Agenda/Schedule

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
On Site Late Registration Only

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014

9:00 am to 5:00 pm
On Site Late Registration
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Set-Up of Exhibit Tabletops
Only 15 tables available. Tables are available on first-come-first-served basis.
REMINDER: Please pay for your exhibit table during registration.
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Welcome – Opening Remarks
Dr. Edward W. Romero, Co-Founder and Organizer, Latinos in Agriculture Leaders Conference
1:30 pm to 2:20 pm
Seeding the Future: How Latinos Can Grow Their Role in Agriculture
Ms. Anne Alonzo, Agricultural Marketing Services Administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Anne Alonzo leads more than 4,300 AMS employees and oversees policies and programs that facilitate the efficient, fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products, including food, fiber, and specialty crops.  Ms. Alonzo will share highlights of her professional journey and offer insights into how young Latinos can prepare for successful careers in agriculture.
2:25 pm to 3:15 pm
Cooperative Extension: Penn State Current Efforts and Career Opportunities related to Latino Audiences
Ms. Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch, BS, MS, Latino Community Outreach Coordinator – PA IPM Program and Ag Safety & Health Program, Penn State Extension, Pennsylvania State University
This presentation intends to raise the awareness of the increasing need of bilingual Extension Educators, the career opportunities that Extension will offer to students in Ag and related fields, and Penn State’s current programming in Spanish to help Latino farmers in PA.
3:15 pm to 3:45 pm
Break and Refreshments
Sponsored by:    Farm Credit
3:45 pm to 4:35 pm
Paisaje Agavero. A journey into land of Agave
Mr. Raul Santillan, Director of Experience, Casa Noble Tequila
Many recognize Mexico’s gift to the world as Tequila. But many are unaware of the art that goes into producing this amazing spirit.
4:40 pm to 5:00 pm
Day’s Summary / Updates
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Freshen Up
6:00 pm
Tabletop Exhibits MUST be Set-Up by 6:00 pm BEFORE Evening Reception
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Evening Networking Social
Remarks
Hor’s d’oeuvres & Drinks Served
IMPORTANT: Spouse or additional guest requires registration fee. Please include them in your registration. Late fees will apply if registered on site.
Sponsored by:      Elanco Blue logo

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014

7:00 am to 8:00 am
Breakfast
Professionals – on your own
Students on Scholarship – breakfast provided
8:10 am to 8:30 am
Opening Comments
Dr. Edward W. Romero, Co-Founder and Organizer, Latinos in Agriculture Leaders Conference
8:30 am to 8:45 am
Welcome
Councilwoman Mrs. Sharron Spencer, Place 2, City of Grapevine
8:50 am to 9:40 am
Navigating Changing Academic and Professional Expectations – Professional Panel
Dr. Cynda Clary [Moderator], Associate Dean, Academic Programs, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Oklahoma State University
Mr. Pate M. Chavez, Cattle Department Manager, JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding
Mr. Jose Uscanga, Doctoral Graduate Student, Oklahoma State University
Dr. Jennifer Hernandez-Gifford, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University
Success in academic and professional careers requires both content knowledge and people skills. Effective relationships with mentors, supervisors and colleagues are tied to understanding what is expected of you and others in each situation. Panel members will discuss challenges seen in their career paths and also what they expect from students and employees.
9:40 am to 10:00 am
Break and Refreshments
Sponsored by:    OSU DASNR
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
10:00 am to 10:50 am
PROFESSIONAL Track
Let’s Talk About Food
Mr. Aaron Alejandro, Executive Director, Texas FFA Foundation
Empowering participants to be effective agricultural advocates. The fast paced workshop will engage with a sense of urgency and purpose. “Best practice” skills and information will be utilized to communicate our incredible story of food – scope, sustainability and consumer perceptions.
10:00 am to 10:50 am
STUDENT Track
Career Opportunities in Government
Ms. Bertha Venegas, Texas State Outreach Coordinator, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
The speaker will explore career opportunities for Latinos with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  The discussion will include the opportunities the Pathways Program offers, exploring career paths, and navigating the USA Jobs website for all federal hiring.
10:55 am to 11:45 am
PROFESSIONAL Track
Build Your Professional Identity and Brand
Mr. Javier I. Ramirez, Strategic Recruiting Liaison, Elanco Animal Health
In today’s social media environment, networking has changed from who you know to who knows you. In this session, participants will learn how to leverage their LinkedIn profile and other LinkedIn tools to build their personal brand.
10:55 am to 11:45 am
STUDENT Track
Non-traditional Careers in Agriculture
Dr. Maria Gutierrez, Research Associate, Center for Ecological Management of Military Lands, Colorado State University
More than 21 million Americans are employed in nontraditional agriculture.  Many nontraditional agriculture careers require advanced degrees and encompass a wide range of jobs in natural resources, remote sensing, florist, animal management, and much more. This presentation will provide information about nontraditional agriculture careers.
11:45 am to 1:15 pm
LUNCH
Sponsored byFarm CreditchsFoundation
1:15 pm to 2:05 pm
PROFESSIONAL Track
Extending the Pipeline
Dr. Lyda Garcia, Visiting Assistant Professor and Diversity Coordinator, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University
Ms. Andra Collins-Johnson, AgriScience Educator,
Benjamin O. Davis Jr. High School –Aldine ISD, Houston, TX
Dr. Lindsay L. Penrose, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Academia and industry representatives seek to recruit and employ more minority students in agricultural fields. However, the lack of networking prevents awareness of career opportunities, especially of multidiscipline. Expanding the communication pipeline from high schools to college/university to professional world is critical, stepping into the future.
1:15 pm to 2:05 pm
STUDENT Track
Dedicated Donna – A Living Story of Balancing Your Personal Life with a Successful Career
Mr. Thomas S. Heady, Leader – Campus Recruiting and On-boarding, Elanco Animal Health
Graduating from college is just the beginning of a whole new juggling act; life can become more complex with each passing year.  What will Dedicated Donna do when the unexpected (or expected!) happens?  What will YOU do?  Awareness, readiness and effective guidance can help prepare you when the time comes. 
2:10 pm to 3:00 pm
PROFESSIONAL Track
Agriculture: From their Point of View
Moderator:  Mr. William Nelson, CHS
Mr. Ruben Flores, Director of Recruiting, College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University
Ms. Elizabeth Canales
Ph.D. candidate and Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University 
Ms. Maria Abbott, 
Product Development Specialist, CHS
This session will focus on the diverse industry of agriculture through the rich experiences of panelists. We will highlight how their roles have developed and learn how their different experiences have benefited their career.  As current and future leaders, we must recognize and capitalize on our diversity across all sectors.
2:10 pm to 3:00 pm
STUDENT Track
Build Your Professional Identity and Brand
Mr. Javier I. Ramirez, Strategic Recruiting Liaison, Elanco Animal Health
In today’s social media environment, networking has changed from who you know to who knows you. In this session, participants will learn how to leverage their LinkedIn profile and other LinkedIn tools to build their personal brand.
3:00 pm to 3:20 pm
Break and Refreshments
Sponsored by:  Elanco Blue logo
3:20 pm to 4:10 pm
PROFESSIONAL Track
Balancing Cultural Paradigms: A Call For Leadership
Ms. Nancy O’Mallon, CEO, About Harvest, LLC
Agriculture is a subgroup of an American multicultural society that will benefit from the entry of forthcoming Latino agricultural professionals. Examination of how upcoming Latino agricultural leaders will help to balance cultural paradigms and meet our present and future agricultural challenges.
3:20 pm to 4:10 pm
STUDENT Track
Fueling a Diverse Agricultural Talent Pipeline
Moderator:  Mr. Derek Mulhern, Agriculture Future of America
Mr. Ruben Flores, Director of Recruiting, College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University
Ms. Elizabeth Canales, Ph.D. candidate and Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University
Ms. Maria Abbott, Product Development Specialist, CHS
This session will focus on the development of young talent in agriculture. Panelists will explore ways that students can begin preparing for their careers today, while helping the audience think outside of their comfort zone. As future leaders in the agriculture industry, we must take the initiative to discover possibilities.
GENERAL SESSION
4:15 pm to 5:05 pm
Latino Leadership in Global Agricultural Trade
Mr. Roger P. Mireles, Acting Deputy Administrator, Office of Capacity Building, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA
The presentation will share the strategic role that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service plays in promoting U.S. food and agricultural trade and enhancing global food security. The speaker will discuss the need for greater leadership by Latinos in international agriculture, as well as opportunities to work with the Foreign Agricultural Service.
Evening
On Your Own

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014

7:00 am to 8:00 am
Breakfast
Professionals – on your own
Students on Scholarship – breakfast provided
8:30 am to 9:20 am
Cultural Transformation at USDA
Mr. Elvis Cordova, Deputy Under Secretary, Marketing and Regulatory Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA’s Cultural Transformation initiative is designed to create an inclusive, high-performance organization. The goal is to get everyone – from the leadership to employees at every grade level, in every location – to work collaboratively to ensure that USDA is a place where there’s equity of opportunity and empowerment for all employees to reach their full potential.
9:25 am to 10:15 am
The American Dream – [Student Panel]
Moderator:  Ms. Tori Longoria
Mr. Joseph Saahene, Undergraduate Student, Minorities in STEAM, Texas Tech University
I will be talking about my pathway to the Agriculture field. The American dream is expected to be fast cars, lots of money and working in the medical field, engineering or as a lawyer. I will be reminding people that agriculture can be the “American Dream” for many people.
Mr. Rolando Gonzalez, Undergraduate Student, Texas A&M University
Why I chose agriculture as my field of study and how I see my future in Agriculture
10:15 am to 10:45 am
Break and Refreshments
Sponsored by:   chsFoundation
10:45 am to 11:30 am
The Future of Latinos in Agriculture
Dr. Edward W. Romero, C0-Founder and Organizer, Latinos in Agriculture Leaders Conference
11:30 am to 12:00 noon
Wrap Up, Evaluation, and Closing Comments