In support of its mission to develop leaders, increase industry knowledge and inspire action, the Women in Agribusiness Summit National Advisory Board welcomed three new executives who exemplify these objectives through their leadership at their respective companies.

Gloria Basse, vice president, U.S. Pork Business at Zoetis; Lani Jordan, director of corporate communications for CHS; and Kay Kuenker, vice president Dow AgroSciences government affairs, public affairs and sustainability, will join the 17-member advisory board for two-year terms.

Board members help determine the initiatives that Women in Agribusiness (WIA) will undertake as well as shape the direction and tone of the annual Summit.

At Zoetis, the leading global animal health company, Basse has 25-plus years of experience working to better understand and address real-world challenges faced by those who raise and care for farm animals. She is currently responsible for all operational aspects of managing the U.S. pork business as well as leading innovative strategies for people development and growth of the business.

At CHS, the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, Jordan develops the company's annual corporate communication strategy, which includes being chief media spokesperson, leading crisis communication responses, speechwriting, producing the cooperative's annual meeting and handling investor relations. She joined the company in 1985. Said Jordan about accepting a position on the WIA board, “After attending the Women in Agribusiness Summit the past two years, I was tremendously impressed not only by the caliber of the program, but also by the opportunities to meet the diverse and talented women who are leading industry today and will be our leaders tomorrow. As a director, my goal is to make more women aware of the great networking and development opportunities accessible through this program.”

Kuenker comes to the Women in Agribusiness Advisory Board with nearly 29 years with the Dow Chemical Company, the majority of her career with Dow AgroSciences. She has held positions of vice president of Dow AgroSciences’ Europe Middle East and Africa business, vice president of new business development, Canadian regional commercial unit leader, and more. She currently serves on several boards including BioCrossroads, AgriNovus Indiana, and Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI).

Basse, Jordan and Kuenker join executives from Bunge, CME Group and Wells Fargo on the WIA board. Others include:

  • Elizabeth Hund, Senior Vice President and Division Manager, US Bank Food Industries
  • Carol Kitchen, President & CEO, United Farmers of Alberta
  • Mary Shelman, Director of the Agribusiness Program at Harvard Business School
  • Sheryl Wallace, Vice President, Cargill Risk Management
  • Lisa Zannoni, Global Head, Syngenta

The 4th annual Women in Agribusiness Summit, which will take place September 28-30 in Minneapolis, Minn., at the Hyatt Regency, is expected to draw over 500 attendees, and will be co-located with the 10th annual Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit. Find more information at www.womeninag.com and www.oilseedandgrain.com.