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Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Lunch with a Leader: Beth Ford

Date: 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT October 28 Location: Zoom

  • A portrait of Beth Ford, president of Land O Lakes at the company’s headquarters in Arden Hills, Minnesota, on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Photo by Jenn Ackerman @ackermangruber
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Beth Ford serves as President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc., a Fortune 200 food production and agribusiness company that is also a nearly 100-year-old farmer-owned cooperative. Beth’s 35-year career spans six industries at seven companies. Since joining Land O’Lakes in 2011, she has held a variety of roles leading the farmer-to-fork business offerings. Today, she is a passionate advocate on behalf of farmers and rural America with the goal of connecting people, particularly in urban areas, to the farmers and rural communities who grow their food.

A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Beth holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in business from Columbia University Business School. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Business Roundtable, the Fortune 150 company PACCAR, Inc., and numerous other industry, nonprofit and university boards.

Beth has been recognized by Fortune as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and Most Powerful Women and was named to Fast Company’s Most Productive People and Best Leaders lists, among other honors. She was also featured in the “60 Minutes” segment entitled “The Farmers Advocate” during the fall of 2019.

Sponsored by the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Lunch with a Leader is a series of opportunities to converse with industry leaders in a casual setting. Learn more about career paths and industry trends. Since we can’t meet in person right now we will Venmo you $10 after the Lunch with a Leader for your next meal!