Vance Crowe is the Director of Millennial Engagement at Monsanto in Saint Louis, Missouri. Vance is a former Communications Strategist for the World Bank Group, a returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer stationed in Kenya, a former communications coordinator at a National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate in Northern California and was a deckhand on an eco-tourism ship that traveled in the Western Hemisphere. Vance holds an undergraduate degree in communications from Marquette University and a Master's Degree in Cross-Cultural Negotiations from the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy.
Vance came to Monsanto in 2014 with limited knowledge or understanding of agriculture or biological sciences. In this role, Vance has been empowered to seek out internal and external experts in the fields of biology, chemistry, genetics, evolutionary biology, weed management, crop sciences, agronomy and corporate culture. He has toured farms ranging from row crops, vegetables, orchards, feed yards, hydroponics and aquaponics. Using these experiences and education, Vance has been invited to give talks around the world to more than 50,000 people in locations including New York City, London, San Francisco, Atlanta and farming communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Vance is often available to address college programs, scientific societies, skeptics communities and agriculture programs. His speaking topics range from the value of modern agriculture/sciences to how to discuss complex and controversial topics with the general public, and many other subjects relating to culture, farming and the application of scientific discoveries to modern challenges. Audiences that are interested to learn about modern agriculture, the stories behind the Monsanto brand, and the experience of learning about farming from the perspective of a person raised in the city. Vance is also available for podcasts and interviews.
Vance’s schedule is generally booked three months in advance, but he is always open to invitations and can help locate other excellent speakers if the opportunity is not available.