(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/

 

 

Lindi Dillon is the owner of Fleurish, providing customized gifts for personal and corporate needs for 15 years.

At Fleurish, they design unique baskets that add delight — and deliciousness — to any occasion, including birthdays, showers, graduations, and so much more. In 2013, they moved their retail location to Excelsior, Minnesota where they feature their full line of personalized stationery and giftware, invitations, and an extensive line of gifts, award-winning gourmet foods and tableware.

Learn what drew Lindi to TeamWomenMN, how she feels women can help other women, and what she attributes to her success!

What drew you to TeamWomenMN?

I was drawn to TeamWomenMN because I was interested in finding a group of women that support each other in the Twin Cities. I wanted to be able to meet new people and network with them by listening to their stories about their business life and how it is woven into their personal life. I feel that balance is a constant challenge for women and I find it inspiring to hear the stories of members.

What experiences have you had within the organization?

Specifically, I have been involved with networking meetings, the speaker luncheons, and the all-day conference. These events have provided me with leadership examples and the friendship of other successful women.

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

Women can support other women by being opening to listening and sharing experiences with each other. Finding commonality goes a long way and women’s perspective on business and life is something I have always valued back to my days at St. Kate’s!

What does success mean to you?

Success to me is your reputation, who you are and what you stand for- it’s what you have if everything else should go away. You need to be able to look in the mirror and like what you see!

What are three things you attribute your success to?

The three things I attribute my success to is hard work, taking risks and solving problems. Owning a business requires these elements to grow and move forward. It means building a retail brand with loyal customers, great suppliers and stellar employees.

If you could change one thing in your professional career (past/present), what would you change?

If I could change one part of my career it would be to have a crystal ball surrounding the current challenges of retail. There are many forces coming at a small business and knowing how to adapt to the ever-changing environment would be oh so helpful.

Positivity is a trait everyone strives for, right? But when it really comes down to it, is it a trait that’s actually highly regarded in the business world? Or is it the mental toughness of seeing possible downfalls that make someone a more critical thinker? Naturally, both are important. If we only saw negative possibilities, no one ever would start new companies. Then again if we only acknowledged the silver lining and didn’t take into account the real, potentially negative possibilities, we wouldn’t have wise business practices. All in all, it’s a delicate balance.

I am a “half glass full” kind of person by default, but I also naturally analyze possible negative outcomes – so I can determine better methods to achieve goals. A beloved soul who encouraged positivity and self/external reflection was Zig Ziglar. No longer with us, Zig had many inspiring anecdotes. Take a minute to scroll through insights that can benefit you today — these might bring the breakthrough you’ve been needing in your mindset!

“If you wait until all the lights are “green” before you leave home, you’ll never get started on your trip to the top.”

https://www.positivityblog.com/zig-ziglar/

 

Kim InsleyKim Insley is a multi-media journalist with more than 30 years in the business, and multiple awards in producing, reporting and anchoring, most of which as co-anchor of KARE-11’s Sunrise program. In her work Kim has covered everything from natural disasters to presidential candidates to the pope. Kim is a mentor to both young professionals as well as high school students through her work with the Minnetonka School District Vantage program. Kim is excited to announce she has launched a new venture that will not only continue to support young people with their dreams, but also actively help organization share their stories and ideas for moving our community forward.

What drew you to TeamWomenMN?

What drew me to TeamWomenMN was the team behind it – including, of course, Pam Borton. I had the pleasure of interviewing her in recent months on KARE11. She is so dynamic and level-headed. Learning more about this organization supporting women in their careers made it a no-brainer to get involved.

What have been your experiences with TeamWomenMN?

I’m a newbie to TeamWomenMN, so my experiences are limited to just one luncheon, which I was honored to be a part of. Our guest speakers were generous with their time and their knowledge. Penny Wheeler of Allina and Shari Ballard of Best Buy are quite a team themselves. I already have my tickets to the Nov. 29th Power Luncheon with Marcia Ballinger and Lars Leafblad and I can’t wait! I’ve also had the pleasure of a bit of the behind the scenes operation, getting to know executive director Katy Burke – a powerhouse of energy, commitment and so much fun!

What can women do to support each other?

Mentor a younger colleague. If your company has an internship program, get involved with it. I loved working with interns – not just setting an example, but taking an interest in their career goals. Are you mid or late career? You have lots of contacts. Connect the women you know so they can expand their own network. At the office, have each other’s back, don’t talk behind backs. A successful woman is not a threat – she is at the very least someone you can learn from. At best, an ally. When you feel alone, or stalled out in your career, another woman might have the insight you need to move past that. Women can do so much more to support each other!

What does success mean to you?

Success, to me, is being happy and passionate about what you are doing. I’ve seen people at the very top of their profession who have no passion for their jobs, who have no joy in their lives. Who wants to live like that? Bear in mind success might change over time. What got your motor racing at age 25 might be different by the time you hit 45. Be open to change, and pay attention to your gut. If you don’t feel fulfilled in your job, find out why. Can you change it? Should you try something else altogether? Give yourself permission to be happy in what you do. That is true success.

What are three things you attribute your success to?

I have never let myself be defined by others. I realize many people have an opinion of me but I know myself pretty well.
I have a strong work ethic. If I say I’m going to do something, I do it. Being a life long learner. I have had to change my skillset many times over my career as technology and attitudes have changed over what people want from their news. It keeps me engaged. There are many, many things that have helped me over the years. It’s hard to choose only three!

If you could change one thing about your career, what would it be?

I have been extremely blessed in my career so far. Although, not everything has gone perfectly. If I could change one thing it would be to have paid more attention when I was younger – I think I assumed I knew far more than I did. That cockiness can be helpful, but a little humility goes a long way.

What is one piece of advice you have for our TeamWomenMN members?

Advice for all of us – get out there! Don’t be afraid to meet new people. Learn something about someone in a field that is not your own. You never know where it might take you!

We’re privileged to highlight TeamWomenMN Annual Sponsor, Rasmussen College, in this month’s Sponsor Spotlight. Patty Sagert talks about what drew her to TeamWomenMN. She outlines the TeamWomenMN characteristics that are in direct alignment those at Rasmussen College which makes it easy to understand why Rasmussen College would sponsor and support TeamWomenMN.

What drew you to sponsoring TeamWomenMN?

When I first learned about TeamWomenMN four years ago, I was drawn to the organization because it was a non-profit built by women for women. It’s focus on providing resources and mentoring to empower women of all generations resonated with me. The mission of the organization aligns well with the Rasmussen College mission to empower our students, faculty, and staff to exceed expectations and enrich the community.

What experiences within Rasmussen College do you provide specifically for women?

Rasmussen College is run under the guidance of many strong female leaders; our current president, Dr. Trenda Boyum-Breen being one of them. At Rasmussen College, women are encouraged to be leaders in their fields. Every year we host a Women’s Leadership Networking Breakfast where students, faculty and community members engage in inspiring discussions and share useful resources. Additionally, with over half of our student population being female and many of them mothers, we know they are busy balancing their homes and careers. Our learning models, including flexible online and now competency-based education courses, are conducive to people with busy schedules that need flexible options.

How do the students at Rasmussen College support other women around them, professionally and personally?

The Rasmussen College mission is dedicated to supporting lifelong learners and working to meet the evolving needs of our diverse communities. This dedication is reflected in our culture and can be seen across our interactions. Students are encouraged to support each other and help others achieve their educational and professional goals. We offer the Rasmussen College Change a Life Scholarship where students can nominate someone in their life to encourage them to pursue their dreams and achieve a college degree. We see women encouraging other important women in their lives to pursue an education and ultimately with the help of the scholarship, achieve their dreams.

What does success mean to Rasmussen College?

At Rasmussen College, success means helping our students channel their passions into a profession they will enjoy and excel at. Success means equipping our students to be contributing members to our diverse communities.

What are three things that you tell your students to do in order to become successful?

In order to be successful, I tell my students to first and foremost be committed to their studies and have grit. Secondly, always have a good plan B and C. There are going to be a lot of great big things that happen in life, but there are also going to be unexpected roadblocks. It is important to always look ahead and prepare. Finally, your experience is what you make it. Engage with instructors and interact with your peers. With a positive growth mindset, you can be successful.

Any advice you would like to provide to TeamWomenMN members?

Similar to the advice I tell my students, the experience with TeamWomenMN is what you make of it. Maximize your membership and engage with your fellow members. Always be willing to learn from those around you and utilize the resources in front of you. Finally, be present and soak up all of your experiences with TeamWomenMN.

When thinking of Rasmussen College, what do you want our members to remember and share with their friends/family/peers?

Rasmussen College is dedicated to breaking down barriers and making a college education accessible to all. We support all students, including adult learners, by providing a student centric, flexible and supportive environment. Rasmussen College believes in the importance of preparing students to navigate and thrive in our increasingly digital economy. Our female students are encouraged to pursue traditionally male dominated fields such as data analytics, criminal justice, and business management.

Learn more about Rasmussen College here: http://www.rasmussen.edu/
Learn more about Patty Sagert, Blaine Campus Director | Operations Director | Services Director | TeamWomenMN Board of Directors | TeamWomenMN Strategic Planning Chair  by viewing her LinkedIn profile here:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/pattysagert/