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Emerging Leaders Cafe

Be sure to stop by the emerging leaders cafe to hear great speakers speak on important topics ranging from career conversations to gardening for a sustainable future.

The emerging leaders booth is #409 



Heather Byers: Fundamentals to Starting a New Venture
Heather is applying her experience in the creation and development of a successful business to go back to the fundamentals that made her family’s operation successful.

Panel Discussion: An Employer's Perspective on Hiring
Join three professionals directly responsible for hiring within their organization. This panel discussion is intended to lift the veil on what organizations find important in the interview and hiring process.

Career Conversations
Sit down and join us for casual conversation to discuss career opportunities within our industry as well as the road from school to the workforce. Ten Emerging Leaders from 3 states working in all aspects of the industry will be represented. Be a part of a social networking and educational hour with people who have taken different roads to get to the career they are in today!




Robyn Schmitz: Thriving as a Young Leader
Robyn will speak on successful qualities for new leaders and tactics to be successful in your new (or old) position in the green industry. She has valuable experience in starting a business from the ground up and will share what it takes to bring your best to the table.

Will Gibson: Trial and Tribulations of Native Plants
Will shares what it means to run a niche native plant business. He will discuss getting started in the industry, meeting client expectations, sourcing native plant material, and managing native systems.

Benet Kinghorn: Retro Gardening for a Sustainable Future
Benet will speak to the idea that intentionality and designing for a space isn’t necessarily a new concept. He is throwing it back to the 1850s to see how retro gardening techniques can still be used today, even with a twist.


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P.O. Box 411747 Kansas City, MO 64141