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To kick off 2019, Dairy Girl Network (DGN) is excited to announce the national roll-out of Inspire, a mentoring program. This program facilitates and encourages women to connect through an organized mentee-mentor experience; expand personal networks of role models, coaches, sounding boards and friends, deliver resources for personal and professional development and ultimately help more dairy women achieve their personal and professional goals.

Applications are now being accepted for mentors and mentees. The application deadline is January 27, 2019, with the pairing process to be completed by February 15, 2019.

The mission of DGN is to help our members connect, inspire and achieve. This mentoring program will create an opportunity for all three of our values to be realized. “This program is especially important because our members have expressed interest in building more meaningful relationships through DGN. They enjoy the new connections and interaction that our Connect networking events provide, however, it can be difficult to find the right mentor without help. The long-term partnership created by Inspire fills that gap.” stated Laura Daniels, Founder and President of Dairy Girl Network

Prior to the national roll-out of Inspire, this program went through a beta-phase. A select group of women were paired to help further nurture Inspire and allow it to go through a growth, evaluation and redesign stage. During this time our mentor-mentee pairs established and built long standing relationships. “It was instant friendship as we had so much in common, especially our love of dairy cattle. The conversations were easy, even as time got away from us. As a fellow working mom and wife, I respect and trust her personal and professional opinion. Participating in the Inspire program has been an amazing experience, one I highly recommend.” shared by beta participant mentee Mary Mackinson Faber.

Members of DGN can sign up for Inspire at Membership is free for all dairywomen. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Dairy Girl Network, go to It’s fast, free and easy to sign up. If you have any questions about the application process or the program, please contact Andrea Brossard, Educational Resource Lead for Dairy Girl Network.

The Dairy Girl Network connects all women of the dairy industry, encouraging ideas and camaraderie in an effort to achieve personal and professional development. Designed as a welcoming network of passionate women involved in dairy, relationships will grow through shared experience, support and inspiration.