TeamWomen is grateful to have so many rockstar board members and women who make up our community! This month, we’re highlighting Laura Boyd, a TeamWomen Member and Board of Directors Member who is the CEO of Leadership Delta.

Laura has over 25 years of experience working with organizations to help them develop sustainable growth. She has been a leader on executive teams for large companies, emerging companies, and non-profits, as well as a business owner. She believes Leadership is the ultimate Delta for change, strategy, and growth in an organization and is now taking her years of experience helping businesses become high-performance organizations.

Find out what she’s learned as an Empower Leadership Academy coach, the best career advice she’s ever received, and her thoughts on finding inspiration within ourselves!

Why did you join TeamWomen and what keeps you involved?

My whole career has been about networking with others, developing and coaching people, giving back, and lifting up young professionals. When I was looking at strong organizations to belong to, all of my own personal pillars lined up perfectly with TeamWomen. I stay engaged in TeamWomen because of the caliber of women professionals, the strong programs, and the ability to give back through the Empower Girls Leadership Academy.

What have you learned from being an Empower Leadership Academy coach?

I think a better way to say that is what haven’t I learned from being an academy coach? 🙂 There are 3 consistent learnings from Empower: 1) The girls in the program are smarter and more confident than I was at their age, which gives me great joy to see that the world is changing — even if it’s just a little bit. 2) People of all ages deal with the same “stuff.” If you provide the right direction, encouragement, compassion, and tools, people can succeed at any age. 3) We all have strengths and weaknesses. The more we focus on what we are good at and enjoy doing, the better leader we will be.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

I have received a lot of great advice over the years, but this one sticks with me often. Dudley Ryan, Partner of CliftonLarsonAllen, told me to stop and enjoy what I was doing before I moved onto the next thing. His reference was this: “You always get to the top of the mountain and see another higher mountain and want to climb that higher mountain. There are always going to be higher mountains, but what do you truly want to do with your life?” The highest mountain isn’t always in the best interest for me.

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired every day by people smarter than me, stronger than me, funnier than me, and more motivating than me, but I have worked very hard in recent years to be inspired by myself. I cannot rely on other people, nor compare myself to others, to inspire me. I need to be inspired by me first before I can truly value other’s perspectives. Every day I work hard on loving me. I pray that for everyone. It would make this world a better place.

Learn more about Laura’s work on Leadership Delta’s website.

Catch up with everything on TeamWomen in our weekly eBlast! This week, we gave a shout-out to Salo, a TeamWomen Silver Sponsor; launched our nomination forms for the 2020 WaveMaker Awards; recommended Brené Brown’s podcast; and revealed our NEW Virtual Villages! To check out our online events and register, click here.

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We’re honored to highlight Salo this month who is a TeamWomen Silver Sponsor! Since 2002, Salo has been connecting people, building careers and growing businesses by partnering with exceptionally skilled and seasoned leaders who find purpose and inspiration in solving today’s most difficult business challenges in HR, finance and accounting.

Learn why they’re a continued sponsor of TeamWomen; how they help women through hiring, mentoring and advocacy; and the big things happening for them in 2020 below.

What drew you to continue sponsoring TeamWomen?

Salo’s mission is connecting people to make a difference, and it aligns perfectly with what TeamWomen stands for and accomplishes. We are proud to be a company co-founded by a woman with more than 50% of women on our management team. We believe in the leadership of women, and want to do what we can in the community to help women find careers they love and build companies they’re proud of.

How does Salo support other women around them, professionally and personally?

Our business is talent, and our goal is to help individuals find happiness in their careers and lives. We support women in our business through hiring, mentoring and advocating for them. We are a company of connectors, so when we might not be the right fit, we’ll help women by connecting them to someone who can help.

What does success mean to Salo?

Did you know only 15% of employees are engaged in their work? Success to us is when this number is flipped.

What are some big things happening for Salo in 2020?

We want to continue our path to growth, while helping more companies solve complex challenges and more consultants find meaningful careers. Knowing some form of this virtual environment might be here to stay, we’re also looking at the right ways to evolve and grow our business and offerings from that perspective.

To learn more about Salo, visit their website.

Missed our eBlast on Wednesday? Get the scoop here! This week, we gave a shout-out to Eide Bailly, a TeamWomen Bronze Sponsor, and featured an article from Psychology Today about overcoming Zoom fatigue. To check out our online events and register, click here.

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We couldn’t be more grateful for the generous support from our sponsors, and this week, we want to highlight Eide Bailly who is a TeamWomen Bronze Sponsor!

By embracing change and focusing on innovative ideas, Eide Bailly has grown along with its clients to become one of the top 25 accounting firms in the nation. Find out what drew Eide Bailly to sponsoring us, as well as the initiatives they’re implementing to improve the advancement of women.

What drew you to sponsoring TeamWomen?

Eide Bailly believes in empowering and providing opportunities for all staff. Providing specific opportunities for networking and education for women is especially important. We encourage all staff to participate in organizations that inspire and motivate them. Sponsoring and attending TeamWomen events allow us to support an organization whose values align with ours, and it provides an additional opportunity for our staff to become involved with an organization that focuses on women’s success and growth. TeamWomen believes that we need more women in leadership, and they work to make this happen by providing leadership skills, mentoring, and support to women around the Twin Cities. Eide Bailly is honored to be a supporter of TeamWomen!

What experiences within Eide Bailly do you provide specifically for women?

Eide Bailly has an ongoing-staff moral boosting initiative for women; this initiative is referred to as First Focus. This group was set forth to improve the advancement of women as directed in the Firm’s Strategic Plan. The Committee defines this as enabling the retention of identified future female leaders; focusing on both retention and advancement for high performing females; and ensuring career opportunities for women that parallel those of men in the Firm. One portion of the Initiative is the Focus Forums. The Focus Forums’ target audience is female senior associates and first-year managers whose work focus is assurance, tax, and business consulting. Forums occur in a 5-session sequence held every 6 to 8 weeks. Attendance is voluntary but strongly recommended. Simple pre-work may be expected. Ground rules stress that the session is a safe zone and discussion during the session is confidential. What is shared with others outside the Forums is a broad summary of the outcomes and “ah-ha” moments. An additional program is provided for female managers and senior managers with 2-plus years of experience in the Firm and who have the potential and desire to serve in leadership roles in the Firm; this program is referred to as the Women’s Leadership Boot Camp. This 3-day program has multiple outcomes, some of which are as follows:

  • Increase personal understanding of the business of public accounting through robust discussions of topics that include the leverage model, the Firm’s long-range plan and strategies, the importance of business development, increasing self- and organizational awareness, and more.
  • Develop skills that enable high-performing women to gain visibility and recognition in the Firm.
  • Encourage demonstration of leadership ability.
  • Provide access/visibility to top-level leadership.

The women of our Firm attend many other great women-focused conferences and events throughout the year. Some being TeamWomen’s Leadership Conference, Women in Business conferences throughout the Twin Cities, and Minneapolis Women’s Leadership Summit.

What are 3 things (serious or fun) that separate you from other companies within your industry?

As a top 25 CPA firm in the nation, Eide Bailly has a lot to offer its employees. Good benefit packages, rewarding careers, and competitive pay is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the Firm has to offer their employees.

We feel the things that set us apart from other companies within our industry are our culture, the trusted business advisor relationship we have with our clients, and the team environment we build within. With a strong culture that highlights trust, support, respect, and integrity, Eide Bailly truly supports its employees’ careers and goals.

How is Eide Bailly persevering during this time of change?

The last several weeks and months have been uncharted territory for so many – for our staff and for our clients. We continue to create meaningful and useful content for our clients and the public to ensure they stay educated on important topics during this time.

To learn more about Eide Bailly, visit their website.

Don’t forget — we have a weekly eBlast to keep you updated on everything happening at TeamWomen, as well as resources on leveling up your professional career! Check it out here. This week, we rolled out our new COVID Relief Membership, announced our FREE partner event with Global Minnesota, and featured an article from Salo on how you can help your employees during this stressful time. To check out our online events and register, click here.

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As TeamWomen continues to grow and reach professionals across the Twin Cities, we couldn’t be more grateful for our sponsor Grey Search + Strategy!

Grey Search + Strategy is a strategic search and consulting firm built on a singular idea for delivering better recruiting results. With 60+ years of combined experience in search strategy, recruiting, and team-building, they’ve built a breakthrough brand on offering more strategic, long-term focused solutions to matching talent with opportunities. Driven by a passion for understanding unique challenges and discovering unique talent, they bring the two together for extraordinary results. Find out what drew the owners, Alissa and Lucas Henriksen, to sponsoring TeamWomen and how they support women while giving back.

What drew you to sponsoring TeamWomen?

We’ve always been proponents of supporting women. Lucas and I were both raised by strong, independent women. So, it was never a question that this would not be a focus for us. TeamWomen does an amazing job of lifting up women, giving them an opportunity to grow and shine, providing education and tools to be their best self, and to go after it!

What experiences within Grey Search + Strategy do you provide specifically for women?

Grey Search + Strategy is an executive recruiting and recruiting consulting company. We have clients throughout the US, but with 60% headquartered in MN. We ALWAYS give women the opportunity by making sure women are included in every search we take on. We always look to bring diversity into every single search. In addition to that, we are big on giving back and supporting women-focused organizations. We not only sponsor TeamWomen, but we focus on purchasing promotional items that support women-run/owned businesses. All of our candidates that get hired by our clients get an awesome coffee launch kit. The company we support is City Girl Coffee (where proceeds go back to coffee farms that are operated by women) – owned by my friend and amazing business owner, Alyza Bohbot (Alakef). Supporting women is a big part of our ongoing mission at Grey Search + Strategy and that won’t ever change. We also have one of the best directors, Nikki Francois, at Grey Search + Strategy. Her vision and insights as a female leader are unmatched in our industry! Our HR Business Partner is Vickie Skala. She brings years of expertise and HR strategy to our company. We are proud to have such powerful female leaders. It definitely leaves Lucas outnumbered…but that’s okay!

Grey Search is also the platinum sponsor for the Women in Business events put on by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. We’ve been doing this for over 5 years and have loved watching the attendance go from 90 to over 300 in 2019!

What are 3 things (serious or fun) that separate you from other companies within your industry?

Number one – we CARE. We go above and beyond for our clients and our candidates to make sure they have the most incredible experience. It is our job to make sure our service is top-notch and we take it very seriously. One of the number one things our clients say is that we are extremely flexible. We are a retained firm, but we are flexible in our approach. Every client we work with is more than happy and has provided testimonials to our work.

Number two – we visit every single client to make sure we understand their business and culture and we do this more than once…AND this is our expense. Not our clients. We do this before taking on a search. Our clients are giving us a big responsibility to find the best talent that matches their culture and needs, and the only way you can determine a fit is by physically being onsite and getting to know the team(s). It is our job to also go beyond the black and white of resumes – we go deeper to make sure we understand the candidate’s story. Understanding a candidate’s story and physically being on-site allows you to find a culture fit.

Number three – we guarantee we will pay back our retainer within the first 60 days if we aren’t hitting the mark. We are a retained firm, but we also guarantee that if our partnership is not meant to be, we care more about our reputation and will give back the money. Have we ever had to do that…NO! We are proud of that statistic!

What are some big things happening for your company in 2020?

We are bringing on a new senior recruiting partner that has a pretty amazing background in IT (mid-level to executive-level recruiting). IT recruiting is an area our clients have been begging us to support, and we now can say we will as we never wanted to take something on that wasn’t in our wheelhouse. Our new addition has not been announced yet, but we can’t wait to go public! YEA!!

We are also in the process of finalizing the plans for our new office space. The buildout will take a bit of time, but it’s super exciting and speaks to our brand! We can’t wait to invite you all in for the grand opening of our new space. It will be a celebration with free giveaways, networking, and pure appreciation and thanks for all of those that have supported us along the way.

Lastly, we will be launching our recruiting playbooks. This playbook will take companies to the next level when it comes to being proactive in their recruiting approach. This gets companies thinking about what they need to do before, during, and after they have a position to fill. This playbook started out as a pilot and went into full force with a nationally recognized brand in 2019 – Schwan’s! The book was customized for Schwan’s, but the generic book will be something other companies can have access to going forward. You want it customized? We can do that too! The book and our virtual or on-site training increases applicant flow and hires.

We could not be more thankful for the support and opportunity to be part of the TeamWomen family! This is truly a wonderful organization!

Don’t miss Grey Search + Strategy’s virtual talk with us on April 17th as Alissa and Lucas talk about prepping for virtual interviews! To register and learn more, click here.

If you missed our eBlast on Wednesday, you can get the scoop here! From conquering your next virtual interview to getting tips on staying healthy during trying times, TeamWomen has several virtual events and livestreams to keep you busy. Here’s what attendees have been saying about them:

“The Virtual TeamWomen Talks and Energy Huddles have been a lifeline for me during this stay-at-home time.” —Livestream Attendee

“Just a note to tell you how awesome I thought your Virtual TeamWomen Talks was today! People are looking for that positive, resilient message right now…It was such an amazing representation of TeamWomen and its brand. Loved your first webinar…So cool!” —Sue K.

To check out our online events and register, click here.

We’ve also started a new “Resources Corner” in each eBlast with important links on health and wellness, leadership development, financial services, your career, and parenting. Want to stay up-to-date on all things with TeamWomen? Subscribe to our weekly eBlast.

We’re gearing up for our event on March 12th with Pam Borton, so don’t forget to grab your ticket! In honor of this leadership development experience, we’re highlighting Frandsen Bank & Trust, a featured sponsor who will join us during this special night. Frandsen is a $2 billion community banking organization with 35 locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota.

Karen Brekke, their Chief Administrative Officer, recently shed light on the organization with us. Karen began working for the Frandsen organization in 1992 as a Customer Service Representative. Fast forward 28 amazing years and she is now Frandsen’s Chief Administrative Officer and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. Karen was recognized in 2013 as a Rising Star in Banking by Northwestern Financial Review.

What drew you to sponsoring TeamWomen?

When asked if we were interested in sponsorship of this event, it was a quick yes! We believe in what TeamWomen is doing to champion the personal and professional lives of women. There are so many women doing incredible things, and through TeamWomen events, these experiences serve to inspire, give confidence, and grow creativity.

What experiences within Frandsen do you provide specifically for women?

We have approximately 500 employees in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, and an incredible 70% are women. We firmly support the growth and development of women. As women’s leadership and networking groups continue to emerge in the tri-state area that we serve, we strongly encourage membership and participation. Additionally, we believe in the power of mentors both internally and externally for personal, professional, and leadership development.

What are three things that separate you from other companies within your industry?

  1. Frandsen Bank & Trust founder Dennis Frandsen, through his Frandsen Family Foundation, provides full two-year scholarships to a technical or community college to every graduating senior from two rural high schools in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. The participation rate at some of the schools is nearly 100 percent.
  2. We have been recognized the last four years by the Minnesota Bankers Association as Community Champions for our commitment to the communities we serve through financial support, employee volunteer hours, and financial education.
  3. In conjunction with KSTC/Prep45, we sponsored the #FrandsenForward, Banking on Students and Communities campaign, providing grant opportunities for Minnesota schools to enhance academic, extracurricular, or community programs. Of the Minnesota schools, 112 applied for our six grant opportunities, which will be awarded throughout the State Boys’ High School Hockey tournament.

What are some of the big things happening for your company in 2020?

  1. We acquired People’s Bank Midwest in 2019 and look forward to working with this incredible banking organization in 2020.
  2. We are focused on our continued work of deepening and growing our Frandsen Way Corporate Culture to the benefit of our employees, customers, and communities.

To get tickets to Developing Resilience & Mental Toughness in the Workplace on March 12th, click here.

TeamWomen is grateful to have so many rockstar board members and women who make up our community. This month, we’re highlighting TeamWomen Member and Board of Directors Member Cecilia Stanton Adams! Cecilia is most known for her track record as an accomplished educator and diversity thought leader. She most recently became Allianz Life’s new Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, where she focuses on developing comprehensive diversity and inclusion initiatives. Prior to that, she was CEO of the Stanton Adam Diversity Institute, where she provided services to improve strategic workforce planning, recruiting and retention, cultural competence, and more. Find out what keeps her involved with TeamWomen, what inspires her, and the best career advice she’s ever received below.

Why did you join TeamWomen and what keeps you involved?

I’m originally from New York so when I moved to Minnesota it was difficult to find professional women to connect with and build relationships. On several occasions, I was invited to attend TeamWomen events by both Patty Sagert and Katy Burke. I really enjoyed my experience from the start. What stood out the most and continues to make me want to come back is the sense of inclusion that you feel being a part of the TeamWomen family.

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by my grandmother. She migrated from Honduras in order to find opportunities for her family. I’ve always thought that was such a brave thing to do, especially since she did it with my five-year-old mother in tow. I am, to this day, so inspired that she took those first brave steps and I know she would be proud to see all of what her family has accomplished as a result.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I’ve ever received was when I was encouraged to leave my community and venture out to other states, even if there weren’t very many people that looked like me or came from my same background. At first, I thought that advice was crazy, but I took it. As a result, I have experienced far more opportunities than if I would have stayed within my comfort zone.

What do you do for fun?

I love to hang out with my family, two dogs, Danny and Scrappy, and cat, Lucy.

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

Mentor another girl or woman. It’s easy to think “I don’t have anything to pass on,” but we all do. We only get better when we share what we know!