People Management on the Farm

Session I: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Running a successful farm business also depends on being an effective people manager. This workshop provides guidance and training for management and leadership skills that keep employees engaged and motivated. Geared towards farm business owners and managers, but applicable to businesses across the organic supply chain, attendees will learn to create a workplace built on clear expectations and open communication for optimal productivity and satisfaction.

Speakers: Tanya Murray, Oregon Tilth; Marguerite Svendsen  

Speaker Bios

Tanya Murray (Moderator) is an Organic Education Specialist at Oregon Tilth.  She has over 10 years of experience working on and managing organic vegetable farms. From 2003 thru 2012 she was part of the management team at Sauvie Island Organics, a Portland area CSA and direct market farm. Her current work is focused on developing and delivering programming that supports farm viability. Tanya has an MBA from Portland State University and bachelor’s degree in Education for Sustainable Agriculture from Prescott College.

Marguerite Svendsen is a management consultant with more than 15 years of experience scaling business operations, systems and teams worldwide. She has worked with businesses and non-profits of all sizes and shapes - from a two-person start-up in the Canary Islands to an multinational oil company in Norway. She moved to Portland three years ago and currently works with Propeller Consulting, focusing in particular on projects related to employee engagement and change management initiatives.