Elevating Student Success at the National Red Angus Convention

Posted July 6, 2023

by Amy Wampler, RAAA communications intern

DENVER — To help college students compete in a competitive job market, the Red Angus Association of America has established the Elevate Collegiate Leadership Conference. This educational event will be held in conjunction with the National Red Angus Convention, set for Sept. 14-15 in Denver, Colorado.

This engaging professional development experience, sponsored by the Red Angus Foundation Inc., will help students gain necessary skills to succeed in a professional environment. Students can expect to explore strengths-based development to recognize their potential, both personally and in teams. The topics and exercises are intended to help students excel in interviews, internships and a career.

Laila Down, experienced agricultural professional and speaker from Johnston, Iowa, will facilitate the conference. Down has experience in agriculture sales, agricultural education and professional development. As owner and operator of Point One Development, a talent development consulting firm, she is passionate about helping organizations put people first through consulting, speaking, coaching and workshop facilitation. The former national FFA vice president has spoken to more than 150,000 people in more than 45 states and across the globe.

“An experience, like the Elevate Collegiate Leadership Conference, will help college students set themselves apart in a competitive industry,” said Kim Heller, Ph.D., RAAA director of education and junior programs. “Our goal for this event is to make a lasting impact on the future of the industry by helping young leaders find success.”

Registration for the Elevate Collegiate Leadership Conference is $200 and covers the participant’s registration and meals. Space is limited. Lodging is not included; however, participants can be matched with others to share a room. Please visit for registration and additional details. For questions, contact Heller at



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July 6, 2023

For more information, contact:
Lisa Bryant, Director of Communications 
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