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Growing horticulturists at the ASHS Annual Conference in Las Vegas

Preparing green-related scientists for the workplace

American Society for Horticultural Science

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: Growing Horticulturists at the Annual ASHS Conference in Las Vegas

When the American Society for Horticultural Science convenes its annual conference this summer, it will dedicate an exciting amount of time and energy toward guiding freshly educated horticulturists, agronomists, and other green related scientists into preparation for the workplace.

The American Society for Horticultural Science hosts its international conference every summer offering an illuminating exchange of ideas and methodology that is critical to those working in the various fields of horticultural science and its education. But the sessions are also accessible to interested non-scientists who generally discover an importance tied to the information being exchanged. This year, the conference takes place in Las Vegas, from July 21-25 at the famed Tropicana Hotel.

On Sunday, July 21, the opening day of the conference, beginning at 1pm, a workshop entitled Growing Horticulturists: Being Successful in Your Career will cover an array of illuminating topics that are not handled within most academic course loads and are both eminently helpful when starting a career as well as being relatable to fields outside of horticulture and the applicable sciences.

Respected authorities within academia and the green industry will make presentations and lead discussions involving the basic attributes of success. Among them, Dean Kopsell of The University of Florida will delve into the topic of Emotional Intelligence in The Workplace, gearing participants to don a strategic mindset.

Desmond Layne of Auburn University will guide attendees through observable characteristics common to successful people and the behavior they exhibit that reinforces their success.

The afternoon session will also unveil the necessity of developing tools useful in networking, finding suitable mentors, and charting a path toward leadership.

Later sessions will focus more specifically on working as a horticulturist. First, beginning at 3pm, academic life will be examined Several presenters will offer perspectives on issues including working toward tenure, important ways to build your cv, and developing a healthy work-life balance.

Also, attendees could choose to explore several possibilities within commercial careers Craig Campbell of Valiant USA Corporation will discuss Aligning Personal Objectives with Corporate Objectives. Alicain Carlson of Syngenta Flowers will offer a testimonial on the satisfaction found in helping another find her dream job.

Brian Trader of Longwood Gardens will suggest helpful considerations when negotiating for employment and juggling multiple job offers. He will offer hints on how to ferret out one's best interest when navigating the stated benefits of a job offer.

And Logan McCollum of Driscoll's will target the skill of keeping yourself marketable.

The afternoon will conclude with a career fair, bringing together the educated hopefuls entering the workforce with the businesses and universities who need them.

Founded in 1903, the American Society for Horticulture Science (ASHS) is the largest organization dedicated to advancing all facets of horticulture research, education, and application. For more information on the conference and specific sessions, go to


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