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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AgPR) | Women in Ag TechSM (WiAT) is thrilled to announce its second in-person meeting January 21-22, 2024, co-located with The VISION Conference at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa. WiAT continues to champion opportunities for women in agricultural technology and fostering a vibrant community through mentorship, idea exchanges, and collaboration.

The event promises an enriching experience for attendees, featuring a keynote address, panel discussions, and interactive sessions led by industry professionals. Lara L. Sowinski of CropLife Media Group will lead the meeting and a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation will deliver the keynote "Cultivating Resilience: A Woman in Ag Tech’s Insights on Food Safety, Cybersecurity, and Leadership in STEM." Lara shares, “Women in Ag Tech meetings aren't about just sitting and listening. Here, we come together as women to actively learn, engage, and support one another. It's a fresh and dynamic approach, setting us apart from the usual conference experience.”

Guest speakers who are paving the way for women in ag technology include:

• Vonnie Estes, Vice President of Innovation, International Fresh Produce Association

• Kathleen Glass, Vice President of Marketing, AquaSpy

• Carolyne Vowell, Product Manager, Sustainability Lead, Soiltech Wireless

• Kendall Rae Johnson, SHE-EO, aGROWKulture Urban Farm

• Nancy Bohl Borman, PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota

• Joyce Hunter, Executive Director, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT)

• Jennifer Goldston, AgTech PR

• Dr. Andrea Arias, VP of Data Science & Crop Testing, Jord BioScience

• Carolyn Gunkel, Counsel, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LL

• Martha Montoya, Chief Executive Officer, Agtools, Inc.

• Jaymie Forrest, President and CEO, Activ Technologies

• Susan Groeneveld, Founder,

• Cassie Edgar, Independent Board Director, Ponte Biosciences

Key Agenda Highlights:

• Cross-Generational Success Stories: Engaging discussions with innovative women paving the way for our industry.

• Strategic Approaches for Thriving in Ag Tech: Insights into securing a prominent role in the industry.

• Interactive Discussion Groups on capital funding, AI in ag tech, and career advancement.

Women in Ag Tech offers various registration options. Attendees can opt for the Women in Ag Tech meeting only or combine it with The VISION Conference taking place on January 22-24. To learn more visit:

Support for this initiative comes from leading organizations and sponsors committed to advancing women in ag technology. Chris Pernell, WiAT Business Director, noted, “This gathering is more than a conference; it's a movement. By amplifying the voices and contributions of women in agricultural technology, we are driving innovation, fostering collaboration, and shaping a more inclusive future.”

Don't miss this opportunity to network, learn, and contribute to the future of ag tech. Secure your spot today and be part of this growing community!

For more information and registration details, visit the WiAT website or contact Chris Pernell Business Director.

About Women in Ag Tech?:

Women in Ag Tech is an influential initiative dedicated to empowering women in agricultural technology. By fostering collaboration, mentorship, and innovation, the organization strives to create a more inclusive and equitable landscape for women professionals in the industry.


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