April 19, 2013
Brad von Bank and Kristin Pardue
Co-founders of Rêve Consulting and Rêve Academy
Our April speakers will attempt to answer the question What on earth makes a husband and wife decide to become business partners?
Kristin and Brad are the first husband and wife speakers to share their story(s) at the breakfast. As if their lives aren't busy enough as parents, they founded a new breed of strategy consultancy called Rêve Consulting in 2009. And, simultaneously, they co-created Rêve Academy: a North Minneapolis non-profit that helps middle school students dream up, design and develop their own website.
March 15, 2013
Senior HR Executive & Global Philanthropist
Our March speaker is the type of dynamic leader you want to ask: "So where have you been lately?"
Walter T. Chesley is a veteran Twin Cities executive educated at Boston University and American University Washington College of Law. That's the least interesting part of his story. Every step on the ladder of his career is filled with aggressive growth at Universal Hospital Services, Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota and Ceridian.
February 15, 2013
Inventor and President HANDy Paint Pail Products
Our kick-off speaker for 2013 is the guy who makes you say: "Why didn't I think of that?"
Mark Bergman is the guy next door, who just happens to be an exceptional family man, generous philanthropist and courageous inventor who turned the painting industry upside down. In the late 90s, he put a duct tape strap on an old coffee can, and found the magic formula into the billion dollar of Do-it-Yourself home improvement market. Today, his Chanhassen-based business, employs two of his adult children and ships HANDy Paint Pail products all over the world. Good Leadership Breakfast veterans will know Mark as the man behind the Bucket of Good Will.
November 9, 2012
Founder and CEO, CaringBridge
Why we are better together: my journey connecting families with my love of technology
Today, its difficult to find anyone who has NOT been a participant in the CaringBridge experience – providing support and encouragement for loved ones who need healing. In her own words, "CaringBridge provides a sacred space for sensitive and important conversations," when people need them most. Her own journey as a mid-career entrepreneur and an empty-nester parent is highly chronicled in technology and business media. We look forward to hearing about why she believes "We are Better Together" as the final speaker in the 2012 Fall Good Leadership Breakfast Series.
October 19, 2012
VP & Chief Counsel Employment Law, Medtronic
Finding common ground in cross-cultural diversity: my journey from childhood in Mississippi to Medtronic
Our October speaker is a courageous public company corporate executive who is not afraid to ask the question: "how can we allow religious beliefs to positively impact a workplace, without trying to convert people?" Michelle Miller is a wise and seasoned executive, with beliefs shaped early in life by an agricultural family in Mississippi who migrated north to Chicago. She's highly educated – turning a counseling psychology degree into a legal degree…rising from commercial transaction lawyer to the highest legal position at Medtronic.
September 21, 2012
Parter, Ernst & Young
How to find the place we can all succeed together: my journey from India to Ernst & Young
Our September speaker, recently won the highest leadership award offered by his employer, Ernst & Young – recognized for his role in advancing women leadership within the firm. That's no surprise to the people he touched along his monumental development journey.
August 17, 2012
SVP, US Human Resources, Best Buy
If you want to go far, go together: my journey from Detroit to Best Buy
Paul Dominski is a senior organizational leader with a proven track record of excellence extending across disciplines and industries. With a career that spans more than 20 years of experience in marketing, human resources, organizational effectiveness, talent management and enhancing business performance through leadership, he brings strategic vision and real-world insight into what it takes to build the foundation for organizational growth.
May 18, 2012
Vice President of Human Capital at OptumHealth
How my personal convictions are shaping work/life wellness at OptumHealth
Sue Mulkern is happy, energetic, insistent and very, very effective. The President of her current business unit said to me "we've achieved record employee engagement within our company since Sue became the leader of our Human Capital." Not surprising — a conversation with Sue Mulkern is structured, insightful and uplifting.
April 27, 2012
CEO of Patterson Companies Inc.
Why the learning never stops: a glimpse into my development journey
Scott Anderson grew up in the shadows of the Golden Gate Bridge, as the charming son of a Lutheran Pastor. He's also the grandson of a Gustavus Adolphus College legend, whose personal and professional life is making the family bloodline proud. Today, he is a very young CEO of the dynamic, publicly held Patterson Companies. His journey includes learning the intimate work/life patterns of Veterinarians and Dentists on the way to the top job.
March 16, 2012
Best Selling Author and CEO of Know More
How genuine appreciation can grow your life and career
Sam Richter is an internationally recognized expert on sales and marketing. Sam has won Best of Show at numerous marketing competitions, a Gold Award at the International Film Festival, and he was recognized with a Codie-Award, the 'Oscars' of the software industry. Sam played D-1 football for the Minnesota Gophers under Lou Holtz. His positively persistent mindset shines through today.
February 17, 2012
COO of American Public Media
How the world made me the leader I am today
The life of David Kansas has come full circle. He grew up in St. Paul, spread his wings around the globe, returning home to raise a family, and be the COO for American Public Media. His journey includes a celebrated career as a business, sports and religion journalist.