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Carisa Buegler2013 Rising Alumni

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Carisa Buegler has been part of raising nearly five million dollars for nonprofit organizations and started many programs to support those in need. She is an active volunteer in her community and received the Young Leader Award from the United Way.


Director of Foundation and Community Engagement
New Ulm Medical Center, Allina Health System

CEHD Degree

B.S., Family Social Science

What is your favorite memory from the University of Minnesota?

Homecoming. I remember the pride we had for the U, singing the rouser, running for homecoming queen, the parade, and the game, of course! I also have great memories of cheering for the men's hockey team, being involved in a sorority, my classes and instructors, and just a great overall feeling of being on-campus at one of the best colleges in the nation.

What is a good book you would recommend to others?

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson.

Who has inspired you the most during your career?

Those who are less fortunate. I've made a commitment to always advocate on behalf of those who are unable to, whether due to economic constraints, health issues, disability, race, sexual orientation, age, etc.

What skills are important to succeed as a young professional today?

Be a good listener. Have the courage to try new things and ask others to join you. Develop public speaking and writing skills in order to tell engaging stories. Love what you do.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An astrophysicist. I started college majoring in astrophysics, but after my first semester, it was clear that wasn't a good match for me.

What was the impact and benefit of your experience in CEHD?

I believe my degree set me apart from other applicants upon graduation. I felt prepared to lead, organize, and address community issues.