This year’s theme at the Cultivate & Connect conference is People. Perseverance. Progress. Its only fitting that the closing keynote speaker is a people person who has live perseverance and overcome adversity to achieve the progress no experts ever believed she could.

In 2010, a renowned rodeo cowgirl with numerous buckles, awards and a world championship title, came face-to-face with the event which would change her life. As she was traveling to the Denver Stock Show and Rodeo, her vehicle veered off the interstate, rolling seven times, eventually coming to a stop without its passenger. Later that day, emerAmberley Snyder to speak at the 2016 Cultivate & Connect conference in Kansas City - www.KansasCity.AgChat.orggency room doctors informed Amberley Snyder that her back had been broken and she would never regain use or feeling below the waist. Walking was impossible. Getting back on the horse was out of the question.

Through remarkable perseverance, Snyder’s passion and competitive spirit prevailed. The lessons she has gained are ones she wouldn’t trade. While she is a highly decorated cowgirl, reaching heights beyond most 18 year-old’s dreams, it was that unfortunate winter morning which gave her life’s meaning.

“You can be a good person without those titles. I had to become who I was as a person,” Synder shared. “I want people to know that if you aren’t bringing home those titles and awards, you can still be a great person. You can still change lives of everyone you come into contact. You can’t touch people’s lives if you give up.”

Snyder will close the 2016 Cultivate & Connect conference in inspirational form, providing agvocates motivation to persevere through the challenges. Registration for the conference is now open with a discounted rate of $268 for farmers, ranchers and growers.

Visit www.KansasCity.AgChat.org for additional information, including the agenda with session descriptions.