Book Harmon forum will offer leadership, industry advice

February 7, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Students, faculty and others interested in the future of animal agriculture are invited to attend the Book Harmon Leadership Forum Feb. 19 at Purdue University.

The forum is free and open to the public and will be held in the Deans Auditorium in Pfendler Hall, 715 W. State St., West Lafayette.

"We want to challenge attendees to consider their personal leadership journey and encourage them to more effectively engage in meaningful agricultural activities now," said Mark Russell, animal science professor and forum coordinator.

The event is split into two sessions with time for discussion and questions after each.

The first session, "Planning (Living) Your Personal Leadership Journey," will be at 12:30 p.m. The second session, "Leadership Needed in a Changing Food and Agricultural World," will be at 6 p.m.

Pizza will be provided at noon, and sandwiches will be available at 5:30 p.m.

Shelley Stanford, director of U.S. Pork Technical Service for Pfizer Animal Health, is the distinguished speaker for both sessions.

"She is a dynamic, energizing speaker and professional agricultural leader," Russell said.

He said the forum will help attendees gain a better understanding of the importance of national and international leadership in agriculture while hearing a personal success story from Stanford.

Stanford, an Illinois native, earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Illinois in 1997 and then spent five years practicing veterinary medicine with a focus on swine. She joined Pfizer Animal Health in 2002 and in 2008 earned a master's degree in agricultural economics from Purdue and a master's of business administration from Indiana University.

Stanford has led the marketing strategy for U.S. swine biological products at Pfizer and she has been a leader in marketing new products to promote disease prevention and overall pig health.

Bob Book and Bud Harmon founded the Book Harmon Leadership program in 2005 to promote leadership in animal agriculture at Purdue. In addition to offering a forum each semester, the program sponsors scholarships, leadership retreats and programs, animal sciences courses and industry tours. More information about the program is available at

More information about the forum can be found at

Questions regarding the forum should be directed to Russell at 765-494-7677 or

Writer: Amanda Gee, 765-494-8402,

Source: Mark Russell, 765-494-7677,

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