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Gleason said it's important to stand up for yourself.
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a voice, or you'll get trampled," she said.
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and ensuring the success for women is hearing from
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in the industry is the lack of mentors, with 75% of
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said. Discussions about career paths need to start early,
she said, as soon as grade school. Gleason agreed that
women need good mentors, people who are going to be
honest, help them and teach them along the way.
"True mentorship from high-level leaders taking an
interest and making sure women are successful would
Larisa Bontrager is one of a few women working in production at
Belstra Milling's facility in Indiana, but she said the company has
help," she said. "Retention of women is such an issue
women in a variety of jobs throughout the facility.
and if mentors genuinely take an interest, they can recognize when someone is struggling or having a hard
When it comes to retention, the sometimes-remote time and help guide and develop. If more women are
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Churchill echoed the sentiment that mentors and
in many of ADM's locations, it is the single largest em- support is needed among the women in the agribusiployer, D'Ambrose said.
ness industry.
"When people decide to have a partner in life, that part"Women need to stick together and support each othner wants to have a career, too," he said. "There needs er," she said. "There's no need to be so competitive that
to be other employment opportunities for those people. you shut other women out. Companies follow EEOC
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gain access to that group. You have to support each othGleason and her spouse met while on the job, and er and help each other, whether that's moving ahead or
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both. When she left Ardent, the couple decided they mentoring talented young men and women.
would follow her career.
"It's on all of us to recognize that the talent is there,"
"Now he's in consulting and we can live anywhere in she said. "There are opportunities now that we didn't
the continental U.S.," she said.
have before. There's less stereotyping but we have to
continue to push against that. I think no woman wants
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From the Editor - Narrowing the gender gap in agribusiness
Calendar of Events
IAOM plans annual conference and expo in Portland, Oregon, U.S.
News Review
Grain Market Review - Rice
Country Focus - Focus on Saudi Arabia
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