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Pearls and Pork, By Angie Krieger –

This previous month introduced loads of “firsts.” My first all workers assembly with a brand new crew, my first talking alternative in my new position, and my first poultry and egg assembly. That’s proper; after a few many years within the pork business, I made it to my first assembly with our feathered associates.

My youngest daughter was just a little confused once I informed her I’d be attending the U.S Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry and Eggs and Worldwide Poultry Welfare Alliance conferences in Atlanta, Georgia final week. “Wait,” she mentioned, “You’re going to a CHICKEN assembly?” (She continues to be adjusting to the truth that I don’t work on the Pork Checkoff anymore, the place she was recognized to roam the halls occasionally and raid the snack closet like she owned the place.)

I defined to her that my new position works throughout many crop and livestock species and that I’d, in actual fact, be going to a rooster assembly (and turkey and eggs). After which, once I began to consider the actual fact I used to be going to a gathering in an business I knew little about and possibly knew even fewer folks, I began to panic just a little. As a result of, who was I going to speak to? And, what was I going to speak about?

However as soon as I walked into the opening reception, I spotted all my nervousness was pointless. POULTRY PEOPLE ARE AWESOME!

I wasn’t standing on my own for even two minutes when somebody walked up and launched themself. And, then one other. Then, I obtained daring and launched myself to somebody new. Earlier than I knew it, I had an entire group of recent associates and dinner plans for the night.

The subsequent morning introduced acquainted faces, extra new associates, and nice shows on points that sounded lots like those I used to be used to listening to about within the pork business. Don’t get me incorrect, I realized lots about poultry and eggs that was new as a result of, effectively, they’re birds and never monogastric mammals. They’ve beaks and paws, and their housing is completely different; their lifecycle is lots shorter. However all in all, lots of the overarching challenges are the identical. Discerning shoppers, demanding prospects, traders, particular curiosity teams…beginning to sound acquainted?

That is definitely not the primary time I’ve been to this sort of assembly. The pork business has completed its share of bringing multi-stakeholder teams collectively earlier than, and I’ve had the pleasure of being part of a number of of them. The Frequent Swine Business Audit started with a gaggle of stakeholders from pig farmers to C-suite retail executives. Sow Housing and sustainability have been mentioned in such teams as effectively. Actually, as an business, I believe pork has completed simply nearly as good a job as every other at convening various teams to speak about essential points.

If that’s the case, why on earth was I so nervous? The reply is straightforward. As a result of, if, like me, you have got just a little bit of tension combined in with a dose of imposter syndrome, a primary like that is actually daunting.

However what I realized in Atlanta is that as a substitute of feeling misplaced and not sure of the worth you add in a brand new state of affairs, you possibly can lean in and see it for the chance it presents. The chance to take a look at challenges with a brand new perspective. To strategy potential options to a longstanding downside in a different way.

Trying again at my expertise, I understand I did have worth so as to add to conversations. And I requested questions I hope challenged different, extra veteran attendees of this assembly to consider issues in a brand new approach. These are the merchandise of a “first” we will all profit from.

What “first” have you ever had just lately? Did you have got an analogous expertise? What are you able to share to assist others who is perhaps beginning a brand new journey or discovering themselves in unfamiliar territory?

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