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K-State Research and Extension
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

September 20, 2016

Free webinar: Effective Leadership Strategies Across Generations

Submitted by Mary Bowen

The K-State Master of Agribusiness (MAB) is hosting a free webinar, “Effective Leadership Strategies Across Generations,” presented by Kevin Heikes, MAB alum and Vice President of Product for FarmLink. The webinar will be Thursday, September 29, at noon CST.

The presentation will provide effective strategies for leadership for all generations in the workplace and questions to ask team members that will lead them to high-performance engagement.

“While I am technically GenX, many times I end up translating for both the Boomer generation and the GenY/Millennial generation. For example, I enjoy sharing with Boomers how Hootsuite can turn 99% of Twitter chatter into meaningful customer insights. Or sharing with a Millennial that they need to put down the phone and go shake the hand of their customer and engage in conversation,” Heikes said.

As Vice President of Product for FarmLink, Heikes develops the product pipeline for agribusiness. His focus and expertise are in the commercialization of startups, understanding the agricultural ecosystem and then infusing new technologies into the traditional Agriculture Supply Chain.

Before joining FarmLink in 2014, he was responsible for Technology Operations at Farms Technology, an agtech startup that conducted automated online grain origination, hedging, and trading between grain merchandisers and farmers. In 2012, the company was acquired by DuPont Pioneer, where Heikes led the integration efforts from a small startup into a standalone development team within DuPont Pioneer.

Heikes holds a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from Colorado State University and a Master of Agribusiness from Kansas State University. He was raised on a cattle operation in southern Colorado and now resides with his wife and three daughters in Lenexa, Kansas.

The webinar is free, but attendees must register online at http://bit.ly/2bZ7Dpm. A link will be emailed to all registered participants. For more information about the webinar, contact Deborah Kohl, dkohl@ksu.edu, 785-532-4495.