(Minneapolis – Sept. 10) — TeamWomen has just announced the finalists for its annual WaveMaker Awards, which serves to recognize women who are pioneers in their field, and who are respected by their employers and/or peers.

The WaveMaker Awards is a program run by the Young Professionals Board of TeamWomen, a nonprofit co-founded by former University of Minnesota basketball coach Pam Borton, and Twin Cities attorney Linda Hopkins, to encourage and support women in reaching their full potential.

Awards are being given out in five categories. The nominees are as follows:

WaveMaker Award

Awarded to a woman who is making waves in her community, profession, etc., either through demonstration of an outstanding achievement, entrepreneurial spirit and initiative, or through leadership within their profession or the community.

  • Alyza Bohbot, Alakef Coffee Roasters/City Girl Coffee Co.
  • Carolyn Reginato Lane, Smartbase Solutions | Women in Digital – Twin Cities Chapter
  • Shawntan Howell, Girls Are Powerful Organization
  • Elena Imaretska, Brave New Workshop
  • Alex West-Steinman, The Coven

Uncharted Territory Award

Awarded to a woman who has excelled in a typically male-dominated profession or industry.

  • Leah Maurer, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Tessa Murry, Structure Tech
  • Diana Marianetti, Maslon Law
  • Amy Lokken, Mud Modular
  • Shefali Pai, Hennepin County

Outstanding Mentor Award

Awarded to a woman who consistently makes a profound impact on the trajectory and advancement of other women.

  • Jaime Taets, Keystone Group International
  • Amelia Reigstad, University of Minnesota
  • Cecilia Stanton Adams, Stanton Adams Consulting
  • Natalie Johnson Lee, Sisters in Power
  • Anne Pryor, Pryority Partnerships

Community Impact Award

Awarded to a woman or company/organization who makes giving back to the community a top priority in ways that benefit the advancement of women, either through their work or through volunteer efforts.

  • Bethany Iverson, The Coven
  • Emily Hunt Turner, All Square
  • Hwa Jeong Kim, Saint Paul Council
  • Shelia Dowling, Bank of America
  • Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde, City of Minneapolis

Company Champion Award

Awarded to a company or organization that has chosen to make internal women’s advancement a priority through sponsorship, mentoring programs, goalsetting, and hiring initiatives.

  • McGough Construction
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
  • General Mills
  • Hennepin County

 

TeamWomen established the WaveMaker Awards in 2015 to recognize women who demonstrate outstanding achievement, an entrepreneurial spirit, and initiative through leadership within their profession or community. The honorees serve to help the Minnesota business community, while helping women achieve their own goals. The WaveMaker nominees include both TeamWomen members and non-members who are up-and-comers with high potential in the Twin Cities community.

The winners will be announced at the WaveMaker Awards Ceremony, which will be held on Thurs., Oct. 11 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.  The event will be emceed by KARE 11 news anchor Lauren Leamanczyk, and will take place at The Minneapolis Event Centers, located at 212 2nd Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. Cost to attend is $50. RSVPs can be made online at teamwomenmn.org/wavemaker-awards-2018.

“We are excited to host the third annual WaveMaker Awards, and are thankful to be able to provide an opportunity for young female professionals to be acknowledged for their dedication to their profession and community,” said Katy Burke, Executive Director of TeamWomen.

 

ABOUT TEAMWOMEN

TeamWomen is a Minnesota-based non-profit organization with a mission is to “Inspire Women To Rise Together.”  Founded in 2012, TeamWomen has grown to nearly 500 members. Visit http://teamwomenmn.org/ to learn more.

 

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(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.