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.

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.

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.

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.

We are excited to share we have upgraded our member management system and launched NEON, a Customer Relationship Management System (CRM) that will allow us to seamlessly manage both TeamWomen and Empower Leadership Academy business operations and activity. As we enter our next phase of rapid growth, our goal remains consistent: to continuously build and enhance our infrastructure to best serve those we have the privilege of working with including our members, sponsors, partners, donors, board and committee members!

One of the best features of this new system is the added benefits we can provide our members! NEON’s Member Portal is designed to help us provide an enhanced online experience for you. To see the features available to you, simply log in to your account and look for the “What Would You Like To Do?” dropdown menu in the upper-right corner. You can update your member profile and directory listing, join a committee, become a mentor, register for events, join the TeamWomen Members Only Facebook Group, and much more.

Moving forward, new events will now be added to NEON. This means when you register for events, you’ll need to log in to the member portal to see and register for the member rate. NEON allows you to see all events you’ve attended too! Please keep in mind event registration will be a transition process for all of us as we already have events in Eventbrite (where you don’t need to log in) and will have events in NEON, where you will need to log in.

Below are instructions on how to access your member account in NEON. You’ll need to set up a new password to log in for the first time.

  1. Click this link to request a new password here.

  2. Enter your email address that is connected to your current TW membership.

  3. An email will be sent to you with a link to create a new password to the member portal. This will also include your username on the page.

  4. Once logged in, verify your information and business listing is correct.

If you have any difficulties logging in, please email Briana at briana@teamwomenmn.org. She’d be happy to help you out!

Thank you for being a part of our team!

TeamWomen Member Jennifer Mandery recently shed light on her experience in our Mentor Program and what women can gain by being mentors. Jennifer is the Sr. Director of Research for The NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education. She has over 20 years of experience working within the legal industry and is an expert in providing solution-driven research findings that are insightful, actionable, and influence business-decision making. She has co-authored multiple publications available for purchase through The NALP Foundation’s website, including reports on associate hiring and attrition, associate evaluations, mentoring, and law school alumni satisfaction and employment. Learn more about her in our Member Spotlight below!

What are the 5 things you’ve learned from being a mentor?

  • Paying it forward by giving back to the next generation of leadership is a very rewarding experience.
  • As a mentor, you will have an opportunity to reflect on your own history, growth, and achievements.
  • Being a mentor/mentee provides an excellent opportunity to expand your network and make new connections.
  • It is beneficial to hear a fresh perspective and gain additional insight from professionals in different career stages. You have more to offer than you might realize, and you will learn a lot as well.
  • Being present, listening carefully, and providing encouragement are skills we can all benefit from. If you have ever thought about being a mentor, I highly recommend it. You will not regret the experience.

Why did you join TeamWomen and what keeps you involved?

I joined TeamWomen in order to meet and be inspired by a network of women from a variety of industries. In addition to attending events such as the Annual Leadership Conference, I have enjoyed being a part of the Mentor Program and serving on the Membership Committee. I have met some truly amazing women!

Why did you decide to become a mentor?

Mentoring relationships can have a lasting positive impact on career satisfaction and success over time. TeamWomen’s Mentor Program provides me with the perfect opportunity to become more involved with the organization, meet new people, and to give back to others within my community.

Have you ever had a mentor?

I have developed, relied on and benefited from several informal professional mentoring relationships throughout the different stages of my career. I am fortunate to have had so many resources that I can depend on for excellent advice.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters, traveling, playing tennis, running and biking.

We’re honored to highlight Rachel Polson as our Member Spotlight this month! Rachel is a partner with the commercial services group of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP and has been with the firm since 1997. In 2009 and 2014, Rachel was recognized as one of the “Top Women in Finance” by Finance and Commerce, and in 2011, Rachel was recognized as one of the “Women to Watch” for Women in Business by Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. She also serves on the TeamWomen Board of Directors Executive Committee.

Have you ever had a mentor?

Yes, I have had mentors, professional coaches and other professionals as resources. As my career has progressed, the type of mentoring I have desired has also evolved. There are people who may have a certain skill for a specific situation. Leveraging their talents and experience was key for both of us to have a mutually beneficial connection and interactions.

What are the 4 things you’ve learned from being a mentor?

  • Consider your purpose as a mentor – continue to reflect on it and challenge your mentee to utilize you as the mentor in that role.
  • This is not a lifelong commitment. It’s sad when the formal connection of mentoring ends, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find new ways to support your mentee and you can stay connected in other ways.
  • I am fascinated with how motivated and brilliant people are at the beginning of their career.
  • Mentoring is not always formal. It can be the situation in the middle of the week when someone is looking for a friendly ear to listen – encourage and support them.

What is the best career advice you’ve received?

  • Ask for help! There is no reason to do it all yourself ― professionally or personally. Your family will survive if there are crumbs on the floor or if you buy takeout for dinner. Ask for carpool help from other parents.
  • Be willing to take on new projects with an understanding of the timeline and commitment. Some deadlines are flexible. Don’t be afraid to discuss the timing to ensure it is realistic and achievable.

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by hearing about women who have conquered a fear regarding a new position or project. I am motivated by seeing others succeed. I am also inspired by hearing from others’ hardships and how they have overcome them. These stories have put my own challenges or struggles in perspective, and have either encouraged me to push harder or realize my situation is not as tough or as unbearable as I perceive it to be.

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

  • Be kind. Don’t judge. Don’t be catty.
  • That woman challenging you is not your enemy. Consider their perspective. Try to understand they are coming from a place of positive intent – supporting you!
  • Listen for what the women around you aren’t saying.
  • Stand up and vocally support each other when others are being negative or unrealistic. Offer up an alternative fact pattern.

We’re honored to highlight Baker Tilly as this month’s sponsor spotlight! With more than 2,800 talented and passionate individuals strong, Baker Tilly is a top 15 full-service accounting and advisory firm with specialized professionals who connect with you and your business through refreshing candor and clear industry insight.

What drew you to sponsoring TeamWomen?

TeamWomen’s focus on providing career development and leadership opportunities for women aligns with Baker Tilly’s values. We were drawn to TeamWomen because it not only gives women a place to meet and network, but also provides training and professional development events that teach women the skills they need for the professional world. TeamWomen truly lives out their mission, supporting women to rise up together. It is a positive and welcoming organization with down-to-earth members who genuinely care about each other’s development.

How do you create a culture of prosperity and inclusion in your company?

Baker Tilly is passionate about our employees’ personal and professional development and is committed to creating an environment where every person can succeed. Achieving our vision relies on the cultivation of a diverse, engaging and inclusive environment in which exceptional people thrive. We have a group called GROW (Growth and Retention Of Women) that is made up of women leaders and acts as an advocate for the women of the firm. GROW is specifically designed to enhance the recruitment, retention, development and advancement of women by providing internal and external opportunities to network, share information, acquire skills and form rewarding professional relationships. The SOAR (Supporting Opportunity, Advancement and Recognition for all) program is another way we focus on our people. SOAR encourages and supports the evolution of a diverse, inclusive workforce with opportunity for all members to maximize their potential, create value and deliver our promise of exceptional client service with focuses on race, ethnicity and LGBT groups.

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

Our company culture sets us apart. Starting at upper-level management and the partners, there is an open and welcoming environment in our offices. Everyone wants each other to succeed and is willing to go the extra mile to help a coworker. We strive to provide exceptional service and insights to our clients each and every day to assist their business. It isn’t competitive or cut-throat, but a fun place where people enjoy their coworkers and work together as a team.

As part of our culture, we want to make sure our employees have the chance to meet people outside their teams and create non-work related friendships. We have socials, potlucks, games and other activities throughout the year that give our employees an opportunity to meet and socialize and also relieve some stress.

As part of Baker Tilly’s commitment to community, each year the firm hosts Stewardship Day. Stewardship Day is an entire workday dedicated to community service, giving and education. Firm offices from across the country volunteer at a variety of organizations that represent causes close to Baker Tilly team members and their communities. Since Stewardship Day’s inception in 2016, Baker Tilly team members across 32 cities have collectively given more than 21,000 hours of services, volunteering at more than 80 not-for-profit organizations.

What are some of the big things happening for your company in 2019?

At the beginning of December, Baker Tilly went through a complete rebrand. This included everything from the logo to the colors and everything in between. We are very excited to share our new look!

Following the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA), Baker Tilly has been in full swing educating and informing our clients of new tax laws and changes. This affects all industries and individuals and has a wide impact. Another big change we are working hard educating and informing our clients on is ASC 606, a new revenue recognition standard. This new accounting standard may impact their top line revenue reported.

Baker Tilly has had recent growth with two mergers at the end of 2018 — RGL Forensics (a multidisciplinary forensic accounting and consulting practice) headquartered in Denver, and the MRZ accounting firm, headquartered in Houston. We are excited to welcome them to our firm! Baker Tilly puts a large focus on growth, not only for our firm, but also for our people.

What is the favorite food leftover in your office?

Everyone loves pizza! Any time someone brings leftover pizza to the Baker Tilly Cafe, it normally only lasts a couple of minutes before word gets out and a crowd has formed in the cafe. Birthday cake is another big contender. Every month, to celebrate our employees’ birthdays, we serve cake in the office.

How do you connect with your alumni?

We believe staying connected to our alumni is really important. Every year we host an alumni networking social for past and present Baker Tilly employees. We update our alumni on big events and changes that happened that year for Baker Tilly and reconnect with past colleagues. It is one of the most anticipated events of the year!

What is the favorite busy season activity in your office?

Busy season (the period between January and April when accountants are super busy) can be a stressful time for our employees so we try to incorporate fun activities during this time. One of the most popular is bingo — every hour a new number gets emailed out to the office until someone wins bingo. It is a great way to add a little fun and excitement throughout a long day.

To learn more about Baker Tilly and their services, click here.

We’re honored to highlight Bank of America as this month’s sponsor spotlight! Lindsey Farrell Stampone, Senior Vice President and Market Executive for the Minnesota market, sheds light on how the company invests in women and supports the community around them. She is responsible for leading Relationship Managers in Minnesota and the Dakotas markets to deliver the full breadth of banking solutions to companies under $50 million.

What is considered the best day of the year at your company?

It’s hard to choose one, but my favorite days are tied to the community. November 28, 2018 was a pretty spectacular day as Bank of America pledged $1 million to support the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s RiverFirst campaign. This initiative will develop riverfront parks and trails on both sides of the Mississippi River from downtown Minneapolis to the northern city limits. My other favorite days are Habitat Global Build, a week-long initiative to build affordable housing and engage in other community projects around the world, as well as celebrating our annual Neighborhood Builders awardee. Habitat Global Build week is a testament to the dedication of our volunteers who roll up their sleeves alongside working families and community partners to create secure, affordable housing for those in need in the Twin Cities. Each Neighborhood Builder awardee receives $200,000 in flexible funding, leadership development for an executive director and an emerging leader at the organization, and the opportunity to connect to a network of peer organizations and access capital.

What experiences within Bank of America do you provide specifically for women?

LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy, and Development) for Women is our largest employee network with more than 26,000 members. LEAD is dedicated to promoting professional women’s development to help grow, attract, and retain successful women throughout Bank of America. We provide women with leadership, development, and career broadening opportunities and tools through a variety of means including information and education, advocacy, and networking.

Power of 10 at Bank of America is a grassroots effort where groups of 10 women in any line of business, cohort, or region can get together to discuss issues, experiences, challenges, and/or books and articles that speak to them. It’s a way to find a support network and has recently been granted a gold award in the Brandon Hall Human Capital Excellence Award for “Best Advance in Women Leadership Development.” Personally, I have benefitted from finding lifelong sponsors and mentors through this group of women while encouraging courageous conversations. My Power of 10 drives me to achieve.

How does Bank of America support other women around them, professionally and personally?

Investing in women is a key focus at Bank of America. We have a strong representation of women at all levels of our organization, and our support of women is evident in the resources we have that focus on bringing female talent to our company, developing our employees, and supporting the economic empowerment of women around the world. We partner with universities and other organizations around the world to recruit diverse talent, and offer many career development programs and events including our Global Women’s Conference, Women’s Executive Development Program, and Women’s Next Level Leadership Program. Further, we advance women’s economic opportunity and empowerment through many programs such as Women and Wealth through U.S. Trust, Supplier Diversity Program, NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners), and many more. Personally, we have the LEAD employee network, offer 16 weeks of paid parental leave, and have programs to help with child care, adult care, adoption support, as well as other employee benefits. My division specifically had two offsite programs this year specifically dedicated to the development of women where we heard from an executive coach on presentation power and emotional intelligence, as well as from many outstanding successful women.

What does success mean to Bank of America?

It means living our values of delivering together, acting responsibly, realizing the power of our people and trusting the team, growing responsibly, and delivering our purpose to help make financial lives better through the power of every connection.

To learn more about Bank of America and their services, click here.

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/