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Community Involvement

Vanessa Gulstad Tennyson Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship

Annual scholarship for a Carlson School of Management student who identifies as LGBTQ or a person of color.

Mentor & Coach for Mandela Washington Fellowship

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). YALI was created in 2010 and celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2020. Established in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship has brought nearly 4,400 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa to the United States for academic and leadership training. The Fellows, between the ages of 25 and 35, are accomplished innovators and leaders in their communities and countries.

Mentor & Coach for Acara Incubator

Acara is a leadership incubator program open to University of Minnesota students from any discipline who want to be part of solving real-world challenges, like equitable access to clean water, health care, energy, and healthy food. We support students with a passion, project, or idea as they take it to the next level – whether that be developing an app or student group, starting an advocacy campaign, or developing a social enterprise.

Mentor & Coach for FINN Fellows

The FINNOVATION Fellowship is a nine-month program that supports early-stage social entrepreneurs who have bold ideas for sustainable, systems-level change. Funded by the Bush Foundation, the goal of this program is to build leadership capacity, develop entrepreneurial skills, and ultimately create a sustainable social enterprise ecosystem here in Minnesota and beyond.

National Mentor for SEED SPOT Incubator

We support ecosystem builders in schools and communities to create a robust pipeline of impact-driven entrepreneurs. Our programs surround adult and youth entrepreneurs with the access to resources, mentors, business fundamentals, capital sources, and community partners they need to succeed. But you don't have to take our word for it.

Pro Bono Business & Personal Development Coaching

All Square is a nonprofit social enterprise that invests  (click to view) in formerly incarcerated leaders through a 12-month fellowship anchored in mental health wealth and entrepreneurship. The mission is to ensure that those impacted by the criminal justice system have the support and opportunities they warrant to become our country’s future leaders business owners legal practitioners and entrepreneurs.

Patient & Family Advisory Council Member  Transgender & Intersex Specialty Care Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester

Board of Directors

Pro Bono Leadership Coaching

OutFront Minnesota was founded in 1987 to fight for LGBTQ justice and equity. Over the past 32 years we have worked to ensure that our values of liberation and intersectional justice guide our work until full equality under the law and full equity in practice is realized.

Board of Directors

The mission of Rainbow Health is to work for equitable health care access and outcomes for people who experience injustice at the intersection of health status and their identity as gender, sexual, and/or racial minorities.

President of the Board of Directors

COMPAS has been putting creativity into the hands of Minnesotans for almost 50 years. We’re not just a non-profit arts organization; we’re a non-profit education organization that teaches through art. Our professional Teaching Artists work alongside students, teachers, older adults, hospital patients, teens, and just about any other community member to spark their imaginations and infuse their lives with creativity.

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