Leading through Change Sessions and Speakers
Today’s Agribusiness Climate
Dr. Allen Featherstone, KSU Agricultural Economics Department Head, MAB Program Director
Enter, Shift, Control: Data Risk and Leadership
Jarrod Benson, Koch
#Marketing in a Digital Age
Neil Caskey, Executive Vice President, Osborne & Barr
In his more than 20 years of strategic communications experience, Neil has helped countless Fortune 500 companies and government agencies connect with their target audiences through meaningful and thoughtful campaigns that drive results.
Mergers and Acquisitions: Guiding Your Company Through Change
Paul Casady, Executive in Residence, Professor of Practice, Kansas State University Olathe
His career started as a sales representative and held increasing roles of responsibility, scope, and cultural diversity throughout his career. Primarily a sales and marketing background, his roles evolved to senior leadership positions as a Vice President for North America, Latin America, Asia, Oceania, at various times.
He has worked for some the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world including Johnson and Johnson(Pitman Moore), American Cyanamid, Akzo Nobel(Intervet), Schering Plough, Merck, and Sanofi(Merial).
His education includes a BSc from Kansas State University in Animal Sciences, Executive education at Cornell University, University of Virginia- Darden School of Business, and attended the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France and is an Alumnus of INSEAD.
He recently joined the faculty at Kansas State University Olathe Campus as Executive in Residence/Professor of Practice, focusing on the Animal Health Industry. In this new role he will work on developing education and training programs to support professionals involved in animal health.
Sky is the Limit: Leveraging Unmanned Aerial Systems
Robert Boyd, FAA Designed Airworthiness Representative, Xwindaero Consultants
He was hired by Northwest Airlines in March 1989 as an airline pilot based in Detroit, Minneapolis and Memphis flying and instructing on Boeing 727, 747 and DC 9 aircraft, amassing thousands of hours flying passengers across the globe including Beijing, Tokyo, Guam, Alaska, Hawaii, London, Amsterdam, Mumbai and all principle cities in the Continental US. The family continued to reside and prosper in Manhattan.
In 2016, Boyd was appointed to the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee, developing policies and procedures for drone inclusion into the National Airspace System.
Boyd also owns and operates Dry Clean City in Manhattan, as well as serving on numerous local and regional organizations.
Kurt Carraway, Executive Director, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program, Kansas State University
Russ Plaschka, Career and Workforce Development Specialist, Kansas Dept of Agriculture
KC Ag Business Council Luncheon
Richard B. Myers, President, Kansas State University
The native Kansan from Merriam loyally served his country and retired as a four-star general. From 2001-2005, he served as the 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was the principal military adviser to the U.S. president, secretary of defense, and the National Security Council.
As a command pilot, Myers logged more than 4,100 flying hours, including 600 combat hours. His significant commands included North American Aerospace Defense Command; U.S. Space Command and Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado; Pacific Air Forces at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; and the 5th Air Force at Yokota Air Base, Japan. He was appointed Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by President Clinton in 2000. He has received numerous awards and decorations for his service, which include Legion of Merit, French Legion of Honor, and Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Myers also is a Kansas State University Foundation professor of military history and leadership. He received a master's degree in business administration from Auburn University in 1977. He also graduated from Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in 1977, U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks in 1981, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he completed a program for Senior Executives in National and International Security in 1991.
Leading through Change Workshop
Bruce Tulgan, Founder, RainmakerThinking
Since 1995, Bruce has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations ranging from Aetna to Wal-Mart; from the Army to the YMCA. In recent years, Bruce was named by Management Today as one of the few contemporary figures to stand out as a “management guru” and he was named to the 2009 Thinkers 50 rising star list. On August 13, 2009, Bruce was honored to accept Toastmasters International’s most prestigious honor, the Golden Gavel. This honor is annually presented to a single person who represents excellence in the fields of communication and leadership. Past winners have included Stephen Covey, Zig Ziglar, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Ken Blanchard, Tom Peters, Art Linkletter, Dr. Joyce Brothers, and Walter Cronkite.
Bruce’s most recent books include the updated and expanded edition of Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage the Millennials (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2016) and Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2015). He is also the author of The 27 Challenges Managers Face (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2014), and the best-selling It’s Okay to Be the Boss (HarperCollins, Revised & Updated, 2014), and Managing Generation X (W.W. Norton, 2000). Bruce’s other books include Winning the Talent Wars (W.W. Norton, 2001), which received widespread acclaim from Fortune 500 CEOs and business journalists; the best-seller Fast Feedback (HRD Press,1998); Managing the Generation Mix (HRD Press, 2006) and It’s Okay to Manage Your Boss (Jossey-Bass, 2010). Many of Bruce’s works have been published around the world in foreign editions.
Telling our Story in Times of Change
JJ Jones, Co-Founder, Roots & Legacies, Consulting, Inc.
J.J. has worked with and in over 30 countries on behalf of farmers, ranchers and agribusiness during his career and is a frequent presenter on consumer attitudes and trends regarding agriculture and food as well as global agriculture. J.J. works with Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership, Inc., The Center for Food Integrity and Kansas Corn in addition to numerous client projects and speaking engagements.
J.J. is a board member of the Agribusiness Council of Kansas City, an advisory team member for Sheffield Place an elder at Country Club Christian Church and a Governor for the American Royal. J.J. and his partner, Kevin, enjoy all things food and wine!
Policy Outlook for Leaders
Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh, Professor, Kansas State University
Dr. Mark Edelman, Professor, Iowa State University
Edelman has been a faculty member in the College of Agriculture and an ISU Extension Economist since 1986. He was a faculty member and Extension Economist at South Dakota State University from 1981 to 1985. Mark is a native of Sabetha, Kansas and received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University. He received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics & Policy from Purdue University in 1981.
Edelman has received several state and national awards during his professional career, including the American Ag Econ Association Distinguished Extension Award in 1992 and the Iowa Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence in 2001. He has taught the Ag Policy course at ISU and has co-written a column series for national farm magazines, including Farm Journal and Farm Progress Publications.
In the 1980s, Edelman served five years on the Board of Directors for Land O’ Lakes, Inc., a regional agribusiness cooperative and Fortune 500 food company. In the 1990s, Edelman served five years on the City Council of Boone, Iowa, a community with 12,500 people. In 1996 Mark and his wife, Nancy, co-founded a family-business that owns middle-income housing developments in two Iowa communities. Edelman is a co-founder and director of two renewable energy companies: NEK-SEN Energy, LLC of Sabetha, KS and Amaizing Energy Holding Company, LLC of Denison, IA.
Legal Considerations for Leadership
Mark Anstoetter, Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Relying on his engineering and science background, Mark represents clients in class actions, multiparty cases and individual actions involving personal injury, property damage and medical monitoring claims. He also defends against citizen and government enforcement actions under federal and state environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA and RCRA. He has litigated and resolved environmental private party lawsuits in state and federal court, as well as with the EPA, Department of Justice and state agencies.
Mark received his law degree from the University of Denver and his engineering degree from Iowa State University.
Bridget Halbur, Associate, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Before joining the firm, Bridget served in chambers for the Hon. Stephen R. Bough of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Outside the courtroom, her corporate and agribusiness internships at Ernst & Young LLP, Archer Daniels Midland and Bayer CropScience gave her a unique perspective into her clients’ needs. Bridget received her J.D. with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law, and a bachelor’s in accounting cum laude from Iowa State University.
Her connection to agriculture began on her family farm in Iowa, where she helped manage the production of 55,000 hogs annually until sale of the system to focus on diversified grain production.