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Excellence Award acknowledges achievements of women in ag; four recipients to be recognized at Women in Agribusiness Summit in



Excellence Award acknowledges achievements of women in ag; four recipients to
           be recognized at Women in Agribusiness Summit in October

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Sept. 30, 2013

BOSTON, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At this year's second annual Women in
Agribusiness Summit, the Demeter Award of Excellence, which acknowledges the
outstanding achievements of women in the sector, will make its debut. Four
recipients will be recognized at the event in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the
Hyatt Regency, October 22-24.

The Demeter Award of Excellence, named as such for Demeter, the goddess of the
harvest from ancient Greek mythology, will be given in four categories.  The
categories and winners for 2013 are:

  o Female Executive of the Year: This category honors the achievements of
    executives and entrepreneurs who have achieved accomplishments of
    significance that further the mission of women in agribusiness. The winner
    in this category is Carol Kitchen, senior vice president/general manager
    of Global Ingredients for Land O'Lakes, Inc.  Kitchen was selected for
    being a role model in support of women in agribusiness initiatives, in
    that she constantly strives to promote the agriculture and food sectors as
    career destinations for women, and serves as a mentor, providing an
    example of the skills that women need to become informed leaders in the
    industry.
  o Innovator of the Year*:  This category recognizes individuals for the
    women's initiative innovations they create, develop, or launch, and/or
    those who have affected positive change in their companies or industries
    with regard to women's advancement. The efforts of Meshea Brody, manager
    at Bayer CropScience, in establishing a women's network with the goal of
    advancing women at Bayer earned her this award.
  o Leader of the Year*: The winner in this category, Amber Northcut, an
    analyst with Agrium Inc.'s Women's Leadership Group, was recognized for
    her efforts in this newly-created role.  Northcut supports Agrium's
    Women's Leadership Group's council and volunteer chapters in the
    development of mentoring, networking and learning opportunities to help
    women take charge of their careers.
  o Company/Organization:  This award recognizes the achievements of
    organizations that have initiated programs to support achievements,
    programs and mentoring growth of women.  Dow AgroSciences was chosen
    because of their continuously-improving, dedicated commitment to promoting
    the advancement of women in ag.

The recipients of the Demeter Award of Excellence were selected by the Women
in Agribusiness National Advisory Board, which includes women in managerial
and executive roles from Bunge Ltd., Cargill, U.S. Bank Food Industries, Kraft
and Monsanto, to name a few of the 23 select companies represented on the
board.  See the full list here.

"With our women in agribusiness initiatives we seek to bring together women in
the industry to discuss their unique experiences, sharing challenges and
achievements in an effort to advance all women in the sector," said Joy
O'Shaughnessy, event director of the Women in Agribusiness Summit, which is
hosted by agribusiness strategic advisory firm HighQuest Partners. 

"Recognizing key women who have excelled in this endeavor is our goal in
presenting these awards, which we hope will further the mission and exemplify
our belief that nurturing women's advancement is in the best interests of the
agribusiness and food industries. Congratulations to all the winners!"

Over 400 attendees are expected at this year's Women in Agribusiness Summit,
whose goals are twofold: to make the agriculture and food sectors career
destinations for today's talented women, and to provide tools for women to
become informed leaders in the industry. Visit www.womeninag.com for detailed
event information and to register (use code: PR-WIA8 for a 10% discount).

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CONTACT:   Michelle Pelletier Marshall 
           PR/Media Manager 
           978.887.8800, x117 
           mmarshall@highquestpartners.com

* These nominees may not hold executive positions within their respective
companies.

SOURCE HighQuest Partners

Website: http://www.highquestpartners.com
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