LeaderShape 2016: participants today, leaders tomorrow

Monday, January 18, 2016 - 11:00am

Above: Harvey Johnson, Director of Operations, Strategic Initiatives at Land O’Lakes, speaks to LeaderShape participants. 

Thanks to generous funding from Land O’Lakes, 62 University of Minnesota students were able to participate in LeaderShape, a unique educational experience for developing leaders, held January 12-17, 2016. This is the second year of a five-year sponsorship by Land O’Lakes. 

“LeaderShape delved into who I am as a person and how that influences my decision-making strategies. I appreciated getting insight from Land O’Lakes into what employers are looking for. Thank you, Land O’Lakes, for allowing me to attend such a life-impacting experience!” – Galen Helgemo, ‘17

Student leaders were invited to apply for the coveted spots through a competitive process. Those who were selected represented the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, the College of Science and Engineering, and Carlson School of Management. They participated in an intensive six-day leadership institute held at Camp Ihduhapi in Loretto, Minnesota to interact and learn about leadership, goal setting, and personal potential.

“At LeaderShape, all the individuals were open-minded, no one was judged, and the collective energy was very high. Despite our differences, we all were passionate about one thing: leading and living with integrity. I am never going to forget the energy and characteristic of such a community. I want to thank Land O'Lakes for providing us with such a life-changing opportunity.” – Raeesa Kabir, ‘18

Within a supportive learning community, students were challenged to lead with integrity while working toward a vision grounded in their deepest values. “We are participants today, and leaders every day after that,” said one student. 

Slideshow: LeaderShape 2016