Sales representative, Living Earth
Leveling the Field
aderka earned a Bachleor of Science degree in Agricultural Services and Development with an emphasis in Extension and Industry and a concentration in Soil Science from Tarleton State University. As part of a farming internship, Kaderka attended a compost seminar and met Lora Hinchcliff, municipal solutions manager at Living Earth. Kaderka remembered that Tarleton State had a parks and patio booth at TNLA EXPO in 2015, so she contacted Hinchcliff after graduation. In February, Kaderka celebrated three years of employment at Living Earth, first in Houston, then in Fort Worth and Waco.
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“I’ve really enjoyed it,” she says. “The networking, the teamwork — we’re like a big family.” Kaderka’s advice for other women entering the green industry is to stay curious and look for opportunities to make new connections. “No matter where you’re going, don’t be afraid to ask questions,” she says. “Always look at something as an opportunity. If you’re shopping at a place you enjoy, think about working there. Be kind to people you meet because you never know what kind of role they’re going to play in your life.” Now as a green industry professional, Kaderka has gotten even more involved in TNLA. She serves on TNLA’s Parks and Patio Committee, Labor Task Force, and Region V board as vice chair. “Being a ‘yes woman’ has opened so many doors for me,” Kaderka says. “I enjoy being a part of so many different committees in our industry.” She adds that putting yourself out there can “[create] learning opportunities for yourself and your business. Get involved. Stay involved.”
TNLA Green May/June 2019