Networking Events

Boreas Networking Events

At Boreas, we believe developing as a leaders takes more than skills, it takes a community of people to support development as well as a network to extend impact.

Boreas networking events give students the opportunity to develop relationships with peers from across the University while learning from established and emerging environmental leaders about the challenges and opportunities of creating change. Our gatherings are a mix of leadership conversations organized by participants around a topic of their choosing and dialogues with emerging and established environmental leaders in the broader community. We believe in providing a forum for building community through discussions, collaboration and fun. At least twice a semester, we invite special guests to share their leadership insights and lessons. These guests include innovators, change makers and leaders from across sectors.

Set in a relaxed atmosphere where interactive dialogue is encouraged (and food is always present!), our events offer a chance to dive deeper into perspectives on how leadership works, change happens and impactful careers develop.

Our community and networking events are open to all University of Minnesota graduate and professional students and post-docs, faculty and researchers. Check out our current schedule below. Submitting an RSVP is not required. You are always welcome to attend!

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Upcoming Community Hours

Location and Time:
Select dates 3:30 ­– 5 p.m.
IonE Commons, Room R350 of the Learning and Environmental Sciences Building (some of our events will be in LES R-380 during the We Are Water Exhibit).

Wednesday, Sept. 12 – Fall Kick-off
Facilitated by the Boreas Student Advisory Team
At Boreas we are looking for graduate and professional students (and post-docs!) who are interested in developing as the leaders and change agents society needs to make progress on complex challenges like sustainability. Is that you? If so, get involved with Boreas. At our events you will find interesting people, engaging conversation, and food. We hope you will join us! Register here.

Monday, Sept. 24 – Love at First Interview
Special Guests: Authors Darren Kaltved & Heather Nagle
Love at First Interview was inspired by over 20 years of working as Career Counselors with university students. Join the authors for a conversation about how to establish the kinds of connections that lead to landing jobs and building great networks. Visit for more info on the book! RSVP here.

Monday, Nov. 15 – Co-Creating the Future through Dreaming
Special Guest: Sheila Asato
Some of the world’s greatest scientific breakthroughs were sparked in the realm of dreams, including many Nobel Prize winning discoveries. In a culture obsessed with productivity, we’ve forgotten how to tap into the power of dreams to better understand ourselves, unleash our creative potential and unravel the mysteries of life and science. Learn how to tap into the power of dreaming to co-create the future with internationally respected dream expert, Sheila Asato. Sheila has served as a board member for the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) and is the recipient of the 2006 IASD awardfor her original research on dreaming, creativity and healing. RSVP here. *This is a prerequisite for the full-day workshop that will take place the next day. 


Boreas Science Improv Series

Tuesdays: Sept. 11, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Nov. 13 and Nov. 27
11:30 a.m.- 1p.m. in LES R-380
Would you like to be better at communicating your science? Join us for improvisational games as we build our skills in becoming better science communicators and co-create a community of practice. RSVP here.


Lunch & Learns

12-1 p.m. in LES R-350
You bring your lunch and we provide the desserts and beverages. Learn a new skill or a way of engaging in your scholarship.

Wednesday, Sept. 26 – Strategies for Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle
Want to learn about how to live a zero waste lifestyle? Kyle Samejima is the Executive Director of Minneapolis Climate Action and has a knack and a passion for finding ways to live a full and vibrant life without harming the environment. Learn her secrets through this Boreas Lunch and Learn. Bring your lunch and we will provide the desserts! RSVP here.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 – Mindful Ways of Leading
At this lunch and learn, we will discuss ways of leading through mindfulness practices. Justin Baker is the founder of Mindful Power and blends the scientific, medical, and therapeutic worlds to create mindfulness-based training, offering the opportunity for others to get the most out of themselves. Justin is also our new Graduate Research Assistant and is working on a PhD in Human Factors and Ergonomics in the College of Design. This is a great opportunity to get to know Justin and welcome him into our community. Bring your lunch and we will provide the desserts! RSVP here.


Boreas’ goals are to enhance the Boreas community through informal gatherings centered on topics with connections to environmental leadership, graduate education, professional development or whatever participants choose. We hope to:

  1. Provide a forum to tackle big questions, share insights, get feedback and solve problems.
  2. Empower Boreas participants by opening up Boreas programming to different perspectives, interests and ideas.
  3. Cultivate collegial relationships through collaboration and conversation among a diverse group of peers.

Show up! All University of Minnesota graduate and professional students and post-docs are invited to attend. No application or RSVP is necessary, unless noted.


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