A native Iowan, Cornelius grew up on a diversified farm in Guttenberg, Iowa. She earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from Iowa State in 1983.
Alongside her husband, Chuck, and their two sons, Will and James, she co-owns and manages her family’s independent, fifth generation seed business. The business celebrated 85 years of success in 2020. She serves as first vice-president of the Independent Professional Seed Association. Chris is also an active partner in their farming entity, Cornelius Land & Cattle.
A connector and a networker, Cornelius will share how she has been the glue that has helped keep the multi-generational family’s business together and successful. She’ll also discuss the importance of having leadership skills and building a network with a positive image.
William K. Deal, an Iowa State alum with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business, established the lecture series to help prepare future leaders and innovators in agriculture. The lecture is organized by the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and co-sponsored by the Committee on Lectures funded by the Government of the Student Body.