by Kaitlin Anderson, RD, LD, Community Relations Coordinator
Seventy-five local leaders were interviewed and I was one of the lucky 37. I am proud to announce that I am a member of the 2016 graduating class of Leadership Greater Rochester (LGR).
Leadership Greater Rochester is a comprehensive ten-month leadership development course created by the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The program’s mission is to develop leaders through participation in personal, professional and community activities designed to encourage individual responsibility for taking an active leadership role in the future vitality of the greater Rochester area.
Throughout the past year, I have learned a lot more about myself and my community. I reflected on my strengths, completed a personal leadership plan and participated in a community impact project with my classmates.
Our project was to activate old fire station number 2 at Silver Lake into a multi-use space in partnership with the City of Rochester and the Parks and Recreation department. We successfully engaged over 5,000 community members in meaningful conversations through events and social media, saved taxpayers over $20,000 by creating a building and business plan, and raised over $6,000 for the beautification fund for Silver Lake Station.
I am so thankful to have been chosen to participate in the Leadership Greater Rochester program. I especially appreciated the opportunity to network with other business leaders, improve my personal leadership skills and make a positive impact on our community. In the end, I hope that I have become a more valuable employee for Hy-Vee (more specifically, a Linchpin, as Seth Godin says).
Kaitlin Anderson, RD, LD is an award-winning supermarket dietitian. Kaitlin was named one of four finalists for Retail Dietitian of the Year—a national award from the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance—in 2015, a Hy-Vee “Legendary Customer Service Award” winner in 2013 and “Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year” by the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2012. She transitioned into a new role with Hy-Vee in 2015 and is now serving as the community relations coordinator for the Rochester market. Kaitlin’s community involvement includes the Wellness Works Coalition, Making it Better—Olmsted County, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce—Leadership Greater Rochester and the Go Red for Women Leadership Team. You can also find Kaitlin every Tuesday in the Rochester Post-Bulletin—her column is entitled “Cart Smarts.” She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in dietetics from the College of St. Benedict and completed her dietetic internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester in 2008. She has spent her entire career with Hy-Vee in Rochester. Kaitlin’s ultimate goal is to leave the grocery store every day having made at least one person’s life easier, healthier, happier. View all of Kaitlin’s posts here.