Women Leading in Ohio Agribusiness

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Even though women have been working in agribusiness for decades, there are particular challenges that face women in professional agribusiness roles. Through small group discussions and input from members, OABA is pleased to offer a forum for women who are looking for resources from experts and peers alike to face these challenges - the Women Leading in Ohio Agribusiness program.

The program offers professional development, networking opportunities and more to OABA’s female leaders. Women new or seasoned in the industry are invited and encouraged to participate and share with one another.


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Impact & Connection Series

The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is pleased to announce new leadership development and networking opportunities for the Women Leading in Ohio Agribusiness Program. Through the Impact podcast series and Connection networking events, Ohio’s female leaders will have the opportunity to dive into leadership topics while also networking with their peers.

Impact Podcast

Through the new, 8-month podcast series, Ohio’s agribusiness women will be inspired by the stories of other women in agriculture who have been successful in their various roles. Each episode will be 45-60 minutes long and consist of an interview with one guest. The first episode will be available in May with subsequent episodes releasing the first week of every month.

Connection Networking Hour

The Connection networking hour provides the opportunity for women to come together and discuss the monthly podcast, while also networking with their peers. A safe space to explore the podcast topics together, Connection will include large group discussions, as well as smaller breakout discussions, with plenty of opportunity to get to know fellow agribusiness leaders.


Registration for Impact & Connection grants an individual access to all eight podcasts and each month’s networking hour. All podcasts will be available throughout the year. 

NEW discounted pricing for second half of Impact podcast series and Connection Networking Hours! Receive the remaining podcast releases and Connection hours, plus the four previously released Impact podcast episodes, for $160 for OABA members and $200 for non-members.

Click here to register for the Impact & Connection series.


Impact Podcast Series

May - Chasitie Euler 

The Impact podcast kicks off with Chasitie Euler as the first guest, diving into the critical need for intentionality in your work life and family life. As a working mom who has spent her career in agricultural sales and business, Chasitie shares her experiences evaluating priorities and modeling expectations for her team and for her kids. Learn how she approaches each day and why she believes gender isn’t a barrier in agriculture.

June - Cheryl Ricketts

The second podcast features Cheryl Ricketts - you won't want to miss this conversation! “Is there anything that women can do in the ag school?"  When Cheryl Ricketts asked a college professor this question more than thirty years ago, she could never have imagined where her career would take her. Join us for this episode of Impact to hear how Cheryl eventually became president of her own HR and talent consulting firm and take away some great frameworks to consider for tackling problems, making decisions, and navigating career transitions.

July - Angela Krile

“If the focus is on everyone else, it’s going to come back around; you just have to trust that.”

Angela Krile, President and CEO of Krile Communications, is our guest for the third podcast episode of the Impact & Connection series. In her conversation with host Marlene Eick, Angela describes identifying her greatest client (spoiler: it’s not who you think) and how focusing on others has guided her career and impacted her communications firm.

August - Traci Bultemeier

What did selling hundreds of cases of fruit each year in high school teach Traci Bultemeier about selling? Find out in this month’s episode when Traci joins host Marlene Eick to discuss learning from mentors, making people feel heard, and more. Traci has worked with Pioneer for almost twenty years and also chairs the International Certified Crop Advisers Board, working with CCAs across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil.

September - Anne Cook

Anne Cook focuses on safety every day in her role as Safety Director at Custom Agri Systems, so she knows a thing or two about stress, triggers and risks. In this month’s Impact Podcast episode, hear Anne’s ideas and experiences about how to notice stress in all areas of our work life and understand its impact on our bodies, brains and hearts.

October - Jean Bratton

Jean Bratton is the CEO of Centerra Co-op, an agricultural cooperative here in Ohio, but the first season of her career found her working in Fortune 500 companies. Her training as an economist and experience with mergers and acquisitions has given her a unique perspective as a leader. You’re going to love her ideas about marginal differences on teams and how we lead a team through big changes like a merger.

November - Rhoda Crown

“Do it scared.” That’s just the beginning of the perspective Rhoda Crown gives in this episode of Impact. Rhoda has served as CEO of Coshocton Grain for two decades and shares her wisdom about change, mentoring others, and leading through crisis.

December - Carolyn Eselgroth

If you’ve ever contemplated a career change - big or small - this episode is for you. After beginning a career as an agriculture journalist, Carolyn Eselgroth decided to change course and charted the next season of her career in agriculture law. In this conversation, Carolyn talks through making decisions about change and how to find the courage to execute a decision. We all experience change - don’t miss this episode on finding the perspective and grit for your next change.

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