Guest Speakers

Ms. Lakeeta M. Hill

Mrs. Lakeeta M. Hill
Director of Executive Administration and Corporate Governance
Cargill, Incorporated

Lakeeta joined Cargill’s Law Department in 2014, leading the Board Operations team. Over the past four years, Lakeeta has directed large, cross-functional regional and global projects of key strategic initiatives and led transformational organization-wide processes. As the current Director of Executive Administration and Corporate Governance, she currently leads teams that oversee corporate governance, board operations, US subsidiary management, executive administration, common shareholder administration, and director relations. For more than 10 years, Lakeeta has served as a strategic thought leader, advisor, and partner to senior leaders, holding different positions in the areas of class action administration, corporate governance, corporate and health care law. Lakeeta holds an MBA with an emphasis in Accounting and a specialization in Health Care, and an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice Administration.


So you’ve made it through college – how to get from here to success

Navigating corporate America looks different to everyone depending on background, culture, and location; but it can be very different for young people of color. This workshop reviews core need-to-knows for success.

Chef Sean Sherman

Chef Sean Sherman
The Sioux Chef

Chef Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota, born in Pine Ridge, SD, has been cooking across the US and Mexico over the past 30 years and has become renowned nationally and internationally in the culinary movement of indigenous foods.  His main focus has been on the revitalization and evolution of indigenous foods systems throughout North America.  Chef Sean has studied on his own extensively to determine the foundations of these food systems to gain a full understanding of bringing back a sense of Native American cuisine to today’s world.  In 2014, he opened the business titled, The Sioux Chef as a caterer and food educator in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.  He and his business partner Dana Thompson also designed and opened the Tatanka Truck, which featured pre-contact foods of the Dakota and Minnesota territories.  In October 2017, Sean was able to perform the first decolonized dinner at the James Beard House in Manhattan along with his team. His first book, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen was recently published and was chosen one of the top ten cookbooks of 2017 by the LA Times and the Smithsonian Magazine. The Sioux Chef team of twelve people continues with their mission to help educate and make indigenous foods more accessible to as many communities as possible.


The Evolution of Indigenous Food Systems of North America

Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge reservation, and the founder of the company The Sioux Chef is committed to revitalizing Native American cuisine. Through his research, he has uncovered and mapped out the foundations of the indigenous food systems through an indigenous perspective.  Chef Sean has become renowned nationally and internationally in the culinary movement of indigenous foods and with an ever growing team of indigenous minded peers, is leading a movement to completely redefine North American cuisine through the understanding and utilization indigenous food knowledge.  This is an evolution of Native American Foods, taking important educations of the past and applying them to the now.



Alberto Monserrate
CEO & Co-founder 

NewPublica is a leading authority on multicultural communications and marketing in Minnesota. As the CEO and co-founder of Latino Communications Network (LCN), now a division of NewPublica, Alberto produced the weekly Spanish newspaper La Prensa de Minnesota and the weekly Spanish publication Vida y Sabor. LCN also operated 24-hour Spanish radio stations 1400 and 1470 AM La Invasora, between 2005 and 2013. Alberto is a seasoned expert on marketing to multicultural communities and is a regular commentator in the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, Minnesota Public Radio and other Minnesota business media. Alberto was elected to the Minneapolis School Board in 2010, serving as chair from 2012 to 2014. Alberto is the former board chair of Hiawatha Academies and served on the founding boards of KIPP Minnesota and Twin Cities Academy. He served on the board of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association and currently serves on the advisory editorial board of Minnesota Business Magazine and on the Board of Great Minnesota Schools.


What most schools and colleges are not telling you: The importance of having strong entrepreneurial skills, no matter what you plan to do for a living

Whether you want to own your own business, work at a large or small organization, start, run or work at a non profit, run for office, or work in any other environment, having strong entrepreneurial skills, is not only highly valuable, but also essential to survive the uncertainty of the coming decades. These skills or traits include: Being passionate about what you do, being persistent, a willingness to meet the needs of your customers and employees before meeting your own, resilience, independence, creativity, strong communication skills, showing initiative, willingness to take risks or going against prevailing views, and willingness to adapt quickly to change. 

Raquel Melo

Raquel Melo
Vice President of Innovation and New Business Development
Land O' Lakes

Raquel Melo is Vice President of Innovation and New Business Development at Land O’Lakes Inc., a $14B farmer-owned agri-business cooperative based in Arden Hills, Minnesota in the United States, where she is responsible for driving growth strategy, innovation, and new business development efforts including acquisition growth strategies. Raquel has held Director of Marketing and Director of Innovation roles with Kemps LLC, HP Hood, and Dairy Farmers of America (DFA). She began her Marketing Career at General Mills, Inc. She is currently the Vice-Chair of The Brand Lab, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to marketing careers for under-privileged young people. Raquel holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. A native Spanish speaker, she was born in The Dominican Republic and grew up in New York City.


Beyond a Mentor; Find a Sponsor

The workshop focuses on the importance of both the mentor and sponsor relationship in career growth and development.  Raquel will highlight the distinct roles that mentors and sponsors play, and how to promote those positive relationships to help achieve your career goals.


Judge VueloJudge Sophia Vuelo
Second Judicial District Court Judge
Ramsey County District Court

Judge Vuelo earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from the Hamline University School of Law. At the time of her appointment to the Second District Court, Judge Vuelo was an attorney in private practice. Her professional experience includes work as the managing attorney at Catholic Charities, a special assistant county attorney for Ramsey County, an assistant public defender for the Second Judicial District, and an assistant city attorney for the city of Rochester. Judge Vuelo has served as the vice president of the Hmong American Bar Association and a member of the board of directors of the Collaborative Community Law Initiative.


Post-college: How to navigate your career in the age of the internet

In this session we will explore proper/improper use of social media and the internet as college grads enter the professional world.

Registered students will have a chance to attend premier workshops directly from our invited speakers.

Stay tuned for updates as we finalize our speaker line-up!