Sharing Wisdom Educational Seminar

Virtual Sharing Wisdom Event:

Harnessing Transitions in Your Life and Career

Recordings available! Event happened live on February 24th.

You encounter change all of the time, both in your personal and professional lives, but it’s how well we handle change that determines the success of the transition. Whether you are working through something yourself, supporting someone going through change, or planning for the future, this session is created for you to harness the moment; Build your resiliency and see how others have handled similar situations, both gracefully and with some speed bumps along the way. During this virtual Sharing Wisdom event, we invite you to join in on the discussion to other members’ life changes, hear tips and experiences from others, build your confidence and become empowered to succeed in your next step and handle change where you are.


This virtual Sharing Wisdom event starts with a keynote from Laura Daniels (Dairy Girl Network and Hitch Pin Consulting). She will have you laughing as you learn real tactics and proven tips designed to help you see all the options before you. Laura will get real, sharing examples where she faced change, both planned and unplanned. And finally, she will encourage you to harness your own resiliency. You have done hard things before, and you are more ready than you realize. 

Next, you will have access to all 3 breakout rooms: 

Transitioning Careers and Life after College:

Are you getting ready to graduate and wondering how to prepare for “the real world” and whatever job/lifestyle that will bring? What can you do now to make that transition smooth, and honestly, less intimidating? Or maybe you are a few years into your career and realizing it is time for a change. How do you know if this change is the right fit, and how do you keep from burning bridges along the way? Join us to discuss the steps others took, what questions you need to ask and how to advocate for yourself and your worth.  

Panelists Carlyn Peterson, Dairy Technical Services Manager, Adisseo; Amy Dicke, DVM, Hilltop Farms Inc.; moderated by Connie Kuber, Co-Owner, Connor Agriscience  

Moving into a Management/Leadership Position:

Is it time for you to move into a management position on the farm or in your company? How do you handle relationship changes, especially if you are working with family? What opportunities are out there to develop the next generation? Or maybe you are thinking about joining a Board of Directors or getting more involved in your community. What time and skills are required? How do you take this step? Join us for this breakout session to learn skills to confidently move into management or a leadership position.

Panelists Erin Nutcher, Co-Owner, Hidden Valley Dairy LP.; Dana Brooks, President and CEO, The Pet Food Institute; moderated by Jackie Klippenstein, Sr Vice President, Government, Industry and Community Relations, Dairy Farmers of America

Later in Career: What’s Next:

Retirement on your mind? Or maybe you are planning your farm transition or how to exit the industry gracefully? Wondering how you will support yourself after this lifestyle change, or how you help the next generation take over? Maybe you have no idea what’s next, but it’s time to start thinking about it. Join us for this breakout session to explore your next purpose. This session will be hosted by a dairy farmer and business owner who has worked/is working to transition businesses to the next generation, and also an agribusiness woman who had no idea what was next, but enjoyed the journey.  

Panelists Liz Henry, Owner and CMO, J. Henry & Sons Wisconsin Straight Bourbon; Hank Wagner, Author, People Influencer, CEO/President of Wagner Farms, Dreams Happen and Wagner Leadership Training; moderated by Jeannette Sheehan, Dairy Farmer and Partner at Sheeknoll Farm

To close the virtual event, all participants join back together for a presentation by psychologist Dr. Michael Roubicek on how to stay mentally healthy and make sure you check-in with yourself to be the best you during big life changes. Bonus: A digital worksheet to stay grounded during change, plus resources and contacts for future ongoing conversations. 

Meet the Speakers:

Opening Keynote Speaker: Laura Daniels, President and Founder, Dairy Girl Network

Laura Daniels is a farmer, coach, consultant and agriculture advocate. For 15 years Laura served as the General Manager of her dairy, Heartwood Farm, in charge of day-to-day operations. Now, she advises fellow farmers and business owners in the areas of team building and strategic planning with Hitch Pin Consulting. Laura founded Dairy Girl Network in 2013 to help fellow dairywomen across the United States connect and succeed. Laura enjoys sharing this passion through giving speeches and leading workshops that inspire many to find their purpose, build their skill and have the confidence to tell their story.


Closing Keynote Speaker: Michael C. Roubicek, PhD, LCSW, Psychotherapist

“Dr. Mike” has been a psychotherapist since 1983. He is the co-owner of Roubicek & Thacker Counseling, the Central Valley’s premier provider of individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Mike also provides psychological services for bariatric surgery patients at ALSA Medical Group. In his therapy work, Mike specializes in helping those who struggle with anxiety and depression, addiction, trauma, and managing challenges that arise after gastric bypass surgery. Mike holds Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Marriage & Family Therapy, as well as a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.


Breakout Session: Transitions Careers and Life After College

Panelist: Carlyn Peterson, Dairy Technical Services Manager, Adisseo

Carlyn Peterson is originally from San Diego County and has been passionate about dairy cows from an early age. She went to UC Davis as an undergraduate with the hopes of pursuing a career in Veterinary Medicine. She later got involved in research and changed paths to dairy cattle nutrition and sustainability where she completed her masters and PhD in the lab of Dr. Frank Mitloehner. During her time at UCD she taught a variety of courses ranging from animal production to career discovery as well as pedagogy, among others. Carlyn currently works as a Technical Manager in CA for Adisseo, a company primarily focused on amino acid balancing in dairy cattle diets. When she isn’t working, she enjoys completing projects at her new home or hanging out with her two French bulldogs, Beauvine and Bentley.

Panelist: Amy Dicke, DVM, Hilltop Farms Inc.

Amy Dicke is an experienced dairy producer in Southwest Ohio. She farms with her husband and son, which makes five generations of family that have been dedicated to the dairy industry. Her educational background includes a BS in Dairy Science and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University. Amy spent close to four decades practicing veterinary medicine, initially in a private mixed animal practice followed by a corporate technical services/scientific communication role with The Iams Company. Her last five years have been exclusively dedicated to their dairy, during which robotic milking technology was installed. Amy’s primary responsibilities are managing the husbandry of the young stock, providing herd preventative, sick and emergency health care, performing the majority of the artificial insemination, and handling the accounting and livestock records for the farm.

Moderator: Connie Kuber, Co-Owner, Connor Agriscience

Connie Kuber is co-owner of Connor Agriscience and Sealpro® Silage Barrier Film. She grew up on a small Southeast Minnesota dairy farm, but now she’s lived in California for nearly 40 years, working in genetics, freelance writing, and for the past 25 years, has been in business with her husband, Ron, helping farmers make and manage silage. Connor (a combination of their names) is an education company first, teaching correct harvest strategy and silage management, resulting in more, better, and safer silage. Connie is currently President of the Bolsen Safety Foundation, serves on the Dairy Girl Network Board of Directors, and the advisory council for Clovis FFA. She and Ron have three grown children. Connie spends her free time training her labrador retriever Amazing Grace and sailing.


Breakout Session: Transitions Careers and Life After College

Panelist: Erin Nutcher, Co-Owner, Hidden Valley Dairy LP

Erin Nutcher is a 4th generation dairy farmer from Gustine, California. Erin and her husband, Trevor, are in a partnership with Trevor’s family managing 2,100 cows and farming 750 acres where she oversees the bookkeeping and human resources of the operation while raising their two small children. Erin graduated from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Dairy Science with a minor in Ag Business. She currently is serving on the California Milk Advisory Board Social Media Team and has a passion for sharing their daily dairy life and industry facts on her social media channels (@ca_dairy_wife).

Panelist: Dana Brooks, President and CEO, The Pet Food Institute

Dana Brooks serves as president and CEO of the Pet Food Institute (PFI), the national trade association representing more than 90% of pet food and treats manufactured in the U.S. She has worked in government relations for 20 years representing agricultural interests. Her resume includes director of government relations for Elanco Animal Health, senior vice president of government relations at the National Milk Producers Federation, and director of public policy at the American Farm Bureau Federation. Prior to joining PFI, Dana was the senior director of government relations at Land O’Lakes, Inc. She started her career in D.C. as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives for former Reps. Marion Berry (D-AR) and JoAnn Emerson (R-MO). She was named as a Woman of Influence for the pet industry in 2019 and 2021 and Power 50 in 2021.

Moderator: Jackie Klippenstein, Senior Vice President, Government, Industry and Community Relations, Dairy Farmers of America

Since joining DFA in 2008, Jackie has led federal and state legislative and regulatory efforts, has played an active role in member services, and has provided leadership in the Cooperative’s community initiatives. Additionally, she has a role in guiding the Cooperative’s employee development, engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Jackie serves on the boards of National Milk Producers Federation, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, the regional American Red Cross, and the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City. Prior to joining DFA, Jackie spent nearly 15 years in Washington D.C. as an advocate for agricultural interests and as a congressional aide, having worked for members of both the U.S. House and Senate.


Breakout Session: Later in Life: What’s Next

Panelist: Liz Henry, Owner and CMO, J. Henry & Sons Wisconsin Straight Bourbon

Liz Henry holds a B.S. in Meat & Animal Science and Dairy Science from UW-Madison. After, she worked on Henry Farms, LLC until becoming Alice in Dairyland, marketing Wisconsin agricultural products throughout the state and the nation. Following her year as “Alice”, Liz worked for American Breeders Service and had a brief appointment at the UW Foundation prior to obtaining her MBA. Liz re-entered the workforce with Kraft Foods – Oscar Mayer before joining Badger AgVest, an investor alliance for Wisconsin agriculture. She then served as Associate Director of the Renk Agribusiness Institute. Liz left the university in 2016 to rejoin the family farm and dedicate full-time efforts to the new, value-added ag business of making Wisconsin bourbon. The Henry’s have been producing J. Henry & Sons Wisconsin Straight Bourbon since 2009 and it has been an award winning nationally and internationally acclaimed favorite. Liz is a certified Executive Bourbon Steward and a Level II Wine & Spirits Steward and does bourbon education and appreciation programs on the farm and in collaboration with Food & Beverage industry professionals throughout the world. She and her husband have two sons and they continue to raise 2000 acres of seed corn and seed soybeans in south central Wisconsin, as well as the heirloom mash bill grains for their bourbons.

Panelist: Hank Wagner, Author, People Influencer, CEO/President of Wagner Farms, Dreams Happen and Wagner Leadership Training

Hank Wagner, along with his amazing wife Pam and two children, Shawn and Laura, own and operate multiple businesses. One is a fifth-generation dairy farm where they produce enough to provide a glass of milk to over 150,000 people every day. Hank is also founder of Wagner Leadership Training and loves to help people understand how leadership impacts every area of our lives. Hank has been involved in many organizations and has held numerous leadership roles. He also writes articles for numerous publications and has authored two books. Hank is a frequent speaker across the United States and internationally. He believes that people are what is most important in life and is passionate about helping others be more aware of their potential for success, in every area of their lives.

Moderator: Jeanette Sheehan, Dairy Farmer and Partner at Sheeknoll Farm

Jeannette Sheehan is a dairy farmer at Sheeknoll Farms located near Rochester, MN. For 38 years she and husband, Robert, have been in the Sheehan family partnership milking 300 Registered Holstein cows at two dairy sites. Jeannette and her family were proud to breed and show the 2016 Champion Holstein Cow and Reserve Supreme Champion at World Dairy Expo. In 2018 Jeannette was named WDE Dairy Women of the Year and the following year the couple were inducted into the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Hall of Fame and University of Minnesota Gopher Dairy Club Golden Graduate Award recipients. Locally she serves on the Olmsted County fair board and is a founding member of the agriculture Miracle of Birth exhibit at the fair. Dairy judging and coaching 4-H teams has been a passion of hers along with sharing her skills and knowledge as a presenter for Ag in the Classroom, hosting farm tours for schools, judging workouts and participating in Dairy Girl Network programs.