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PRESS RELEASE: Longtime WIA Director Joy O’Shaughnessy Joins The Context Network’s Leadership Team

Summer 2022

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA (June 2, 2022): The Context Network (Context), an agribusiness consulting firm, continues to grow its leadership team, with Joy O’Shaughnessy joining the firm on June 6 as a principal.

As the former director of the Women in Agribusiness (WIA) Summit and COO of the agribusiness division of HighQuest Partners, O’Shaughnessy brings extensive executive leadership experience to Context. During her 11 years at HighQuest, she grew the WIA Summit fivefold, increased strategic partnerships with sponsoring clients, and oversaw planning and production of events in the U.S. and Europe. She is known and valued in the industry for her collaborative relationships and exceptional communication skills.

“Joy has a zest for building relationships by listening to people and asking the right questions,” said Context Senior Ag Industry Advisor Gloria Basse, who serves on WIA’s advisory board and has known O’Shaughnessy for nearly a decade. “The growth of the WIA Summit is testament to her commitment to truly connecting with people up and down the agricultural value chain. People want to be around her because of her energy and ideas.”

Context Partner Christian Guffy observed, “As one of three new principals who have joined our leadership team in recent months, Joy brings a refreshing and invigorating lens to the strategic consulting work we do. Her experiences in deploying people and resources to the most relevant agricultural topics will continue to be applied by helping our clients address their challenges and opportunities in new ways.”

Prior to joining HighQuest, O’Shaughnessy worked in television production and received national recognition for educational programming, including two Emmy nominations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Media from the State University of New York Fredonia.

O’Shaughnessy is eager to bring her passion for agribusiness and her creative problem solving to Context. “I’m a strong believer in tapping my network to help others in the industry grow and thrive,” she said. “Rather than come into Context with an agenda, I plan to listen and connect with people so that I can uncover trends and turn them into business opportunities for our clients.”

With the addition of O’Shaughnessy, Context further expands its slate of leaders, with seven principals now working alongside the firm’s nine partners. Founded more than 30 years ago, The Context Network is committed to applying its consulting practice to advance agriculture to be more productive, efficient, and sustainable.