Registration open for inaugural Women’s Ag Leadership Summit

The Association of Women in Agriculture will present its first-ever Women’s Ag Leadership Summit on Friday, October 23 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. This day-long program, open to all women involved in or with an interest in agriculture, will include a dynamic breadth of presenters, including entrepreneur Laurie Benson, stem-cell researcher Gabriela Gebrin Cezar, and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Molly Jahn. The afternoon will feature panels and interactive sessions, including ‘Using Baler Twine and Barn Lime to Design Your Life Plan,’ presented by Laura Daniels, a producer, dairy nutritionist and advocate for agriculture; and ‘Wading Through the Wired World,’ presented by writer Katie Kruger.

The day will wrap up with ‘Life Lessons from 3 Unstoppable Women,’ featuring Sue Crane, the meter to bill process director at WE Energies and also chair of Wisconsin State Fair Park Board; Susan Lampert Smith, a science writer at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health; and Debbie Crave, vice president of Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese.

“This summit draws together an inspirational pool of presenters with diverse backgrounds,” states Marjorie Stieve, event planner. “With life lessons from unstoppable women to insights from those in various fields, this is an event designed to help women shape their future in agriculture.”

Registration is $50, which includes lunch and breaks. Parking is available on the grounds free of charge. Registration closes October 7, but space is limited so early registration is encouraged. To register, contact Katy Katzman at

For a full list of presenters and schedule, visit