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Climbing theĀ Lattice

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin talking with graduate student leaders

Original Story by Erik Potter for Mizzou Magazine
Published in Mizzou Magazine Jan. 21, 2015

Laura McAndrews can boil down the Graduate Student Leadership Development Program to one central insight: Your career is not a ladder. It’s a lattice.

A ladder leads inevitably toward one point. “With a lattice you kind of go anywhere and everywhere,” she says.

For McAndrews, a former fashion executive who is now a doctoral student in textiles and apparel management, that observation is an inspiration — and a relief — because it frees her from thinking that her career options can culminate only in academia.

Helping graduate students recognize and develop the range of skills they bring to the job market is the purpose of the leadership development program, which launched in January 2014 across the four-campus University of Missouri System.

Five graduate students from each campus meet twice a semester at one of the campuses. They hear speakers, tour business incubators and participate in professional development exercises. The MU students also meet weekly in sessions that are open to more than just the five program members.

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2015 Cohort Members

Mizzou doctoral students participating in the 2015 GSLDP are Rachel Bauer, Theatre; Sara Cochran, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis; Mikkel Christensen, Journalism; Jackie Gamboa Varela, Chemistry; and Ronnie LaCombe, Biology.  

2014 Cohort Update:

Laura McAndrews has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Georgia. She writes, “…the [GSLDP] program has positively influenced me both professionally and personally. I will take my knowledge learned to the University of Georgia to develop new leaders.”

Andrew Miller has accepted a postdoctoral appointment at Duke. He writes, “Every day I find myself using skills and ideas that are a direct result of my experience…” in the GSLDP.

Tasia Taxis is currently interviewing and Dr. Jacob Wright, at the University of Minnesota-Rochester.  Congratulations all.