Leadership Academy Newsletter, May 2020 Application Status-Cohort 2020
-->Industry Speaker Spotlight
Students in Academy take time for a little zoom shenanigans.
-->Guest Speaker: Sonny Ramaswamy
Students enjoyed Dr. Ramaswamy's presentation and although we have a large group, he did a wonderful job of keeping the discussion casual and engaging.Earlier this month, students in the Academy had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, former Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences speak on managing change-a theme of the Academy for both Winter and Spring terms.
His message to students focused on leadership traits of effective leaders and he challenged students not to fear change, but instead to go outside their comfort zone to find solutions.He encouraged students to "show up" and to be the voice for change and improvement, regardless of their leadership position.
Dr. Ramaswamy attended the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore and earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Master of Science in agricultural entomology. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Entomology from Rutgers University.
In 2009, Dr. Ramaswamy was appointed as the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University and Director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. Seeing a need for leadership among the College’s graduates and taking heed of the advice of industry partners, he was a key player in the development of the Leadership Academy. He was a tireless cheerleader for the ties that he believes bind campus researchers, farmers, food processors, environmentalists and consumers.
In March of 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Ramaswamy as Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture. After serving a term of six years, Dr. Ramaswamy was appointed President of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
-->Alumna Spotlight: Heather Brown
Heather reflects fondly on her time in the Academy stating, "I joined the Leadership Academy to meet new people and develop leadership skills (whatever that may have looked like). I quickly realized that this program was so much more than that. I made some lifelong friendships, learned about myself as a leader, my strengths and weaknesses, and how I could better use my strengths to empower those around me." Currently, a high school Science and Agriculture teacher, she says she uses skills that she learned in Leadership Academy to build positive relationships with students and help them see that they can do great things.
She advises new students in the Academy to "Take full advantage of all the opportunities available to you. Each opportunity could change your life for the better, if you let it. Take the time to build relationships with fellow academy students, peers, and mentors. Don’t settle for less than your best. I still talk to several people I met in the academy, and go to them for advice from time to time. I also was paired with an amazing mentor who turned into a lifelong friend and confidant, for whom I am incredibly grateful."
-Heather Brown, a 2016 graduate of OSU in Agricultural Sciences -->We are so grateful for our corporate supporters!
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