Artemisia Leadership Initiative - Empowering individuals for a stronger future

Artemesia Leadership Initiative

CFANS has established the Artemisia Leadership Initiative to address gender-based barriers and improve leadership potential for women.


Be Who You Are: How to Avoid the Attack of the Body-snatchers

Joana Montenegro

February 28, 2019
8:00am to 9:30am

Light refreshments and networking 8:00-8:30 and seminar 8:30-9:30am.

Can't attend in person? Watch the live stream here.

About the lecture

We are frequently given messages that we need to behave and operate within very tight norms within our work environment in order to be successful, or sometimes even accepted. This talk will focus on Joana Montenegro's perspective on this very important issue and the downsides of going along with these powerful but toxic messages.

Joana MontenegroAbout the speaker

Joana Montenegro is the Vice President of Dairy Foods Research and Development at Land O’Lakes and has a huge passion for learning organizations. Prior to her role as VP, Joana has lead strategic technology development, new product development teams as well as aggressive margin enhancement efforts. She was born in Africa, grew up in England and Portugal, but has lived in Minnesota for 19 years.

Joana has a Ph.D. in non-thermal pasteurization of food from the University of Minnesota and has 18 years’ experience in the food industry, having taken roles both in research and development, sales, and operations.

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. Mentoring circles are formed for the calendar year and are now closed for 2019. Join the Artemisia Leadership Initiative mailing list to ensure you receive information about signing up for future circles.

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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.

Fall 2018 Artemisia Leadership Workshop, Dec. 7, 2018

Past Workshops

Spring 2018 Artemisia Leadership Workshop, May 15, 2018