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February 19
9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST


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Medtronic Mounds View
8200 Coral Sea Street NE
Mounds View, MN 55112
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Empower Leadership Academy | Hosted by Medtronic

February 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST - FREE

This event is SOLD OUT.

This academy is open to youth identifying as female in the Medtronic and greater Twin Cities community for ages 10-18.

Developing leadership, building confidence, and strengthening resilience require education and practice. Empower Leadership Academy provides a safe and interactive environment to learn, grow, and develop.

All youth in the Medtronic and greater Twin Cities community are encouraged to join us for a journey through our four areas of focus that we use in our proprietary curriculum: confidence, leadership, resilience, and mental wellness.

Meet Our Empower Coaches

Kiara Buford | Director of Alumni Relations/NIL- University of Minnesota










Former Collegiate Gopher Basketball star,  Kiara Buford recently returned to the University of Minnesota as Director of Alumni Relations. Prior to this, she was a Behavior Interventionist at Roseville High School for nine years, helping students seek success in their high school experience by building relationships, setting goals, and developing a positive community.  In addition to her full-time career, she dedicates time as an Empower Leadership Academy and ON Point Elite Leadership Coach.


Julieta Piox | Leadership Coach and Speaker


Julieta Piox has empowered people to succeed for over 20 years. She is a leadership development professional with a solid background in, marketing and communications, change management, coaching, and training. As a Maxwell Leadership Certified Coach, Trainer, and Speaker, Julieta offers workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding personal and professional growth through the study and practical application of proven leadership methods. As the CEO of Julieta Piox Consulting, Julieta provides leadership coaching and development to individuals and teams in both English and Spanish. She delivers inspirational and dynamic keynote presentations and workshops on topics related to leadership, change management, and personal power, to different audiences and organizations.
Julieta is the founder of the Latina Youth Leadership Academy (LYLA), a non-profit leadership organization focused on developing young Latino leaders so they can thrive in their future and their communities. LYLA has three focused areas: Leadership, Mentorship, and Well-being. She is a corporate facilitator for Beyond Success, a program that offers a highly accessible pathway to personal development and allows people’s lives to be improved as they apply leadership values and principles.

Through her podcast, My Best Life Now, Julieta helps women live the life they were created for by finding their purpose, increasing their self-confidence, and learning how to utilize their personal power. The podcast is intended to share simple tips, tools, and resources that can be used right away. In 2023, Julieta was featured in Voyage Minnesota Magazine as part of their local stories on women leaders in the community.

Julieta received her MBA from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a Leadership Certificate from UCLA. She is married and has 2 daughters.


Kelly Silberman | Well-being Specialist, Medtronic – contracting through Health Source Solutions









Kelly is a well-being specialist with over 20 years of experience in corporate wellness. We’re thrilled to have her join us to help our attendees calm their bodies and minds through meditation and yoga.



Thank You To Our Sponsor!



Thank You To Our Supporter!


Refund Policy: Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 days before the event start date, except for our flagship events (Leadership Conference, WaveMaker Awards, and Empower Gala). For the flagship events, please see the event page for refund dates. 

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