Woman's History Month Spotlight

Brooke DeWinneMarch is Women’s History  Month! In celebration,  we  are taking time each week to talk with women leaders at the US Cluster on their advice for other women, how  they are breaking barriers in the agriculture industry, and  who inspires them. To kick off  the  series, we  chat with Brooke DeWinne, Formulator TNUSA.

What advice would you give to women in your field?

I believe God created us with  unique individual talents and strengths to use for the greater good. I would encourage women to spend time identifying what those are for them, be confident in them, hold true to them, and  use them to contribute to the common good of our industry.

Throughout my short career, I’ve found that through this authentic approach, you will find true  meaning and  passion for your  work, and  in return, companies will find  value in your contributions. Find mentors and  pursue their  experience and  knowledge boldly. Don’t  be afraid to ask the hard questions and know when to stand your ground for what is right. Most importantly, work hard because the producer at the end of the chain putting out that feed is working harder, and the consumer buying milk or meat is your neighbor, family, or friend.

How are you breaking barriers faced by women in your field?

I know many women have faced significant barriers and  continue to do so. Still, in my experience (with the exception of very  few  situations), I’ve been very  fortunate to work  amongst great leaders and  co- workers who  have seen  me  for  who  I am  and  have found value in  my  contributions regardless of me being a woman. It is an exciting time in Hi-Pro as more and more women join our teams as capable and valued members! At the end of the day, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to serve on our leadership team and  have a spot at the table to foster our business and industry’s growth with a rich history and legacy of hard work and dedication.

Tell us about a woman you look up to and why.

I feel so fortunate to have had  many mentors and  teachers help guide me down the path I’m  on  today,  but  the person who  deserves the  credit for  showing me  women could succeed in a very male-dominated field is Dr. Jodi Sterle. I met Dr. Sterle as a freshman at Texas A&M University in the Department of Animal Science. She has left a lasting impression on me with her passion for agriculture.