LeaderShape and Land O’Lakes: impacting 300 students since 2015

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:30pm

Over the past five years, more than 300 students have benefitted from a collaborative leadership program called LeaderShape, thanks in part to Land O’Lakes support. Participants gain skills in goal setting, teamwork, and developing a vision for the future.

Who benefits? The program trains students from the College of Science and Engineering, Carlson School of Management, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences.

In January 2019, 54 participants attended LeaderShape (pictured above, with facilitators)

A look back: What is the long-term impact of LeaderShape? Here, two participants from 2015—the first year of Land O’Lakes support—share their perspective:

“From all of my leadership education, I felt a deep vocation to make leadership education more robust and accessible at the University. LeaderShape allowed me to feel confident in my abilities to lead, to be innovative, and to always better myself to serve others. My eyes were opened to the need for leadership in the world to create a more sustainable future, and I feel that I have great agency to create change in effective ways.”

-—Tijen Petersen, ‘17 B.S. mechanical engineering, currently working in leadership development at the U of M


“I was looking for something more than just an engineering degree from the University of Minnesota, and wanted to develop my interpersonal and leadership skills. LeaderShape was a catalyst for me taking steps to have a larger impact at the U of M, and gave me the confidence and skills necessary to identify issues, create change, and contribute to the greater University community.”

-—Ethan Brownell, ‘17 B.S. mechanical engineering, currently working to obtain his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Brownell hopes to pursue a career in academia.

Land O’Lakes support of LeaderShape stems from its overall investment in the U of M talent pipeline.

Thank you, Land O’Lakes!


Photo: courtesy of LeaderShape