Amazing Woman in Ag: Dr. Lauren Ledbetter Griffeth

Today, it's our pleasure to introduce a new face for Pink Tractor. 

Meet Dr. Lauren Ledbetter Griffeth, Extension Leadership Specialist, University of Georgia.

Lauren will be joining us to provide leadership information and tips for women in agriculture based on her experience as an extention leadership specialist. 

Barreling down Interstate 16 through the middle of Georgia you will see fields of cotton, and soybeans, and a little town called Cochran, where I grew up. As a young girl with divorced parents, living with my grandmother and mother in our house in the country, we had little money, but we were rich in love for each other and cherished the land that has been in our family for five generations; that land, that kept us well fed even when the finances were tight. My grandmother Louise, daughter of a farmer, loved to keep my mother and me busy in the rows of her extensive garden. Spending summers picking squash, blueberries, and peas, I always had a close connection to the food that was grown outside my home.

As a young child watching the Georgia Farm Monitor on local television, I became fascinated with weather patterns, commodity updates, and personal interviews. The farmers who were interviewed were seemingly everyday people doing extraordinary things by producing the food that feeds us. On the show and in our community, I watched these agricultural leaders and became fascinated not only by their lives but also by the lives of leaders all around me.

Later on as a 4-Her, through my county 4-H agent and other supportive mentors, I made a strong connection with the University of Georgia (UGA) and the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and continued to discover my love for storytelling by studying agricultural communications and leadership development. Inspired to work in the field of agriculture, I started my professional career working for UGA Extension and attended graduate school. Through my PhD course work, I learned that my love for collecting stories could be channeled into high quality research. Consequently, I focused my dissertation project on studying women administrators of agriculture at land-grant institutions and what influenced their leadership skills. Today, I facilitate leadership development for UGA CAES specializing in women's agricultural leadership, and my husband and I are partners in a local vegetable business. I cannot wait to dialogue with the readers of Pink Tractor about everything from how to be the best YOU in your career to the woes of the working woman, all based on the latest research of course! Thanks for inviting me to join this agri-women's community.

LLG

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