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Third in a Video Series: Five Minutes With... Nationwide

By Michelle Pelletier Marshall, Women in Agribusiness Media (August 24, 2021)

Below is our third in a series of interviews with some of our 2021 Women in Agribusiness Summit (WIA) sponsors (see the first interview with Corteva here, and second with Motif FoodWorks here).

For today’s post, we spoke with Krista Soda, who is a senior consultant with Nationwide. She also is the lead for the company’s Women in Ag Associate Resource Group, which provides opportunities for networking and development to members with a shared interest in agriculture, emphasizing education and awareness of Nationwide’s ag heritage and female contributions to the industry. Krista has been very involved with WIA initiatives through the years, always advocating in support of the Summit.

Nationwide, which was founded by farmers in 1926, has been a long-time sponsor of the Women in Agribusiness Summit. It is the number one writer of farms and ranches in the U.S., and a leader in insurance and risk management for agribusiness and food related operations as well a nationally ranked provider of financial services and employee benefit programs designed for agricultural operators. The company has provided scholarships for students to attend the annual Summit, and in 2017 was recognized with the Women in Agribusiness Demeter Award of Excellence under the Company of the Year category.

For our 10th anniversary Summit this fall, September 21-23 in Minneapolis (yes, we will be live, in-person and do have many registering and excited to gather together again!), Nationwide is a conference bag/box sponsor, and they also will host a WIA Meet Up on September 16 where they will lead a discussion about Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

Tune in here or click the image above to listen to WIA Today's recent conversation with Krista, which talks about the company’s guiding principles (“we value people, we are customer-focused, we act with honesty and integrity, and we trust and respect each other,” said Krista), and how WIA is a perfect fit with their mission to uplift and empower women in the ag industry.


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