Leadership Certificate Recipients

Congratulations!

Wisconsin School of Business

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Rachel Adalia Hernandez Abrego

Hometown: Wausau, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Master of Arts- Business: Arts and Creative Enterprise Leadership 

By completing the Leadership Certificate and reflecting upon the UW-Madison Leadership Framework, I have identified the competencies that I can continue learning about and seek opportunities to strengthen my capacity to drive change initiatives that will positively impact communities. In the future, I plan to continue demonstrating and refining my leadership skills within the arts and cultural nonprofit sector.

What is your unique/silly talent? I play piano, guitar, and sing!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union

Jessica W Colby

Hometown: Waterloo, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: MBA in Supply Chain Management

Throughout the Leadership Certificate program, whether working at Tesla or being student ambassador, I learned leadership was best expressed through addressing conflict and anxiety. Leadership was not about being in charge or winning, it was focused on team success. I now proceed in my full-time role at Amazon with a set of tools I have learned from this program to foster collaboration, assess goals and cultivate focus on the team’s successful path forward.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can easily memorize the background of anyone I meet.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Camp Randall

Brian Cowing

Hometown: Middleton, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Master of Arts-Business: Arts and Creative Enterprise Leadership 

I’ve learned that I really love putting ideas into action. As a theater artist, I’ve always thought about breaking things down into manageable and actionable steps. I now see how that can be related to any situation I’m in, inside or outside the theater. I look forward to continuing my leadership goals and focusing on change in the artistic community.

What is your unique/silly talent? I enjoy tap dancing!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Bailey Curtis

Hometown: Poynette, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Master of Arts-Business: Arts and Creative Enterprise Leadership

The UW-Madison Leadership Framework has allowed me to reflect on my past experiences to understand the ways in which I can utilize and leverage such opportunities in positions of leadership in the future. Upon graduation, I’m planning to relocate to the Seattle metropolitan area in hopes of landing a job in marketing while using my background in American Indian Studies to connect and advocate with local tribal nations.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m the undisputed Dr. Mario “champion” on Nintendo 64 amongst my family.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Kohl Center or Memorial Union

Olivia Dahlquist

Hometown: Des Moines, IA, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Master of Arts-Business: Arts and Creative Enterprise Leadership

By completing the Leadership Certificate, I reaffirmed my belief in feminist leadership, specifically the power of “leading by doing,” as coined by women’s studies pioneer Gerda Lerner. I look forward to a purpose-driven career that leverages the arts for storytelling, community building, and social change.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m very double jointed!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Hamel Library in Memorial Union (AKA the In Her Honor Gathering Space)

Mackenzie Downes

Hometown: Eagan, MN, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Marketing & Management

The Leadership Certificate encouraged me to make the most of the people, places, and organizations, during my short time on campus. I was pushed out of my comfort zone and, as a result, I met people and learned skills that I never would have without this curriculum. I am excited to apply the amazing lessons and values I have learned as I begin my next journey in Chicago!

What is your unique/silly talent? My arm is double jointed!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Monona Bay

Elena Duran

Hometown: Madison, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Master of Arts-Business: Arts and Creative Enterprise Leadership

As I move into my career in Arts Administration, I look forward to using my leadership skills to create an inclusive and accepting environment for all. I learned that I can use my creativity to foster positive experiences for my peers in any scenario moving forward.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’ve dyed my hair 6 different colors since I was 17 years old!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Arboretum

Emily Goretski

Hometown: Stevens Point, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Master of Arts-Business: Arts and Creative Enterprise Leadership 

In pursuing the Leadership Certificate, I have learned how to better reflect on my personal leadership style and values. After graduating in May, I will continue working in Programming & Community Engagement at Overture Center for the Arts.

What is your unique/silly talent? I play a mean mouth trumpet.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Wisconsin Union Theater

John Kelley

Hometown: Brookfield, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Finance, Investment and Banking

During my time at UW, I learned that being a leader isn’t about what my skills can do for me, but what those skills can do for my communities. I learned that by embracing the three leadership framework values, I put myself in a position to continually explore how I can make a difference in the lives of others.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m a passionate karaoke singer and want to own my own karaoke business someday!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The terrace, right by the water

Leah Kolb

Aina Athirah Ab Latip

Hometown: Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Actuarial Science & Risk Management and Insurance 

My UW-Madison leadership experiences have taught me to learn, adapt, and find joy in everything that life throws at me. I’m looking forward to using this knowledge in my future work and volunteer opportunities because I believe that finding joy in my work is the best motivation for me to persevere through the obstacles and reach my goals.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can bend my thumbs at weird angle!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Deja Mason

Hometown: Dallas, TX, USA & Milwaukee, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Master of Arts-Business: Arts and Creative Enterprise Leadership 

I learned that to be a leader it is about taking up the challenges ahead of you and preparing for it. Due to this, I will continue to center my work around sparking conversation, searching for solutions and disrupting the status quo. Being able to take advantage of what I have earned and seeing the privilege in higher education has driven me to push for a community and industry that I will be proud to say I belong to.

What is your unique/silly talent? Helping friends plan their weddings in a calm manner.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Black Cultural Center (The Red Gym)

Sydney Mittelsteadt

Hometown: Wausau, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Accounting

Through my leadership experiences at UW-Madison, specifically through Alpha Phi and Beta Alpha Psi, I have enjoyed developing my interpersonal communication skills and confidence as a leader. I am excited to continue my education next year at Madison working towards a Master of Accountancy and studying for the CPA exam. Following graduation, I will be working in Audit and Assurance for Deloitte in their Boston, MA office!

What is your unique/silly talent? I am a yoga teacher!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Either the Memorial Union Terrace on a summer day, or a run along the Monona Lake Loop

Taeli Shea Turner Reistad

Hometown: Racine, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Master of Arts-Business: Arts and Creative Enterprise Leadership 

The Leadership Framework is present in everything that we do. I am an arts-led marketer and arts manager. I received a BA in Art and Business Administration from UW-Milwaukee and a Graduate Certificate in the Executive Program of Arts and Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania. Upon completion of the UW-Madison, Master of Arts-Business: Arts and Creative Enterprise Leadership program, I will continue to learn and expand as a leader within the community.

What is your unique/silly talent? I played violin religiously for 19 years (5 yrs – 24 yrs).

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Dana Rettke

Hometown: Riverside, IL, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Marketing & Risk Management and Insurance

I have learned a lot about myself through reflecting on the experiences I had during my completion of the Leadership Certificate. I learned that I can make my own style of leadership that highlights my newfound strengths. I have grown specifically in the self awareness category. I am planning on playing professional volleyball after my time here at UW- Madison.

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

What is your favorite spot on campus? The terrace in summer

Tori Seaver

Hometown: Lodi, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Master of Arts-Business: Arts and Creative Enterprise Leadership 

I have enjoyed taking part in the Leadership Certificate because it has given me a framework for understanding my strengths as a leader. I have been able to gain increased self-awareness by learning about the various values and competencies outlined by the CfLI, and applying those ideas to my personal experiences.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m double jointed in three fingers on each hand!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Lakeshore Path

Olivia Weis

Hometown: Burlington, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Marketing & Management with Certificates in Digital Studies & Spanish 

Inclusive engagement is a key value within my leadership style. My collaboration skills have grown, and I’ve embraced the fact that I’m not the textbook leader; instead of being in charge, I foster connections, building on individual ideas to find more holistic solutions. I enjoy forming close relationships, and those bonds helped me develop into the leader I am today. In the future, I hope to make impacts in digital marketing and create meaningful change.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can color-code and organize almost anything!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace or Camp Randall

Sophia Willer

Olympia Wundrock

Hometown: West Bend, WI, USA

Year: Junior

Major/Program: Marketing, Supply Chain Management, International Business & Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies with Certificates in European Studies & Spanish

Throughout this experience, I learned how to keep my true purpose, my “why”, at the forefront. I discovered my true style and learned how to be an authentic leader. I also learned various ways to help me improve areas of weakness and continue to practice my strengths. There is always room for personal growth!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Bascom Hill

School of Education

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Shehrose Charania

Hometown: Chicago, IL, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Health Promotion and Health Equity with Certificates in Global Health & Public Policy

Through the leadership certificate, I have become self-aware by recognizing the barriers to knowledge that can exist. I gained skills on how to communicate, develop and implement programs that would increase the quality of lives and serve different populations. The leadership certificate reaffirmed the passion in me to play a role in improving the lives of Wisconsinites and beyond, and for that I am eternally grateful.

What is your unique/silly talent? I read and write poetry!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Red Gym

Helen Gittrich

Alexandra Maniscalco

Hometown: New Berlin, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Special Education

One of the greatest things I learned while participating in the Leadership Certificate is the wonderful ability to self-reflect. I was able to connect with others and talk about how our experiences helped us gain incredible skills.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can fill out a covid spit test tube in under a minute.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The lawn in front of the Kohl Center

Sydney Novak

Hometown: Viera, FL, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Kinesiology

Through engaging in Wisconsin’s Leadership Certificate, I have grown in my interpersonal communication skills and confidence as a leader. I will take these skills with me when I begin my DPT in St. Augustine next year. I will continue my leadership skills I developed in this program when I interact with patients in my career.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can row a boat better backward than I can forward.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Picnic point

Savanna Roeder

Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI, USA

Year: Junior

Major/Program: Elementary Education (Early Childhood/English as a Second Language) with a Certificate in Educational Policy Studies 

I learned a significant amount about being a leader overall. Being a leader doesn’t mean you have a fancy title or hold a certain position. Being a leader means you are a resource for those around you and are a person that people can trust and rely on. With leadership comes responsibilities. With those responsibilities, there is room for growth, engagement, and awareness of your own capabilities as a person and a leader.

What is your unique/silly talent? I am a Mario Kart pro!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Marching Band Practice Field

Ally Siegert

Hometown: Potosi, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Athletic Training

The Leadership Certificate program has allowed me to recognize just how important leadership skills, abilities, and knowledge is for success in the world of healthcare. During my time as an athletic training student, I witnessed how critical working with each leadership competency can be to provide optimal patient-centered care. The blend of my studies in both athletic training and leadership has ultimately allowed for myself to become the confident clinician I am today.

What is your unique/silly talent? Some would say that I am have a knack for taking artistic notes on my iPad.

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

College of Engineering

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Ana Alba

Hometown: Inglewood, CA, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Electrical Engineering

Throughout my leadership experiences, I have learned how to listen to understand others by improving on my interpersonal communication. I have grown to be a more patient and selfless leader by practicing self-awareness through consistent self-reflection. This summer I will be interning at Collins Aerospace, and I will be graduating in December. I am seeking to use the Leadership Framework’s values and competencies to promote collaboration, communication, and self-reflection throughout all areas of my life.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m an expert thumb wrestler.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The grassy area between Memorial Union, the Red Gym, and Memorial Library

Hawra Aljawad

Hometown: Qatif, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia

Year: Junior

Major/Program: Chemical & Biological Engineering

Among many, I have learned that I enjoy helping others through supporting their learning and development. I hope in the future to continue mentoring students, especially women in STEM, and see them grow and become great scientists.

What is your unique/silly talent? I easily spot spiders and their webs 🙂

What is your favorite spot on campus? Engineering Hall

Prayag Bhakar

Clark Cantrall

Hometown: Green Bay, WI, USA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Program: Aerospace Engineering & Math

The skills and connections I made during this program will help me for the rest of my life. One of the best things about the program was the mentorship opportunity. Being able to talk regularly with someone who has the experience in the aerospace industry really has made me feel like I know what I need to do to succeed while I prepare to enter the industry after I graduate.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can almost do a backflip!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Lakeshore volleyball courts

Trask Crane

Hometown: Fulton, MO, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Computer Engineering

During my time at UW-Madison, I have learned I enjoy helping others be successful by assisting them to achieve their highest potential through the UW-Madison Leadership Framework. After graduation, I look forward to continuing my leadership skills while pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech.

What is your unique/silly talent? Making the worst (really the best) puns.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Jesse Fan

Hometown: Apple Valley, MN, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Biomedical Engineering

Through the UW-Madison Leadership Framework, I have learned to be reflective upon all the different aspects that go towards being a positive leader as well as the importance of all the leadership competencies. I hope to continue to be self-reflective and work on my leadership skills as I work towards my career goals.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can fall asleep almost anywhere.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Christian Henke

Hometown: Sheboygan, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Computer Engineering & Computer Science

I learned that I hate scheduling. I can prepare, present, delegate, and decide just fine, but once people have to coordinate to find a free date and time, everything gets complicated. In the future, I expect to mix a lot of passions into a career, hopefully somewhere in a software programming job. I hope I’m not asked to program a calendar.

What is your unique/silly talent? Among many, I’m a magician.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The hill on Edward Klief Park

Erica Hill

Hometown: Harrisburg, PA, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Geological Engineering & Geology and Geophysics

Many people say that engineers are bad at communication/soft skills and are better at technical skills. Being an introvert, I often thought this was true for me but after going through experiences in the Leadership Certificate class and getting involved in student organizations, I learned that my interpersonal communication is now very strong and I’m excited to prove this stereotype wrong as I move into the world of professional engineering consulting.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m advanced in snowboarding.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Engineering mall

Alexis Karls

Hometown: Oregon, WI, USA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Program: Biomedical Engineering

I have learned that there’s so much more to leadership than I initially realized, and I have only just begun my leadership journey. Through my various experiences, it has become apparent to me how much I enjoy leading by example and giving back to communities in need. I look forward to continuing working with communities abroad through Engineers Without Borders.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can wiggle my ears.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Anywhere overlooking the lake!

Madeline Koenig

Hometown: Wales, WI, USA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Program: Industrial Engineering

Through my participation in the Emerging Leaders in Engineering program, I had the opportunity to reflect upon my experiences and strengths and how they align with the UW-Madison Leadership Framework. I am thrilled to finally have the words to describe what I felt as a leader in the past and the ability to pinpoint how I can incorporate the competencies into future positions.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can recite the musical Hamilton verbatim.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Building

Britany Osterman

Hometown: Grayslake, IL, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Industrial Engineering

Throughout my leadership experiences, I have learned how important it is to self-reflect on your experiences and how that can make you become a better leader. After graduating in May, I will be furthering my leadership skills in an operations professional development program as an engineer at a healthcare company. I am excited to see how I can translate what I have learned through this curriculum and what I obtained through college over to my full time role.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can tie my shoe laces in one motion.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Rushi Patel

Hometown: Streamwood, IL, USA

Year: Junior

Major/Program: Mechanical Engineering

Through pursuing this Leadership Certificate, I learned that I enjoyed working with others to achieve a common goal and I also enjoyed being a resource for students who were less experienced than me. I wish to continue helping others with their personal and professional development in order for them to reach their potential sooner rather than later.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 1 minute.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Isabel Reams

Hometown: Waukesha, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Civil & Environmental Engineering

I have learned that I am a leader in many things I do, whether or not I am in a traditional leadership position. This realization places pressure on me, but also a great opportunity: as an engineer and leader I have the power to enact positive change in my community and the communities in which I work.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can list all US states in alphabetical order.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Shirene Singh

Hometown: New Delhi, India

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Chemical Engineering

After reflecting deeply on CfLI’s seven core competencies, I realized that I am most confident with the competency ‘supporting learning and development of others’. This confidence stems from my on-campus student jobs – undergraduate chemistry lab assistant and math tutor. Upon graduation, I will be pursuing a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, and plan to continue mentoring and supporting students as a graduate teaching assistant and continue contributing to society as a teacher and engineer.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can speak four different languages: English, French, Hindi, and Punjabi.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union

Sebastian Thompson

Hometown: Shoreview, MN, USA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Program: Mechanical Engineering

I learned that I am capable of being a good leader and the importance of utilizing people’s differences to make a team stronger. One of the biggest takeaways for me was how different leadership skills work and how they can help in different situations. I plan to use the skills I identified in myself during the class to be a better leader.

What is your unique/silly talent? Always having the tools to make something on hand.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The makerspace in Wendt commons

Sydney Tong

Hometown: Schaumburg, IL, USA

Year: Sophomore

Major/Program: Industrial Engineering

Through the Emerging Leaders in Engineering program, I gained valuable insights through self-reflection and discussions with my peers. One competency that stuck out to me was the importance of interpersonal communication. Listening, considering, and responding to the needs of others is essential in building strong relationships. I’m looking forward to continue applying these skills throughout my undergraduate education and beyond.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m good at solving 2048.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Gustavo Uribe

Hometown: Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering

I learned that leading is not only an individual activity, but a strong team is essential to success when pursuing a common goal. Good communication and engaging with others helped me grow as a person and leader!

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m a casual singer!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Union Terrace

School of Human Ecology

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Cassie Barwick

Hometown: Wind Lake, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Human Development and Family Studies & Psychology with Certificates in Global Health & Criminal Justice

I have experienced extreme growth and practiced self-reflection throughout the completion of the Leadership Certificate program. I learned how to effectively apply my strengths as a leader, which does not always necessarily mean you hold a leadership position/title. In the future, I hope to reinforce my leadership values, encourage others to step up, and apply what I know within my future healthcare career!

What is your unique/silly talent? I can say the alphabet backwards in 3 seconds 🙂

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Angelica Catalan

Hometown: Waukesha, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Community and Nonprofit Leadership & Social Welfare with a Certificate in Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies

Throughout my time at UW-Madison I have been able to try a lot of new things, learn more about myself, and explore my purpose. I learned how to use culture in context and became more self-aware. By using these lessons in my life I can continue to make positive change and empower my communities. After college, I will take some time to explore careers and graduate programs.

What is your unique/silly talent? I taught myself how to wiggle my ears in 3rd grade!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The terrace on open mic nights

Carlie Chesebro

Hometown: Janesville, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Retailing and Consumer Behavior

I learned that I have a passion for helping others grow through leadership. I joined the Student Leadership Program with intentions of helping me earn the Leadership Certificate, but soon realized I would hold leadership positions within the organization that would help me find my passion for helping others develop their leadership skills. I hope that I am able to apply that passion to a role in the retail industry in the very near future.

What is your unique/silly talent? I like to sing!

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

Kameryn Kuester

Hometown: Chippewa Falls, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Human Development and Family Studies

Coming to Madison, I was a leader because I wanted things done my way. With time, I learned that this isn’t the point of a leader. A good leader looks at every group member and makes sure that their ideas are valued and their skills are utilized. I’ve learned that it’s often more about the people than the actual project itself. I always loved people, but now I make sure my leadership style reflects that.

What is your unique/silly talent? Rapping.

What is your favorite spot on campus? In the fall when the leaves are all different colors, I love that sidewalk on Observatory Drive where it juts out and you can stand there and look over the lake

Madeline Masters

Hometown: Cottage Grove, WI, USA

Year: Senior

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

Throughout my leadership experiences, I have been able to reflect and build on skills that are not limited to the classroom. I am grateful that the Leadership Certificate has exposed me to ways to improve and has offered me the support and the resources to do so. In the future, I hope to take these experiences and competencies that I have been developing during these past four years and apply them to my future career!

What is your unique/silly talent? Moonwalking!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Library Mall

Betsy Parker

Hometown: Madison, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Master of Science in Human Ecology – focus on Nonprofit Leadership

Through the various processes integrated into the Leadership Certificate program, I have learned to reflect on the many roles I play in my community and deeply consider how leadership values can be applied. Being a leader does not mean that you have to have all the answers, it means that you have and know how to use the skills and thoughtfulness to build consensus and move ideas into action.

What is your unique/silly talent? Becoming an instant homeschool parent to a middle and a high schooler.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The rooftop terrace at Nancy Nicholas Hall

Olivia Scumaci

Hometown: Racine, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Retailing and Consumer Behavior with Certificates in Education and Educational Services, Entrepreneurship and Textiles & Fashion Design

I have loved every moment of my leadership development here at UW, most notably through the (best!) student organization, the Student Leadership Program. I will continue to fine tune my interpersonal communication skills and support the leadership development of others as a Recruiter in Orlando, Florida post-graduation! I am so thankful for all of the opportunities I have had during my undergraduate career and for discovering my love for helping others explore their passions.

What is your unique/silly talent? I am the best at Seinfeld trivia!

What is your favorite spot on campus? SoHE’s Robin’s Nest Cafe

College of Letters and Science

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Alexander Abraham

Kalli Acker

Hometown: Middleton, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Zoology

Throughout this process, I learned to become comfortable with change and uncertainty. My experiences all gave me unique perspectives on leadership, but they also helped me at a personal level by giving me the opportunity to overcome my own challenges. This entire program allowed me to grow into an individual who is confident, driven, and strong.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can vibrate my eyes.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union or Camp Randall

Eric Albrecht

Hometown: Mount Horeb, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Communication Sciences and Disorders

I learned through college to develop relationships with others by listening to them before making assumptions and by seeking to understand their identity, culture, and beliefs. I will carry these ideas with me, amongst many others, to better serve the homeless communities around us while attempting to supply them with the necessary resources to succeed.

What is your unique/silly talent? I have near-perfect pitch!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The lounge by the Daily Scoop in Union South

Andie Marie Bolton

Hometown: Thomasboro, IL, USA

Year: Senior

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

Participation in the Leadership Certificate has taught me the importance of self-reflection to understand personal weaknesses or beliefs and values that shape the way I act. Developing the competency of self-awareness has facilitated personal growth to become a better student, friend, and leader! Next year, I will be attending medical school in Chicago, and I hope to apply the lessons I have learned to my future career and enact positive change in my community.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can spin a basketball on my finger!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace (with Babcock Ice Cream!)

Collin Dedrick

Hometown: Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Computer Science & Music with a Certificate in Mathematics

I’ll be using my experiences with the Leadership Framework to further my career in Secondary Education. This program reaffirmed that I judge my personal success based on my capacity to support the learning and development of others. Moving forward, I look forward to teaching Computer Science (and hopefully a bit of music!) to high schoolers.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can plug in USBs the right way on my first try.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Monona Bay

Megan Draheim

Hometown: Waterford, WI, USA

Year: Junior

Major/Program: Conservation Biology

Through the Leadership Certificate and my involvement on campus, I actively developed my own leadership skills while collaborating with fellow student leaders. I found I enjoyed challenging myself to grow outside of my comfort zone and self-reflect on my strengths, weaknesses, and values. Through leadership positions and experiences, I also realized that I enjoy teaching others, and I will take the knowledge and skills I learned into my future career.

What is your unique/silly talent? I love cooking!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Lakeshore Path

Nathan Eichten

Sophia Elworthy

Hometown: Whitewater, WI, USA

Year: Senior

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

The biggest takeaway from the Leadership Certificate program is having the space to take a step back and reflect on everything I have accomplished over the past 4 years. Applying the framework to my experiences has prepared me for future careers and demonstrates my growth as an individual. Being part of this program taught me how to use my leadership style and ideas to move ideas into action.

What is your unique/silly talent? I have a green thumb for growing succulents!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace/Lake Mendota

Kari Fischer

Hometown: Argyle, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Political Science & English Language and Linguistics

Through my leadership experiences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I have gained an invaluable view about my current identities and future potential within the professional world. I have learned how valuable but inaccessible higher education can be to individuals and have found a passion in advocating for equitable access to educational resources. I am very excited to bring the leadership framework into my work as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant next year in Norway.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can explain what makes a good “show cow”!

What is your favorite spot on campus? 5th Floor WUD Office in Memorial Union

Claire Fitzgerald

Hometown: Lake Mary, FL, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Economics

My name is Claire Fitzgerald and I am graduating this May with an Economics degree. I have been on the Women’s Golf Team for four years and received Academic All-Big Ten. I will be joining J.P. Morgan Chase Bank as a Private Client Banker this June in Chicago. I am confident that the skills I have learned through receiving the Leadership Certificate will be brought with me on this next chapter.

What is your unique/silly talent? I play on the Women’s Golf Team.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Maggie Freking

Hometown: White Bear Lake, MN, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Neurobiology & Gender and Women’s Studies

I have learned the importance of interpersonal communication, especially communicating with empathy and sensitivity. I discovered that I enjoy analyzing the intersection of culture, systems, politics, and social identities that impact honoring one’s context and culture. I look forward to using my leadership experiences at UW-Madison to promote positive change in the medical field as I pursue an education in medical school.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can run really well in high heels.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Alyssa Gromala

Hometown: Mokena, IL, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Biology 

Through the UW-Madison Leadership Framework, I have learned that I enjoy Supporting the Learning and Development of Others. My past experience of volunteering with a group of boxers fighting against Parkinson’s disease has allowed me to reflect and realize my passion for helping others, especially as it relates to medicine and health. These experiences have prepared me for my future as I will take on medical school and enact positive change creating innovation in research and medicine.

What is your unique/silly talent? Juggling!

What is your favorite spot on campus? University Ridge Golf Course

Elisabeth Marie Hutchison

Hometown: Mount Horeb, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Spanish

I have learned how much I appreciate being surrounded by people who make me laugh and smile. Friendship and community have become some of the most valuable things in my life and it is rewarding to play a role in establishing an environment where others can also share this experience. In the future, I plan to pursue a career in pediatric nursing to continue sharing smiles and laughs with those around me.

What is your unique/silly talent? Making perfect sunny side up eggs. 

What is your favorite spot on campus? Near West turf for soccer

CJ Koepp

Hometown: West Salem, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Political Science & Environmental Studies

I’ve discovered the joys of grassroots organizing. Climate activism can get very doom-and-gloom, but working with devoted, inspiring, and creative student activists can make actions not only engaging but fun! If greed and individualism got us into this climate crisis, it is only love and teamwork that will get us out. I hope to carry this energy with me in my future work and always keep in mind that humans are cooperative by nature.

What is your unique/silly talent? Voices! (Impressions, characters, accents . . . you name it, most of the time I don’t even realize I’m doing it.)

What is your favorite spot on campus? I love visiting the Lakeshore Preserve & the Arboretum

Maanil Kumar

Hometown: Memphis, TN, USA / New Delhi, India

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Neurobiology with a Certificate in Religious Studies

I think we often determine our value based on our roles and responsibilities, rather than our thought processes, internal values, or intangible personality traits. Our value is also often determined by others based on predetermined labels, stereotypes, or expectations. We are so much more than these labels and these roles we occupy in life. To define someone is to limit them. Let us recognize each other’s growth and amplify the voices of those who desire change.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m exploring my creative interests a lot these days! Music, art, photography, skateboarding, graphic design, etc.

What is your favorite spot on campus? State Street just taking everything in and watching people go about their nights

Alicia Lawson

Hometown: Madison, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Anthropology & History with Certificates in Archaeology, Classical Studies & European Studies 

I have learned there is a wide variety of leadership styles and how to embrace my own quieter nature as a strength rather than a weakness of my leadership. I have grown more confident throughout my time at UW-Madison and am taking these valuable lessons with me as I start my graduate studies at the University of Nebraska this fall.

What is your unique/silly talent? Embroidery

What is your favorite spot on campus? Library Mall

Anna Luebke

Maxwell McConnell

Hometown: Madison, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Communication Arts

The Leadership Certificate has given me the opportunity to identify the personal characteristics that contribute to my ability as a leader. As I am seeking to transition into a career within the sports industry, the recognition of my personal strengths will allow me to positively impact others around me and continuously develop my personal and unique brand of leadership.

What is your unique/silly talent? I am surprisingly good at catching objects that are falling after I have knocked them over.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Camp Randall

Cecelia McDermott

Hometown: Appleton, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Political Science & Geography

My name is Cecelia McDermott, my pronouns are she/her, and I am graduating this May. Through the Leadership Certificate, I learned how to leverage my strengths as a leader to empower others as leaders. My experience in student organizations and workshops through the certificate makes me a more confident leader, and I’ve learned I really enjoy the organizing side of leadership that builds community and connection on campus. This was a valuable experience!

What is your unique/silly talent? I played the upright bass for 9 years!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Science Hall

Ryann McKinnell-Jaroslawsky

Hometown: Queens, NY, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Psychology (Pre-Nursing) with a Certificate in Global Health

I have learned how capable I am to achieve my dreams. I have learned so much about myself and the people around me through my leadership experiences at UW-Madison. I hope to continue to be a leader in my Graduate Nursing Program this coming summer and as a nurse in my future career.

What is your unique/silly talent? I have a vertical of 24 1/2 inches.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Seamus McWilliams

Hometown: Middleton, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Biochemistry with a Certificate in Global Health

My pursuit of the Leadership Certificate prompted me to take advantage of leadership opportunities outside the confines of my major. I believe versatility is a crucial component of good leadership, and I could not have developed this skill without the Certificate. I’m confident my leadership abilities will guide me through med school, and propel me onto the stage as the lead singer of Madison-based pop-punk outfit Indigo Trip (available on all platforms).

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m the lead singer in a band, Indigo Trip 🙂

What is your favorite spot on campus? Interstate Blood & Plasma

Beatrice Mumm

Hometown: Bloomington, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Biology & Communication Sciences and Disorders

I have learned that I love working as a member of a team and meeting new people. I have had so many amazing opportunities at UW-Madison that have helped influence the person I am today. I am excited to use all of the past experiences I have had to become a better healthcare provider and leader in the future!

What is your unique/silly talent? I am really good at remembering movie/TV quotes.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Lakeshore Nature Preserve

Savanna Normand

Hometown: Chippewa Falls, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Journalism with Certificates in Developmental Economics, Environmental Studies & European Studies

One thing that I have learned about myself through my leadership experiences is how essential interpersonal communication is to me. Strong interpersonal communication not only spreads information, but it also provides an outlet to voice compliments or concerns. In the future, I plan to continue pursuing my passions of writing and verbal communication.

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

What is your favorite spot on campus? Camp Randall Stadium

Cassidy Perry

Hometown: Ashland, WI, USA

Year: Junior

Major/Program: Neurobiology & English with a Certificate in Digital Studies

The Leadership Certificate taught me that I enjoy collaborating with other leaders to find the best solution. Through interpersonal communication I have grown into a better leader by learning and sharing my ideas. I will take the experiences I have gained while completing the Leadership Certificate with me into the future. I plan on attending medical school after graduation. There, I will use my improved skills to communicate with other medical students and medical professionals.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can juggle a soccer ball for a pretty long time!

What is your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot is probably the SAC or Memorial Union

Nicole Plutz

Hometown: Little Chute, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Through my leadership experiences, I have learned that I love working in collaboration with others in order to achieve a common goal. Throughout my time in the Leadership Certificate program, I have learned how to coordinate with my fellow peers and outside organizations to plan meetings and events. I look forward to using the skills I have learned in future awareness and advocacy efforts.

What is your unique/silly talent? I love singing and dancing to random songs and sounds.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union

Alina Prahl

Hometown: West Bend, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Anthropology & Environmental Studies with Certificates in Archaeology & Art History

Through reflecting on my time as an undergraduate student at UW-Madison through the Leadership Framework, I have learned how highly I value authentic, inclusive collaboration. Through work with community-based courses, community organizing, and organizations like ALPs and Hoofer Ambassadors, I have learned the importance of facilitating connections grounded in shared morals, principles, and hopes.

What is your unique/silly talent? Reading while paddling a canoe.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Sett Climbing Wall!

Amy Regenbaum

Hometown: Deerfield, IL, USA

Year: Junior

Major/Program: Communication Sciences and Disorders

I have especially grown in the area of self-awareness thanks to the Leadership Certificate. I feel secure in the person that I am becoming because of the diverse and immersive experiences in LC program. I got to take risks and get out of my comfort zone whether it be volunteer work/community service or taking a new class.

What is your unique/silly talent? I love to bake desserts in my free time!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

Michelle Shterenfeld

Navjot Singh

Hometown: Brookfield, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Neurobiology & Psychology

My experiences at UW have evolved me as an individual and revealed both my strengths and limitations, as well as further deepened my understanding of myself. By supporting the learning and development of others, I recognized that I too can be a leader for myself and others, and can use my experiences to help build a better connection with the community around me. This understanding will greatly help me in pursuing my career as a medical professional later on.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can easily recall the directions to a new place after the first time.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union

Jinan Sous

Hometown: Born in Beit Sahour, Palestine; Grew up in Beloit, WI, USA which I also consider home

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Biochemistry with a Certificate in Global Health 

Honoring context and culture is incredibly important to me as a leader. After I graduate, I will start my gap year, during which I will be applying to medical school. No matter where my path goes, I know that I will use my leadership skills to continue educating my community about the context and history we have. Overall, I have become an impactful leader, and I look forward to continuing that wherever my path leads.

What is your unique/silly talent? I am a Just Dance Pro and would gladly play anytime.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The 5th floor of the Biochemical Sciences Building. It has a room with windows that stretch from floor to ceiling and it overlooks the southwest part of campus (including Camp Randall). Such a pretty view!

Jules Vigy

Hometown: Middleton, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Computer Science

The process of completing the Leadership Certificate has taught me a lot and has provided me with a framework for growth and reflection. I have learned that leadership can be enacted by anyone, not just those in a position of power. I am excited to continue growing as a leader and see what opportunities come along the way as a by-product.

What is your unique/silly talent? Programming.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union

Lindsey Winterhack

Hometown: Pittsville, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Biology & Social Work 

I have learned how much I value interpersonal relationships, both professionally and socially. I enjoy brainstorming ideas and collaborating with a great team of people. It is also important to me to appreciate the joy and laughter that comes from shared light-hearted moments while in the presence of others. After graduation, I plan to apply to dental school to become a dentist. I look forward to my journey and meeting new people along the way.

What is your unique/silly talent? I am an ambidextrous writer.

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

School of Nursing

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Maria Teresa Fernandez

Hometown: Mukwonago, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Nursing & Spanish

I have learned an immense amount about myself through completing the leadership activities necessary to obtain this certificate. I know that I will carry the lessons I learned in this program and at UW far into my life as a pediatric Registered Nurse, person, and mother.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can speak Spanish!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The hill in front of the Washburn Observatory

Riley Johnson

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Nursing & Spanish

My reflections and experiences through this certificate taught me that leadership is a lot more than what comes to mind. Leadership is built into one’s everyday actions, important or minor. It’s more than just leading others. In the future, I plan to continue developing my skills and remain a leader in the healthcare field while advocating for my patients.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can do a backflip!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Allen Centennial Garden

Katie Kalvelage

Hometown: Tinley Park, IL, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Nursing

Through my leadership experiences, I’ve learned that becoming a leader is a continuous learning process that requires self-reflection to grow. Leadership is not just a title, it’s a way of being. In my career as a nurse, I will most definitely utilize my ability to lead through teamwork and advocacy.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m trying to learn how to play the acoustic guitar.

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

Chloe Zick

Hometown: Baraboo, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Nursing with a Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies 

I learned that I enjoy community outreach and collaborating with organizations in the Madison area to assist their needs. There are so many amazing programs in Dane County that are doing incredible work. I will take what I learned about collaboration into my work as a nurse.

What is your unique/silly talent? I love to cross country ski!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Discovery Building

School of Pharmacy

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Maija Anderson

Hometown: Cloquet, MN, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy 

Through the Leadership Certificate, I learned that I enjoy helping others learn. My job as a pharmacist will help me be able to communicate the safe and effective use of medications for my patients. I feel that the skills that I have learned through the UW-Madison Leadership Framework have helped me identify tangible ways to be able to reflect on my growth and identify ways I can continue to improve as I begin my clinical rotations.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can cook yummy breakfast foods!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Picnic Point

Sarah Bittner

Hometown: St. Francis, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy 

This program has helped me to realize the importance of my leadership journey rather than being focused solely on a final destination. It has shown me the value of self-reflection and has been an important reminder to me that there will always be room for improvement, so I must continue to challenge myself and strive for greatness.

What is your unique/silly talent? I like to think I am really good at Candy Crush (until I look up how many levels currently exist)!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Kelsey Brasel

Hometown: Green Bay, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

One takeaway that I have learned about myself through my leadership experiences is that I seek out opportunities that have a focus on educating others and love to work in collaborative environments. I am excited to use the skills that I have learned and developed through the Leadership Certificate during my fourth-year clinical rotations.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can trip over literally nothing. I have not found a use for my klutziness yet, but maybe someday.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The top of the back staircase of Rennebohm Hall (fantastic views and a great study break)

Kaitlin Bruden

Hometown: Onalaska, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

I learned that I am a good leader. This program pushed me to challenge myself and go out of my comfort zone and, in doing that, I learned a lot about myself. I am excited to make the profession of pharmacy proud!

What is your unique/silly talent? Stand up paddleboarding!

What is your favorite spot on campus? UW-cafeteria (especially on Southwest salad days)

Megan Buechel

Hometown: St.Peter, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

I enjoyed completing the Leadership Certificate as it helped me explore the many competencies and values that that go into becoming a strong leader and learning from my mentor throughout the journey. Pharmacists often serve as leaders and I am happy to have learned about my own leadership so that I can effectively lead others in my future endeavors.

What is your unique/silly talent? Fixing printers!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Arboretum

Stephaney Cheng

Hometown: Villa Park, IL, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy 

The Leadership Certificate facilitated my development as a leader and supported my growth in formal and informal leadership. Through my time with the certificate, I have realized my passion for mentorship and the importance it plays in my future career as a pharmacist. Serving as a mentor for peers and pre-pharmacy students and being a mentee with multiple different pharmacists have allowed me to give back to the profession and engage in lifelong learning.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can eat a lot of fruit in one sitting: 5+ cuties, 1 pint of blueberries, half a watermelon, 1 bag of grapes…

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Kenton Cooksey

Sydney Ertz

Denise Garner

Brianna Groen

Hometown: Racine, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy 

I have been highly involved within the School of Pharmacy throughout the past three years and I am extremely grateful for all of the experiences and mentors that have contributed to my growth as a leader in pharmacy. I am looking forward to starting clinical rotations next month and I hope to continue to develop my leadership and pharmacy skills as a pharmacy resident after graduation.

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

What is your favorite spot on campus? The terrace at sunset while eating Babcock ice cream

Jordyn Kettner

Hometown: Wausau, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy 

Throughout my completion of the Leadership Certificate, I have learned the importance of self-awareness in an effort to identify my own strengths and weaknesses. Improving my abilities related to the self-awareness leadership competency has helped me learn, develop and grow as a leader. This in mind, frequent self-reflection is something I will continue to implement in my life as I transition into my Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotations and my future pharmacy practice.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m able to balance 16 beverage glasses on a serving tray without dropping or spilling them.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Camp Randall on Badger Game Days & the Terrace at Memorial Union

Mahnoor Khan

Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy

I learned that I enjoy empowering others I work with to develop their own leadership styles. I like thinking about how I can use available resources strategically to meet my goals. I like learning about the context in which things work and how we can improve processes to benefit more people.

What is your unique/silly talent? I keep giving my friends and family new nicknames every couple of months!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Sarah LeMay

Hometown: Lowell, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy 

Through the UW-Madison Leadership Certificate, I learned leadership is an ongoing process rather than a goal to attain. I enjoyed exploring my leadership role in the interconnectedness of healthcare and health equity during my involvement hours. I plan on applying leadership skills gained from this certificate in the future as a pharmacist and advocate for health equity.

What is your unique/silly talent? Competitive show skiing!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Picnic Point

Der Lor

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy 

Through the Leadership Certificate curriculum, I was able to continually self-reflect on what strengths I have and how that correlates to my values, beliefs, and limitations. This allowed me the opportunity to facilitate changes I wanted to initiate and enabled me to engage in transparent group discussions about how to maneuver and take ideas into actions.

What is your unique/silly talent? I love to eat spicy foods!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Tracy Lor

Hometown: Syracuse, NY, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy 

I learned a lot through self-awareness and who I am as a leader. I plan to use these skills I learned in the UW-Madison Framework as a guide to continue improving myself and my skills in my future projects or initiatives.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can be creative with almost anything.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union and lakeshore path

Alex Peterson-Weber

Hometown: Madison, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy 

I learned how to translate my qualities as a conscientious leader into inclusivity and be able to create opportunities for success for those that I work with. I’m really looking forward to applying these skills during my 4th-year rotations and during residency in the future.

What is your unique/silly talent? I like to make handmade pasta!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The woods between Frautschi point and Picnic point

Courtney Quinn

Miranda Roethle

Hometown: Sun Prairie, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy 

I learned how important it is for me to to create more equitable care and bridge apparent gaps in care through the creation of pharmacy services that benefit the greater community. For me to be successful, I must aim to be a servant leader of my community by first holding myself to the highest standard of integrity followed by focusing on fostering bridge building and collaboration with my peers and community members.

What is your unique/silly talent? The sport of curling.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union sitting by the lake

Jamie Sterr

Hometown: Tomahawk, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy 

Throughout my experiences completing the Leadership Certificate, I have learned the importance of having a growth mindset. My unique volunteer opportunities and continual reflections have taught me that I can be a great leader and still have areas of improvement. I now understand that my leadership skills are dynamic, and it is necessary for me to continually reflect and refine them throughout my future career as a pharmacist.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’ve been teaching myself how to boulder!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Hailey Thompson

Hometown: Madison, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy 

I learned that I enjoy mentorship as both mentee and mentor. Each role offers unique perspectives and opportunities for growth and development. My experiences in this certificate taught me the true value of these relationships and increased desire to participate in them. In my future practice, I will seek out opportunities to serve as both a mentor and mentee in order to continue my personal and professional development.

What is your unique/silly talent? I am good at Harry Potter trivia!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Bascom Hill

Johanna Van Epps

Hometown: Wild Rose, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy 

I learned the value of mentorship through completing the Leadership Certificate Program. I was fortunate to gain a great mentor through the program who not only supported me in learning how to become a leader, but also helped me to navigate decisions regarding my journey through pharmacy school and future career.

What is your unique/silly talent? I make great breakfast foods!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Badger Market in the Nursing School was always a great stop between classes

Natasha Virrueta

Hometown: Elkhorn, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy 

I have learned that developing leadership skills never ends. I really enjoyed developing my relationship with my mentor and it was nice to see that we have some similarities when it came to leadership development goals we had for ourselves!

What is your unique/silly talent? I used to be a ballerina with pointe shoes!

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Andrea Wagner

Hometown: Champlin, MN, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy 

From this experience, I learned that I enjoy spending my time volunteering at various events in the Madison area. This makes me feel more connected to my community and like I am making a difference for others. These experiences have made me more aware about what is happening in the community as well as understanding how I can support others.

What is your unique/silly talent? At work when someone tells me who their insurance in through, I can describe the card to them by memory helping them to find the billing information.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union Terrace

Kiah Weseli

Hometown: Hudson, WI, USA

Year: Graduate

Major/Program: Doctor of Pharmacy 

One thing that the Leadership Certificate taught me is that continuous improvement of leadership competencies will look differently throughout a person’s career. People tend to focus on improving their skills in one area or competency that may not be their strong suit initially but, as they become more proficient in that area, other opportunities are created to further develop their leadership skills in areas come naturally to them or that they consider to be their strengths.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can do fancy belly-flops.

What is your favorite spot on campus? 7th Floor Rennebohm Hall overlooking Picnic Point

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Colman Freel

Hometown: Durham, NC, USA

Year: Junior

Major/Program: Biology with a Certificate in Global Health

Through the Leadership Certificate program, I found my passion for STEM accessibility. During my service and mentorship in WISCIENCE, I witnessed the importance of resources and support in self-efficacy, especially for students in competitive STEM fields. As a student leader, I learned to encourage inclusive engagement, connection, and community by supporting others’ learning and development. I hope to remain in leadership as medical science training program (MSTP) student after graduation.

What is your unique/silly talent? I am great at whistling!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Chazen Museum of Art

Victor Paskalis Hinardi

Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Food Science & Agricultural Applied Economics

I have a passion for Public Policy and Economics. In the future, I would like to address societal problems in Indonesia through policymaking and insights. Through this leadership experience, I have learned more about myself which is an action-oriented person. I learned to self-reflect and better myself every day. My hobbies are soccer, badminton, reading books and traveling.

What is your unique/silly talent? I speak 3 languages!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial terrace

Nathan Lesnick

Madeline K. Moureau

Hometown: Green Bay, WI, USA

Year: Senior

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

The most valuable lesson I learned is how to support the learning and development of peers while helping synergize connection and community among them. As I embark on my journey towards becoming a physician-scientist, I will remember the variety of lessons I learned along the way and look forward to continually developing and becoming a stronger leader.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can bend my distal interphalangeal joint while keeping my proximal interphalangeal joint straight.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Terrace

Elizabeth Read

Hometown: Oak Creek, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Genetics and Genomics

I learned through my college experience that being an effective leader is more than just a title or position. Also, I found that I enjoy self-reflecting on experiences when looking to goals or experiences I want to be a part of in the future. Looking to the immediate future, I plan to use skills learned through my leadership experiences and reflection on those experiences to positively impact the field I will be working in.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m great at opening jars others cannot.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Biocommons

Teresa Sundararajan

Hometown: New Berlin, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Genetics and Genomics 

I learned through my leadership experiences here at UW-Madison how much I enjoy supporting the learning and development of others, which is why I will be spending my summer post-graduation mentoring high school youth in WI on career and college readiness. Additionally, I am dedicating a part of my future career to mentoring students of all ages and supporting them in their life goals.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can move my ears.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The Allen Centennial Gardens

Sarah Uhm

Hometown: Rochester, MN, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Microbiology with Certificates in Global Health & Religious Studies

Leadership comes from engaging others and ensuring that all people’s voices are heard and respected. My experiences have taught me the power of Connection & Community, how important it is to be aware of those around you, remember them, and care enough to reach out to them. Observation and empathy find power through action, Inclusive Engagement, and Integrity. Moving forward, I am beyond excited to continue my education and leadership as a UW-Madison MPH student.

What is your unique/silly talent? I can play the otamatone!

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

Rupa Priyadharsini Umamaheswaran

Hometown: Madison, WI, USA

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Biochemistry with Certificates in Biocore & Global Health

Pursuing the Leadership Certificate enabled me to take up diverse opportunities and act responsively under such circumstances to develop my leadership skill set. Through this journey, I was able to assess my strengths and weaknesses which helped me to cultivate the habit of self-reflection. This will help me to critically evaluate my work and involvement as a leader when I take the role of a medical professional down the road.

What is your unique/silly talent? I’m really good at making sandwiches.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Memorial Union

Yiding Wang

Hometown: Luoyang, Henan, China

Year: Senior

Major/Program: Genetics and Genomics & Italian with a Certificate in Global Health

I learned that I enjoy using my own experience to help students find research opportunities, which not only improves my interpersonal communication skills but also facilitates learnings of each other. I enjoy working with a group of students and faculty who respect the differences and seek consensus to carry out efficient teamwork.

What is your unique/silly talent? I organize thing super well.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Animal Sciences Building 5th floor because this is where my lab is

Abigail Zettel

Hometown: Waukesha, WI, USA

Year: Senior

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

From the Leadership Certificate Program, I learned to be more self-aware of my personal experiences and privileges. During leadership activities, I interacted with diverse communities, and paired with better awareness of disparities and realities within demographics, ultimately enhancing my collaboration and communication skills. I now understand the importance of effective listening and encouraging the discussion of new ideas and perspectives.

What is your unique/silly talent? Fanfiction!

What is your favorite spot on campus? Observatory Hill