BISMARCK, ND — If you ask Emily Haagenson about her experiences at Mary she’ll be more than happy to tell you. Be prepared to listen for a while. The junior from Moorhead, Minnesota, double majoring in business administration and Spanish, is a busy girl these days:

Emily Haagenson standing in front of the beautiful Lehigh campus host site for the Iacocca Institute’s Global Village

Emily Haagenson standing in front of the beautiful Lehigh campus host site for the Iacocca Institute’s Global Village

A brief overview: Meeting and getting to know the locals in Italy and other European countries while studying a semester at University of Mary’s Rome campus; serving as a resident assistant for freshmen women; organizing TEDxUMary; serving on student government; attending Mass in seven different countries and languages; participating in bible studies and community service projects.

“I love the energy at University of Mary and I want to help cultivate it,” said Haagenson. “I was attracted to the mission of the school and the way it is lived out.”

Haagenson with Dick Brandt, left, director of the Global Village and Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, right, after receiving the Leadership Award.

Haagenson with Dick Brandt, left, director of the Global Village and Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, right, after receiving the Leadership Award.

With that impressive early-in-life resume, it’s evident that faith and people are at the core of Haagenson’s everyday existence and it is no wonder those values helped guide her to the internationally renowned Iacocca Institute where she recently earned its prestigious Leadership Award. The honor, given to five of the 90 Global Village attendees who come from 43 different countries, recognizes those who exemplify the seven main qualities of a servant leader.

“I am deeply honored for the award,” said Haagenson. “I feel as though I have traveled the world without even leaving my home country. I now have a home and a support system all over the world. The safe space provided by the Global Village has helped me learn how to better utilize my strengths to help others. I have grown in my knowledge of different cultures and belief systems that help me to better empathize and understand a variety of people.”

Haagenson, also a member of the Harold Schafer Emerging Leaders Academy at the University of Mary, is one of only five interns selected from the United States to attend the six-week Global Village. Their days included some courses, panels and workshops from local and international executives and travel to New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

Emily Haagenson with fellow villagers wearing traditional national dress for the opening dinner

Emily Haagenson with fellow villagers wearing traditional national dress for the opening dinner

“A large portion of our time was devoted to our consulting projects, in which we worked with a real client, either local or international,” added Haagenson. “Personally, I worked on a market research project with five other interns for a start-up company in Spain. At the end of the program, our client came to Lehigh and we presented our findings and analysis to him. Working on this project was definitely one of the highlights of my experience. First of all, I learned so much about working in a diverse team, how to research effectively, and how to put together a professional project in a short time frame. Global Village has changed the way I see the world and the people in it. I now associate countries with real people, instead of random spots on a map.”

Haagenson, whose career interests include working in business or human resources, will have completed her degrees in only three and a half years when she graduates in December 2017. Now, she can proudly check off the Global Village at the Iacocca Institute from her bucket list — and add it to her long list of accomplishments at Mary.