Headshot of Edith Young, Hennepin County IT Specialist

We’re excited to highlight Edith Young as our member spotlight this month! After attending this year’s Leadership Conference, she became an official TeamWomen member, as well as an Elite Happy Hour Sponsor for our 2018 WaveMaker Awards.

As an IT Supervisor for Hennepin County, Edith supports 248 employees within the Public Defender’s office. She also has a passion for beauty, and in January 2017, she became a consultant for Beautycounter.

Learn how she finds balance on a day-to-day basis, as well as her top three things that have attributed to her success below!

What is your favorite part of being an IT Supervisor at Hennepin County?

My favorite part of being an IT Supervisor is my team! I am extremely fortunate to have very talented team members from an IT perspective, but who are also focused on being ambassadors for systematic change within our legal system. We support 248 employees who are attorneys, paralegals, investigators, legal office assistants, and dispositional advisors. Working with these fellow colleagues is a great privilege.

What drew you to becoming a consultant at Beautycounter?

I’ve always been a sucker for bold lipsticks, beautiful eyelashes, and sparkling eyeshadow! But what drew me to the Beautycounter brand was their mission. Their mission, and my goal as a consultant, is to get safer products into everyone’s hands. I love educating others and helping them become aware of what chemicals are in their beauty and skin care products. People are often amazed that the United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938. That’s 80 years – 80 years too long!

What advice would you have for someone who wants to start a side passion?

If you love it, just do it! It doesn’t have to be a job! During my first year at Beautycounter, I just tried to talk about their mission and values, while spreading a message on social media. Now, as a consultant, I set aside a couple of nights per week, so I can still find balance.

What is something people may not know about you?

That’s a hard one because I’m kind of an open book. But if I had to name something, then I’d probably go with my love and support of the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, MN. Sharing information on how to end the captive wildcat crisis is one of my passions. I also serve as the Secretary on the Board of Directors, and I’ve been a volunteer since 2014.

What are three things that have attributed to your success?

Passion, resilience, and authenticity! Being a woman in IT is already challenging because it’s male-dominated. Over time, I’ve learned how to engage myself, and know when I should pull back. If your work is your real passion, and if you’re resilient in delivering the same message, then someone will hear you.

What can women do to support other women around them, professionally and personally?

You can get involved with an organization like TeamWomen! The support and opportunities offered are wonderful ways to grow yourself professionally. On the personal side, don’t hesitate to show support to another woman professional by simply showing gratitude or recognition. Often as women, we feel like we are supposed to carry the whole world on our shoulders, and that simply is not the truth! It takes a village to support each other. 😊

By Angela Lurie | Senior Regional Vice President, Robert Half

Finding a balance between professional responsibilities, personal responsibilities and self-care is an ongoing challenge for most women. This can be especially true during the summer, when kids are home from school, the weather is nice and vacation opportunities are aplenty.

A family vacation should be the perfect opportunity to recharge and refocus your priorities, but how often does that happen? Research from Robert Half has found that the majority of workers (56 percent) check in with the office while they’re supposed to be on vacation. While professionals in Minneapolis are among those most likely to fully disconnect, we aren’t immune to the pressure to keep up with our career even when we’re out of the office.

Perhaps more unsettling is that the trend is working against us. This summer, employees plan to take an average of nine days off, down from 10 in 2017, and younger employees typically feel a stronger urge to stay connected when they are away. Seven in 10 respondents ages 18-34 plan to check in with the office somehow while they’re on vacation. That’s a stark contrast to the 39 percent of respondents ages 55 and older.

Similar surveys uncover the same trend toward staying in touch when you’re supposed to be taking a break. In 2016, 59 percent of employees said they never check in while on vacation, but that number dropped to 47 percent in 2017 and 44 percent in 2018.

We all need time away from the office to recharge and boost productivity and creativity. Easier said than done? Try some of these tips to fully relax when you’re out of the office:

  • Plan ahead. As soon as you have your vacation on the calendar, make a list of what you need to take care of before you go and what potential issues could arise while you’re out. Having a plan in place will allow you to feel more confident things are under control in your absence. Plan meetings for the week you return (not back-to-back; you don’t want to undo the benefits of your vacation right away!) to catch up on what you missed.
  • Ask for help. Delegate tasks that can’t wait for your return, making sure to spread out the workload so as not to burn out one person. Take the time to share project updates, deadlines and access to important files before you leave.
  • Communicate. Let your boss, team and clients know when you will be away and that you will be unplugging. Asking if there’s anything you can do before you go can promote goodwill and possibly prevent problems from arising while you’re away.
  • Clarify exceptions. If you will be available for emergencies only, define what constitutes an emergency. If you can’t completely unplug, specify when you will be online, and stick to that schedule.
  • Let yourself unplug. Finally, give yourself permission to focus on your family, friends and/or self when your vacation begins. Remember that taking a break from work is important to doing your best work when you return. It’s just as important as responding to emails and meeting deadlines!

Taking vacation time is an important step to maintaining a strong work-life balance, but actually allowing yourself to enjoy your vacation is important too. Take advantage of opportunities to unwind, and allow yourself to do so without the guilt.

Angela Lurie is a Minneapolis-based senior regional vice president at Robert Half, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm. For more information, visit http://www.roberthalf.com.

Becky Roloff, the 11th president of St. Catherine University, will speak at our upcoming luncheon on August 8. Throughout her distinguished career in the private and nonprofit sectors, she has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, a commitment to inclusion, and an ability to achieve financial stability through fundraising.

Becky came to St. Catherine University from the YWCA of Minneapolis, where she served as the president and chief executive officer for 11 years. She led the organization with a mission to eliminate racism, while empowering women and girls. Under her leadership, the YWCA of Minneapolis successfully completed a capital campaign, grew its revenue substantially, and significantly increased the diversity of its board of directors.

Her leadership has been recognized with national and community accolades, including New York City’s YWCA Academy of Women Achievers Award, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Leading with Faith Award, Twin Cities Business’ Outstanding Director Award, and St. Catherine’s Outstanding Alumnae and Alexandrine Awards.

Becky currently serves as a trustee for the Charles & Ellora Alliss Educational Foundation, and is a member of Women Corporate Directors. She also chaired the boards of The Blake School and the Children’s Theatre Company, and recently served as president of the International Women’s Forum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable.

Join us during this special event to hear the key takeaways she’s learned throughout her career — register today!

Judy Zimmer, president of Coachology.us and Debbie Kraemer, a project manager, were connected in the TEAMWomen Mentoring Program in 2017.  Both women have found value in the mentoring relationship and in this interview, both talk about the power of mentoring.

Debbie, what made you decide to seek out a mentor?

I didn’t choose the Team Women Mentoring program, I believe it chose me!  I was discussing my career journey with my sister-in-law, Beth Kraemer, and she told me about this group and all the benefits she has enjoyed from it.  Beth suggested that I sign up for the Mentoring program to help with my adventure of finding something new in my career.

Judy, this is your second time participating as a mentor.  What made you decide to work with a mentee?

I love working with engaging and successful mentees.  Debbie is a very successful business professional and strives to be even better.  She is an avid reader and has expanded my list of business books.  I have learned from her and she has learned from me.

Debbie, what has been the biggest surprise and most rewarding part of the mentoring relationship?

The most surprising experience I have enjoyed since joining the mentoring program is the positive, forward thinking shift in my mindset in only 3 ½ months, it has been simply amazing.

The most rewarding experience is meeting Judy and spending time with her.  She is a positive force who has made me realize I am capable of anything, the world is mine and I have everything I need inside myself to be successful and happy.

Debbie, what advice would you give to someone who doesn’t have a mentor?

I would tell another business professional who is hesitant about joining a mentoring program that we truly limit ourselves when we live inside our own head and believe all the negative stuff that we make up.  We can spend countless hours reading self-help books, listening to positive self-help podcasts and YouTube videos but we must ACT and do something to really be happy and fulfilled.  One of the best ways to do that is through a mentor who will help us to see how we are limiting ourselves and how to ‘break out of ourselves’.

Debbie, what would you say about the TeamWomen organization?

My experience with the Team Women Mentoring Program has been amazing, it has changed my mindset, helped me let go of negative thinking, raised my confidence level and I now have connections with hundreds of other strong women.

Judy, what would you say to TeamWomen members who have not participated in the program?

TeamWomen has an amazing process for matching mentors and mentees.  There is training, engaging meetings along the way and monthly mentoring topics.  Being a mentor is a wonderful way to serve the community and being a mentee is a great way to increase your professional profile, confidence and connections.  There are no downsides to the process.

 

(Minneapolis) – When it comes to leadership, one of the premiere ways to learn about best practices is by following the examples of others who have been successful. For the seventh year in a row, TeamWomenMN, a premiere women’s professional development and mentoring organization in the Twin Cities, is hosting a Leadership Conference.

The sold-out event takes place on Fri., May 11, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, located at 2100 Killebrew Drive in Bloomington. The day will be filled with interactive sessions, a panel of various industry leaders, entrepreneurial business stories and stories of inspirational personal success stories, plus humor and entertainment. The day will wrap up on a high note by connecting with fellow attendees at Happy Hour.

Among the speakers at this year’s conference are Maureen Bausch, CEO of Minnesota’s Super Bowl Host Committee and the former chief executive of the Mall of America, Minnesota’s biggest tourism destination. Bausch has more than 25 years of experience creating and building brand awareness, managing large-scale events, marketing and sales, media relations and guest services, earning her a spot-on Advertising Age’s Top 100 Marketers list.

At the Leadership Conference, she will participate in a CEO panel where seasoned leaders will share insight into how they got where they are today. Bausch also plans to speak about what she feels are the keys to good leadership, one of which involves helping people find their passion. “Any time you have the opportunity to hear from others and meet new people it’s a growth experience worth pursing,” said Bausch.

She will be joined in the panel discussion by Nancy Dahl, CEO Tastefully Simple, Jen Ford Reedy, President, Bush Foundation and Barbara Butts Williams, Executive Dean of External Relations and Partnership, Capella University moderated by Michelle Perdue, President, Speak To Advance. A second panel will feature three young leaders, Madi Lommen, Mandy Simon and Sarah Betts. The event will be moderated by Elizabeth Deziel, Senior VP, TC Head of Wealth Planning and Private Banking, U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management.

Additional speakers include Marti Walsh, Director of National Account Sales for the Coca Cola Company and Jenni Liledahl, Co-Owner of Brave New Workshop and Gilda’s Club of Twin Cities.  Neuroscientist/NYU Professor Wendy Suzuki, best-selling author of “Healthy Brain, Happy Life’ and award-winning film producer Christina Simpkins. The event as a whole will be emceed by Holly Hoffman, a finalist during Season 21 of the CBS show Survivor.

“Our annual spring Leadership Conference is a full day event providing inspiration and enlightenment, leadership skill training, and strategic networking” adds Katy Burke, Executive Director of TeamWomenMN. “The conference is a celebration and summation of everything TeamWomenMN stands for: inspiring, encouraging, and supporting women to be all that they can be.”

For more information, go to http://www.teamwomenmn.org/teamwomenmn-annual-womens-leadership-conference.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information or to arrange an interview with Katy Burke, Maureen Bausch or any of the other speakers, please contact Rachel M. Anderson, Publicist, TeamWomenMN at 952-240-2513 or rachel@rmapublicity.com.

(Minneapolis) – The goal of TeamWomenMN, a professional development and mentoring organization based in the Twin Cities, has been to become “THE” professional organization for leadership development and mentoring for women in Minnesota. TeamWomenMN just took a significant step towards achieving that goal.

 

In April, TeamWomenMN announced plans to team up with Minnesota Women in Marketing & Communications (MWMC). The organization, which has provided networking and leadership opportunities for women for the past 11 years, will officially dissolve on June 1, 2018 and its members will become members of TeamWomenMN.

 

“TeamWomenMN and MWMC share the same goals – to provide top notch programs, diverse leadership opportunities and an environment that empowers women,” said Katy Burke, TeamWomenMN’s Executive Director. “We’re thrilled to be the solution for MWMC members.”

Co-founded by Pam Borton and Linda Hopkins, the genesis of TeamWomenMN started in the spring of 2011. Borton, then 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 sponsored by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal honoring 50 top women executives.

 

As Borton delivered her inspiring and emotional speech on how important it was to support and elevate one another, her message was loud and clear – women need to support women. On the heels of delivering this motivational message – and with the support of many of the women who received awards that day – women came together and launched TeamWomenMN.

 

“Our strategic direction is to expand our organization statewide and, ultimately, nationally, and the joining of these two organizations is one way for us all to grow together,” said Burke. “Two additional areas of growth are to increase member diversity and expand our mentoring program by making it available to businesses and other organizations interested in a turn-key solution.

 

A Dec. 2017 survey conducted by TeamWomenMN reveals the majority of the organization’s members (83 percent) joined the organization to expand their networks, 32 percent joined to become a mentor or mentee and nearly 20 percent joined for the purpose of seeking job assistance. In addition, 63 percent of members take advantage of the organization’s networking events, 68 percent attend Power Luncheons and 50 percent attend the annual leadership conference. This year the leadership conference will be held on  Friday, May 11, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, located at 2100 Killebrew Drive in Bloomington.

 

For more information about TeamWomenMN, go to http://www.teamwomenmn.org.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information or to arrange an interview with Katy Burke, Team Women’s Executive Director, please contact Rachel M. Anderson, Publicist, TeamWomenMN at 952-240-2513 or rachel@rmapublicity.com.

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By Angela Lurie | Senior Regional Vice President, Robert Half

Mentorships engage employees in ways no other professional development initiative can. A mentor helping a new employee navigate her career in a one-on-one setting gives the mentor the chance to share her own experiences and lessons learned, all while teaching the mentee to make wise decisions and take ownership of her work. Likewise, a younger employee mentoring a more experienced coworker (referred to as reverse mentorships) in areas such as new technology can bring diverse generations together in the workplace. Recent research from Robert Half indicates that the greatest benefits of serving as a mentor are the opportunity to improve leadership skills and the internal satisfaction of helping others.

Other tactical benefits to mentorships include:

Benefits to the Mentor:

  • Improved interpersonal skills
  • Expanded professional network
  • Facilitated upkeep with industry trends

Benefits to the Mentee:

  • Improved interpersonal skills
  • Development of leadership skills
  • Achievement of goals and objectives
  • Personal resource in maneuvering new professional experiences

Benefits to the Company:

  • Increased knowledge transfer between employees
  • Furthered succession planning efforts
  • Employees motivated to pursue more professional development
  • Increased teamwork, including across departments
  • Improved employee retention

So how can you bring these benefits to your team? First, it’s important to choose your mentee carefully. It is not as simple as finding a junior member of your team and offering advice. While most traditional mentorship relationships involve a senior employee mentoring someone less experienced, it may make more sense to seek out a reverse or peer mentorship. The key is to consider who will benefit from your insights and guidance, based on their professional interests and long-term goals. Keep in mind that the right mentee may not even work in your department. Ask your colleagues for recommendations.

Another important consideration is the commitment required to make the experience positive and productive. The best way to accomplish this is to plan ahead. Schedule regular mentorship time, whether it’s a monthly lunch or standing coffee date. This commitment goes both ways, so work with your mentee to hold each other accountable. This accountability should extend beyond maintaining a meeting schedule to include following up on advice and goals.

Finally, to keep an eye on the progress of goals, it’s important to set them up front. What does your mentee hope to learn from you? What knowledge, skills and advice can you offer her? How will you measure success over time?

Mentorships are an excellent way to empower mentor and mentee alike. Learn more at the April 25 TeamWomenMN networking event, “Mentoring: What You Learn By Empowering Someone.”

To learn more about Angela’s own mentorship experiences, check out the April 25 TeamWomenMN networking event, “Mentoring: What You Learn By Empowering Someone.” Angela and three additional panelists will share their own insights and offer recommendations for embarking on your own mentorship relationship.

 

 

When you picture a mentor, what do you see? A silver-haired executive with more than his or her fair share of “war stories”? The successful, fast talking company star?

In my volunteer experiences with organizations like TeamWomenMNMentoring Monday and Baker Tilly’s GROW (Growth and Retention of Women) initiative, I’ve often seen people not pursue mentoring because they don’t believe they have the right amount of experience, time or skills to effectively guide someone in their career. The truth is, mentoring isn’t dependent upon those things.

What mentoring is (and what it isn’t)

  • Mentoring is about listening. As a mentor, it’s not your job to solve your mentee’s problems. Your role is to actively listen and help her uncover possible solutions. Brainstorm, listen, talk through different outcomes, ask questions and provide advice sparingly.
  • Being a mentor is not a full-time (or even part-time) gig. While consistent check-ins with your mentee are advisable, constant communication is not necessary – nor is it healthy! It is okay to set boundaries and not be perpetually accessible. If she wants more time or involvement than you can provide, communicate that. Have a conversation about expectations right away so you both know what to expect and neither feel overwhelmed or ignored.
  • Mentoring is not forever. Agreeing to be a mentor is not a life-long commitment. At the beginning of the relationship, it’s a good idea to discuss the length of time your mentee would like to be mentored. Twelve months is a good timeframe to start with. After a year, evaluate together if continuing the relationship for another six or twelve months would be beneficial.
  • Being a mentor doesn’t have to wait until you’re in the c-suite. Don’t have your own career completely figured out? Still climbing the corporate ladder? Made more than your share of career missteps? You might just have what it takes to be a mentor. To be an effective mentor, you don’t have to be (or act) perfect or have achieved all of your career goals. The more genuine and real you can be with your mentee by sharing the lessons you’ve learned throughout your career – both successes and failures – the deeper the connection and benefit for both of you.

Mentors play an important role in the professional lives and development of young women and, as a mentor, it can be incredibly rewarding to observe the impact you’ve had on your mentee’s career goals and aspirations.

Are you up for the challenge? I think you are.

The beginning of every new year brings a clean slate and an excitement for success yet unknown. The new year also brings along plenty of opportunities for companies to proclaim that you can find success by reading their book, joining their gym, downloading their app – the list goes on. If you are like me, the last thing I need is to add another task to my to-do list that I may or may not (most likely will not) complete. A confirmation of this are the five books sitting next to my bed that I have dog-eared in hopes to find time to one day get back to reading them.

That is why I was all in when I can across Elle Kaplan’s article, You Need to Give Up These Toxic Habits If You Want to Be Exceptionally Successful. Give up something and become successful? Yes, please. In seven simple, realistic steps, Kaplan breaks down the common bad habits that are standing in the way of your success. In reading this article and following these steps, I might be bold enough to state that you could potentially become a better person and even someone that others prefer to surround themselves with.

If you are ready to remove a few bad habits from your life in order to achieve success in the year ahead, take five minutes out of your day and reflect on these seven simple steps to a successful – and lighter – you.

“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.”

–        Benjamin Franklin

As a leader with Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures and Grand Casinos, Andrea Bolin, Corporate Director of Strategic Initiatives, strongly believes in seeking out opportunities to help diverse working groups develop, accomplish goals, and flourish in their element.  Learn how Andrea’s values, as well as Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures and Grand Casinos values, align with the work that TeamWomenMN does.

 

Andrea Bolin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-bolin-b5578141/
Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures: http://mlcorporateventures.com/
Grand Casino: https://grandcasinomn.com/

What drew you to sponsoring TeamWomenMN?

Our company values at Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures and Grand Casinos align with the work that TeamWomenMN does. TeamWomenMN is a wonderful organization to partner with. The resources, tools, and networking opportunities they offer support women across any industry.

What experiences within Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures and Grand Casinos do you provide specifically for women?

Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures and Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley have a woman networking club title ‘Women Impacting Women’ with more than 100 women in the club.  We provide networking opportunities – a lot of them coming from TeamWomenMN events, as well as sharing of information for growth and learning tools.

How does Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures and Grand Casinos support other women around them, professionally and personally?

Professional development is strongly supported through the different leadership benefits offered within the company.  Personal development is encouraged and supported through work/life balance, various wellness initiatives, and furthering growth through

What does success mean to Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures and Grand Casinos?

Success is empowering, encouraging and supporting our Associates. It’s about supporting our shareholders – the members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. It’s about ensuring a fun and entertaining experience for every Guest that enters our doors.

What are three things that you tell your staff/employees/team members to do in order to become successful?

We use a S.E.R.V.E. model here – Support, Engage, Re-Invest, Value and Empower. We are committed to continuously doing supporting our Associates through our SERVE model to help them become successful.

Any advice you would like to provide to TeamWomenMN members?

Yes! Continue to seek out opportunities to grow, never stop learning, serve others within your organization and utilize the abundance of resources TeamWomenMN has to offer.

When thinking of Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures and Grand Casinos, what do you want our members to remember and share with their friends/family/peers?

We love connecting with people and hearing their stories. We also have a wonderful networking opportunity in our National Leadership Development Conference that we hold each June. If you’re looking for a leadership development conference – this one is in your backyard! I encourage you to browse our website and join us! http://www.leadershipdevcon.com/