The 2021 Series Speakers - Sixth Season
Thanks to these incredible women for a remarkable sixth season in the midst of a pandemic!
Women, Wealth & Sustainability
February 2, 2021, 11:30 am
Executive Director, GreenLight Fund Twin Cities
The GreenLight Fund Twin Cities partners with industry, entrepreneurial, and philanthropic leaders to create social innovations to help families to thrive.
Marcia L. Page
Co-Founder and Executive Chair of Värde Partners
Marcia co-founded Värde Partners in 1993. Today, it is a global alternative investment management firm with $14 billion in assets under management.
Alex West Steinman
Co-Founder and CEO, The Coven
Alex is a Swiss Army Knife who knows how to raise humans and build public relations strategies for businesses, politicians, startups, and non-profits. She is dedicated to the economic empowerment of women.
Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman
Since 2001, Rabbi Marcia A. Zimmerman has been the senior and first female rabbi at Temple Israel, a first for a congregation of 2,000+ households in the U.S.
All Abilities At Work
February 20, 2021
Angie Zavoral Conley
Founder, President & CEO, Abilitech Medical
Abilitech Medical is an award-winning company. It earned the Tekne Award for innovation from Minnesota High Tech Association and the Grand Prize and Top Woman-led Business at the Minnesota Cup. It is a Top 10 Medical Device Startup by MedTech Outlook; a Top 20 Medical Device Startup You Need to Know by MassDevice magazine; and a Top Promising Life Science Company by Rice University. As President and CEO of Abilitech, Angie has raised over $10 million in equity and nearly $2 million in non-dilutive funding.
Gena Petrella Elverhoy
Founded in 2020, Caregivers-Connect provides networking and resource sharing for families caring for loved ones with emotional, physical, intellectual, and behavioral challenges.
Y. Elaine Rasmussen
CEO, Social Impact Strategies Group
Y. Elaine Rasumussen is driven to democratize access to capital by and for women and communities of color and mainstreaming impact investing. Through Social Impact Strategies Group (SISG), she designs community-centered strategies for philanthropists, foundations, investors and social entrepreneurs for positive, sustainable social impact.
September 21, 2020, 11:30 am
The Holden Room, Minneapolis
Owner/Founder/Mover & Shaker, Mercury Mosaics
Growing up in an architecturally-significant Minneapolis home, Mercedes has always had a passion for unique interiors. An artist all her life, she was always experimenting. Mercury Mosaics started as an answer to a personal goal of being an artist full-time. Today, it employs 80 artists and serves clients worldwide.
Lakeshirts is a high-growth, $120 million apparel and accessory manufacturing business in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Among her recent professional achievements are collaborating with Lakeshirts’ owners to bring in an investor in 2019, completing multiple strategic acquisitions, guiding the organization through COVID-19, supply chain, and labor challenges which cultivating a business culture that contributes to company’s lasting success.
Founder and CEO, Noor Companies
Noor Companies (NŌR) is a social enterprise that performs mission-based work in construction, real estate development and community engagement. An engaged community leader, Noor was appointed by Governor Tim Walz (MN) to the Emerging Entrepreneurs Board and serves on several boards and commissions.
Maggie Thompson (Fond du Lac Ojibwe)
Artist and Owner, Makwa Studio
As a textile artist and designer Maggie derives her inspiration from the history of her Ojibwe heritage, exploring family history as well as themes and subject matter of the broader Native American experience. In 2020, Makwa Studio partnered with Aslov Finlayson, the Minneapolis-based, climate-positive clothing company with a mission Keep The North Cold™, on its 2020 North Hats to explore the broader meaning of North.
Growing Green Business
November 4, 2021, 11:30 am
Owamni by The Sioux Chef, Minneapolis
President, Prairie Island Indian Council
President Shelley Buck is serving her fifth term on Prairie Island Tribal Council and third term as president. Under her leadership, Prairie Island Indian Community is committed to a net-zero energy plan to generate as much or more energy as the community uses.
Co-Founder, Coconut Whisk
Focused on a vegan diet because of its positive impactful on health, the environment, animals and planet. Bella and her co-founder, Myles, created Coconut Whisk with nothing but a few hundred dollars to their names and a grand vision. The company has evolved into mission-driven vegan and gluten-free food brand that helps busy families create healthy indulgences and positive kitchen experiences.
Founder, Seasoned Specialty Food Market
Seasoned Specialty Food Market is a producer-led market with a unique grocery model that helps Minnesotan food startups and expanding food producers bring their finest products directly to the customer, while working to return100% of the retail sales proceeds back to food producers. Kayla calls this co-retailing -- a new grocery model with potential to create efficiencies that can change how small-batch producers compete in the marketplace.