Leadership Certificate Award Recipients

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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

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Kevin Cahya

Janice Cheng

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Food Science

The Leadership Certificate encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone, apply for leadership positions and join organizations that I never thought I would. Because of this, I have made many new friends along the way, some of whom I will continue to be friends with after college. They’ve made this year the best one yet of my college experience, so thank you!

What is your unique/silly talent? I can imitate a dog’s bark.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Newell’s Deli

Kaitlyn Cummings

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: West Allis, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Biology

I learned the importance of making sure my team was heard and incorporating their voices into our workshops in order to improve both the quality of our influence and the growth of the community outreach. In this way, I wanted to prioritize supporting the development of others to make the most out of our work. After graduation, I will be working in a pharmaceutical drug development lab and pursuing a second degree in pharmacy and healthcare.

What is your unique/silly talent? I find new running trails in the area to explore.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Lakeshore path

Mayalee Erfourth

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Mount Horeb, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Genetics and Genomics

Throughout my time at UW-Madison, I have really dug into my drive to be a leader. Through different jobs I’ve held and positions within organizations, I have become a better communicator, which has in turn made me a better friend, daughter, sibling, and person as a whole. I found that I really enjoy teaching people, and being a leader through example. I’m very happy I found the Leadership Certificate to supplement my degree!

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m a headstand enthusiast.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Anywhere with a view of the water

Alexandra Hader

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Waukesha, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Agricultural and Applied Economics & Political Science with Certificates in Environmental Studies and African Studies

I learned that I deeply value carrying a growth mindset into every experience I have. I believe it is extremely important to learn from every experience that you have regardless of whether it has a positive or negative outcome. Being able to carry this mindset with me has allowed me to more critically self-reflect and become a better leader.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can name all of the countries in the world in under twenty minutes.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Eleanor Hanson

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Food Science

At UW, I learned how to make friends in new situations. Starting college and during my internships in the summer, I moved to new places and had to make friends with people that I had never met, just to know that I would not be in that place long term. This, along with bringing my new acquaintances together, will serve me when I start new jobs or move to new places.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can tolerate open water swimming in really cold water.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Union South

Emily Johnson

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Anoka, MN, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Genetics and Genomics & Global Health

Throughout my four years at this University I have always been a pre-planner. I have planned large and small scale events as a leader, and have also spent most of my time career planning. Some of the most amazing opportunities that presented during my time in Madison, I could have never planned for. My leadership experience taught me to always be flexible and invite change with a smile, because you can’t plan life!

What is your unique/silly talent? I love to knit.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Chipotle

Shilpa Joottu

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Madison, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Biology

Honoring context and culture was emphasized during my semesters working with different kinds of people. My sociology class enabled me to connect and communicate with peers from all kinds of backgrounds. It truly pushed me to think outside my comfort zone, and speak with clarity and confidence.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can raise my lip in a silly way.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Richard Dieter Kempf

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Madison, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Community and Environmental Sociology & Environmental Studies

I had a unique experience of both earning the Leadership Certificate, and working as the advisor for the program. My biggest take away from the program is a love for leadership development. After graduation I will work for Madison School and Community Recreation as an Adventure Instructor, leading team-building workshops for Madison’s youth on challenge courses. After the fall season, I look forward to pursuing a career in leadership development in secondary or higher education.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’d say a kind of gelato, since I’m a master of puns.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Red Gym. I got to work in a castle!

Ritika Punathil

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Genetics and Genomics & Economics

My experiences throughout my time at UW-Madison broadened my definition of leadership. Contrary to the traditional image of an individual guiding the masses, I have learned that leadership lies in collaboration and mutual understanding. Cultural competency is essential in developing this understanding, and I am very grateful for the opportunities I had to develop my cultural competency. My flexible perspective of leadership will help me greatly as a pursue a career in the healthcare field.

What is your unique/silly talent? I know most of the lines in Finding Nemo.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union

Sarah Schlosser

Anna Walther

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Kenosha, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Community and Environmental Sociology

Before UW, I thought learning was passive. I imagined I would spend four years sitting in a lecture hall absorbing material. As I started getting involved with direct service and service learning, however, I started to realize that we can move our ideas and what we have learned, into positive social action. I found a new passion for fostering bridge-building and collaboration through community-based initiatives and supporting the learning and development of others in my volunteer teams.

What is your unique/silly talent? I love birds and can identify every wild bird in Wisconsin!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Lakeshore Nature Preserve

William Whisler

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Genetics

The certificate taught me how to be more self reflective with my leadership. I learned to take a step back more often and analyze outcomes by reflecting on my own leadership style. By doing this, I was able to address my leadership weaknesses and adopt a growth oriented mindset. Being a leader is an ever evolving process!

What is your unique/silly talent? I can identify every flag in the world.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Wisconsin Institute of Discovery

Wisconsin School of Business

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Connor Allen

Madison Dettmann

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Hartland, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Accounting & Real Estate

Throughout this process, I have learned more about how others see me as a leader. Knowing that people think I am inclusive, respectful, accountable, and reliable are all important to me as I continue to grow in my efforts to include more people of different backgrounds and lifestyles into my goals for the future.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can sing the alphabet backwards perfectly.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Camp Randall

Kaylie Dymek

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Valhalla, NY, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Accounting

Throughout this experience, I learned that leadership can surface itself in many different forms depending on the environment/team you are a part of. I gained confidence in speaking up in front of groups and I also learned when to step back and let other people take charge. I am excited to take the leadership skills I have developed with me to my job next fall in Columbus, Ohio.

What is your unique/silly talent? I know how to juggle.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Christopher Jason Halim

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Actuarial Science & Risk Management and Insurance

My leadership experience has enabled me to exponentially learn more about myself and my surroundings while gaining an understanding of the importance of giving back and caring to the community. I am extremely grateful to the people that have helped me build up my leadership skills. As I embark on the next phase of my life, I would like to utilize my leadership experiences to enable others to achieve their aspirations and bring more contribution to my community.

What is your unique/silly talent? I know almost all of the world’s capital cities.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace and Picnic Point

Ariel Harwood

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Roslyn Harbor, NY, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Real Estate and Urban Land Economics

Through my leadership experience as President of Sigma Delta Tau, I have learned that working collaboratively with my peers as well as creating interpersonal communication is necessary to be a successful leader. Developing these interpersonal communication skills has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and grow as an individual.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can sing the alphabet backwards really fast.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Ryan Kerley

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Old Bethpage, NY, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Marketing with a Certificate in Studio Art

I learned a lot about myself during the various leadership experiences I have had on campus. I have learned how to effectively and collaboratively work with a team. I have also learned the importance of self reflection and awareness which has allowed me to develop my strengths and grow upon my weaknesses.

What is your unique/silly talent? I am artistic and use this skill set to design sneakers and glass containers!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Macy Madsen

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: New London, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Risk Management and Insurance

My time spent working towards pursuing the Leadership Certificate has made me reflect on my own leadership styles and how I can continually improve as a leader. After graduating in May, I will be working with Willis Re in their Leadership Development Program starting in July in Minneapolis. I am excited to see how the leadership skills I obtained during college translate over to a full time role.

What is your unique/silly talent? I remember everyone’s birthdays.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Courtney Morrison

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Glenview, IL, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Marketing, International Business & Management and Human Resources

Upon graduation, I will be returning home to Chicago, IL to work for corporate Walgreens as a marketing analyst. I look forward to not only applying my foundational business knowledge to my career, but also the personal growth and lessons I have undergone as a leadership certificate recipient.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can touch my tongue to my nose!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Alex Pillard

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Oconomowoc, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Finance, Investment, and Banking

One thing that I learned about myself through this process is the joy I find in teaching and helping others in my communities. Community means so much to me as shown by the work and volunteering I have done at the Bradley Learning Community throughout my entire collegiate career. I will continue to build and promote connections and learning through my future work in the financial industry.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can quote the majority of the movie Shrek.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Camp Randall

Beatrice Tan

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Honolulu, HI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Actuarial Science & Risk Management and Insurance

I enjoy supporting the learning and development of others. During my time in UW-Madison, I was privileged to serve in Pres House, the Wisconsin School of Business, Badger Volunteers, and Bradley Learning Community as leaders. While I performed a variety of tasks in each role, there was a common theme among them all- supporting others. In the future, I will continue to strive as an empowering leader who supports and inspires others to reach their fullest potential.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can turn my hand around 360 degrees.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

School of Education

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Ellen Baranowski

Regan Bolt

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Cambridge, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Communication Sciences and Disorders

One thing I have learned about myself through my leadership experiences is that I love connecting with the community through leading and being part of a team. All of my leadership volunteer opportunities involved teamwork and learning and growing from others while forming lifelong connections. I will take the values I have learned through my leadership with me as I begin graduate school for Audiology and continue leading in all aspects of my life.

What is your unique/silly talent? I have performed in musical theatre shows since I was ten!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Memorial Union Terrace and the Lakeshore Path

Jenna Broihahn

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Madison, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Rehabilitation Psychology

My leadership experiences at UW-Madison have taught me how important it is to put yourself out there, and to try new things… even if they scare you a bit. It is through new experiences that you can learn the most about yourself and become the person you are meant to be.

What is your unique/silly talent? I am an expert tennis player (on Wii sports).

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Mallory Dixon

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Manitowoc, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Kinesiology – Exercise Movement Science

While at UW- Madison, I have had the opportunity to learn and grow in so many aspects especially through reflection during the Leadership certificate. I have learned how to more effectively serve the people around me and more positively lead others in my life. I am beyond grateful for all that UW-Madison has provided me with and look forward to continuing to grow and learn while getting my masters at The University of South Carolina.

What is your unique/silly talent? I play volleyball.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Tanya Echevarria

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Chicago, IL, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Rehabilitation Psychology

One take-away I’ve learned is how much I have grown as an individual. When I first came to UW, I was very reserved; however, the more I was involved, the more my confidence grew. I have completed over 1,000+ volunteer hours over the past four years. Every volunteer work, internship, organizations, and overall involvement I was a part of has been a learning experience. It helped me discover my passion for working with others.

What is your unique/silly talent? I love painting nails. One time I drew all of the Disney princesses on my nails!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Carolyn Flood

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Appleton, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Rehabilitation Psychology

In completing my Leadership Certificate, I learned that I enjoy mentoring others and helping them work towards achieving their personal and professional goals. This Leadership Certificate experience has provided me with numerous opportunities to reflect upon and showcase my accomplishments outside of the traditional classroom. I have learned the importance of strong leadership and will continue to prioritize the leadership values of integrity, inclusive engagement, and connection and community in my future.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can carry out a conversation with anyone.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union

Kelly Giuliano

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Norridge, IL, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Rehabilitation Psychology

Through my leadership experiences, I have learned how important vulnerability and curiosity is for personal growth. As well, I have found unique ways to include my passions into my future career. In the fall, I will be starting a doctoral program for occupational therapy. Using my previous explorations, I look forward to finding ways that the OT profession can create more equitable access to services that aim to improve the wellbeing and function of all peoples.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can touch my tongue with my nose.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Eleanor Jansen

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Kimberly, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Kinesiology

The Leadership Certificate has offered me a unique chance to visualize, reflect, and celebrate the impact I have had during my time here at UW. This process has given me the opportunity to identify my strengths, weaknesses, and skills as a leader in various settings. Moving forward, I hope to apply what I have learned throughout this experience in the field of health care by pursuing a Master’s in Healthcare Administration after graduation.

What is your unique/silly talent? I learned to play flugelhorn for the UW Marching Band.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Gunnar Roberge

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Seymour, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Kinesiology and Neurobiology

The leadership certificate program has increased my confidence in building meaningful relationships and connecting with my community. Participating in student organizations, leadership courses, and community service events have helped me develop better self-awareness and interpersonal communication skills. These skills will help me create positive changes within my community, family, and future careers in both healthcare and scientific research.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m really good at guessing the ending to movies after watching just the first few minutes.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery building is my favorite spot on campus for studying and grabbing a cup of coffee!

Cecilia Rosborough

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Mount Horeb, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Kinesiology with a Certificate in Global Health

Through my work with the leadership certificate I have developed integrity, community building skills, and inclusive engagement strategies through my work with Recreation and Wellbeing, Meriter Hospital, Tennyson Assisted Living Facility, Kinesiology club and Special Olympics. These skills will help me as I continue on to get my Masters in Public health and hopefully one day work in a government setting where I can influence public health policies.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can raise one eyebrow at a time.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Carly Winner

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Madison, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Elementary Education and Environmental Studies

Through the experiences I had related to the leadership certificate I learned and gained perspective on the importance of community. The volunteering, workshops, and leadership hours I engaged in presented me with situations that expanded my understanding of what it means to be a part of a community. From this, I will continue to expand meaningful connections with individuals and groups that surround me. Forging these connections is essential in building strong environments with inspiring individuals.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m great at hula hooping!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Arboretum

College of Engineering

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Colin Forbes

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: New Providence, NJ, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Chemical & Biological Engineering

I learned how to better leverage my core leadership strengths and discovered new leadership focuses that leave me more fulfilled with the work I get to do.

What is your unique/silly talent? I make a mean batch of chocolate chip cookies.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Camp Randall

William Parwoto Wirono

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Industrial & Systems Engineering with a Certificate in Mathematics

I learned that positive outcomes need not come from others and leadership should not be seen from a position of authority. It is those grassroot communities that are able to realize the inclusive engagement that one has with their own culture, self-awareness, and collaboration. Receiving continual feedback from others has helped me to listen, see, and act on the needs of others and the communities. Without this, change will just be a far-fetched notions to reach.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m great at playing table tennis.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union

School of Human Ecology

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Rachel Alsbury

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Prairie Farm, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Human Development and Family Studies & English with Certificates in Education and Educational Services & Environmental Studies

During my four years at UW-Madison, I learned the importance of having a growth mindset. As a teaching fellow, new student leader, house fellow, and in other leadership roles, I was able to meet really amazing people, gain extremely valuable experiences working with others, and most importantly, learn more about myself, others, and the world around me. I plan to use what have I learned as I engage in advocacy and educational outreach at the community level.

What is your unique/silly talent? I bake and decorate delicious desserts!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Bascom Hill on a sunny day!

Lorence Ayag

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Maramag, Philippines

Year: Sophomore

Major/Program: Retail and Consumer Behavior

Leadership isn’t something we are born with but rather something that fosters within us. The years I spent in the United States Marine Corps has shaped my leadership philosophy. UW-Madison and the Leadership Certification Program has allowed me to continue growing in other aspects of my leadership. I look forward to making a difference in my community and the rest of the world. Aspire to inspire before you expire.

What is your unique/silly talent? I love videography and capturing human emotions.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union

Julia Framstad

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Racine, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Human Development and Family Studies with a Certificate in Global Health

I have loved becoming involved with the Madison community through my leadership engagements. These experiences built confidence in my ability to connect with others & truly make a difference. I will be attending Marquette University after graduation to pursue my Masters of Science in Nursing, to become a Clinical Nurse Leader. I hope to one day combine my passion for leadership and helping others with my professional aims of working in the healthcare field.

What is your unique/silly talent? I am a really good hula-hooper.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Gretchen Miller

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Edina, MN, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Human Development and Family Studies

Through my involvement in Badger Volunteers with Schools of Hope, learned that I have a passion for educational justice, which is leading me to a future in teaching. I’ll be moving out to the University of Denver to get my masters degree and teaching license in elementary education in July!

What is your unique/silly talent? I can flawlessly imitate Gru from Despicable Me.

What is your favorite spot on campus? It’s a tie between the Terrace and the beautiful bathrooms on the first floor of SoHE

Kendall Schoenike

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Pewaukee, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Community and Nonprofit Leadership & Religious Studies with a Certificate in Sustainability

The Leadership Certificate helped me to feel comfortable pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. I just started my new job at Hope Street Ministry in Milwaukee, and I am excited to apply all I learned in this certificate to my work there.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can rollerblade.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Anywhere I can see Lake Mendota!

Benjamin Stone

Hometown: Cumberland, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Human Development and Family Studies

By immersing myself in the UW-Madison Leadership Framework, I have gained the ability to quantify my leadership skills and identify competencies that I am naturally proficient at, and areas I need to grow. I will continue to perfect my leadership skills as I take an off year to run my moving company, intern for Athletes in Action, and gain experience to apply for occupational therapy graduate programs.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can play the cello.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace.

College of Letters and Science

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Sydney Alhadeff

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Social Work & Sociology

Through my involvement with the leadership certificate, I learned to have confidence in myself as a leader and to trust my instincts while continuing to work collaboratively with others. I greatly appreciate this experience and I am excited to take everything I have learned with me as I begin graduate school to earn my Master’s of Social Work this fall!

What is your unique/silly talent? I have a library of stand-up comedy jokes that I can recite verbatim.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Lakeshore path

Beth Allen

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Waukesha, WI, USA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Program: History & Philosophy

The Leadership Certificate experience has taught me a lot about myself. I grew a lot in terms of Self Awareness, and the competencies reflection helped me realize where I could grow. The capstone will give me a chance to work on my growth areas. With two years left at UW-Madison, I am excited to have time to apply my developing leadership skills to better our campus.

What is your unique/silly talent? I never get brain freezes.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union

Brennan Bahr

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: La Crosse, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Journalism

I learned that in order to build strong leaders and create an environment conducive of learning, you must rely on feedback, both positive and negative. The Leadership Certificate helped push me to engage more with feedback both for myself and my team to help spur growth and find areas of improvement and celebration.

What is your unique/silly talent? I am the designated DJ for all road trips.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union

Jamie J. Bang

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Franklin, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Through the Leadership Certificate program, I was able to reflect on my time at UW-Madison and assess my role on campus as a student leader. Specifically, the program has helped me identify my strengths as a leader and identify areas in which I can improve. I learned a lot about what it means to be a leader and I intend on applying what I have learned to my future endeavors.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can sleep through multiple alarm clocks.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Jack Berroug

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Neurobiology

One take-away I have learned about myself throughout my various leadership roles is that I am resilient. I have made a lot of mistakes and have had a lot failures throughout my leadership positions, but one thing I never did was give up on myself, my team, or my goals. I hope to take these skills with me as I pursue a career in law as an aspiring attorney for the ACLU.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can walk on my hands.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Madeline Boulanger

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Appleton, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Journalism with a Certificate in Digital Studies

My experience with the Leadership Certificate has taught me that there are many different ways to be a leader in your daily life. I learned that even if I do not have a leadership title, I am still a leader and it is important to learn how to lead myself. I am excited to take what I have learned through this program and apply it to life after UW, wherever that may take me.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m great at cartwheels.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace at Memorial Union

Greta Brown

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Appleton, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Neurobiology

The Leadership Certificate provided me with a unique experience where I could develop my leadership skills within a variety of settings. I have been challenged to explore my strengths and build upon my weaknesses to continue my development of being the most effective leader I can be. This experience will continue to build and be very useful in my future career as a physician.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can eat a 5 pound pie in 8.5 minutes.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Lake Mendota in the summertime on a kayak

Jennifer Brown

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Social Work & Legal Studies with a Certificate in Criminal Justice

My name is Jennifer Brown, and my greatest takeaway from the Leadership Certificate and my involvement on campus was definitely my growth in the competencies of Decision-Making and Self-Awareness. I have become so much more confident over the past four years, and I cannot wait to apply all of the skills and knowledge I have gained from the UW-Madison Leadership Framework to the professional world after I graduate!

What is your unique/silly talent? I find fun new restaurants wherever I go.

What is your favorite spot on campus? In a kayak on Lake Mendota

Emma Buhr

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Communication Arts

My leadership experience here at UW has been eye-opening and remarkably positive. The most important thing my leadership experience has taught me is that the power of a team resides in its team members. By learning how to foster bridge-building and collaboration, my team’s network of ideas increased dramatically, allowing me to turn out better work. I was also able to build stronger relationships with every team member.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can cook with anything.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Zhaoqing Cui

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Beijing, Beijing, China

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Computer Science, Economics, & Math

The leadership program gave me a great opportunity to perform introspection and review my undergraduate education. Through the program, I was able to summarize what advantages and weaknesses I had. After graduation, I will go to the University of California – Berkeley for a master’s in EECS. I hope that I can be a professional engineering leader who can bring positive social changes to our society.

What is your unique/silly talent? I mail postcards to myself whenever I travel.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Law Library

Ilana Friedman

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Political Science & Legal Studies with a Certificate in Criminal Justice

The LC enhanced my time at UW because I learned how to apply leadership to achieve collective goals. My biggest takeaway was learning the importance of being an inspiring leader. The LC taught me how to interact with all people, how to listen to someone’s needs, and how to work together to accomplish collective goals. I am thankful for the opportunities I had through the program and am excited to see where leadership takes me.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can touch my tongue to my nose.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Pedro Henrique Koeler Goulart

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Computer Science

I was able to better understand the competencies that make up parts of leadership and how to effectively communicate to team members when a conflict arises. I was also able to reflect on how the skills and experiences that I have gained through college can reflect on the workplace, which will help me become a better software engineer in the future.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can cook dishes without using a recipe – or measurements.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Amanda Janquart

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Oak Creek, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Neurobiology & Spanish

I grew my personal strengths through the self-awareness competency, and I used these strengths to find my ideal role in team collaborations. I will use what I have learned from completing the leadership certificate as I begin medical school in the fall.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can touch my toes to my head.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Emily Johnson

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Green Bay, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Neurobiology & Psychology

I learned that I have more respect for others experiences than I thought I did. Through my involvement hours and the competency activity, I found that I strive to ensure everyone is comfortable in every situation, not just me.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can say all of the United States Presidents in order.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union

Jorey Jossart

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: De Pere, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Statistics

The most important take-away that I have learned about myself through my leadership experiences is how crucial it is to place action-oriented leadership above authority-orientated leadership. In other words, action, not position or level of authority, is the key ingredient when trying to propel myself, along with others, to create positive and lasting impacts. Upon graduation, I intend to continue focusing on action-oriented leadership, coupled with utilizing effective leadership skills learned from this invaluable endeavor.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can touch my tongue with my nose.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The football stadium

Yochana Kancherla

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Edina, MN, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Neurobiology & Psychology

Through my leadership experiences during undergrad, I have learned the makings of a strong leader and how it goes beyond getting things done to implement lasting change. I was able to challenge my insecurities and push myself to become an understanding and vocal leader.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can say the alphabet backwards.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Suet Lee

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Appleton, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Biology with a Certificate in Health and the Humanities

Hello, my name is Suet Lee! Within the self-reflection and educational components of the UW-Madison Leadership Framework, I learned how much I enjoy practicing different types of leadership in various scenarios, whether volunteering out in the community or engaging at social justice workshops, to foster bridge-building and collaboration. From my leadership experiences, I hope to take my enthusiasm and academic curiosity to form professional relationships and develop strong advocacy skills at law school.

What is your unique/silly talent? I love to cook and recreate dishes!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Discovery Building

Ellen Marie Lee

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Marlboro, NJ, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Computer Science with a Certificate in Studio Art

Being a UW leader has taught me to be okay with failure. Through my time at this university, the lessons I’ve gained here are irreplaceable. By appreciating what others have to offer, I started reflecting on what and how I can contribute to society. Though I might be intimidated by the effects of my actions, I understand now that it’s alright to not be the best. It’s alright to not be able to please everyone with success.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can imitate cat meows really well- I am a cat whisperer.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Ethan Lengfeld

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Cross Plains, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Computer Science

Through my experience in completing the Leadership Certificate I received a much greater understanding of the positive impact that we can make as individuals. Too often I felt discouraged that I could not make a difference that would be impactful enough. However, using the Leadership Framework I became an overall better leader and learned how positive change can start from individual actions.

What is your unique/silly talent? I know how to wake surf.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union

Shuangyan Li

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Qingdao, Shandong, China

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Sociology with a Certificate in Global Health

I am actually really happy that I could use this opportunity to learn about leadership systematically and reflect on my leading experiences. I enjoy being a leader and this leadership framework helps me know my strengths and weaknesses so I can keep improving myself. The idea of being a leader is an attitude of being better, and I hope to use this to change the context around me while developing my abilities.

What is your unique/silly talent? I have a double jointed thumb.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Vanesa Meneses

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Middleton, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Psychology & Neurobiology

From freshman year to now, I made great strides in my growth as a leader. Given the leadership framework, I more readily recognize and am able to articulate the leadership qualities I am proud of and those I need more growth in. Continuing this journey of growth, I am volunteering during a gap year and then applying to Ph.D. programs in developmental psychology. I hope to one day apply my skills to help underprivileged youth reach college.

What is your unique/silly talent? I have a really good frown.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Tie between the 13th floor of the Education Sciences building and Memorial Union Terrace stairs on the lake

Maya Peterson

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: River Falls, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Neurobiology & Psychology

I have learned so much about myself and leadership in general through this process. One major take-away I have is that I can be a leader in my own way. I can be goofy while motivating others, vulnerable while teaching, reflecting while encouraging others to do the same. I will take this with me as I continue in my plans to work with kids in schools!

What is your unique/silly talent? Quiz me on a movie’s release year – chances are I’ll know it!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Red Gym

Maryann Rehani

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Madison, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Neurobiology & Psychology

I learned about the importance of using leadership skills when I have the opportunity. Through a lot of the modules I completed, I realized how frequently I can serve as a leader to make change in my community. One thing that I decided to pursue due to this certificate is to advocate for stores to offer sensory friendly hours for individuals with disabilities like Autism.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can speed-read!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Next to the lake at Memorial Union- preferably with ice cream!

Jessica Reinecke

Jessica Rutstein

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Deerfield, IL, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Master of Public Affairs

I have learned that giving back to your community doesn’t have to be something separate from your day-to-day activities or an addition to your studies/career. I have intentionally integrated service and community development into my graduate studies and my professional path. There is no more rewarding type of work.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can remember song lyrics.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace on a sunny day

Mikayla Sandin

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Psychology & Legal Studies with Certificates in Criminal Justice & American Indian Studies

I learned that I really enjoy helping people. I like to use my knowledge and experiences to help connect others to resources and opportunities that they might not have otherwise known about. In the future I hope to continue to help people through my positions at the UW-Madison Police Department and at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services.

What is your unique/silly talent? I make beaded earrings.

What is your favorite spot on campus? American Indian Student Cultural Center or Center for Academic Excellence

Marissa Sandkuhler

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Racine, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Psychology with Certificates in Business & Global Health

Through my experiences, I have learned that continuous growth in all values and competencies is necessary to evolve and become a better leader. My main takeaway is the importance of confidence in myself and my abilities as I embark on new experiences and serve as a leader. I will take these skills forward with me as I pursue a Master of Health Administration at the University of Minnesota.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can memorize song lyrics.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Sidney Steiner

Hometown: Fort Atkinson, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Zoology, Conservation Biology, & Environmental Studies

Completing the Leadership Certificate has given me an opportunity to reflect on the work I have done, and the experiences I have had here at UW. I have learned that one does not need to hold a formal leadership position to be a leader. A leader is someone who inspires and takes others into consideration. As a leader I have led by example and aim to continually recognize the context, culture and perspectives of others.

What is your unique/silly talent? Cooking.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Michelle Sarah Shibu Thomas

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Year: Senior

Major/Program: International Studies with a Certificate in Development Economics

I discovered that I am really good at spotting the potential in others and supporting their learning and development. It gives me great joy to see their success and satisfaction in knowing that I was a part of their journey. Therefore, I am lead to pursue a career in International Development. My goal is to create projects that provide global communities with the resources and support they desire in order to succeed.

What is your unique/silly talent? I am a human calendar: I remember birthdays and dates with uncanny accuracy.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Sunset Lounge in Memorial Union

Pachia Yang

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Sheboygan, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Political Science & International Studies

Through my leadership experiences at UW-Madison, I learned that I enjoy working as a team with other leaders to accomplish a shared goal that benefits our communities. I served on the boards of the Hmong American Student Association and the Asian American Student Union for multiple years and, through these experiences, I learned that my true passions lie in social justice and human rights. My future goal is to build communities that exemplify diversity, equality, and equity.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Student Activity Center

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Erin Pribble

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Prior Lake, MN, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Nursing & Human Development and Family Studies with a Certificate in Education and Educational Services

The most significant understanding that I gained of myself and my leadership ability is that I have a shared leadership style which contributes to my passion for fostering bridge-building and community. As I apply for Nursing positions in Perinatal, Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, and Women’s Health, I am excited to bring my energy and passion for growth and connection into my new place of work.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can pick up things with my feet/toes.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Goodspeed dock at Memorial Union

Kathryn Sullivan

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Madison, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Nursing

After completing this certificate, I learned that anyone is capable of becoming a good leader regardless of their role or title. This certificate made me reflect on my both strengths and weaknesses I have as a leader and how I can improve them. I will take what I learned from the experiences I gained while pursuing this certificate and use them to continue developing my leadership skills as a nurse.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can waterski!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union

Payton Udo

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Lakeville, MN, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Nursing with a Certificate in Global Health

I have learned that I love the concept of self-awareness, and now reflect daily. In my future plans, I hope to provide reflective practice to my patients as a nurse, and help my patients increase their self-awareness by making them aware of all of their positive qualities and capabilities in regards to their health. I also hope to encourage the facility I will work at to promote more reflective practice for all health care providers.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can walk on my hands.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The depths of Picnic Point

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Tyler Albright

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Middleton, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

I learned how much it is possible to improve on leadership abilities by more than just practicing. Reflecting, discussing, observing, and mentoring are all critical parts of the growth to become a leader.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m great at dealing Blackjack.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Microbial Sciences Benches

Matthew Bemis

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Greendale, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

From the leadership certificate program, I learned that self-awareness and self-reflection are vital to succeed as a leader. This experience has forced me to look critically at how others perceive me, which has helped shape me into the leader I want to be. Reflection has also been important in my journey, as I learned a lot from looking back at past experiences to see where I succeeded and where I still have room for growth.

What is your unique/silly talent? I play the piano, guitar, and trumpet (not that unique!).

What is your favorite spot on campus? Camp Randall on a Gameday

Lauren Finley

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

I learned that although self-reflection is difficult to effectively implement, it is the best way for me to achieve self-awareness to become a competent pharmacist. In the future, I will carry the importance of both self and peer reflection to my profession as a health care provider to ensure the best patient care in all scenarios.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can touch my tongue to my nose.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Picnic Point

Carly Gillis

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: De Pere, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

I’m from De Pere, WI and completed my undergraduate degree in Human Biology at UW-Green Bay. I have a passion for working directly with patients and serving as a patient advocate. For these reasons, I hope to work as an ambulatory care or community pharmacist. I hope to use the skills that I have learned through community service and leadership seminars in my role as a pharmacist to empower my patients to achieve their health goals.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m great at Wii Mario Kart.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Picnic Point or the Terrace

Lucas Grabowski

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Coon Valley, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

I learned that I will continue to grow using the leadership competencies and values. As a future pharmacist, I can apply these to my future job whether I am interacting with pharmacy technicians, patients or other health care professionals. I hope to become a leader of the healthcare team, and what I learned from this framework will set me up for success when providing patient-centered care with the other members of the health care team.

What is your unique/silly talent? When running and jumping off a diving board, I can proceed to do a backflip in mid-air.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Natatorium swimming pool

Kristin Hesselbach

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: New Berlin, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

My name is Kristin; I am proud to be completing the leadership certificate and I am thankful for those who have helped me along the way, chiefly my pharmacy mentor Dr. Trisha Seys Ranola! She has taught me that as a leader, it is important to reflect on your personal mission statement and the reasons why you are working toward a certain goal. Stay focused, but remember every experience is an opportunity for learning.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can play five different musical instruments.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Jayne Hurd

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Portage, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

This program has challenged me, forced me to reflect on failures, and allowed me to celebrate successes. One of my most important goals is to always be a lifelong learner. While this program has allowed me to feel confident in various competencies of leadership, I hope to always be willing to learn. Finishing this program and moving into a new stage of my life, I feel empowered and prepared to begin a new leadership journey.

What is your unique/silly talent? Time will tell if this is a long-term talent, but this year I had the exciting pleasure to take a lesson on how to fly a plane! It was a really great experience and something I would definitely do again.

What is your favorite spot on campus? My favorite place on campus is the Allen Centennial Garden. The free garden is my favorite place to go to relax and take in a little nature in the city. Their Friday night events are the perfect place to listen to live music and enjoy the outdoors. It is one of my favorite places to de-stress after a long week.

Kayla Judson

Rachel Kent

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Eau Claire, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

Through my experiences in this certificate program I learned how valuable self-reflection can be to further develop my leadership skills. I have since built self-reflection into my daily routine, and I genuinely believe it has profoundly impacted by ability to be a more positive and productive leader!

What is your unique/silly talent? I recently started an Instagram cooking show!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Arboretum

Shelby Koen

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Mukwonago, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

One of my favorite experiences included leading a team to create an event for the community. I often used to think that leaders were bold, took charge, and made key decisions. Sometimes that is true, but what is more important about being a leader is trusting and learning from your teammates, helping where needed, and knowing when to step back. I look forward to future team experiences as I transition to my clinical rotations and apply to residencies this winter.

What is your unique/silly talent? I once parallel parked in a snow storm.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace at Sunset

Austin Lange

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

In my experience since beginning the Leadership Certificate, I have come to learn about seeing things from the big picture. Oftentimes, I would get bogged down in the minute details, and that can be stressful, but when taking a step back and trying to envision the beginning and end of a given task or goal, it makes things a lot more achievable.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can watch SportsCenter back-to-back, even with repeats, and still enjoy it every time.

What is your favorite spot on campus? For studying, the Ebling Library Reading room. For fun, the Terrace on Open Mic night.

Kasheng Lee

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Greenville, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

Self-reflection is always ongoing. I learned to reconnect to my Hmong roots and use that to my advantage. As I transition from student pharmacist to pharmacist, self-reflection is what will guide my leadership skills. I also learned that connection and community is key to success. I will be constantly staying connected to those I have met and continue to foster a welcoming community for my Hmong patients.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can dance.

What is your favorite spot on campus? UW Cafeteria or the Badger Markets for coffee and snacks

Samantha Lewiston

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: New Berlin, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

I learned a lot about leadership settings in which I feel most comfortable and how I can grow in settings that may make me uncomfortable. I also discovered that helping others grow and implement their ideas as leaders is extremely rewarding for me!

What is your unique/silly talent? I play the oboe.

What is your favorite spot on campus? UW Nursing School

Shauna Mackenzie

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Ashland, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

Throughout my time in the Leadership Certificate Program, I grew tremendously in my ability to self-reflect and become more self-aware. This enabled me to develop healthier, more genuine relationships with those around me, as well as with myself. This program was a great way for me to wrap up some of my final experiences as a college student!

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m so analytical it hurts.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Henry Mall

Alexis Mowry

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Raleigh, NC, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

I learned to draw upon my strengths as a leader, and to rely on other people in areas that I am weaker. I also learned to put myself in situations that will challenge my leadership skills, even though it may seem uncomfortable at first. I will use everything I have learned from this program during my final year of the PharmD program, and beyond when I am a pharmacist.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Picnic Point

Katelyn Reiter

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Spooner, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

One of the most meaningful aspects of the Leadership Certificate is the reflection partner component. The pharmacy students were partnered with a pharmacist that has similar professional interests, so my reflection partner focused on personal and professional growth as well as leadership development. Meeting with my reflection partner significantly increased my self-awareness and challenged me to reflect on my own beyond our meetings.

What is your unique/silly talent? I play piano and trumpet!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Cooper Hall

Cassie Sedgwick

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Stacie Stone

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Sheboygan, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

The denotation of confidence is the “belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities.” The most impactful aspect from my leadership experiences is the confidence I have in myself as a leader, and student pharmacist. In my professional future I will be able to apply my learned leadership knowledge and skills in my career setting for the purpose of creating positive change.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m a Candy Crush expert.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Blue Moon Grill

Abby Weaver

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: St Charles, IL, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

My biggest take away from this program is the importance of community in one’s individual leadership development. I’m so grateful for each person that I’ve been able to learn from to help me grow in my leadership skills. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the guidance from mentors and other leaders in my life.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can paint (kind of)!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Britney Youngchild

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Manitowoc, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

I learned that being a leader can look different depending on the environment around you. Through the UW-Madison Leadership framework experiences and being partnered with a pharmacist mentor, I learned what being a leader looks like specifically for my future as a pharmacist and my career path.

What is your unique/silly talent? I have a twin brother!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Mengqi Zhang

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Tianjin, China

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

I learned that I enjoyed the mentor activities in the program, and I have built a good relationship with my mentor. She gave me valuable advice on my current academics and future career practice. Now I have a better understanding of what practice areas I am interested in and I feel more confident in my coming fourth-year rotations. I really appreciate the opportunities that the program gave to let me communicate with peers.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m a fast reader.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Olbrich Botanical Gardens

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Amelia Baltes

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Kenosha, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Master of Public Health

While working towards my leadership certificate, I was able to solidify many skills through partnering with community organizations, assisting in leading our program’s student organization, and working in a professional and collaborative environment. The skills that I have learned and strengthened as part of this process will be invaluable as I graduate with my MPH, apply to medical schools, and ultimately move forward in my career.

What is your unique/silly talent? I love woodworking.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union

Laura McCulley

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: Madison, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Master of Public Health

I’ve learned that integrity is something I inherently uphold above all other leadership values and that while I excel at moving ideas into action, I am still growing in the area of cultural competency. I am very excited to be moving onto future opportunities in which I can gain experience and grow in all areas across the leadership framework.

What is your unique/silly talent? I love playing flag football.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Picnic Point

Payden White

Leadership Certificate Recipient

Hometown: New Berlin, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Master of Public Health

I learned that the leadership framework greatly applies to many areas of my life, particularly my career as a future physician in which I will strive to empower, advocate for, and build relationships with my patients.

What is your unique/silly talent? I love to create things in the kitchen!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace in the summer!