Empower the leader within

FCC Women in Ag Summit will give you the confidence to take your operation and business to new heights. Boost your leadership skills and make powerful connections to build personal and professional growth.




Topics and speakers

Vanessa Stockbrugger
Financial Educator and Coach

Building financial strength with confidence

We spend a great deal of time and energy to make money in our farm or agribusiness. But how much effort do we put into how we spend and save it? Having a deliberate and effective money strategy reduces stress, helps us meet goals and better prepares us for whatever life may throw our way.

Through an objective lens, Vanessa will help you become more financially mindful through intentional spending, setting clear goals and finding solutions for saving and growing your money.

What you’ll learn:

  • Importance and steps to becoming more financially mindful
  • How to choose between spending, saving and repaying debt
  • Straightforward review of the saving/investing options available
  • Do’s and don’ts of investing based on personal situation, complexity, risk tolerance and fees 

Anna De Paoli
Management Consultant, Professional Negotiator

Negotiating for success

What does negotiation mean to you?  Professional negotiator Anna De Paoli will share her tips and techniques to help you improve your negotiation skills through preparation, target setting and focus on relationships.

What you’ll learn:

  • Improve your negotiation techniques
  • Setting targets and benchmarking
  • Review case studies of agricultural negotiation in action

Toni Newman
Professional Innovation Catalyst

Why? Why not! Because a missed idea is a missed opportunity to make a difference

Everywhere you look, wonderful people are being asked to do important things with so much less than they had before. The harsh reality is that the way things used to be done has left the building and it’s not coming back anytime soon. 

Toni’s keynote has been delivered to thousands of participants all over the world who to this day still use it as the rallying cry for change and innovation within their own organizations.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to deliver value to the people you serve
  • Thinking outside the box, when the box is always changing
  • How to be different in a way that makes a difference

Dr. Jody Carrington
Psychologist, Author, Game Changer

Leading with greatness

How do you build a team who are committed, courageous and will run through the fire with you? Become a leader who puts relationships first.  Dr. Jody Carrington will show you how to use the power of connection to change your business and operation.

What you’ll learn:

  • Make the uncomfortable, comfortable
  • Excavate the unsaid to create connection
  • Build safe spaces that foster commitment and productivity

Jessica Holmes
Comedian, Author, Mental Health Advocate

*Jessica Holmes will replace
Dr. Jody Carrington in Halifax

Proven tips to living an awesome life

The secrets of success are the same no matter what business you’re in, and success begins with getting motivated. Inspiration and comedy unite in this transformational presentation from “I should…” to “I will!”. Energizing and funny, Jessica’s call to action combined with her trademark character comedy with quirky anecdotes will motivate you.

What you’ll learn:

  • Find greater meaning in your work 
  • Use positive psychology to be happier day to day 
  • Set and reach your goals 
  • Learn to laugh at life’s shortcomings  

Michelle Hillier
Emcee, Movement and Dance Educator

Hosted by Michelle Hillier

Michelle Hillier, movement disruptor, published author and recent TEDx presenter, has moved over a million people of all ages and abilities and is on a mission to inspire people to do it their way. Using music and movement, audiences are challenged to be brighter, bolder versions of themselves and feel an increase of confidence, creativity and connection.