Voices of Women in Ag Tech: Ambassador Profile on ICIT’s Joyce Hunter

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Women in Ag Tech is a newly formed and crucial group that aims to provide women in agriculture technology with a platform to connect, engage, and build a community.

As part of our commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity in the agricultural technology sector, we bring you exclusive insights from our inspirational ambassadors and other women leading the way forward in ag tech.


We recognize the importance of hearing directly from women in our industry. Their expertise and unique insights offer a fresh and dynamic approach to tackling challenges and driving innovation in this rapidly evolving field. Join us as we delve into their stories and expertise empowering you with the knowledge and inspiration to shape the future of ag tech.


In this Ambassador Profile, CropLife Media Group Editor Lara Sowinksi interviews Joyce Hunter, Executive Director, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT).

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Lara Sowinski: Who are you and what do you do in the ag tech industry?

Joyce Hunter, ICIT

Joyce Hunter: I am a strategic doer and “philanthropanuer,” which means I get things done for the good of the mission and its stakeholders. ICIT is a small, non-profit think tank devoted to providing education, outreach, research strategic development and execution to and for public, private, non-profit and academic organizations.

LS: How did you achieve the success that you have in the industry?

JH: Walking through the door every time an opportunity arose. Shaking off all “imposter syndrome” voices, asking questions and developing sustainable relationships.

LS: Could you share a pivotal moment in your career that helped you get to where you are today?

JH: Taking the first IT position in business development for Digital Equipment Corporation and during my tenure at Lotus Development Corporation, managing the Marriott and Ernst and Young accounts globally and working with Ray Ozzie on the development of Lotus Notes.

LS: What advice would you give to other women who are trying to succeed in this field?

JH: Try everything. I achieved success in business development, software development, strategic partnerships, Deputy CIO and Acting CIO for a Cabinet level agency (USDA), Executive Director of a think tank, just by saying “I believe I can do that.” (Philippians 4:13)

LS: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

JH: Stay curious and seek first to understand.

LS: What’s a fun or unexpected fact about yourself?

JH: I was a concert pianist and played for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.

LS: What was your first job?

JH: Administrative Assistant at a church summer camp when I was 16 years old.


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