Sunday, July 24, 2011

Make your Mark!

The First Ever "Summit"....

When I was on the American Junior Simmental Junior Board and after interning for the American Hereford Association, I wanted to start a leadership conference for AJSA members. Unfortunately, during my time on the junior board this did not happen, but because of some others shared the same goals as me, last year plans were made for the first ever "Summit" Leadership Conference to be held in Kansas City.

I was honored when the junior board asked me to be apart of the planning process for the event, and even asked me to be apart of the conference itself. Drew, Gabby, and I headed to Kansas City last week for the Summit. After a quick intro from outgoing AJSA President Tyler White, I was on to lead the group of fifty-five juniors through icebreakers. We did paper plate introductions about themselves and themselves as leaders, get to know you bingo, two truths and a lie, silent line-up, and the big finale, a game of Ships and Sailors.

Throughout the two day and half day conference AJSA members heard from industry leaders in animal science, marketing, and communications, keynote speaker Andrew McCrea, and travel to visit ranches like Shoal Creek and Sanders Ranch. Overall, it was a great conference and I am so happy that the AJSA was able to put this on to benefit the future of their juniors. It was so rewarding to see something you have dreamed about be put into action.

Thanks again to the AJSA for allowing Drew and I to be apart of this event, and thanks to everyone for their hard work! Can't wait to see this event in the future.

A few photos from the conference.....