2019 Cultivating Change Summit Call for Workshop Proposals

Workshop presenters drive the programming at our annual Cultivating Change Summit. We look forward to reviewing your workshop proposal and have developed this toolkit to guide you through our submission process.

Benefits of Presenting

  • Discounted registration

  • Visibility for your company

  • Recognition as an industry thought leader

Workshop Deadlines

  • December 1: Deadline for submissions

  • December 14: Workshop applicants notified

  • May 15: Workshop Presenter Town Call


  1. Commitment to Diversity. Cultivating Change Summit seeks to promote a diverse group of presenters and workshops that reflect the diversity of the agriculture industry. We seek to mirror the diversity of participants at the 2019 Summit, with special attention to the workplace experiences of people of color, transgender people, and bisexual people.

  2. Peer-to-Peer Education. The Cultivating Change Summit is renowned for the education opportunities it provides. Our focus on peer-to-peer education, allows for sharing of best practices from those living and working on issues of LGBT and the agriculture industry.

  3. Focus on LGBT Agriculture Workplace Equality. While the Cultivating Change Summit offers opportunities for networking and professional development, the bulk of the Summit is dedicated to sharing best practices in order to create and sustain LGBT-inclusive workplaces, companies, and organizations within the agriculture industry.


The layers and disciplines in the agriculture industry are as unique and diverse as those who are served by the Cultivating Change Foundation. In order to capture this mosaic, we have developed the following workshop tracks to provide our participants the opportunity to explore the agriculture industry in its entirety.

  • Industry Professionals + Human Resource leaders

The Agriculture Industry is unique and diverse, constantly transforming and expanding. With these shifts, it is critical for employers to keep up with the trends, while consistently creating an inclusive environment. It is imperative for employers to create strong Employee Resource Groups for LGBT+ employees, align with the Corporate Equality Index, and protect their employees through legal compliance. This track provides Industry Professionals and Human Resource Leaders with the best practices for managing diversity. The Industry Professionals and HR track provides career development for participants looking to continue being successful in the Agriculture Industry.

  • Agricultural Education Leadership

Ag Education is the foundation of the Agriculture Industry. From serving youth in rural communities to equipping teachers and cooperative extension agents with the right resources and tools, one question stands out: How do we best serve and protect our ag students? This track is geared towards cooperative extension agents, state and regional ag education professionals, and leaders in professional organizations and societies. The Agricultural Education Leadership track is designed to share pedagogical practices, resources, and best skills to those in the Ag Ed field.

  • Collegiate

In 2016, a pilot collegiate program was launched at Penn State University, providing College of Agriculture students access to resources, personal and professional development, as well as talent pipelining into internships and career opportunities. The collegiate track is focused on providing career and professional development experiences for our college students at the Summit.


Cultivating Change Foundation is committed to highlighting innovative, peer-to-peer education that showcases best practices in LGBT workplace equality and advancing the agriculture industry. In order to maximize the chances of your workshop being accepted, keep the following in mind:

  1. Relate content to one of the Summit Tracks. There are a very limited number of openings for workshops geared toward professional development. Your proposal will have a stronger chance of acceptance if it relates directly to diversity & inclusion within the LGBT community and agriculture industry.

  2. Provide concrete, substantive takeaways. Highly rated workshops usually include a handout or other supplementary materials. Proposals that clearly articulate takeaways have a much higher acceptance rate.

  3. Include presenters from multiple organizations. The strongest workshops include voices and perspectives from more than one person, company, or organization. Consider inviting colleagues at other organizations to join you in leading the workshop.


Prior to submitting your proposal online, please ensure you have the following information at your disposal.

  • Session title (10 word max)

  • Workshop abstract (250 word max)

  • What is the value of the workshop?

  • Specific workshop objectives

  • Expanded description/outline

  • Presenter names/titles/emails

  • Presenter bios (100 words)

Proposals are not editable once submitted.


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