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. 


Artemisia Seminar

February 22: Provost Karen Hanson​, U of MN Executive Vice President and Provost​
The Fork in the Road

(8:00-9:30 am in 335 Borlaug Hall with light refreshments and networking at 8:00-8:30 and seminar 8:30-9:30)

March 6: Becky Humphries, Chief Executive Officer, The National Wild Turkey Federation and former MI DNR Director
Women's Role in Conservation

(8:00-9:30 am in 335 Borlaug Hall with light refreshments and networking at 8:00-8:30 and seminar 8:30-9:30)

April 3: Helga Van Miegroet, Professor Emerita, Utah State University
Don’t judge a book by its cover: when implicit bias derails advancement

(8:00-9:30 am in 335 Borlaug Hall with light refreshments and networking at 8:00-8:30 and seminar 8:30-9:30)

Past seminars

Mentoring Circles

Mentoring circles

The mentoring circles will provide participants with a safe open place to discuss points brought up during the seminar series and beyond. If you are interested in participating in a mentoring circle please fill out this survey. Participants of the mentoring circles will have priority registration for the Artemisia Leadership Development Workshop that will be held in Spring 2018.

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.

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, Applied Economics and Agricultural Education and Communication
Rebecca Swenson, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Education & Communication
Marcella Windmuller-Campione, Assistant Professor, Forest Resources
Karen Dewanz, CFANS Chief Financial Officer
Sarah Castle, Postdoctoral Associate, Plant Pathology
Ami Thompson, PhD Student, Conservation Sciences Graduate Program
Shefali Mehta, Alumni and Consultant, Open Rivers Consulting Associates