New discussion format comes to state convention
IFB members will have a new issue discussion format to try at the annual convention in December: interactive roundtable breakouts.
“We’ve seen this session format work well at other conferences, so we thought we would try it,” said Bob White, IFB’s retail agriculture program coordinator and chairman of the breakout session committee for the convention. “The timeline gives the opportunity to touch on a number of topics, and because the roundtables happen early in the convention, there is a chance for further discussion whenever members gather.”
The roundtable breakout session runs 10-11:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 13. The activity takes place in a large room with numbered tables. Each number will correspond to a topic. Participants will receive a topic listing during the event. Three rounds of discussion will take place. Some tables will have a facilitator while others will depend on participants to drive discussion. After the designated amount of time has passed for a round, participants will move to another table and topic.
A full listing of roundtable topics will also be available online closer to the event.
Regular breakout sessions will also be available during the event. From 2:30-4 p.m. on Dec. 13, sessions on policy development, current legal issues in agriculture and successful county programs will take place. A session on personal leadership and development from the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and an Ag in the Classroom update take place on Dec. 14 from 8:30-10 a.m.
Leadership education and update sessions will also be available by invitation for PR coordinators, secretaries and treasurers, membership chairmen and public policy leaders. IFB state convention runs Dec. 13-14 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne. Keep reading The Hoosier Farmer for more information. Online registration and additional details are available at www.infarmbureau.org/convention.
List of roundtable topics