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Speaker: Susan E. Yoder, Executive Director Seed Your Future

Session Title: Looking Ahead to Make Your Company Attractive to the Next Wave of Employees – A Panel Discussion with This Year’s HortScholars

Tuesday, July 13  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Description: What are potential employees looking for when they are considering applying for positions at your company? How do you share your expectations and understand their interests, and find the best fit for your company?  In this session, Susan E. Yoder of Seed Your Future will moderate a panel discussion with the 2021 HortScholars and explore tips and promising practices to close your workforce gap. 

Level: All Audiences         Type: Business Operations

Session Title:  Are We Making Progress Toward Closing the Workforce Gap in Horticulture?
... An Update From Seed Your Future

Tuesday, July 13  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Description: The global health challenge has had a “green-lining,” attracting more people to plants and nature than in recent decades. The year 2020 brought new plant consumers to our industry — but will that turn into increased interest in pursing careers working with plants?  In this session, Seed Your Future will update attendees on their progress toward promoting horticulture and inspiring more youth to consider careers in horticulture. 

Level: All Audiences    Type: Business Operations

Session Speakers:

Anna Ball, CEO/President at Ball Horticultural Company 
Cole Mangum, Vice President at Bell Nursery USA LLC 
Susan E. Yoder, Executive Director at Seed Your Future

Susan E. Yoder

Executive Director at Seed Your Future 

Susan is the Executive Director of Seed Your Future – a national movement to promote horticulture and encourage more young people to pursue careers working with plants. She joined Seed Your Future in 2016 and brings with her more than twenty-five years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. For most of her career, she has worked with organizations that focus on youth development and providing children, youth and families with opportunities to grow and thrive.  She is passionate about the outdoors and the positive impact it can have on physical and emotional health. She is dedicated to finding more opportunities to move the traditional classroom outside, thus providing youth with the opportunity to learn about — and in — the natural world.

An avid outdoorswoman and gardener, her personal motto is “Think Outside – No Box Required.”

Seed Your Future is the movement to promote horticulture and inspire people to pursue careers working with plants.  
Seed Your Future is the movement to promote horticulture and inspire people to pursue careers working with plants. We envision a world where everyone understands and values the importance of plants and the people who work in the art, science, technology and business of horticulture.

WHAT IS HORTICULTURE? .... Horticulture is the art, technology, and science of plants. It is the food we eat, the landscapes we live and play in, the environments we thrive in. It is the business of managing and using what we grow while maintaining the health of our soil, air, and water, and the well-being of our children, our communities, and our world. In short - it's all about plants!

Email:    info@seedyourfuture.org     Contact:  
Phone:    (484) 798-5934   FAX: 


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