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Behind The Conference: Tamara Jones

tamara-confThe 19th Annual Georgia Organics Conference is nearly upon us! In anticipation of the featured In Depth Workshops and Educational Sessions, we reached out to presenters for some additional information about their topic.

In this edition of Behind The Conference, we spoke with Tamara Jones, who was named a White House Champion of Change in 2011 for her skilled leadership in organizational strategic planning.

Saturday Educational Session
Track 8: Community Vigor
Tamara Jones – Successful Community Organization
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Tamara will share her observations as a consultant working with local, regional and national food organizations about what organizations do well and must change in order to succeed. Read the full session description here.

     1.   Who or what inspired you to join your field and how?

I became a vegan 3 years ago and that began my journey into the sustainable food world. Working with entities in the food justice and sustainability movements marries my professional talents and my personal values.

     2.   What does resilience in farming mean to you?

Resiliency is about change, movement, and flow. Resiliency begins with seeing things as they are and developing responses that are rooted in what the evidence is telling us. Resiliency is entrepreneurial; it doesn’t just wait around to respond after the fact.early bird

     3.   Why are you excited to present about your topic and what are some key takeaways attendees will get from your session?  

My thesis is that many (nonprofit) sustainable food organizations do not have a structure or culture that fosters resiliency. I hope to engage attendees in a discussion about what works best to build truly resilient and successful organizations.


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