Tue, Feb 20, 2018

​Join the Iowa State Startup Factory and Research Park for our CEO Academy for startups featuring Jon Leafstedt. This event is FREE and lunch is provided, but you must RSVP as space is limited.

DATE: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TIME: 12 - 1:00 p.m

LOCATION: Economic Development Core Facility, Executive Boardroom - Room 2102

RSVP:  Please email Alison Doyle at adoyle@iastate.edu

Five Talent Potholes for Early-Stage Companies
We've all had that jarring experience of driving over a pothole resulting in a thoughts like . . . "That can't be good for my vehicle."  The same holds true for your early-stage company.  Potholes exist in the search for talent, especially at the senior leadership level. We'll talk about navigating around these talent potholes so your company can compete successfully.  

Speaker Jon Leafstedt, Managing Partner Kincannon & Reed
Jon draws on his expertise in ag and bio technology to help agribusinesses, associations, and early-stage companies to define their talent needs and recruit senior leadership.

Jon led two venture-backed plant biotech companies (Chromatin and Phytodyne), was responsible for worldwide intellectual property and regulatory efforts for Kemin Industries, and led state governmental affairs programs for the crop protection products businesses of BASF/American Cyanamid. His early career included field sales and marketing management in Cyanamid's animal health products department.

A leader in numerous national and state industry organizations, Jon chaired the Iowa Biotechnology Association and was a committee leader at the Animal Health Institute, American Feed Industry Association, and CropLife America. Jon holds an MBA from the University of Iowa and a BS in Animal Science program from South Dakota State University.