The Edmond Sun

July 22, 2013

Noted author to be featured at women’s conference

Donald Stotts
Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Author, family business consultant and professional speaker Jolene Brown will provide a keynote address at the Aug. 8-9 Oklahoma Statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference.

A real “Farmer Brown” with a corn and soybean farm in Iowa, she describes herself as being on a mission to share leading-edge best practices, appreciation, laughter and celebration with the people who feed, clothe and fuel the world.

“A successful business-first family does not sacrifice family for business, but values the family and has the family’s best interest at heart,” Brown said. “That is why they do the business correctly.”

Her keynote address will take place at noon Aug. 9, and will focus on learning valuable lessons from yesterday’s wit and wisdom and using them to negotiate the future. Brown also will lead a 90-minute conference session Aug. 8, titled “The Balancing Act: 10 Ideas to Relieve Stress and Bring Renewal to Our Farm and Family Life.”

“Audience members have described me as fun and funny, long-legged but not long-winded and so insightful that they accuse me of sleeping under their beds,” Brown said. “I can also hypnotize a chicken, plug grain augers and entertain the folks behind the equipment parts counter.”

The two-day Oklahoma Statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference will take place at the Moore-Norman Technology Center, at 13301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

“The focus of the conference is to assist women and producers in successfully managing risk for their agricultural enterprises or small businesses,” said Damona Doye, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension farm management specialist.

Cost is $50 per participant if registering by Aug. 1 and $60 thereafter. Registration includes two breakfasts, two lunches, all refreshment breaks, conference materials, post-conference training and a Taste of Oklahoma reception Aug. 8.

Registration forms and additional information are available at http://www.OKWomeninAgandSmallBusiness.com on the Internet, or by calling the OSU department of agricultural economics at 405-744-9826.

A number of concurrent sessions will be offered during the conference. Sessions will focus on a variety of high-profile topics about agriculture, alternative enterprises and business and finance. Participants will be able to attend sessions of most interest and value to them.

Additional information is available at http://www.OKWomeninAgandSmallBusiness.com on the Internet, or by contacting Doye by email at damona.doye@okstate.edu or Jennifer Jensen, project manager, by email at jennifer.jensen@okstate.edu.

More information on Brown — including her highly praised book “Sometimes You Need More Than a 2x4! How-to tips to successfully grow a family business” — is available online at www.JoleneBrown.com.

The two-day event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and numerous sponsors who have helped keep costs low to participants.