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Master of Agribusiness

Leading through Change

Professional Development Event
October 19-20, 2017
K-State Olathe

This event will feature Bruce Tulgan, one of the nation’s leaders in management training and generational diversity, discussing leading through workplace change. From beginning to end, speakers will provide attendees with tools, best practices and new insights to find success in a changing landscape. The conference is open to all interested professionals.

Bruce TulganTulgan is an author, business consultant and founder of RainmakerThinking Inc. — a research, training and consulting firm that specializes in generational issues in the workplace. His books include: Not Everyone Gets a Trophy and Managing Generation X. He will provide a half-day, hands-on workshop discussing leading through workplace change.

The conference is a collaboration of the MAB program and K-State Olathe, with the support of the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City.


Thursday, October 19

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Networking

9:00 a.m.

Dr. Ralph Richardson, Dean and CEO, Kansas State University Olathe

9:15 a.m.

Today’s Agribusiness Climate
Dr. Allen Featherstone, KSU Agricultural Economics Department Head, MAB Program Director

9:45 a.m.


10:00 a.m.

Enter, Shift, Control: Data Risk and Leadership
Jarrod Benson, Koch

#Marketing in a Digital Age
Dustin Johansen, Vice President, Osborn & Barr

10:45 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Mergers and Acquisitions: Guiding Your Company Through Change
Paul Casady, Executive in Residence, Professor of Practice, Kansas State University Olathe

Sky is the Limit: Leveraging Unmanned Aerial Systems
Robert Boyd, FAA Designed Airworthiness Representative, Xwindaero Consultants; Kurt Carraway, Executive Director, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program, K-State Univ.; Russ Plaschka, Career and Workforce Development   Specialist, Ks Dept of Agriculture

11:45 a.m.


12:00 p.m.

Conference and KC Ag Business Council Luncheon
Richard B. Myers, President, Kansas State University

1:00 p.m.

Leading through Change Workshop
Bruce Tulgan, Founder, RainmakerThinking

5:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception and Networking

6:00 p.m.

Dinner and Evening Keynote - Telling our Story in Times of Change
JJ Jones, Co-Founder, Roots & Legacies, Consulting, Inc.

Friday, October 20

8:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Dr. Allen Featherstone, Agricultural Economics Department Head, MAB Program Director

9:15 a.m.

Policy Outlook for Leaders - Point/Counterpoint Discussion
Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh, Professor, Kansas State University
Dr. Mark Edelman, Professor, Iowa State University

10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

Legal Considerations for Leadership
Mark Anstoetter, Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, and Bridget Halbur, Associate, Shook, Hardy & Bacon

11:30 a.m.

Conference Wrap Up and Closing Remarks
Dr. Allen Featherstone, Agricultural Economics Department Head, MAB Program Director

12:00 p.m.

MAB 20th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon

 Click here for more information on sessions and speakers.

Thank you to our conference sponsors!




Kansas Farm Bureau


Smithfield Foods


If you have questions, or are interested in being a sponsor of the event, please contact Deborah Kohl at dkohl@ksu.edu. For more information on sponsorship levels.






2 Day Registration $350

1 Day Registration (Thursday only) $245

Registration includes meals and conference materials

This event is open to all interested professionals.

Conference Location:

K-State Olathe
22201 W. Innovation Dr.
Olathe, KS 66061-1304

Hotel Accommodations

Hyatt Place Kansas City/Lenexa City Center
8741 Ryckert Street
Lenexa, KS 66219
888-492-8847 or 913-276-5403
Book online, use the code G-KSUN
$139/night by Sept. 27th