Land O’Lakes + U of M engagement: a dynamic collaboration

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 5:15pm
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Gopher Road Trip stops at Land O'Lakes HQ in Arden Hills

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Career and Leadership Diversity Summit, a career and leadership event

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Land O'Lakes sponsored breakfast for 300+ at HR Tomorrow conference

From speaking on campus to sponsoring events and much, much more, Land O’Lakes and its employees enrich the University of Minnesota. And when the U of M comes to Land O’Lakes, employees have a chance to learn more about the University.


A sampling of recent engagements includes:

  • Approximately 100 Land O’Lakes employees celebrated Gopher Athletics on May 23 when the Gopher Road Trip made a stop at Land O’Lakes headquarters. Athletics Director Mark Coyle was joined by coaches, staff, and, of course, Goldy Gopher. “The Gopher Road Trip is our biggest and best opportunity each year to bring Gopher Athletics on the road to visit our fans around our state,” said Coyle.


  • What does the future of U.S. foreign aid look like? John Ellenberger, senior VP of international development at Land O’Lakes, offered his thoughts as a panelist at The Future of International Development: A Panel, a May 1 event on campus. The gathering was sponsored by U of M student groups working to raise public awareness of international issues.


Sponsorships help build awareness of Land O’Lakes and tell the company’s story to important student and professional audiences. For example:

  • Land O’Lakes is a lead sponsor of MN Cup, the largest statewide startup competition in the country. The competition’s tools, resources and seed money help launch and accelerate new entrepreneurial ventures. Among this year’s competitors is Vetiver Solutions, which combats soil erosion in Haiti. Former Global Food Challenge Emerging Leader Elizabeth Alonzi, a 2018 College of Science and Engineering graduate, is now Vetiver’s chief science officer. The competition concludes in October 2018.


  • Land O’Lakes sponsored the sold-out Women’s Leadership Conference on April 27. Organized around a theme of “Building Self, Building Together,” the conference aimed to inspire women to develop as leaders—as individuals, professionals, and community members.


  • More than 300 human resource students and professionals enjoyed a Land O’Lakes-sponsored breakfast that kicked off the HR Tomorrow conference at the Carlson School. The April 20 gathering was a day of learning about HR trends and best practices.


  • Hosted by the U of M’s Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, the Career & Leadership Diversity Summit was an exclusive career and leadership event sponsored by Land O’Lakes on March 27. Speaker Raquel Melo, VP of Innovation and New Business Development at Land O’Lakes, presented “Beyond a Mentor; Find a Sponsor.”

photos: courtesy of Gopher Athletics, Carlson School of Management, Land O'Lakes