by Kerry Hoffschneider

Feeding the world, heart, soul and creative mindset, will be just some of the topics covered during the Saturday, October 12, Nebraska Press Women fall convention to be held in Lincoln at the DuPont Pioneer Western business unit.

The convention will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, coffee and rolls at the DuPont Pioneer Western business unit (BU).  The NPW business meeting will be held first from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. followed by a presentation by Mat Habrock – Communications Manager for the DuPont Pioneer Western BU.

Habrock’s region stretches from Nebraska to California and South through Texas.  He will discuss his complex and dynamic role in corporate communications, how global news in the seed industry can be localized in a relevant way to readers across the state and also will touch on what agricultural news overall is compelling to rural readers.  Habrock has a passion for agriculture and a wide-range of experiences including work as the Field Services Director for the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and also award-winning national efforts with his development of a NeCGA Corn Farmer Action Network consisting of a grassroots training manual and leadership development program geared towards engaging members.

Habrock will be followed by Tina Henderson – Vice President/Communication Strategy for the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, a grassroots organization with 56,000 farmer and rancher as well as associate members.  Henderson, is the proud daughter of an Italian grocer from Omaha and has a lot of “big city girl” unique insight to offer the farm organization she serves.

Henderson will talk about her role in strategy communications and her responsibilities as editor of the Nebraska Farm Bureau News.  She has a tremendous amount of heart for the work she does each day and passion to help all people connect to the story of agriculture in creative ways by empowering the voices of the real people in the industry.

A noon salad luncheon catered by Panera Bread will be served during which the 2013 NPW Communicator of Achievement will be announced.

After lunch, convention-goers will enjoy a motivational workshop, “Fun with Wine and Chocolate,” led by Connie Reimers-Hild, PhD, CPC.  During a consulting trip to Nigeria as part of the World-Wide Farmer-to-Farmer program in 2002, Reimers noticed people from the U.S. to Africa need the same thing:  strong inner leaders.  It was on that trip, Reimers began her journey to help individuals and businesses live with purpose, passion and fun.  She published her first book, Go Wild with Confidence! Strengthen your Inner Leader and Live Your Best Life with Purpose, Passion, and Fun in 2013, two years after her mother suddenly and unexpectedly left this earth.

“Losing mom forever changed me,” she said.  “Part of my personal transformation is to fulfill my mission of using, ‘Go Wild with Confidence!’ as a tool to help people change their lives while truly living during the short time they are here on this planet.”

Today, Reimers has more than a decade of research, coaching and teaching 25,000-plus people under her belt, laying the groundwork for experiences like “Fun with Wine and Chocolate” that is a chance for creative souls to replenish their Inner Leaders from time to time.  The objectives of this inspiring program is to spark the imagination, ignite creative juices and confidence, generate new ideas and positive momentum, creating true intentions and actions, rejuvenating the soul . . . and, most importantly, FUN!

The day’s programming will conclude with a 3 p.m. fun, informational contest workshop intended to help members understand recent changes to the NPW/NFPW Professional Communications Contest, and to help them successfully navigate those changes.