Wisconsin leader meets the 'Gold Standard'
|Liz Doornink, 2010 World Dairy Expo Dairy Woman of the Year.
When countries instituted a gold standard, it was to instill trust in the value of their currency. While no financial markets on the globe adhere to a gold standard today, people like the 2010 World Dairy Expo Dairy Woman of the Year keep the tradition alive by inspiring trust from those who know and work with them.
Liz Doornink of Jon-De Farm in Baldwin, Wis., sets the standard for intelligence and commitment to the dairy industry. And she exhibits leadership you can take to the bank.
Doornink is one of four leaders who will be honored this month at World Dairy Expo, the world’s largest dairy industry event. This highest industry award celebrates the innovation and leadership that are reflected in their success.
Doornink holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls and has raised three daughters on their 2,400-acre farm. The family milks 1,550 cows and employs 52 staff members at its three-times-a-day milking operation.
Doornink is actively involved as personnel manager and oversees all financial records. In addition, she designed and implemented an environmental management system for the operation, gaining the Environmental Excellence Award from the state of Wisconsin.
One of the golden opportunities Doornink has championed is the new grassroots organization American Farmers for the Advancement and Conservation of Technology (AFACT), which she co-chairs. She travels and speaks on the issue of modern agriculture and advocates for producers’ freedom to choose production technologies and practices.
In addition to spending countless hours leading school tours and supporting dairy industry groups, Doornink owns and operates her own personnel management consulting business, Legacy of Excellence Consulting, LLC, in which she advises and educates producers and ag businesses on employee management, communication and environmental systems.
The 2010 World Dairy Expo Dairy Woman of the Year award is sponsored by Vita Plus Corporation, Select Sires Inc., Micro Dairy Logic, and the Dairy Business Association.
The four recipients will be honored during World Dairy Expo at a special “Dinner with the Stars,” held on Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Tickets for the event are $30. Reservations are required by Tuesday, Sept. 21. For information about the event, visit the Expo website or call (608) 224-6455.