During World Dairy Expo, a Dairy Girl Network Meeting was held at the Monona Terrace in Madison and welcomed more than 180 Dairy Girls. Laura Daniels welcomed and announced that they were proud to have everyone there and that were an official 503 nonprofit corporation.
The Dairy Girl Network aspires to help one another in continuing to move industry progress forward. The group offers opportunities for all women in the dairy industry to achieve personal and professional development. Bellana Putz, customer sales support manager, and Vanessa Knoblock, regional sales specialist for the Midwest, represented Lely at this event.
The Dairy Girl's first event held in the east at the All-American Shows was a large success and the first western event will be held at the World Ag Expo this February.
The group was excited to announce their mentor program that will be starting soon pairing younger members with Dairy Girl mentors in the industry.
"I am looking forward to having the opportunity to help and support other Dairy Girls on the same level that I have enjoyed throughout my career," Knoblock says. "The Dairy Girl Network draws women from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. I draw inspiration and energy from having the opportunity to interact with a diverse, supportive group of Dairy Girls."
Women manage significant roles on dairy farms and vendor businesses, in addition to serving in leadership positions among industry organizations. The experience of professional women involved within the dairy industry is very unique. Passions, triumphs and challenges are somewhat different, compared to other agricultural sectors.
See more pictures from the event in Madison here.