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(Minneapolis – October 23, 2020) – As women of all ages seek additional support and community to navigate COVID-19, there’s one Minnesota-based non-profit organization rising to the challenge. TeamWomen, a professional development group and its sister organization, Empower Leadership Academy, a group devoted to cultivating the future generations of female leaders, has experienced an increase in involvement from corporations, sponsors and participants.

As a result, TeamWomen announces the addition of two team members to support its growth:

  • Jen Huber, Interim Director of Outreach | Empower Leadership Academy. Huber brings more than 14 years of experience with multiple leadership roles at Dale Carnegie Training and will focus on developing and expanding opportunities for Empower Leadership Academy.
  • Jodi Vannett, Grant Writer. A non-profit veteran, Vannett will be instrumental in securing grants for TeamWomen operations and programs.

“This year has been extremely difficult for many, but it’s also been an important time for women to realize the power of their personal and professional networks. This is where TeamWomen shines,” said Katy Burke, TeamWomen Executive Director. “Throughout the pandemic, we’ve received national interest and participation in the hybrid and virtual programs we offer that allow women and girls to connect, grow and be inspired. As we build our plan for 2021 and continue to position ourselves for growth, Jen and Jodi are imperative to help diversify and expand our operations.”

TeamWomen and its sister organization, Empower Leadership Academy, both rally around a common mission of helping girls and women rise together. Both groups offer holistic programming focused on mental wellness, resilience, confidence and leadership.

Both TeamWomen and Empower Leadership Academy were the brainchild of Pam Borton, ICF senior executive coach and winningest coach at the University of Minnesota Women’s Golden Gopher basketball program.

TeamWomen, co-founded in 2012 by Borton and Twin Cities attorney Linda Hopkins, encourages and supports women in reaching their full potential through mentoring, educational programs and networking opportunities. In 2015, Borton leveraged her real experience, certifications in emotional intelligence, positive psychology and wellbeing and launched Empower Leadership Academy. The curriculum and content was developed with a unique emphasis on providing tools to develop all competencies of leadership skills and social and emotional learning for girls in grades 5 through 12 with group academies and one-on-one training.

TeamWomen boasts a membership of more than 600 and has impacted more than 12,000 professional women through its programs. Empower Leadership Academy has positively impacted the lives of more than 1,525 girls in grades 5 through 12.

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ABOUT TEAMWOMEN

TeamWomen and its sister organization, Empower Leadership Academy, is a Minnesota-based non-profit organization with a mission is to “Inspire Women to Rise Together.” The group is guided by its three pillars of Leadership Development, Mentoring and Youth Empowerment. Founded in 2012, TeamWomen has grown to more than 600 members. Visit teamwomenmn.org or empowergirlsacademy.org to learn more.

Meet Lisa Beth Lentini, CEO and Founder of Lumen Worldwide Endeavors, who is also a TeamWomen 2020 Leadership Conference Sponsor and TeamWomen Member! Lisa Beth has led award-winning global, legal and compliance departments within large public and private companies. She masterfully aligns resources for efficiency and helps boards further strategic initiatives while mitigating risks. With extensive knowledge in corporate governance, she’s served as Corporate Secretary for multiple organizations, along with leading all aspects of M&A including due diligence, negotiating, documenting and leading the post-integration matters for dozens of deals.

Read more as she shares what drew her to sponsoring TeamWomen, her best career advice and how Lumen Worldwide Endeavors is pivoting during this time of change.

What drew you to sponsoring TeamWomen?

I was originally introduced to TeamWomen by a good friend of mine. As I was finding ways to connect and foster the leadership and development I wanted to see in our community, for leaders of all ages and stages, TeamWomen presented such a compelling approach that I felt the need to be part of that story. So, I volunteered on the steering committee for the conference and joined as a sponsor. When identifying places to focus my time, talents and treasure, TeamWomen aligned nicely with the values that Lumen espouses.

What are 3 things that separate Lumen Worldwide Endeavors from other companies within your industry?

What does Lumen mean? A Lumen is a measure of brightness and it has been said that sunlight is the greatest disinfectant. We chose Lumen as our name because we wanted to illuminate a path towards better decisions for corporations, specifically compliance and risk professionals.

Lumen Worldwide Endeavors is the only firm of its kind that combines the broad range of compliance, ethics and corporate governance experience with skilled coaching. We build programs to last because they are holistic and focus not only on the WHAT (the subject matter expertise) but on the HOW (through an emotional intelligence focus for people).

Lumen Worldwide Endeavors is about smart risk decision-making through our pragmatic, proactive, pro-business approach. While we can completely geek out on the technical aspects of our field, we really like being useful in setting up frameworks to enable better decisions and then watching our clients thrive.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

The best career advice I have ever received: “Never count yourself out and never give up.” Your chances of getting that opportunity you never try for are zero…but even if the chances are slight, you still have a shot if you just persevere.

Who or what inspires you?

I’m inspired by people who survive challenges and change, and then give back; the entrepreneurs who grow and develop through the years, the professionals who give their talents in service of others, the executives who sent the elevator back down to give opportunities, and those who mentor others along the way.

How is Lumen Worldwide Endeavors pivoting during this time of change?

We are really enjoying this time of change because we have been able to spend time investing in the business. The issues we are seeing are timeless, but the “Great Pause” is starting to dramatically show what is important — both from a compliance perspective but also from a human well-being perspective.

Learn more about Lumen Worldwide Endeavors on their website.

TeamWomen is grateful to have so many rockstar board members and women who make up our community! This month, we’re highlighting Laura Boyd, a TeamWomen Member and Board of Directors Member who is the CEO of Leadership Delta.

Laura has over 25 years of experience working with organizations to help them develop sustainable growth. She has been a leader on executive teams for large companies, emerging companies, and non-profits, as well as a business owner. She believes Leadership is the ultimate Delta for change, strategy, and growth in an organization and is now taking her years of experience helping businesses become high-performance organizations.

Find out what she’s learned as an Empower Leadership Academy coach, the best career advice she’s ever received, and her thoughts on finding inspiration within ourselves!

Why did you join TeamWomen and what keeps you involved?

My whole career has been about networking with others, developing and coaching people, giving back, and lifting up young professionals. When I was looking at strong organizations to belong to, all of my own personal pillars lined up perfectly with TeamWomen. I stay engaged in TeamWomen because of the caliber of women professionals, the strong programs, and the ability to give back through the Empower Girls Leadership Academy.

What have you learned from being an Empower Leadership Academy coach?

I think a better way to say that is what haven’t I learned from being an academy coach? 🙂 There are 3 consistent learnings from Empower: 1) The girls in the program are smarter and more confident than I was at their age, which gives me great joy to see that the world is changing — even if it’s just a little bit. 2) People of all ages deal with the same “stuff.” If you provide the right direction, encouragement, compassion, and tools, people can succeed at any age. 3) We all have strengths and weaknesses. The more we focus on what we are good at and enjoy doing, the better leader we will be.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

I have received a lot of great advice over the years, but this one sticks with me often. Dudley Ryan, Partner of CliftonLarsonAllen, told me to stop and enjoy what I was doing before I moved onto the next thing. His reference was this: “You always get to the top of the mountain and see another higher mountain and want to climb that higher mountain. There are always going to be higher mountains, but what do you truly want to do with your life?” The highest mountain isn’t always in the best interest for me.

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired every day by people smarter than me, stronger than me, funnier than me, and more motivating than me, but I have worked very hard in recent years to be inspired by myself. I cannot rely on other people, nor compare myself to others, to inspire me. I need to be inspired by me first before I can truly value other’s perspectives. Every day I work hard on loving me. I pray that for everyone. It would make this world a better place.

Learn more about Laura’s work on Leadership Delta’s website.

Catch up with everything on TeamWomen in our weekly eBlast! This week, we gave a shout-out to Salo, a TeamWomen Silver Sponsor; launched our nomination forms for the 2020 WaveMaker Awards; recommended Brené Brown’s podcast; and revealed our NEW Virtual Villages! To check out our online events and register, click here.

Stay up-to-date with all things on TeamWomen by subscribing to our weekly eBlast here!

Missed our eBlast on Wednesday? Get the scoop here! This week, we gave a shout-out to Eide Bailly, a TeamWomen Bronze Sponsor, and featured an article from Psychology Today about overcoming Zoom fatigue. To check out our online events and register, click here.

Stay up-to-date with all things on TeamWomen by subscribing to our weekly eBlast here!

Don’t forget — we have a weekly eBlast to keep you updated on everything happening at TeamWomen, as well as resources on leveling up your professional career! Check it out here. This week, we rolled out our new COVID Relief Membership, announced our FREE partner event with Global Minnesota, and featured an article from Salo on how you can help your employees during this stressful time. To check out our online events and register, click here.

Stay up-to-date with all things on TeamWomen by subscribing to our weekly eBlast here!