Leo Cardoso

CHRLS Alumni Association Board Member


  • Master of Arts 2012
    Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Carlson School of Management


Leo Cardoso, 12, is currently an HR data and service delivery manager at Land O’Lakes. He says he chose to attend the full-time MA-HRIR program because of “the opportunity to learn from world-class researchers, interact with bright students and build a network with alumni in some of the best organizations in the U.S. and abroad.” Cardoso says the program prepared him to think critically about challenges and opportunities in the workplace. “There are always technical aspects of a role, which you can learn on the job,” he notes, “but the ability to think, and find solutions…has been extremely important in my career, and it’s something that the program does a great job at.” Cardoso was interested in joining the Alumni Board, he says, because it was “an opportunity for me to give back, and also to become more connected with former alumni and new students. Over the years, getting back on campus has been one of the favorite parts of my job – now I get an extra reason to do that!”  He encourages current students to “remember to breathe, but also take some chances. This is a very unique time in your career and it can definitely feel overwhelming at times,” he says. “Just know you have a great support network.”