American Agri-Women hosts an annual Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy is a free webinar series designed to supplement and sustain our live leadership development events for members and non-members. The series focuses on a variety of topics. If you would like to suggest a topic or become a Leadership Academy webinar presenter, please email aaw@americanagriwomen.org.


Upcoming Webinars

Policy Pressure Points and Preparing for Fly-In – Friday, May 19, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST

Presenters: Governmental Issues Chairman Karolyn Zurn, Fly-In Chairman Ruth Jensen, Moderator Heather Hampton+Knodle
Get the latest on key policy issues that AAW will be taking to “The Hill” in Washington, D.C. at AAW’s Annual Fly-In June 4-7. The second half of the webinar will focus on logistics and planning for Fly-In.

(Register Now) Webinar ID: 200-201-035


Past Webinars

Essential Farm and Ranch Business Management Skills Webinar Series
A joint project of American Agri-Women and the Farmer Veteran Coalition through a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Standard Grant Program Project. Anyone may join us for this webinar series, but we are encouraging veterans and in particular we are trying to empower women veterans in their quest to be farmers and ranchers. In this introductory series participants will develop their knowledge and skills in some essential areas of farm and ranch business management.Webinars will be offered on Tuesdays, at 11 a.m. Pacific time (12 noon Mountain time; 1 p.m. Central time and 2 p.m. Eastern time). Each webinar is scheduled to be one hour in length including question and answer time. Sessions will be recorded and available on this page following the webinar.

The Basics of Financing Your Farm – How to get the Money You Need
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST

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Presented by: Amanda Durow
Understanding your farm’s financials is critical for farm success. We will explore records that are needed for your business to succeed and grow, including income statement, cash flow, balance sheets, and budget projections. We will discuss what a lender may require for your application and how to ask for financing. Example tools and templates will be provided.

Building Your Business – Tuesday, April 11, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST

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Presented by: Heather Hampton+Knodle
Build your business on a firm foundation with this webinar that will decode some jargon and walk through the essentials for a start-up.

Launch Your Business on Social Media – Tuesday, March 14, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST

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Presented by:
Caitlin Keck
Your audience is key to a successful business. You will learn how to create engaging content as well as best practices to reach your target audience.

Getting Moving on Your Business Plan – Tuesday, March 7, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST

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Presented by:
Doris Mold
Business planning is an essential skill to help organize thoughts, make plans for the future, consider and test alternatives before investing money, and other resources in your business. A written plan is key tool in getting a loan approval and other funds to start or grow your business. We will cover the key sections of the business plan including but not limited to: goal setting, operations, marketing, risk management, personnel and financial. We will get you started on the right path using the AgPlan business plan template. Additional “work” sessions will be offered to participants on to help participants work through their plans.

Basics of Recordkeeping and Financials for Farmers and Ranchers
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST

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Presented by:
Megan Roberts
In this session, you will learn about the basics of farm recordkeeping. Proper farm recordkeeping can save you both time and money. We will learn why it is important to keep records, discuss how to classify assets and liabilities, identify ways to record transactions, briefly overview the four primary financial statements, and talk about electronic recordkeeping systems.

Session III: How to Hire a Rock Star (and keep the drama queens out)!

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Description: In the final session of our three part HR series, participants will examine a successful hiring process that can be adopted for operations of any size and understand how to implement proven practices that will help them become the envy of their neighborhood.

Session II: Addressing Soft Skills with Hard Core Strategies: How Organizational Health Impacts Employee Engagement and Retention

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Description: In part two of a three part HR series, participants will dig deeper into organizational strategy and health and recognize how they impact employee engagement and retention. We will explore the process used to achieve clarity in business and the consequences of not having a cohesive leadership team. You will understand how these building blocks can impact the kinds and types of employees who work for you.

Session I: Evaluating, Extending and Enhancing your Farm HR Program

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Description: In this first session of a three part HR series, participants will become familiar with the many different components that comprise an effective on-farm Human Resource program – from recruiting to disciplining – and the importance of everything in between. Upon completion of this session, participants will recognize their on farm HR deficiencies and identify ways to overcome them.

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Current Issues and Preparing for Fly-In – May 13, 2016

Host: Karolyn Zurn, AAW Issues Chair; Ruth Jensen, AAW Fly-In Chair

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Affiliate Branding and Best Practices for Officers – Continuity in Transition – April 15, 2016

Host: Sarah Fernandez

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Using Technology to Make Your Affiliate More Efficient – February 24, 2016

Host: Lisa Campion, AAW Executive Assistant and Attorney with Gale & McAllister, PLLC

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In a digital age, AAW is moving towards implementing leading technologies to help us communicate with our members, affiliates and the world about our mission. We want to take the time to make you aware of the new technologies and how you can use them in your affiliate chapters and other organizations you may be involved with.

We will talk about how to utilize Excel, JotForm, Square, FreeConferenceCall.Com and Google to help your affiliate establish membership databases and email lists, online dues payments, online event registrations.  We will also discuss how to create an agenda, gain feedback on the agenda, and then collecting feedback after the meeting or event.  We will also talk about how to ensure your affiliate “brand” so your communications look professional.  Come with questions!

Farm Transition Planning for Success III – December 8, 2015

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Consultants from Ag Transition Partners describe how they conduct the on farm family coaching piece and bring geographically dispersed families and successors together to discuss and overcome the interpersonal barriers to successful planning. They help you define how the family unit will work together in an empowered manner.

Farm Transition Planning for Success II – November 17, 2015

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Members of Ag Transition Partners, a multi-state collaboration of educators and agribusiness consultants, describe the multi-layered approach they use to help families prepare for farm transition planning.  Their approach was piloted in a USDA Risk Management grant anchored by a family team building process and sustained with individualized coaching. This approach helps farm families ensure the legacy of their operations.

Team Building – November 13, 2015

Host: Juanita Reed Boniface, owner, JRB and Associates and Boeckenhauer Cattle.

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Juanita has logged thousands of hours as an educator and has an impressive tool box to share. In this team building webinar she will lead us through understanding and identification of basic principles of teamwork, and the characteristics of the “ideal” team.

Planting Our Future – Women’s Agricultural Leadership Programming – October 28, 2015

Host: Doris Mold, co-founder of the Women’s Agricultural Leadership Conference

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Seventeen years of Women’s Agricultural Leadership – conference, mentoring and networking programs and still growing! Find out about the genesis of this successful program and how it has expanded opportunities for women in Minnesota and beyond. The atmosphere at the conference is absolutely electric. Find out why, along with lessons that have been learned along the way.

Conflict Management – June 12, 2015

Host: Dr. Donita Whitney-Bammerlin, academic program coordinator, Edgerly Outstanding Instructor Fellowship, Department of Management, Kansas State University.

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Conflict is an inevitable part of life. Take part in this webinar to learn about effective conflict management strategies.

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