Women of Indiana Agribusiness Session Three - Overcoming Barriers

Women play a crucial role in the agribusiness sector. Women aspire to leadership positions as much as men do, however; organizations, particularly agribusinesses, have a history of funneling women into jobs with a shorter career ladder.  Join us for a moderated panel discussion highlighting women in agribusiness leadership roles and learn how they overcame barriers to take a seat at the head table. Lunch is included with your registration!

Panel:

  • Amy Cornell, ACI President, Moderator
  • Amy Kinsler, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Co-Alliance Cooperative
  • JoAnn Brouillette – NGFA Chair; Operating Partner Lewis & Clark AgriFood; President and Managing Partner, Demeter LP 
  • Brianna J. Schroeder, Janzen Schroeder Ag Law
  • Lisa Hanson, Safety Director, AgPlus
  • Maria Schouvieller, Soybean Team Lead, Cargill
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Amy Kinsler, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Co-Alliance LLP

Amy Kinsler leads Co-Alliance’s Sales & Marketing efforts across all four core divisions, including Agronomy, Energy, Grain and Swine & Animal Nutrition. In previous roles, Amy served as the Business Manager for the Crop Protection and Seed Business Departments. Prior to joining Co-Alliance, Amy spent several years as an Account Manager for Bayer Crop Science and as an Extension Educator for the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service.

Amy received her master’s degree in adult education and her bachelor’s degree in animal agribusiness from Purdue University.

Outside of her professional career, Amy is part of a fourth-generation corn and soybean family farm in Frankfort, Indiana. It is on that farm that she can put her passion and experience to work. Amy balances a busy career in agriculture and her family life with her husband Clayton and three young children.


JoAnn Brouillette, NGFA Chair; Operating Partner Lewis & Clark AgriFood; President and Managing Partner, Demeter LP

JoAnn has extensive investment and operating experience owning, advising and managing companies in the food and agriculture sectors. As a Lewis & Clark Operating Partner, she continues as the Managing Partner and President of Demeter LP, a privately held agribusiness firm headquartered in Fowler, Indiana. 

JoAnn is the current chair of the National Grain & Feed Association and serves as a trustee of Purdue University. She was elected to the board of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in 2010, chosen as one of the Indiana Chamber Volunteers of the Year in 2018, was vice chair in 2020, and was recently appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors for 2021. Her achievements also include being awarded the AgriVision Award from the State of Indiana in 2010 and being appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation by President George W. Bush in 2003 and again in 2005. 

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hanover College, majoring in business. 

Brianna J. Schroeder, Janzen Schroeder Ag Law

Brianna grew up on a family farm in northeastern Indiana. Now she focuses her legal practice working for farmers and agribusinesses. Brianna has litigated complex environmental and agricultural matters, including insurance coverage, regulatory compliance, tort claims, zoning appeals, and employment claims. Brianna also negotiates and drafts contracts for agricultural companies and farms, including solar leases and employment agreements. She is licensed in Indiana and Illinois and has represented a wide variety of clients from start-up companies and livestock farmers to large agricultural businesses, trade groups, and municipalities.

Brianna has authored numerous articles and given presentations on a variety of topics, including livestock operations, land use, the Clean Water Act, solar power, employment issues, farm contracts, agritourism, and insurance coverage. She was selected to be a member of the AgriInstitute’s Agricultural Leadership Program (Class 18), is currently on the executive committee for the Indianapolis Bar Association’s environmental law section, and co-chairs several committees for the American Agricultural Law Association.

Lisa Hanson, Safety Director, AgPlus

Lisa grew up on my family’s diversified crop and livestock farm in Walton, Indiana, and was a 10-year 4-H member showing cattle, sheep, and hogs.  In 1987, she was the Indiana State Beef Queen representing the Beef Industry in Indiana.  She was also an active FFA member in the Lewis Cass FFA Chapter and started the livestock judging team at Lewis Cass High School.

She attended Purdue University and Iowa State University graduating with a B.S in Agribusiness Management.

After graduating from Iowa State, Lisa started working at Friskies Pet Food working in quality control in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Since then, she has worked for ADM, The Andersons, CHS, and is currently at Ag Plus. While at The Andersons, she helped to start The Andersons ANDE (BHE) safety program. As ANDE Facilitator (Safety), she was responsible for planning, organizing, and running ANDE meetings. She was also responsible for safety observations, ANDE reports, data entry, entering maintenance work orders, training and communication of the ANDE program to all levels of employees. This was the first of its kind, in safety at The Andersons.  Since The Andersons, I have worked for CHS as a safety consultant and currently serve Ag Plus as safety director.  With both of those companies she has created safety programs for companies in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky.  In addition to creating needed policies, she reviews current policies to help improve changes based on technology and equipment.

She is currently involved with the Indiana Risk Coordinators Group. This group is made up of safety professionals from agriculture cooperatives in Indiana. The group works to address industry issues with safety, and develop new ideas. She is a certified auditor with Responsible Ag. This allows her to use her training to better serve her company as well as be a resource for other agriculture companies. 

She has served on various committees, both professional and within her community, throughout her career. She is mom to Austin and grandma to Kyeson.

 

 

Maria Schouvieller, Soybean Team Lead, Cargill Inc.

Maria Schouvieller grew up in Minnesota with  currently leads Cargill’s Eastern Bean Team, covering all crush and elevator assets East of the Mississippi. She recently moved to Lafayette from Cargill’s Minneapolis office with her husband, who trades Cargill’s Eastern rail corn book.

Maria has held multiple different trading roles throughout her career with Cargill. She started with Cargill in Des Moines, Iowa and moved to Sioux City, IA, Minneapolis, MN, and Lafayette, IN trading soybeans, corn, DDGs, and back to soybeans over the last 8 years.

 

Most recently, Maria and her team cover bean origination for Cargill’s Eastern crush plants in Sidney, OH; Lafayette, IN; Guntersville, AL; Fayetteville, NC; and Gainesville, GA, as well as Cargill’s elevator system across IN, OH, IL, and MI.

 

 Maria received her MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School in 2020 and her bachelor’s degrees in Political Science & French from Stanford University in 2013. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her 5 siblings and 4 nieces and nephews, distance running, and (trying to) golf.

 

 

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