Since graduation, I joined the Ag Marketing, Advocacy and Outreach team at the Kansas Department of Agriculture in Topeka. I started off as the Education and Events Coordinator and have received my first promotion this summer as the State Trademark Director. My role with the department has had me acting as the liaison between the Kansas Agriculture industry and educational groups such as FFA, 4-H, Ag in the Classroom, inner-city gardens for students and providing educational workshops about Kansas agriculture across the state to all different ages. Also, I have been the lead for planning all Agriculture events in the state that involve the Governor, Secretary of Ag and Department-wide events in general. This summer I will be promoted to the state trademark director position. My new role has me as the lead government official who works with Kansas food, agriculture and agritourism companies who are incorporated in Kansas (approx. 400 companies I work with), to assist with marketing domestic and international products. This past March, I led my first international trade mission with three Kansas food companies to India, and this month I will be doing my second trade mission with five Kansas companies to Germany and Switzerland. My role is to be a spokesperson for Kansas companies and food products all across the state, nation and world. My leadership minor has provided me with the global perspective and respect of different cultures and a better understanding of the importance of building relationships when it comes to the personal and career world. The School of Leadership Studies also stressed the importance of being an ethical leader - especially working for the government, it has been crucial for me to be a role model in doing everything the right way, ethically always. When building trust with international business partners, it is so important for them to know that you will be fair with your trade and help them succeed in any way possible.