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Chrysalis Conversations: Sowing Women's Role in Agriculture featuring Denise O'Brien

  • Wakonda Club
  • Address: 3915 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321
  • March 29, 2017
  • From: 11:30 AM to 01:00 PM
  • Phone: (515) 255-1853
  • Price: $40 includes lunch

Join over 150 for lunch at the annual Chrysalis Conversation Speaker Series on Wednesdays in February, March and April at the Wakonda Club.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Denise O’Brien – Farmer and Founder of Women, Food, and Agriculture Network

Decades of commitment to women, organic farming and sustainable agriculture prompted Denise O’Brien to establish the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network in 1997. Many recall her campaign for a position as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture in 2006 blazing a new trail in a field dominated by men. Learn how she has organized, advocated and helped raise women’s voices in agriculture with the lifelong hope of creating sustainable living and food security.

Wednesday, April 22, 2017
Valentina Fominykh, PhD – Professor and Independent Public Policy Professional

Dr. Valentina Fominykh grew up in the Communist-ruled Soviet Union, becoming a professor at the USSR Academy of Agricultural Sciences and lead interpreter/facilitator for the USSR Olympic Committee. She came to Iowa in 1989 with a delegation of the first freely elected Soviet Parliament which resulted in an agreement to begin new economic relationships between the USSR and Iowa. Dr. Fominykh returned as a visiting professor in 1990, just prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Throughout her career, Dr. Fominykh has worked with state, national, and international businesses and cultural organizations, and for the past 7 years, she has been involved in citizen diplomacy dating to the Garst/Kruschev exchange.

Chrysalis Conversations: Sowing Women's Role in Agriculture featuring Denise O'Brien