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THOMPSON | Award-winning speaker Jolene Brown will give a presentation on building a strong family business on Nov. 20 in Thompson. 

The event, presented by Winnebago County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Branding Iron.

Dinner will be provided at no charge, but those who wish to attend must call 641-584-2261 by Nov. 13 to reserve their spot. 

Brown is a farmer from West Bend.   

A walking/talking champion for the people of agriculture, Brown shares her credibility, authenticity, humor, and wisdom with audiences worldwide through her writing, keynotes, and workshops, according to her website. 

Her presentation in Thompson is called, "If We Huff and Puff, Will We Blow Your House Down?"

In this presentation, Brown explains that family business owners need to take a cue from the third little pig in the the story of "The Three Little Pigs" and build a solid foundation, brick by brick, needed to withstand the "wolves" of challenges and surprises that are knocking at the door. 

In 2017 Brown was inducted into the Council of Peers Award for Excellence Speaker Hall of Fame,  lifetime award for speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform professionalism. 

Currently there are only 237 inductees, including former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Gen. Colin Powell.

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