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College of Agricultural Sciences co-hosts "Aspire to Grow"

November 8, 2013

CSU's College of Agricultural Sciences will co-host "Aspire to Grow" on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

'Aspire to Grow' is a premiere leadership conference for women involved in agriculture.'Aspire to Grow'

"Aspire to Grow" is a premiere leadership conference for women involved in agriculture. Founded in partnership by the Colorado chapter of the Agrium Women’s Leadership Group (AWLG) at Agrium Inc. and the Colorado FFA Foundation, "Aspire to Grow" is in the first year in what is planned to be an annual leadership event dedicated to promoting the education, cultivation, and empowerment of young women in the agricultural industry. CSU Agricultural Education and the Colorado FFA Foundation are helping to plan and host the event.

“This event will be an excellent opportunity for young women that are excited about agriculture to connect with each other and some of best leaders of agriculture in Colorado,” said Don Thorn, executive director of the Colorado FFA Foundation.

On Tuesday, Nov. 12 high school, college and career women interested in learning more about opportunities in agriculture will attend the full day conference at the Hilton - Fort Collins. 

Teaching and motivating

One of the highlights of the "Aspire to Grow" event will be the lunch time key note address by Laila Hajji. Hajji has spoken to over 100,000 people in over 40 states Laila Hajjiand in Japan. Her passion is teaching and motivating people to realize their own potential. She is currently a sales rep for Syngenta selling corn and soybean seed and crop protection chemicals. Hajji draws on her daily experiences with customers and farmers to motivate audiences. She served as the National FFA Vice President from 2008 - 2009.

A full day of activities including rotating breakout sessions hosted by some of Agrium’s top women and an afternoon tour of the Colorado State University campus will offer participants a glimpse at the variety of career options this industry has to offer.

Touring CSU

Close to 100 high school students will tour the CSU campus in the afternoon. Representatives from CSU's College of Agricultural Sciences and the Ag Ambassadors will be conducting the tours in the afternoon.

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