Iowa STATEment Makers is a recognition program of the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council, honoring graduates of the past 10 years who have made strong statements in careers, entrepreneurial endeavors, academics, community service, or personal achievements. There are 17 honorees for 2014, and we’re introducing each of them to you here on the blog.
Des Moines, Iowa
Janelle (’05 ag education and studies) is an up-and-coming young professional in Des Moines who currently holds the position of product marketing communications manager for DuPont Pioneer, the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, agronomic support, and services to farmers. Janelle develops and implements strategy and tactics for corn-product communications in North America. Her commitment to the profession of agri-marketing extends beyond her work at Pioneer to include service to the National Agri-Marketing Association, which has presented her with its Horizon Award for her work as chair of membership. She also serves on the NAMA Nationals Career Committee, which helps plan the student NAMA competitions at Iowa State University. Along with two other ISU young alumni, Janelle founded the organization Young Professionals in Agriculture, a group committed to bringing together other individuals in the agriculture industry in central Iowa. She is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.
…her favorite spot on campus: “I recently attended a concert at the M-Shop. It’s their 40th anniversary this year. We were lucky to have the M-Shop on campus. It’s charming, obscure, and brings in top musical talent.”
….her dream job: “Two. Both involve early mornings. My great-grandmother was a purple ribbon state fair champion bread baker. My dream job would be to own a bakery if I had half the talent or desire to rise at 3 a.m. every day. That, or the executive producer of ‘CBS Sunday Morning.’ What a cool show.”
…her guilty pleasure: “a glass of Malbec”
…her favorite quote: “’If I had my life to live over I’d go more places and do things and travel lighter than I have.’ – Nadine Star, age 85″