — Building Resilience for Mental Health with Dr. Jiménez

11-11:45 a.m. — Fireside Chat with Kristin Kirkpatrick and USDA Assistant Secretary for Administration Oscar Gonzales

11:45 a.m.-12 p.m. — Puppy Cam Break

12-12:30 p.m. — Session One: Get Social With Us
Russell Schiller, Together We Grow

12:30-1:30 p.m. — Session Two: Critical Race Theory with Dr. Lori Patton
Moderated by Dr. Shannon Archibeque-Engle, Colorado State University

1:30-2 p.m. — Session Three: Building a more diverse and inclusive pipeline with 4-H
Heather Elliot, Vice President, Development, National 4-H
Andrea Lyons, Director, Extension Engagement – Equity & Inclusion, National 4-H
Youth Panelist Mayyadah Zagelow
Youth Panelist Saniia Hunt

2-2:30 p.m. — Closing + reflection
Dr. Olga Bolden Tiller, Tuskegee University



September 21, 2021
September 22, 2021




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.