Our industry is one of innovation and representation. So it stands that I’m excited to learn a new organization was created to educate, develop, promote, and retain women working in the industry. Meat and poultry industry leaders from all sectors have come together to create the Women’s Meat Industry Network (WMIN).
“I am very proud to be in the company of a distinguished and talented group of women working in the meat and poultry industry who want to share their knowledge with other women pursuing careers in our fields,” said Heidi Buske, Chair of WMIN. “I look forward to WMIN providing a more formal support system that will expand and strengthen the participation of women in our industry.”
Recognizing that meat and poultry production and related businesses are typically male-dominated, a group of women in industry and academia agreed to work together to address this disparity and to improve professional development and career opportunities for women.
All those interested to join are welcome. According to the release, the organization is comprised of members at all stages of their careers from entry-level to C-suite and in all types of jobs such as sales, operations, food safety, management, and more. WMIN members will benefit through mentoring, professional development, and networking opportunities. Membership is not exclusive to women; the organization is open to anyone with an interest in promoting WMIN’s values.
Currently, WMIN’s Board of Directors includes:
WMIN is thankful for the sponsorship by American Foods Group, Cargill, Pork Checkoff, Clemens Food Group, Seaboard Foods, and the U.S. Meat Export Federation. The nonprofit organization will hold its first in-person networking event at the International Production and Processing Expo on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.
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