Why I’m Attending the 2018 Ag & Food HR Roundtable

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hr roundtableWe are gearing up for the industry’s premier North American event for HR and educational professionals which will be held August 7-9, 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma! Hosted by AgCareers.com and Oklahoma State Universities College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the Ag & Food HR Roundtable will provide relevant content examining recruitment and retention specifically within the ag and food industry. The opportunity for HR and educational professionals to network at the same conference is unique and rewarding!


In preparation for this year’s event we asked repeat attendees to share their thoughts on the Ag & Food HR Roundtable. Paula Beecher is the Director of the Bookhart Student Services Center for the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University and Kevin O’Conner serves as the Recruiting Coordinator for AgReliant Genetics. Both have attended the event in the past and will also be on site in Tulsa.


What was your favorite part of last year’s Roundtable?

Paula: My favorite part of the Roundtable last year was hearing from the speaker who co-wrote the book Marching off the Map (Andrew McPeak). I loved this session and have used this book and his ideas throughout the year!

Kevin: Networking with Career Services people from many universities that I recruit at regularly.

What do you hope to get out of this year’s Roundtable?

Paula: I am looking forward to the sessions but also the networking. The relationships built with colleagues and employers are invaluable in my job!

Kevin: Additional college recruiting tips, use of social media to recruit and promote company culture, networking with career services personnel.

Why do you think student services/career services representatives should make plans to attend this year’s Roundtable?

Paula: The professional development through the sessions is great BUT, I believe the peer connections I have made with colleagues from throughout the US has been the most valuable. I have this great professional network now and I rely on them for bouncing ideas throughout the year, not only at conference time!

Why do you think recruiting and human resources representatives should make plans to attend this year’s Roundtable?

Kevin: The event covers timely topics around the changing communication methods and social media usage of our target candidates.

Make plans to join us in Tulsa! You can view the schedule and more info including registration information here.

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