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AlUmnUS FocUSeS on leAderShip

tunities. Besides participating in pro- test marches, he led the student body, served on the Inter-Residence Hall Council, and was a member of the Minnesota State Student Association.

Despite his busy college life, he was uncertain about a career direction. “Life was focused on getting a degree and looking at the journey,” he recalls.

Fortunately, through his many pursuits, he was introduced to business concepts that intrigued him.

While some students during this change-driven period chose social work and similar fields, Sorensen was drawn to driving change through eco- nomic development. Through busi- ness, he saw an opportunity to make the world better. Moreover, he felt his career choice was not only an oppor- tunity, but also an obligation to make things better than they were.

“It was very important to many of us that our lives were meaningful – not just to us, but to others,” he reflects.

Crafting a Fulfilling Career

In 1972, with a business-related degree in hand, Sorensen landed at General Mills as a commodity trader. His job included trading and buying grain

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Bemidji State University

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