Our Story

Co-founded by Pam Borton and Linda Hopkins, the genesis of TeamWomen started in the spring of 2011. Pam Borton, a seasoned and successful head women’s basketball coach at the University of Minnesota, was invited to be the keynote speaker for the Women in Business Awards Luncheon, which was sponsored by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

As Borton delivered her inspiring and emotional speech on the life lessons her student-athletes learned daily, her message resonated loud and clear – women need to support women. Linda Hopkins, an attorney with Accenture LLP, had the same vision for an organization focused on women’s growth and support. When she heard Pam’s message, she knew she had met the right individual to co-develop this goal. 

Hopkins and Borton met and planned how to establish this organization. Many of the women who received awards that day came together and launched TeamWomen.

Our Founders

Jan Ballman


Paradigm | Veritext

Pam Borton

Pam Borton


CEO & Founder
ON Point Next Level Leadership

Colleen Connors


Executive Director, HR

Joy Frestedt


President & CEO
Frestedt Incorporated

Tammie Follett


Executive Director
Literacy Matters Foundation

Linda Hopkins


Partner Attorney

Andrea Kopfmann


Director of Partnership

Beverly Mestelle


HR Connection
Group Facilitator

Deborah Olson


Former Owner
Nelson Laboratories

Rachel Polson

Rachel Polson


CPA, Partner
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Diana Vance-Bryan



Our Values

We have a clear sense of purpose, values, and integrity of our organization. We are a team.

We value relationships, community, lifelong learning, mentoring, and an atmosphere of shared

We support all women who work or live in Minnesota, providing opportunities both personally
and professionally.

We believe in leadership development, from entrry-level up to the C-suite.

We give back to the community and inspire others to do the same.

Our Impact
Event Attendees
Mentor/Mentee pairings