2016 Summit


Southern Region Women's Agricultural Leadership Summit

Feb. 8, 2016

Hosted by the UGA Women’s Leadership Initiative and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, with sponsorship from the UGA President’s Venture Fund, the event was held at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center in Athens, Georgia.

Leaders from 13 Southern states, working in all sectors of agriculture, from environmental research to production agriculture, gathered in Athens for a daylong series of panel discussions, group work sessions and networking events focused on developing women’s leadership in agriculture and agriculture-related fields.

This summit provided new data for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, industry and academia that will shape programs and policies related to female leadership in agriculture.

The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, a unit of the UGA Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, coordinated a working meeting for invited delegates, “Agriculture: Issues and Opportunities for Women’s Leadership Development,” to gather their policy ideas. This working meeting was followed by a reporting session.


9 a.m.
FarmHer visual photography exhibition
Coffee and networking
(Open to the general public)

10 a.m.
Summit opening and welcome, Jere W. Morehead, president, UGA
Women’s leadership panel discussion
(Open to the general public)

11:30 a.m.
Luncheon for state delegations
Keynote address, Krysta Harden, deputy secretary, USDA
(For state delegations only)

1:30 p.m.
Working session
"Agriculture: Issues and Opportunities for Women’s Leadership Development"
(For state delegations only)

3:15 p.m.

3:30 p.m.
Reporting session
"Agriculture: Issues and Opportunities for Women’s Leadership Development"
(Open to the general public)

The delegates at this summit represent the future of agriculture. The work they are doing to shape policies and programs to promote gender equity and women's leadership development will have a positive impact on an industry that is crucial to our nation's food security and economic vitality.

UGA President Jere W. Morehead