Networking Round Tables Leaders2021 Young Leaders in Agriculture Conference

This year’s conference continues the development of young leaders by exposing them to the diversity of today’s challenges and ideas surrounding food and farming while building advocates and expanding professional networks. Because of generous sponsors and donors, there is no registration fee or accommodation costs to attend the Young Leaders in Agriculture Conference.

Registration is now closed, if you are interested in attending, please contact the Minnesota Pork Office at 507-345-8814 or email Jill Resler at

2021 Young Leaders in Agriculture Conference Agenda

June 14-16, 2021

Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center – Sioux Falls, South Dakota

June 14, 2021

9:30 a.m.               Registration Begins

10:00 a.m.             Welcome and Introductions

10:30 a.m.              The Ideal Team Player

John Rodriguez – The Table Group

An ideal team player embodies three virtues: humility, hunger, and people smarts.  The power this combination yields drastically accelerates and improves the process of building high-performing teams. John Rodriguez, a principal consultant with author Patrick Lencioni’s firm, The Table Group, will help us understand what it takes to be an Ideal Team Player illustrating how your embodiment of the Ideal Team Player model will impact the team’s overall performance.

12:30 p.m.              Lunch

1:00 p.m.               Six Types of Working Genius

John Rodriguez – The Table Group

Far too many people suffer needlessly because they don’t understand their personal areas of working genius. As a result, they don’t do work that gives them joy and energy, and they end up in jobs and projects that are draining and demoralizing.

John Rodriguez will help us understand our areas of working genius, as well as our areas of life-draining weakness, allowing us to put ourselves in a position to tap into our genius more and engage in our weakness less.

3:00 p.m.              Break

3:30 p.m.               Be Well – A Discussion on Wellness for the High Achiever

Emily Krekelberg – Extension Educator, Farm Safety and Health University of Minnesota

4:30 p.m.               Start with a Conversation; Finish with Success

Whitney Kinne – Career and Leadership Coach

Cultivating competitive connections and developing a strategic career mindset are two valuable steps in your journey to career success. Career and Leadership Coach Whitney Kinne brings more than a decade of professional experience leading professionals in agriculture. Together, Whitney will coach you to develop stronger connections and work toward your goals to pursue meaningful career roles.

6:00 p.m.               Supper

                             Guest Speaker/s TBA


June 15, 2021

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.    Breakfast

8:00 a.m.               Case Study Introduction and Context

Emily Lehning – Roots and Legacies

New to YLAC in 2021, attendees will have the opportunity to apply leadership and

critical thinking skills by developing recommendations to address some of

agriculture’s most pressing topics. From sustainability to workforce needs and from

African Swine Fever prevention to on-farm sow housing decisions, attendees will have

the opportunity to be mentored by some of the best and brightest in the pork

industry as they develop real solutions for real challenges facing agriculture.


8:30 a.m.               The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

John Rodriguez – The Table Group

Striving to create a functional, cohesive team is one of the few remaining competitive

advantages available to any organization looking for a powerful point of

differentiation. John Rodriguez will help us understand the five most common

dysfunctions teams face and how each can be addressed proactively. Successful

teamwork is not about mastering subtle, sophisticated theories, but rather embracing

common sense with an uncommon level of discipline and persistence.

10:30 a.m.              Break

11:00 a.m.               Dollars and Cents: The Impact of Day-to-Day Decisions

Justin Roloefs – CFO, Pipestone System

12:00 p.m.                     Lunch

12:30 p.m.              Presentation of Case Studies by Mentors

Dr. Brett Kaysen –VP of Sustainability, National Pork Board

Dr. Tom Wetzell – Veterinarian

Tim Heiller – PIC

JoDee Haala – Director of Public Affairs, Christensen Farms

Jacque Matsen – VP of Strategic Com., National Pork Board

Dr. Scott Dee – Director of Research, Pipestone

Seth Spronk – Owner, Spronk Brothers

Tim Schwartz – Manager of Farrowing Oper., Schwartz Farms

2:30 p.m.               Break

3:00 p.m.               Case Study Work with Mentors

6:00 p.m.              Supper

7:00 p.m.               Case Study Work with Mentors


June 16, 2021

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.    Breakfast

8:00 a.m.               Presentation of Case Study Recommendations

Attendees will have the opportunity to present their case study recommendations and receive feedback from a panel of industry leaders.

10:30 a.m.              Break

11:00 a.m.              Making an Impact

Dr. Rick Rigsby, President & CEO Rick Rigsby Communications, Motivational Speaker and Best Selling Author

We live in an era of astonishing technology, instant information and rampant social networking.  Despite the epidemic advances that ushered in a new millennium, cultural critics argue that society has never been more shallow in communication and more superficial in appearance.  In fact, Dr. Rigsby argues that for many organizations, appearance- or what he refers to as impression- has become the new corporate wardrobe.

Attendees are invited to rediscover what is really important and meaningful- not only in your professional career but in your personal life as well.  Join Dr. Rigsby as he shares the wisdom of past generations- wisdom that will inspire, motivate and empower you to make an impact rather than an impression!

12:00 p.m.              Closing Comments