The Dairy Girl Network (DGN) is proud to present the newly created Forward Under 40 award. This award will be presented bi-annually at Forward TogetHER, the Dairy Girl Network National Conference, and will honor 4 dairywomen that are working to better our industry today. These honored dairywomen exemplify passionate involvement and possess strong leadership skills, innovative thinking and ideas that are impacting the industry right now. All applicants were nominated by fellow dairywomen and men from across the country and were judged by an outside panel made of anonymous industry professionals and producers. We are excited to announce the first 4 recipients that were honored earlier this month at the second Forward TogetHER National Conference.
The first highlighted dairywoman to be dubbed Forward Under 40 was Candice White from Mill Hall, PA. White is the Dairy Manager at Paul Dotterer & Sons and is a third-generation dairywoman overseeing the milking center and all herd health as well as managing over 15 employees and 1,650 cows and heifers. White is also serving her second three-year term on the PDMP Board of Directors and also serves on the Pennsylvania Beef Council Board of Directors. She has been at the forefront of using social media to educate consumers about the positive aspects of not only the dairy industry, but dairywomen specifically. You have recently seen her on the She-I-O music video produced by Land O’ Lakes.
Another recipient of the award was Jessica Peters. Peters grew up on her family dairy farm in Meadville, PA where they milk Jerseys. She went to Pennsylvania State University and before returning to the farm full time, she traveled to New Zealand to explore their culture and dairy industry. She is also active with her local county fair and the Pennsylvania State Jersey Association where she serves as treasurer. Peters is a Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) Class 10 graduate and has grown as a leader and continues to inspire others by sharing her role as a dairy farmer and the challenges we face. She writes a blog post for Hoard’s Dairyman, wrote a children’s nursery rhyme book and even started a dairy dance off challenge. Through social media, Peters shares her authentic, comedic and inspirational thoughts on the industry and what farmers do to a large group of followers.
Kristi Fielder is another recipient of the Forward Under 40 award. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, she started as an intern with GENEX and she has held multiple roles in the company ever since. She has now advanced her career to serve as the Vice President of Production and manages over 125 employees in production locations throughout the USA. She and her staff are responsible for the health and well being of the dairy and beef bulls and the production of over 12 million units of semen. Fielder contributes significantly in the GENEX senior management team and challenges the ‘we’ve always done it this way’ of thinking.
Learn more about the organization at DairyGirlNetwork.com.
DGN connects all women of the dairy industry, encouraging ideas and camaraderie in an effort to achieve personal and professional development. Designed as a welcoming network of passionate women involved in dairy, relationships will grow through shared experience, support and inspiration.