Noted specialist to discuss generational diversity in the workforce at upcoming conference

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

OLATHE — One of the nation's leaders in management training and generational diversity in workforce will be discussing these topics at an upcoming Kansas State University conference.

"Building the Future: Leadership through Change" is March 30-31 at the Kansas State University Olathe campus. The conference features a keynote speech by Bruce Tulgan, author, business consultant and founder of RainmakerThinking Inc. — a research, training and consulting firm that specializes in generational issues in the workplace. He will discuss management, leadership through change and working with millennials.

"As businesses look to grow a pipeline of new leaders and attract the best talent to their firms, change management and working well with diverse teams is a persistent need," said Deborah Kohl, coordinator of Kansas State University's Master of Agribusiness program, or MAB. "No matter where you are in business, Bruce Tulgen will have immediately applicable strategies that will benefit you."

"Building the Future: Leadership through Change" is the eighth professional development and alumni reunion event from the MAB program. The conference is a collaboration of the MAB program and K-State Olathe, with the support of the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City.

"Agribusiness encompasses many different fields and professions," Kohl said. "We envision this conference and its topics being useful for people in all career stages in both the food supply chain and animal health fields — from a retailer who stocks food to someone interested in starting their own companion animal health related business."

Breakout sessions at the conference include:

• "Data Security/Data Risk," Ken Harmon of Koch Industries Inc.

• "Marketing in the Digital Age," Neil Caskey of Osborne and Barr.

• "Human Resources," Bruce Tulgan of RainmakerThinking Inc.

• "Government/Policy Outlook" invited panel, Dana Brooks of Land O'Lakes Inc.

• "Unmanned Aerial Systems," Billy Brown of the Kansas Department of Agriculture; Robert Boyd, FFA committee member; and Kurt Carraway of Kansas State Polytechnic.

• "Legal Update," Mark Anstoeter, Shook of Hardy and Bacon LLP.

• "Outcomes Research," Elva Cha of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.

• "Mergers and Acquisitions," John Breeden of DuPont Sustainable Solutions.

Registration for the conference is $300 per person before March 17 and $350 per person after March 17. The registration fee includes meals and meeting materials. Sign up at

Kansas State University's Master of Agribusiness is an award-winning, distance-education degree program that focuses on food and agribusiness management. Students and alumni work in every sector of the food and agribusiness industry and are located in 40 states within the United States and in more than 30 countries.

K-State Olathe supports the needs of industry in Greater Kansas City through academic programs and educational opportunities, such the upcoming MAB event.