Artemisia Leadership Initiative designed to strengthen female leadership

With the global population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, the food, agricultural and natural resources community must empower youth and scientists to come together and strategize how to accomplish this feat. The Artemisia Leadership Initiative is designed to do just that.

At the University of Minnesota, students learn a variety of technical skills, however, the Artemisia Leadership Initiative provides leadership experiences to transform these skills into impacts. The initiative prides itself on its vision to “empower individuals for a stronger future.” With several meeting dates and dynamic speakers already scheduled for the fall semester, Artemisia promises to inspire all participants toward creating solutions to societal challenges as we approach 2050 and beyond.

"By maximizing the potential of everyone entering the workforce, we maximize our potential of addressing grand challenges facing society,” said Agronomy and Plant Genetics Assistant Professor Candice Hirsch, who serves as a member of Artemisia’s leadership committee. “Overcoming gender based barriers and empowering women will contribute to a stronger future for everyone."

"The network of students, faculty, staff, alumni and external partners involved in these leadership efforts is an important feature of the initiative,” says Agricultural Education and Communication Assistant Professor Rebecca Swenson, who currently serves on the initiative's leadership committee. “Together, these groups plan to create a seminar series, mentoring cohorts, and development workshops designed to start conversations, build skills, and improve support for female scientists. Working together will boost the leadership capacity of both academia and industry, and in turn, allow the University of Minnesota and its partners to be better prepared to address big challenges in food, agriculture and the environment.”

The program is open to everyone. Swenson encourages any and all people to become involved. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni of all genders are invited to participate.

"The conversations and developmental efforts should be valuable for anyone who cares about improving their leadership skills, who wants to be a better mentor for female scientists, and who wants to lift the leadership potential within agricultural and environmental organizations.”

Looking to get involved? Add these dates to your calendar. All events will be held 8:30-9:30 a.m., 335 Borlaug Hall:


Rebecca Swenson

Candice Hirsch and Rebecca Swenson

Artemisia Leadership Initiative Seminar Series

These are the seminars for the initiative in the series of dynamic industry leading speakers:

Leadership Lessons: A Culinary Inspired Journey
Kris Zilliox, Vice President of Global Institutional Training for Ecolab Inc.

April 18, 2019
8:00-9:30 am in Ruttan 45B with light refreshments and networking at 8:00-8:30 and seminar 8:30-9:30

Past seminars