Each year, TeamWomen recognizes and celebrates women who make giving back to the community a top priority in ways that benefit the advancement of women, either through their work or through volunteer efforts. Get to know this year’s Community Impact Honorees that we will celebrate on October 6th at Metropolitan Ballroom & Club at our 2022 WaveMaker Awards.
Whether an individual or family needs help sorting their priorities or they’ve already defined their financial goals, Temi Carda can be of assistance. As a Financial Advisor at North Star Resource Group, she aims to create a safe space where female clients feel heard, supported, and enabled to take control of their financial lives with confidence. As a former collegiate athlete, she is passionate about empowering and supporting other young females in their communities, professions, and extracurricular activities. She volunteers with Her Next Play, focusing on developing the next generation of women leaders.
Erica Edwards, Talent Acquisition at Caribou Coffee, initially aspired to be an elementary education teacher but switched to human resources. Her experience interviewing for companies left her nervous, and she vowed never to do the same to anyone else. She walked away that day wanting to change the world, starting with a platform for people to succeed through community partnerships. You can often find Erica providing resume advice, meeting with nonprofits over coffee, and volunteering.
Lesa Fenwick is a staple in the community as the owner of Candlelight Floral, and she’s passionate about serving her community! Active within the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce, she volunteers at the local town events and participates in the Retail Committee. Every December, she participates in the Shop with a Purpose to raise funds for Interfaith Outreach & Community Partner’s Sleep-Out campaign. Lesa and her husband are proud Wayzata Lions, where they both recently won the Melvin Jones Fellow award, the highest honor in the club level. In the floral world, she is passionate about mentorship and continuing education. Lesa continues to impact the floral community by prioritizing networking and brainstorming with other florists, as well as, attending online and in-person conventions and design classes.
Kristi Kelly is a Pricing and Revenue Team manager for the Medium Law Firm Segment at Thomson Reuters. Kristi makes it a conscious effort and prioritizes involvement in our community. She is on the board for a local race, Run the Ritter, and enjoys volunteering at different races throughout the year. Taking advantage of opportunities at Thomson Reuters, Kristi volunteers at their Aspire to Lead Conference. Participating in various volunteer events and opportunities has helped her build confidence and develop professionally. Now, she appreciates giving back even more as she sees others experience the same confidence boost and growth!
Nancy Korsah is the founder, president, and CEO of Black Business Enterprises, an international nonprofit with over 3 million total members in every U.S. state and 32 countries that seeks to achieve greater societal equity by accelerating Black entrepreneurship. The African American students who defended her and her brother against racist attacks at their high school motivated her to dedicate her life to helping Black people come together. BBE was formed after she learned that people of color earn $10-12 less per hour at the bank call center where she worked. BBE’s mission is to give minority entrepreneurs access to capital and other critical resources they often lack -including financial literacy, business planning, technology, marketing, and mentorship- so they can start, grow and sustain successful businesses.