Girlfriend Getaway: Farm Business Style

September 25, 2017 04:32 PM
2015 Executive Women in Agriculture Pam Fretwell

Looking for a way to spend some quality time with your girlfriends for a fun weekend and write it off on your taxes? Why not combine some farm business management education and the Magnificent Mile!

The 2017 seventh annual Executive Women in Agriculture conference is being held November 29 – Dec. 1 in Chicago, Ill.

Join more than 250 women from around the country at the historic Palmer House Hilton hotel for dynamic keynote speakers and educational breakout sessions, as well as unique networking opportunities for women farm owners and operators from around the country.

The Palmer House is a to-die-for location right downtown off of Michigan Avenue close to the Art Institute, Millennium Park and Chicago's famed State Street shopping district. The hotel’s website describes the venue as one of “romance and undeniable charm” and they aren’t exaggerating. The hotel’s history is as fascinating as its ornate details.

Potter Palmer was a Chicago businessman known for the development of downtown Chicago’s iconic State Street. Bertha Hilton Honore, who was 23 years younger than Potter, was a wealthy socialite who had a drive to learn and succeed. A whirlwind romance and eventual engagement lead to one of the most extravagant wedding gifts of all time – Palmer House. Upon its grand opening in 1871, it was destined to be among the most luxurious hotels in the world. The Great Chicago Fire left its mark on the Palmer house just 13 short days after it opened. The building went under a huge renovation to fix fire damage and in 1873 it was open for guests.


It’s the nation’s longest continually running hotel and when you get there you’ll see why. Need we even mention the shopping that’s within walking distance? The hotel is a block from Michigan Avenue.

So, gather your girls—pile in an SUV or book a flight—and head to Chicago for three days of learning from the industry’s brightest women. 

Watch a virtual tour of the hotel below.

To learn more and to register to attend, visit

Thanks to our sponsors Bayer, DOW, Growmark, Pioneer, Land O'Lakes and Redwing Software.

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Spell Check

Shamrock, TX
9/26/2017 10:11 AM

  Really. As a lady rancher I read this article looking for educational topics from revered speakers addressing issues we face in our industry. No a word... it's all fluff about the location.


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