Lunch with a Leader

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We hope you will join us for our virtual Lunch with a Leader series during fall of 2020. 

Lunch with a Leader is a series of opportunities to converse with industry leaders in a casual setting. Learn more about career paths and industry trends. Since we can’t meet in person right now we will Venmo you $10 after the Lunch with a Leader for your next meal!

Registration is required and you may register for multiple speakers by using the links below. If it turns out you cannot attend a lunch, please notify as soon as possible so we can release the spot to a wait listed student. You may not transfer your position to another student–we will go through the wait list first, but encourage your friends to sign up. 

These lunches count for credit for Passport to Leadership and the Work Study Pilot.


October 22nd, 2020

  • Serilda Summers-McGee 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Serilda Summers-McGee

    Talk with a leading diversity, equity and inclusion human resources professional about company culture: How to identify it, how it may affect you, and how to change it. Serilda, who owns her HR consultancy, will also discuss what employers in the virtual workspace are looking for in summer hires and recent graduates.

October 27th, 2020

  • Traci Rossi 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Traci Rossi

    Listen to the Executive Director of Friends of the Children-Portland address the widening digital divide and the resultant issues impacting underrepresented children across Portland. Traci will discuss the challenges that “going virtual” has presented to her mission of removing the obstacles that stand in the way of success for these highest priority youth, and discuss solutions for closing that digital divide.

October 28th, 2020

  • A portrait of Beth Ford, president of Land O Lakes at the company?s headquarters in Arden Hills, ... 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Beth Ford

    Converse with the first openly gay woman to become CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Beth Ford, CEO of Land O Lakes ( a company that touches 300,000 farmers and half the harvested acres in the nation) wants to respond to your questions about career advancement, innovations in sustainable agriculture, and amplifying underrepresented voices in the workplace. Beth is getting to know Lewis & Clark with her daughter, Gigi, who happens to be a First year here!

October 29th, 2020

  • Zoe Feldman 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Zoe Feldman

    Come learn about Zoe’s mission to make the food sector more diverse and inclusive and why she is backing companies overlooked by traditional investors. The Chobani Incubator tackles broken food systems and provides start-ups with access and expertise to achieve scale and growth.

November 10th, 2020

  • Sandra Shotwell 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Sandra Shotwell

    Engage with a seasoned life science entrepreneur on the various and nefarious ways to engage in entrepreneurship. Sandra’s career has involved product development, IP licensing, global health, and relationship-building among NGOs, government agencies and international businesses. She will share insights gleaned from work in academia, government agencies in the U.S. and Europe, start-up companies and nonprofits.



These events require pre-registration. Space is limited.

See past Lunch with a Leader guests here.