Leadership lessons, legislative updates and laughter are on the agenda for the 2016 Women’s Leadership Conference sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation, April 6-7 in Birmingham.
More than 200 women are expected to attend the annual event at the Wynfrey Hotel. Registration for the event ends Feb. 26. Federation Women’s Leadership Division Director Kim Ramsey said the program packs a lot of information and fun into a short timeframe.
“Whether it’s how to communicate with a legislator about an upcoming bill or working to spotlight agriculture in their home county, we’ll discuss those things and more at the conference,” Ramsey said. “We want to get people involved in our organization, and we need them to promote agriculture on local, state and national levels.”
The conference kicks off Wednesday with registration and pop tab collections from county organizations that support the Ronald McDonald House. Attendees can unwind with a complimentary therapeutic massage near the registration area before attending the opening banquet where motivational speaker and humorist Susie Oberdahlhoff of Missouri will entertain. A city-born preacher’s kid turned farm wife, Oberdahlhoff amuses audiences across the country, sharing everyday experiences through her gift of storytelling.
Following a legislative update Thursday morning by Federation political consultant and former Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman, conference attendees will attend workshops on Alabama’s Agriculture in the Classroom; sun safety and skin cancer awareness; and other programs. Additionally, members can purchase unique clothing, jewelry and accessories from and county vendors who feature at the conference.
On April 7, the conference will merge with the Farm-City Awards Luncheon to recognize outstanding work by county Farm-City committees and announce winners in the poster, essay and multimedia contests. Presentation of the 2016 Farm of Distinction award will conclude the luncheon.
The conference ends that evening with fellowship and live entertainment.
To register for the conference, visit AlfaFarmers.org, or contact your county Farmers Federation for more details.