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2016 Agribusiness Board Leaders Conference
(attendance by invitation only)

November 02-04, 2016
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Naples, Florida

Featured Speakers

CoBank presents its

2016 Agribusiness Board Leaders Conference

An Outstanding Program

Every two years, CoBank sponsors an exclusive invitation-only event for the board chairs and vice-chairs of our most important agribusiness customers. CoBank's 2016 Agribusiness Board Leaders Conference will feature an agenda carefully designed to provide vital insights into the economic, business and political landscape that agribusiness leaders face every day in rural America.  In addition, the conference will offer ample opportunities to connect with industry peers and give attendees plenty of time to enjoy the world-class amenities offered at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach Resort.

This year's event will feature a wide variety of compelling speakers, including Maggie Wilderotter, former CEO of Frontier Communications; Joseph Coughlin, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab; Salim Ismail, technology strategist and founder and CEO of ExO Works; Daniel Pink, author and former host of National Geographic’s "Crowd Control"; Austan Goolsbee, former chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers; and a political point / counterpoint between Donna Brazile and Norm Ornstein.


Bob Engel ~ Chief Executive Officer, CoBank
Donna Brazile ~ Democratic Political Strategist and Commentator
Joseph Coughlin ~ Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab
Austan Goolsbee ~ Former Chairman, President’s Council of Economic Advisers and Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Salim Ismail ~ Technology Strategist, Founder and CEO of ExO Works
Norman J. Ornstein ~ Republican Political Analyst and Commentator
Daniel Pink ~ Author and Former Host, National Geographic’s “Crowd Control”
Maggie Wilderotter ~ Former Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Communications

Additional Information

Please click on the Registration tab to access our online registration site. There is no charge to attend the conference beyond your travel and hotel expenses.

Make your hotel reservation as soon as possible to ensure availability. Please click the Hotel tab for additional information on making your hotel reservation.

There will be a program for spouses and guests on Thursday, November 3. Please see the Spouse Program tab for details. Spouses and guests are invited to join us for the receptions and dinner as well.

Attire for all events and business sessions is resort casual. Jackets are appropriate for receptions and dinner, but ties are not necessary.

Please note that this is an invitation-only event and invitations are not transferable.

For further information, contact CoBank’s Corporate Communications Department at 303-740-4040 or by email at

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