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Stay tuned for more info about our 2024 Empower Gala, our panelists, and awesome auction items!

Our 2024 Empower Gala will support TeamWomen and Empower Leadership Academy’s pursuit of inspiring women and girls to rise together through leadership development, mentoring, and youth empowerment. 

Our sponsors and partners will also share details about their dedication to making a difference in the world, one woman and girl at a time.

For organizations and individuals interested in making a greater impact, we have several sponsorship opportunities and levels available for this event. We also are looking for donations! If you’re interested in donating to our auction, please fill out this form. Thank you!

The Schedule

5pm: Social Hour & Silent Auction

6pm: Program Begins + Live Auction

7:15pm More Social Hour

7:30pm Silent Auction Closes

8pm Program Ends

Meet Our Special Guests

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Lea B. Olsen


Since playing basketball for the University of Minnesota, where she studied journalism and mass communication, Lea has worked for NBCSN, ESPN’s national WNBA coverage, and currently is a game analyst for the Minnesota Lynx and a television sideline reporter for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Bally Sports North.

Lea has also broadcast both the boys and girls Minnesota State high school basketball tournaments.

As a motivational speaker, Lea challenges athletes, coaches, and business professionals to rethink winning at all costs. Lea founded Rethink the Win in 2015 to help preserve a healthy environment for athletes to thrive in.

She was also named to the 2023 Twin Cities Business 100 list. Lea played basketball for the University of Minnesota before launching her sports journalism career and is the only Minnesotan to sit on the Board for Bell Bank.


Rylie Behr


Rylie is a rising star in the auction industry and is the Chief Brand Ambassador & Auctioneer for Behr Benefits. Having a background in theater and entertainment, she knows how to dazzle audiences of all sizes all over the U.S. Rylie intertwines wit, humor, and show “woman” ship to every auction and event. With her dynamic personality, Rylie is able to adapt and accommodate a variety of audiences and nonprofit clients. 

Rylie’s extensive theater and acting background elevates her in the auction industry. It allows her to quickly acclimate, improv, and adapt when needed. She has starred in films across the U.S. and even traveled to Canada. She is known for winning Best New Actress in 2013 at The Wild Rose Film Festival and for receiving an award for up-and-coming spokesperson from the Epilepsy Foundation. She has a knack for engaging audiences and making a room come alive like she’s done on the big screen since age 9.


When you join us as an attendee at our 2023 Empower Gala, you will have the exclusive opportunity to bid on unique experiences in our live auction!

Punch Bowl Social

Grab your family or friends and make memories at Punch Bowl Social! This fun package donated by Felicia Miller includes a voucher for Bowling for 10, an 8 person punch bowl of your choice, Punch Bowl Swag, and a $100 gift card for appetizers/food!

Silk Road Dinner

Immerse yourself in a thousand-year culinary journey with this exquisite 5-course meal inspired by the legendary Silk Road, donated by former 3M Executive Dr.  John Pournoor. John will guide four lucky individuals from Xi’an, China, to Istanbul, creatively presenting each city’s unique flavors and spices. Throughout the event, a stimulating trivia game unfolds: each dish contains a mystery ingredient, native to its featured city but foreign to the country, a tribute to the vibrant exchange on the historic trade route. Guests will delight in identifying these ingredients, blending gastronomy with the rich tapestry of Silk Road history.

Margarita Pool Party

Unleash the ultimate summer vibe at a Margarita Pool Party donated by Heidi Humphrey! Dive into a refreshing day where the pool is cool, the margaritas are perfectly blended, and the atmosphere is electrifying with the delightful company of 20 TeamWomen attendees who win this reverse auction experience!

Airbnb Arizona Villa Stay

Enjoy a 4 night stay at Alissa and Lucas Henriksen’s fabulous luxury Airbnb Lookout Mountain Villa, a boho-themed resort-style home conveniently located in North Central Phoenix near the best restaurants, shopping, hiking trails, golf courses, and more!

This private oasis designed to provide the most luxe, relaxing, and beautiful vacation imaginable. Blackout dates November-April 1st.

2 Hour Safety and Assault Prevention Class

Not Me!™ provides assault prevention and safety classes for all ages: Pre-K through college-aged to professional adults. Their unique, life-changing training program conveys more than instruction, it delivers a new level of impactful personal safety awareness, designed to empower people with prevention savvy. Thank you to Kelly Johnson for the donation!

Tour Lake Minnetonka with Katy Burke

Spend the day on the lake with TeamWomen’s Executive Director, and 30-year resident of Lake Minnetonka, Katy Burke! Tour Grays Bay, Wayzata Bay, and Robinson’s Bay and take a dip in the beautiful water. Boat to Wayzata for lunch or dinner. Pick your day: June – August (4th of July excluded)

Private Yoga Class for 10

Enjoy a private yoga class for up to 10 people at Spirit of the Lake Yoga and Wellness Center in Excelsior, MN, donated by Nicole L Lovald. This class is available to adults, adolescents, or a combination of both. It will be a 60 minute class, customized to meet your needs.

Lake Sylvia Cabin – 4 Night Stay

Enjoy a 4 night stay at Lake Sylvia 2 bedroom, 2 bath home, just a one hour drive from Minneapolis, donated by Brandi Warmbier! Home has bar with ice maker, game table, lake access, outdoor games and two separate deck spaces to enjoy.  Great getaway for a group of friends or for a family! Pontoon rental available as well.  

Meet Our Speakers

Speakers will be announced soon!

Reelika Schulte is a certified international business coach with an honors degree in business, and the founder of Design Dream Lifestyle, where she teaches women from around the world how to use their life experiences to launch their own thriving online coaching business.

Growing up in Estonia, Reelika developed an entrepreneurial mindset after watching her parents start their own business after the fall of the Soviet Union. After working in her parents’ business and also in corporate finance for 10+ years, and running a personal finance blog, Reelika became an expert in balancing the personal and professional. She uses this business background and online savvy to encourage other women in the online coaching field and to expand their reach through sales funnels, conversions, lead generation, and passive revenue methods.

Her work has appeared in publications like Forbes, Shining Mentor Magazine, and The Huffington Post. She loves to speak about finding clients through automated marketing, creating signature coaching programs that sell, and building evergreen global coaching businesses.

Presenting Sponsors

Champagne Toast Sponsor

Cheerleader Table Sponsors


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