Meeting is part of a series of chats that the Institute promotes to build relations between young students and experienced market professionals
Leandra Ferreira Leite, President of International Paper Institute and the Legal and Sustainability Director at IP, met with the Formare class of 2016 on March 8 and 14 for a talk about the future and career expectations. Whether meeting face-to-face, as was the case of the meeting that took place on the 14th with Mogi Guaçu students, or via teleconference, as was done for the chat with the Luiz Antonio class, Leandra makes a point to participate in this conversation with students every year.
The head of the Institute since 2012, when she took over as president, Leandra has accumulated substantial experience in the legal departments of companies including Polenghi, Braskem, Leroy Merlin and Embraer, where she helped to implement the Embraer Education and Research Institute, an experience that drew her to the International Paper Institute (IIP) from the time it opened in 2007, when she worked as an attorney, prior to taking over as president.
This is the second meeting of this year. In the first meeting, students talked with a marketing professional; this time, they had the chance to meet someone from the legal area, who joined the practice of law with issues related to sustainability and social responsibility, themes with a strong connection to IP’s business and the Institute’s causes.
Always learn – Leandra has taken part in Formare student meetings since the project started and her biggest message each time is the importance of learning. “You need to be open to opportunities and never stop learning, because this could make a difference. I also make a point of emphasizing how important it is to believe in a better future to achieve your dreams. And never give up on them.”
In addition to the importance of learning for career development, the IPI president underscores the value of being humble, for everyone and at any time in your personal and professional life. “Each person has their own story and heartbreaks, but motivation and interest in what is happening in the world are necessary to gain a critical eye and pay more attention to new possibilities and opportunities that come up along the way, which is fundamental to career development.”
Expectations – Every year, Leandra hopes that the Formare students will be curious and very willing to learn. “I also hope that we will be able to place them in the labor market. This is one of the main goals of the project.”
The importance of dialog – For Leandra, creating opportunities for these moments of dialog between experienced professionals and the young Formare students is essential for these young people to have the chance to learn through different perspectives and experiences, since each professional has their own trajectory, with experiences and difficulties that at times may be similar and at other times can be totally different. “What is most important is that these young people see that they are not alone in having questions and difficulties. During the chat, they find that it is possible to change their lives and achieve things that they didn’t even know were possible,” she says. In this sense, “each experience is a life lesson. Each interface is reciprocal learning,” she says in closing.