I'm proud to volunteer and be involved with a number of organizations but one movement in particular involves two things I love: agriculture and helping fellow women personally develop.
AWN is Born
And these two passions formed Ag Women's Network (AWN), a group I've blogged about before. I've been one of the founding members since its inception in 2013 after it started as a 'kitchen table conversation.' It has now morphed into a network of more than 1500+ women from across not only Ontario but other provinces across Canada too. With the movement towards more inclusive networking and using social media as a further way to connect, paired with the increased focus on women 'leaning in' (read Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In), the timing couldn't have been better for AWN, its members and for our agriculture sector.
A New Brand is Launched
This past week, a group of 40+ AWN members were able to get together to celebrate a milestone for our network. We launched our new logo and brand identity which we have been SO excited to share (it was hard keeping a secret, trust me!) Bold, modern and feminine, the new logo (see above!) aims to visually express the network’s purpose and vision for a more diverse and inclusive agriculture sector. Our mission statement "Cultivating and Connecting Leaders for a Strong Agriculture Sector" embodies our goal of wanting to connect and empower women leaders in agriculture through learning, sharing and personal development while benefiting the agriculture sector.
The thing that amazed me at our logo unveiling was seeing women of all ages, feel welcomed to come and join AWN in our celebrations. It was reassuring knowing that women of all stages of their lives - students to women starting their careers to those close to retirement or in retirement - women of all ages felt AWN was a valuable network for them. This is the greatest asset our AWN has - the chance to learn from people of all different walks of life, of all ages and with different perspectives on jobs, motherhood, careers and life choices. It was gratifying realizing that when a group of women - of all ages, experiences and life stages - think the same idea is a good one, then maybe we've just found something truly amazing.