Spark: Careers in Agribusiness

This podcast series, hosted by Paulsen President Sara Steever, features in-depth interviews with successful leaders in agribusiness careers. Listen here or subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher.

Dawn Caldwell, Aurora Cooperative

Head of Government Affairs at Aurora Cooperative in Aurora, Neb., Caldwell grew up on a farm and earned a degree in animal science. She discusses her career path, decisions made and lessons learned—and offers encouragement and advice for individuals beginning their careers.

Nancy Johnson, North Dakota Soybean Growers Association

Johnson grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota and studied marketing and communications in college. She shares how her farm background and education prepared her for a variety of jobs during her career.

Liz Hughey, Blue Creek Cattle Company

A self-described mule advocate and horse enthusiast, Hughey is grazing manager at her family’s Red Angus beef ranch in southeastern Indiana and an author of children’s books. She visits with host Sara Steever about her unique career.

Pamela Sweeten, P. Sweeten Consulting

As principal of her own consulting firm, Sweeten is involved in the quickly-growing business of food traceability and safety. She offers advice for young people starting careers in the food industry and agribusiness.

Evelyn Brandt Thomas, Brandt Consolidated, Inc.

Co-founder of Brandt Consolidated, Inc., 94-year-old Evelyn Brandt Thomas is a businesswoman, philanthropist, community leader and force of nature. She discusses her company, involvement in various organizations and offers advice to women starting their careers.

Cari Rincker, Rincker Law, PLLC

Rincker, who grew up on a cattle operation in Shelbyville, Ill., is the owner of Rincker Law, which specializes in food and agriculture law. She discusses her childhood, career path and how she used networking, blogging and social media to grow her firm.

Pam Dincher, Doebler’s Hybrids

Dincher is marketing manager for Doebler’s Hybrids, a historied regional seed brand based in Williamsport, Penn. She visits with host Sara Steever about her career path and passion for ag.

Jeanette Lombardo, Global Water Innovations, Inc.

Co-Founder and Chief Strategic Officer of Global Water and President of American Agri-Women, Lombardo discusses her farm background, career in corporate banking and current involvement in ag policy and advocacy organizations.

Susanne Veatch, Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.

As president and chief marketing officer at Kinze, Veatch grew up around the business, which is a family-owned company started by her father. She discusses her early life, her career path and the challenges of balancing work and family.

Stephanie Liska, Beck Ag, Inc.

President and CEO of Beck Ag, Inc., Liska brought a family farm background and more than 20 years of experience in sales and sales management to Beck Ag. She discusses how her experiences, both personal and professional, have helped shape her success.