POE’s very own Jennifer Kisling, who is active in the agricultural industry, was honored to serve as a mentor at the first AgHERculture Conference in Oklahoma. Hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, AgHERculture is an event created for young women interested in the agriculture industry to hone their professional development and social networking skills.
During the evening of networking, participants were welcomed by Sec. Blayne Arthur, Oklahoma’s First Female Secretary of Agriculture, and motivated by keynote speaker and brand strategy coach Brooke Taylor.
Collegiate ladies had the opportunity to mix and mingle with the mentors. As a mentor, Jennifer was able to share about her journey to where she is today including her college experience and career path. There were about 100 women in attendance.
“My agriculture journey has been unique. I didn’t grow up on a farm and my high school didn’t even offer FFA. I discovered the Oklahoma FFA and 4-H while in college and I was blown away by the way they prepare students for the workforce and leadership positions. Since that time I have been active in both organizations and have even found my way around the show barn. I was the General Superintendent of the Northwest District Junior Livestock Show for six years,” Jennifer said. “Now, working for POE, I see my role in agriculture differently. I am an advocate for rural education. Without rural education the roots of Oklahoma will dry up. I am passionate to support and encourage our rural educators and the vital role they play in our state.”
At POE, Jennifer serves as a REP supervisor and is the Region 10 REP serving northwest Oklahoma. Congratulations Jennifer on being a mentor to so many future leaders.