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|Member Spotlight: Amy Myrdal Miller|
Amy Myrdal Miller
Farmer's Daughter Consulting
What leadership role(s) do you currently serve in?
I just finished my year (June 2016-May 2017) as president of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a non-profit professional organization representing more than 6,500 members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics who live in California.
I’m also serving as a national co-chair of the Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) Green Tables initiative. LDEI is an international organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage and hospitality professions.
What led you to where you are today, and what do you see as the next step in your leadership journey?
I’ve sought leadership roles and opportunities since I was in high school. As a registered dietitian, I believe service to my profession is a significant responsibility. I’ve served in various appointed and elected leadership roles at the local, state, and national level since 2001.
I’m currently seeking an opportunity to be on the national ballot for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, but I’m also interested in getting involved in local politics. My mom was a politician who served in the North Dakota State House of Representatives for 8 terms. She eventually rose to the ranks of Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota serving two terms under Governor Ed Shafer.
What does leadership mean to you?
To me, leadership means working smarter, not harder, to advance an organization or initiative.
Why do you believe it is important for women to get involved in their community, run for elected office or apply for a political appointment?
Women tend to be more inclusive, thoughtful, and caring. I’m concerned about many social issues as well as business issues. I don’t think we need to compromise human kindness and social compassion when dealing with significant budgetary and business issues.
What is one obstacle you have faced in your leadership journey, and how did you overcome it?
As a volunteer leader, finding time to focus on leadership activities was often a challenge. I started putting tasks related to my role on my calendar to protect time for those activities and priorities.
What is one interesting thing you would like the California Women Lead community to know about you?
I’m a farmer’s daughter from North Dakota, which is why my business is named Farmer’s Daughter Consulting. I do work on behalf of food companies, restaurants, seed companies, and commodity boards. Much of my work is focused on educating influencers about the role modern agriculture in creating a safe, abundant, affordable food supply in this country.