Artemisia Leadership Initiative - Empowering individuals for a stronger future


The Artemisia Leadership Initiative inspires and empowers female scientists and strengthens overall capacity to respond to future challenges in food, agriculture and natural resources by addressing gender-based barriers and improving leadership skills. Our network of students, faculty, staff, alumni and external partners is a catalyst for igniting conversation, sharing tools, building skills, mentoring, and inspiring action that maximizes our workforce and lifts the leadership potential within industry and academia. The initiative is named after Artemisia, an ambitious and powerful leader, botanist, and medical scientist. The genus Artemisia is named after her and contains over 200 species of flowering plants, including sagebrush, a resilient species, which lives and thrives in some of the harshest environments. 

Thank you to our alumni sponsors!


Artemisia Seminar

Laura Bishop, Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Thursday, October 3, 8:30-9:30 am, 335 Borlaug Hall

Jessica Stalbaum, Program Manager, Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator
Thursday, November 7, 8:30-9:30 am, 335 Borlaug Hall

Kathryn VandenBosch, Dean and Director, UW Madison
Friday, November 22, 8:30-9:30 am, 335 Borlaug Hall

Join us at 8:00 a.m. for networking and light refreshments prior to each seminar.

Past seminars

Mentoring Circles

Mentoring circles

Mentoring circles provide participants with a safe open place to discuss points brought up during the seminar series and beyond. Participants in the mentoring circles receive priority registration for the Artemisia Professional Development Workshops. Facilitated mentoring circles enable participants to have more in-depth discussions on topics that are of particular interest and need to each group, and to respond to those needs in creative ways. Circles are formed each academic year with others at similar career stages: graduate students, post-docs, staff, faculty.

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Professional Development

professional development

This seminal workshop will develop skills and address needs to truly empower and support women in their current and future roles. It is supported by an alumni steering committee comprised of women that have risen to leadership positions who will leverage personal leadership development experiences in business and industry to introduce to women on campus.

The Fall 2019 workshop titled "Emotional intelligence: A pathway to self-understanding and improved leadership" is scheduled for December 11, 2019.

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Past Workshops

Artemisia Leadership Initiative Events

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Working Group Members

Candice Hirsch, Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics

Susan Galatowitsch, Professor and Head, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Dawn Seibert, Chief of Staff, CFANS Research and Graduate Programs

Frances Homans, Professor and Head, Department of Applied Economics and Agricultural Education and Communication

Rebecca Swenson, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Education & Communication

Krishona Martinson, Professor, Animal Science

Karen Dewanz, CFANS Chief Financial Officer

Ruth Dill-Macky, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology

Therese Liffrig, Academic Adviser, Department of Food Science and Nutrition

Erin Treiber, Research Associate, Department of Horticulture

Becca Hall, Graduate Student, Plant Pathology

Angelique Dahlberg, PhD Student in Conservation Sciences