A pair of guest speakers highlight the agenda at Michigan Farm Bureau’s 100th Annual Meeting, Dec. 3-5 in Grand Rapids. AFBF President Zippy Duvall and “leadership therapist” Scott Carbonara are on tap to offer informative and motivational content to state annual attendees during two of the meeting’s biggest banquet functions.
Keynote speaker at Tuesday evening’s awards banquet (6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Dec. 3) is AFBF President Zippy Duvall, who will deliver a national-level update on issues Farm Bureau is championing in the nation’s capital and on the global stage.
President of the American Farm Bureau Federation since January 2016, Duvall is a third-generation farmer from Georgia. In addition to a 400-head beef cow herd for which he grows his own hay, Duvall and his wife Bonnie raise more than 750,000 broilers per year.
Prior to being elected AFBF president, Duvall served nine years as president of the Georgia Farm Bureau. His long leadership history in his home state includes service on the Georgia Farm Bureau Board of Directors and Young Farmers Committee.
Duvall has earned several state appointments, including to then-Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Agricultural Advisory Committee and the Georgia Development Authority. Among his many other state-level accomplishments, he and his family have been recognized as Georgia Dairy Family of the Year.
As Georgia’s state Farm Bureau president, Duvall’s service on the AFBF Board of Directors included roles on the trade advisory committee, finance committee, and participation in several international trade missions.
Married now more than 38 years, Zippy and Bonnie raised four children together and now enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren.
At Wednesday’s Centennial Luncheon (noon to 1:30 p.m., Dec. 4), special guest Scott Carbonara will deliver “Leading with Values in Times of Change.”
As a keynote speaker, author and consultant, Carbonara shares his passion for engaging companies’ greatest asset: its people. Known as a “leadership therapist” with a diverse background — from serving as a crisis counselor to executive chief of staff — Carbonara has worked with groups including SAS, Wal-Mart, AT&T Global, multiple healthcare systems and the federal government on topics including employee engagement, culture, change management, communication and customer service.
Carbonara’s several leadership books include A Manager’s Guide to Employee Engagement.