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BEEing Diverse: Inspiring Leaders in Beekeeping

Mark Your Calendars for September 30 – October 1, 2022

Third times the charm… We are enthusiastically moving forward with our annual event with the Beeing Diverse: Inspiring Leaders in Beekeeping as the past two cancelled years. We are optimistic about this one happening; however, we will be closely watching any and all situations that may pose an impact on the event. As in the past, if we deem it necessary for the health and safety of travelers, ourselves and the audience we will cancel it again. Hopefully not though.

For more information, go to our BEEing Diverse page (and check back for updates as we continue to get closer):

Ticket Info:

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.

In-person tickets will only be available for purchase through September 22, 2022.
Virtual tickets will only be available for purchase through September 28, 2022.
The Recording will be available for purchase sometime in November.


Friday, Sept. 30

8:00 am – 8:30 am : Registration
8:30 am – 9:00 am : Welcome-  Miguel de Gracia, CEO of A.I. Root Co., Brad Root, President of A.I. Root Co., ‘History of the A.I. Root Company’
9:00 am – 9:55 am : Nina Bagley, Urban Master Beekeeper, Ohio Queen Bee
Talk Title: ‘Women Beekeepers During the 1800’s’
10:00 am – 10:55 am : Kathy Summers, Layout and Design for Bee Culture Magazine for 30+ years as well as Assistant Editor for the last several years
Talk Title: ‘Bee Culture and Beyond’
11:00 am – 11:55 am : Director Dorothy Pelanda, Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture
Talk Title: ‘Beekeeping for BEEginners’
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm : Provided lunch with the speakers
1:00 pm – 1:25 pm : Maggie Lamothe-Boudreau, Commercial Canadian Beekeeper, owner of Rayons de Miel, a 350 colony operating raising 4000 Queens a year, Master Candidate Univ. Laval, 1st VP Quebec Beekeepers Association, 3rd VP Canadian Honey Council
Talk Title: ‘We Are All In Bees Together’
1:30 pm – 2:25 pm : Barb Bloetscher, Ohio Dept of Agriculture State Entomologist and Chief Apiarist
Talk Title: ‘Planting Success’
2:30 pm – 3:25 pm : Sue Cobey, Internationally known Founder of New World Carniolan program
Talk Title: ‘On the Wings of Bees’
3:30 pm – 4:25 pm : Friday’s Speaker Panel Q&A
4:25 pm – 5:30 pm : Tours Root Candle Factory
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm : Optional – Provided Dinner with the Speakers

Saturday, Oct. 1

8:00 am – 8:55 am : Registration and Kim Flottum, Editor of Bee Culture for 35 years
9:00 am – 9:55 am : Julianne Grose, Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology at BYU
10:00 am – 10:55 am : Tammy Horn Potter, Kentucky State Apiarist, author of multiple books
Talk Title: ‘The Past is not even Past! The Dog-Legged Path Tammy Horn Potter Took To Become a State Apiarist and Tips for Staying on the Path’
11:00 am – 11:55 am : Dr. Tracy Farone, Professor of Biology at Grove City College in Pennsylvania
Talk Title: ‘Examining, Diagnosing and Developing a Treatment Plan For “Now What” Thinking in Honey Bee and Public Health’
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm : Provided Lunch with the Speakers
1:00 pm – 1:55 pm : Kim Skyrm, Chief Apiary Inspector of the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources
Talk Title: ‘Bee-ing driven by an intense love of bees: my journey on bee-coming and a vision for the future of apiary programs’
2:00 pm – 2:55 pm : Geraldine Wright, Hope Professor of Entomology in the Department of Zoology at University of Oxford, UK
3:00 pm – 3:55 pm : Jackie Park-Burris, Jackie Park-Burris Queens Inc.
Talk Title: ‘How Park Italians got their Buzz’
4:00 pm – 4:55 pm : Anne Marie Fauvel, Bee Informed Partnership (BIP)
Talk Title: ‘The Bee Informed Partnership’s Worker Bees’
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm : Saturday’s Speaker Panel Q&A