Todd Sears, Founder & CEO of Out Leadership welcomes Beth Ford to this week’s Leadership Lounge episode. Ford is the first gay woman CEO in a Fortune 500 company, and one of the highest-ranked female LGBTQ+ professionals in the world. She’ll share her personal experiences in the workplace with us, and valuable leadership lessons.
Beth Ford serves as President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc., a Fortune 200 food production and agri-business company that is also a nearly 100–year–old farmer–owned cooperative. Beth’s 34–year career spans six industries at seven companies. Since joining Land O’Lakes in 2011, she has held a variety of roles leading the farmer–to–fork business offerings. Today, she is a passionate advocate on behalf of farmers and rural America with the goal of connecting people, particularly in urban areas, to the farmers and rural communities who grow their food. A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Beth holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in business from Columbia University Business School. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Business Round table, the Fortune 150 company PACCAR, Inc., and numerous other industry, non–profit and university boards.Beth has been recognized by Fortune as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and MostPowerful Women and was named to Fast Company’s Most Productive People and Best Leaders lists, among other honors. She was also featured in the“60 Minutes” segment entitled“The Farmers Advocate” during the fall of 2019.