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Women in Ag Dinner “Living Comfortably Uncomfortable”

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Tara Durbin Speaking about “Living Comfortably Uncomfortable”

On October 26 Wilmington College Women in AG committee hosted their annual dinner.  The young ladies in the agriculture majors on campus were invited to listen to guest speaker Tara Durbin, Senior Vice President of Financial Services at Farm Credit Mid American, whom is a 2001 Wilmington College graduate.  Tara spoke to us about “Living Comfortably Uncomfortably.”

“At the time we feel the most uncomfortable we learn the most during that situation [and] when we fail we learn,” stated Tara Durbin.

In Durbin’s case, she is one of only three women at Farm Credit Mid America holding a Senior Vice President position while there are hundreds of women working throughout the whole company. By sharing this with the group of young women, it encourages them to strive for higher roles within the agriculture community.  Tara spoke about her undergraduate program at Wilmington College and her graduate program at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2007.

WC alumna Micaela Wright is currently attending Ohio State for grad school and figuring out her life after WC, much like Durbin had done.

“I was inspired to come back and listen [because] I used to serve on the committee that helped to organize the event and each year we invite awesome alumnae from that agriculture department,” shared Micaela. She loves staying connected with friends and the faculty at WC and to take advantage of any opportunity to learn from others and expand her network.

“I am currently in graduate school to get my Master’s degree in Public Administration. I someday hope to be able to work in the field of agriculture policy in Ohio. My plans are still the same- however, Tara challenged me to think outside the box for a career choice and be open to opportunities that may come unexpectedly.”

Be confident in yourself and in the values and skills that you bring! – Tara Durbin

Micaela continued, “One of my favorite things that Tara said was ‘Be confident in yourself and in the values and skills that you bring!’ She also encouraged us to step out of our comfort zone. Now that I have left the comfort of Wilmington College and started a nehapter in my life, I know how difficult it can be to remember these two things. I am definitely out of my comfort zone for in graduate school, but I am learning so many valuable lessons. It can be easy to forget the skills that I can bring to the table when I’m in an intimidating environment, but as Tara said it is important to be confident in myself and my abilities!”

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to come back to WC to hear from Tara Durbin! A huge thank you to Tara for doing a fabulous job at relating to young college women who are pursing degrees and someday careers in agriculture” Micaela said.  The young women in ag at Wilmington College thank Tara Durbin, Monte Anderson and the Women in AG Committee for hosting a great event.

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Women in AG Committee Kayle Ort, Emily Elfers, Bryah Arehart, and Lindsey Carpenter spending time with Tara Durbin before the event

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