Food and beverage companies have an immense impact worldwide. The Impact Lab provides a unique learning atmosphere for professionals addressing global agriculture and food system challenges.
It is a worthwhile and enriching experience to invest in my leadership development by engaging with trusted practitioners who face many of the same challenges as I do. There is comfort in knowing that we encounter similar challenges, be they personal, organizational or systems-wide, and there is great opportunity and fulfillment in sound boarding these challenges with a collective and shared sense of purpose.
–Shauna Sadowski, Head of Sustainability, Natural & Organic Operating Unit, General Mills
The Impact Lab is a learning community that includes workshops, multi-day learning journeys, monthly peer group calls, and one-on-one mentoring. We’ve created a completely confidential space for peer-to-peer sharing, capacity building, expert coaching, and exploration of potential partnerships. Each fellow identifies specific goals and receives support for the internal and external engagement as well as personal leadership capabilities in order to meet those goals. At the core of our professional development is the use of System Leadership. Core faculty are from the Sustainable Food Lab and the Academy for Systems Change. Volunteer mentors are experienced professionals from a wide variety of industries. Meet the faculty & staff, mentors, and participant bios.
In February 2017 the Sustainable Food Lab launched a leadership program for food and beverage company professionals. Today the Impact Lab includes over 20 Fellows from companies like PepsiCo, Unilever, Starbucks, Target, McDonalds, AB InBev, Stonyfield, Annie’s/General Mills, Mars Inc., Frontier Coop, Farmer’s Fridge, Costco, Rich Products Corporation, Keurig Dr. Pepper and Cargill .
Here’s what one participant wrote to the peer coaching group after their first workshop:
Dear peer group,
My presentation last week was fantastic. Thanks so much for all your amazing input and ideas. I used many of the suggestions you gave me… around story-telling, connecting versus presenting, being OK to show that I’m learning too and bringing this to life for the teams in a language which resonated with and inspired them. There was great energy in the room and lots of ideas and enthusiasm afterwards. We started a process of mapping key risks and opportunities and thinking about how we can take this further in each zone.
Our peer coaching group session was incredibly useful… thanks again!