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About 21st Ag Leadership Partners

Ag Leadership Partners is a group of experienced agriculture experts partnering with production agriculture to engage, retain, and optimize teams and people. Firsthand industry experience and a passion for agriculture are what drive our team to create customized “people programming.” Our focus is on building foundational programs to enhance business continuity and results. We are people passionate about people.

Are you looking to empower your production agriculture business to build and retain long-term success? We're here for you. 

Meet The Team


Ben Woolley

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Ben Woolley is a Partner in Ag Leadership Partners and 21st Century Strategic Forums, LLC. Ben also serves as Director of Operations for Sunterra Farms, managing all aspects of a 17,000-sow business in Canada, with nurseries and finishing in the USA. Ben has over 35 years of vast experience in the swine industry in production, processing, and leadership management roles. Ben has served as past Chairman of the Canadian Pork Value Chain Roundtable, the General Manager and Founder of the Western Canadian Swine Health Alliance, and past Chair of the Banff Pork Seminar, Director of Lariagra Farms, and the Genetic Alliance.


Ben has a degree in Economics from University of Georgia in the US and have completed numerous Management Courses.


Shonda Sammons

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Shonda Sammons is a partner and Program Leader for Ag Leadership Partners. With over 30+ years of experience, Shonda works directly with frontline and support staff to gain a thorough understanding of her clients' strategic and branding focus. She fosters abilities and uncovers hidden competitive advantages in an organization’s existing workforce and evaluates recruitment efforts. In addition to her highly energetic facilitation style, Shonda converts individuals into enterprising champions and assists them in identifying their talents and matching their skill sets to job responsibilities.


Originally from Indiana, Shonda has called Kentucky home for the last 23 years. She is a graduate of Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agri-Business. Her greatest passion is helping people achieve their highest potential.


Kristen Cumming

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Kristen Cumming is Curriculum Director and Trainer for Ag Leadership Partners. With over 20 years of experience, Kristen has a career spanning career development, human resources management, performance management, leadership and organizational development. Offering strengths in process facilitation, training and program development.

Ag Leadership Partners believes in approaches that build lasting teams. Inspire and retain for long-term employee satisfaction and lasting business results.


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