Whether you want to be an active leader within your farm family, create the agribusiness career path of your dreams, or influence local agricultural boards and committees, this conference will have something for you. The event will bring women together for inspiration, informal mentoring, new ideas and expanded skill sets around leadership. As we continue to grow the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag program, we want to offer activities that are unique in our state, take advantage of university expertise, and support the community of women in agriculture.

The main leadership conference takes place on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus, Ames, Iowa. Registration begins at 7:30 AM and the program runs 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Please join us Monday afternoon beginning at 3:00 PM for a campus tour. Visit one of the 25 most beautiful campuses in the country, nestled on more than 1,900 acres. Following the tour an optional, intensive workshop session is scheduled for Monday evening, November 27, 2017, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. These three hour workshops with dinner will focus on specific skill sets for professional and personal development. There is a $20 fee for the optional workshop and dinner. The campus tour is free.

Conference agenda

Printable agenda

Conference venue and parking

Scheman Building

In the heart of the Iowa State Center stands the Scheman Building with 21 meeting rooms of varying size, 30,600 square feet of indoor exhibit and conference space, 2,600 square feet of covered outdoor space, and 450-seat Benton Auditorium. Brunnier Art Museum, located on the second floor of the Scheman Building, is Iowa's only American Association of Museums (AAM) accredited museum emphasizing a decorative arts collection located within a performing arts and conference complex.

Free parking is available for Scheman visitors in lots north and south of the building in designated areas.


A block of rooms is set aside for conference attendees at the Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites at 2500 University Boulevard in Ames, Iowa. A special rate of $89.00 plus tax per night is available for rooms with one King bed or two Queen beds.

To make a reservation call 515-296-2500 and reference the ISU Women in Ag Leadership Conference. Call early for greatest availability, but there is no deadlline.


Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Department of Economics and the through the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives Economics Endowment


  • Early registration, prior to midnight,
    November 22 – $60
  • Late or on-site registration – $85
  • Student registration – $30 discount off current registration rate
  • Monday evening workshop and dinner – $20 in addition to conference registration

Registration includes refreshment breaks, lunch and conference materials.

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Register by mail

Registrations are not accepted by phone.

Advance registration for this event has closed. Registrations will be accepted at the door.

Cancellation and refunds
Registration cancellations requesting a refund must be received prior to midnight, November 22. To cancel your registration please call (515) 294-6429 or email anr@iastate.edu.

Confirmation of registration
Registration receipts are sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering.

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.


A limited number of registration scholarships are available to assist with attending this conference.

Program contact

Madeline Schultz
program manager
(515) 294-0588