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Women Leading Dairy Webinar: Join the National Young Cooperators Program and Dairy Girl Network

Tuesday, September 13 | 11:00 AM Eastern Time

Women show leadership at all levels of the dairy supply chain. On farms, women are either principal operators or decision-makers on over half of all farming operations. But women face unique challenges to reaching leadership positions, ranging from work-family expectations to developing professional networks to fighting attitudes of “that’s the way it’s always been.”

Join us for a webinar hosted jointly by the National Young Cooperators Program and the Dairy Girl Network for a discussion with industry leaders exploring the leadership challenges women encounter as they navigate careers in the dairy industry and prepare for future success. Speakers include:

Laura Daniels

Founder and President, Dairy Girl Network

Laura is a farmer, coach, consultant and advocate. For 15 years Laura served as the General Manager of Heartwood Farm. Now, she advises fellow farmers and business owners in the areas of team building and strategic planning with Hitch Pin Consulting. Laura founded Dairy Girl Network in 2013 to help fellow dairywomen connect and succeed.

Krysta Harden

President and CEO, U.S. Dairy Export Council

Krysta Harden leverages her experience with agriculture, sustainability, food policy and the federal government to help fulfill USDEC’s mission to promote dairy exports and enrich the well-being of people, communities, and the planet. In February 2021, Harden became the third president and CEO to lead USDEC since its founding by DMI.

Dr. Karen Jordan, DVM

Owner, Brush Creek Swiss Farms

Karen and her husband own and operate Brush Creek Swiss Farms. Norman and Karen have operated the all registered Brown Swiss herd for over 34 years. Current herd size is 90 mature cows and they raise all of their replacement animals. Karen also operates Large Animal Veterinary Services with most of her veterinary career focused on dairy herd health.

Jackie Klippenstein

Senior Vice President of Government, Industry and Communication Relations, Dairy Farmers of America

Since joining DFA in 2008, Jackie has focused on federal and state legislative and regulatory issues, and has played an active role in member services and community initiatives. She serves on the boards of NMPF, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture and the Agricultural Business Council of KC.

The webinar will be held from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please submit any questions for the Q&A to


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