Beth Ford inspires 400+ fellow leaders at UM conference

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 4:15pm

Drawing upon 30 years of career experience, Beth Ford, Group EVP and COO at Land O’Lakes, shared insights and inspiration in a keynote speech at the Women’s Leadership Conference on April 29. She was joined on the stage by Carlson School Dean Sri Zaheer.

More than 400 women attended the Ignite: Fuel Your Ambition conference which was hosted by the Carlson School of Management. Land O’Lakes was a Gold Sponsor of the 12th annual event, which is unique in that it is almost entirely planned and run by students.

Using the hashtag #UMNWLC, conference attendees Tweeted their enthusiastic responses to Ford’s speech by saying, “So many great and meaningful lessons in this session from Beth Ford,” “Feeling inspired listening to Beth confidence by stepping forward,” “I forget what it’s like to be empowered by other females!,” “Love, love the stories women share. It’s so motivating to learn about others’ journeys!” and “Great way to wrap up a great day.”


Beth Ford: notable quotes

“Mission is important...working on something that is an important challenge, and people that are committed to it.”

"Failures are a normal part of life. The way you get confidence is to keep stepping forward.”

“Your career is about the network you develop, and the people that you meet in your life; it is a long journey and a team event.”

"Rather than being defensive, choose instead to believe that everyone is bringing their best self in."


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