Women Mean Business: Land O'Lakes leaders meet up-and-coming high schoolers

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 4:15pm

In June, 50 high school juniors and seniors from Minnesota and beyond learned that working at Land O’Lakes involves much more than making butter.

The students visited the company’s headquarters in Arden Hills as part of the Women Mean Business leadership experience. Run by the U of M’s Carlson School of Management, the week-long program exposes high-achieving girls with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math to possible business careers.

As part of the experience, participants lived on campus for the week, attended mock classes at the Carlson School, and worked in teams to solve a real-world business problem.

Students also visited several Twin Cities businesses and met with successful, inspirational women who have careers in fields such as community service, IT, marketing, finance, and law.

At Land O’Lakes, they heard from a panel of women leaders who encouraged them to follow their passion and persevere, even if their plan doesn’t work out. The panelists also told them it’s never too early to start learning about and building relationships with people in different fields.

Photos courtesy of Carlson School of Management and Land O’Lakes