BEEing Diverse: Inspiring Leaders in Beekeeping

Mark Your Calendars for September 30 – October 1, 2022

Go to to register today!

Meeting Address:

Bee Culture Conference Room
640 West Liberty Street
Medina, OH 44256


Nina Bagley

Nina Bagley
Urban Master Beekeeper

Kim Skyrm

Kim Skyrm
Chief Apiary Inspector of the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources

Dr. Tracy Farone

Tracy Farone
Professor of Biology at Grove City College in Pennsylvania

Maggie Lamothe Boudreau

Maggie Lamothe Boudreau
Commercial Canadian Beekeeper, owner of Rayons de Miel, a 350 colony operating raising 4000 Queens a year

Geraldine Wright

Geraldine Wright
Hope Professor of Entomology in the Department of Zoology at University of Oxford, UK

Jackie Park Burris

Jackie Park Burris
Jackie Park-Burris Queens, Inc.

Tammy Horn Potter
Kentucky State Apiarist, author of multiple books

Susan Cobey

Susan Cobey
Internationally known Found of New World Carniolan program

Dorothy Pelanda

Dorothy Pelanda
Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture

Each speaker will speak on their journey in beekeeping and what they are doing now within the bee field.

Julianne Grose

Julianne Grose
Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology at BYU

Anne Marie Fauvel and the women of BIP

Anne Marie Fauvel
Bee Informed Partnership (BIP)
She is speaking to represent the women of BIP who are all pictured

Barbara Bloetscher

Barbara Bloetscher
Ohio Department of Agriculture State Entomologist/Apiarist

Ticket Options:

In Person Only – $100
In Person and Link to Recording – $125
Virtual Event Only – $50
Virtual Event and Link to Recording – $75

Visit to purchase your ticket. In person will be limited to 100 individuals. This event will be recorded and is available as part of some ticket options. It will also be available after the event.


American Honey Producers Association

Greenlight Biosciences

Canadian Honey Council

Bee Informed Partnership

Wicwas Press


Friday, Sept. 30
8:00 a.m.: Registration starts
8:30 a.m.: Opening remarks and a short history of the A. I. Root Company
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Speakers
12:00 p.m.: Provided lunch
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Speakers
3:30 p.m.: Q&A panel with speakers
4:25 p.m.: Tours of the A. I. Root Candle Factory
6:00 p.m.: Optional dinner, meet the speakers

Saturday, Oct. 1
8:00 a.m.: Registration starts
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Speakers
12:00 p.m.: Provided lunch
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Speakers
5:00 p.m.: Q&A panel with speakers

Local Hotels:

Hampton Inn:
3073 Eastpointe Drive
Medina, OH 44256

Fairfield Inn & Suites:
3125 Eastpointe Drive
Medina, OH 44256

Super 8 Motel:
5161 Montville Drive
Medina, OH 44256

Quality Inn:
1435 South Carpenter Road
Brunswick, OH 44212

Holiday Inn – Akron West:
4073 Medina Road
Akron OH, 44333

3180 W. Market Street
Akron OH, 44333


Cleveland Hopkins or Akron-Canton Airport

Local Food:

Please visit this link–drink.html for a list of local restaurants near the meeting location.

There are also many other chain restaurants around town.


Please email with any questions you have. And please visit this link as we add more details moving forward!