Chris Heeter, Wilderness Guide and Professional Speaker
Wild (adj.): Having the courage to bring the gift of all of who you are to all of what you do. With hilarious stories from Chris' sled dog team, we’ll explore how to create a Wild work culture, where everyone is inspired to bring their best selves to work. Goofy quirks and diverse personalities among the dogs are alarmingly familiar, offering humor, perspective and compassion as we deepen our understanding of how to work together and lead, whether your team has four legs or two!
Chris Heeter was selected as a Top Ten Speaker of 2014 by MeetingsNet, and was the highest rated speaker of Meeting Professional International's 2014 World Education Congress. She is out to create a Wild revolution in the workplace. A wilderness guide since 1984 and professional speaker since 2001, Chris has led and worked with a diverse array of teams, both canine and human!
Featured on The Discovery Channel's “National Geographic Today,” she brings decades of leadership experience indoors, to conferences and offices, working with teams and leaders, helping us recognize that leadership and teamwork doesn't have to be so complicated. Combining business expertise with hilarious stories from her sled dog team and from guiding whitewater trips, Chris challenges and inspires organizations and individuals toward Wild leadership, compassionate presence, and daring authenticity.
Mary Schmid, Your Brilliant You
What stops many professionals and entrepreneurs from growing themselves and their business is not talent, skills, or ability. You’ve got that covered. It is their relationship with money. Money is at the heart of every decision they make in business, life, or career. You can make different and smarter decisions by moving beyond the financial blind spots that may be sabotaging and preventing you from reaching your goals.
In this presentation you will discover:
• What your Money Personality may be (there are 8) and how it may be undercutting your ability to realize your potential
• Specific mindset shifts and practical actions to create your Bold Goals
• Decisive Actions you can take to stay focused and gain momentum
Mary Schmid, MBA, is an Award Winning Master Coach, Professional Speaker and CEO of Your Brilliant You, a consulting and mentoring company that teaches professionals and business owners simple and practical ways to get beyond your personal and financial blind spots so that they can have easier conversations and make decisions with greater self value and confidence.
Prior to Your Brilliant You, Mary spent 30 years as a health care executive building practices, programs, and services both in the private and academic sector. She is now dedicated to working with women business owners and professionals, many of whom have increased their profitability after exposure to the groundbreaking Money Archetype work which is part of the Business and Money Breakthrough System that Mary teaches.
5530 Malibu Drive
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Jasmine Brett Stringer, 113 Stringer, LLC
Jasmine Brett Stringer is principal of 113 Stringer LLC. and founder of the internationally recognized lifestyle brand Carpe Diem with Jasmine. As a nationally recognized and sought-after lifestyle expert, Jasmine has been featured on a variety of media outlets. She is the lifestyle contributor for CBS owned and operated television station, WCCO-TV, however, her southern belle charm is not limited to the screen; Jasmine empowers others to seize their life as a regular contributor for the Huffington Post and within her own weekly podcast and lifestyle blog entitled, Carpe Diem with Jasmine.
Jasmine's award-winning book Seize Your Life: How to Carpe Diem Every Day "sparkles with enthusiasm and inspiration for life. Its a treasure chest of positive suggestions for seizing the power of each day of your life," according to New York Times best-selling author Caroline Myss. As a professional speaker Jasmine leverages her experiences from working with Fortune 500 Companies and some of the world's biggest brands such as, Kraft Foods, General Mills, Toyota, Box Tops for Education, Fox Searchlight, Publicis Group and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN TV) to inspire and empower audiences to achieve their personal definition of success and seize their lives.
Jasmine graduated from American University's Kogod School of Business in Washington, D.C. She was named a Women of Promise by the Girl Scouts in 2012. Additionally, she was awarded Distinguished Alumna of American University and Ebony Magazine featured her as one of their "30 Future Leaders Under the Age of 30 in America." Her book Seize Your Life: How to Carpe Diem Every Day is considered to be life changing and it won a Living Now Book Award in the Motivation/Practical Self-Improvement category. She and her husband live Minnesota.
The Seize Your Life (SYL) Roadmap is based on a proven formula for success. The SYL Roadmap helps participants develop a personal strategic plan and identify tactics to help them achieve their professional and personal goals. The roadmap is a tool designed to help users live an empowered, authentic and fulfilled life designed to meet their personal definition of success.
Linda Fliss, Twin Cities Life Coaching
Linda Fliss is the owner of Twin Cities Life Coaching. Linda has over 8 years of experience in guiding and helping others. She is a former relationship and trauma therapist, so she knows the difference between therapy and coaching. She is a Self-Care advocate because she knows how vital it is to a life of peace, happiness and love. And she is an expert in building healthy relationship skills.
Linda is passionate about life coaching, the positive impact she has seen it have in the lives of so many of her clients, and the way being a life coach affords her the opportunity to help people become more congruent in their lives in ways that she could not do as a therapist.
Linda holds a B.S in Psychology, a Masters in General Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and a specialized certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University. Linda also holds certification from the Health Coaching Institute.
Mary Albright, Inventive Problem Solver
Mary Albright is an affiliate with Cheri Tree’s BANKCODE. A multi-passionate entrepreneur, she has two other successful businesses. In certain circles, she’s known as MacGyver Mary™. Inventive problem solving is her superpower.
Mary serves on the Board of Directors and is the Membership Director with NAWBO Minnesota, and is active with TeamWomenMN. She is an alumna of the Disney Institute Business Excellence Program. She is an officer in the Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary. Mary currently serves as the Depu- ty Commander for Cadets and Professional Development Officer for the Anoka Composite Squadron.
Please Join us for April’s meeting to hear “Why They Buy.”
Allisa Daire Nelson, Success Coach
Alissa Daire Nelson is regularly featured on television news segments, inside major blogs and publications, and on podcasts from all over the globe. She is on a mission to help women uncover and live out their Superpowers, helping them discover how to make their businesses and relationships thrive, not just survive, in harmony. Your Superpowers are the key to that! And she's going to prove it to you!
She’s an accomplished Success Coach, speaker, host of the Maximize Your Strength podcast, as well as the published author of the hot new book: From Frustrated to Frickin’ Awesome: 4 Steps to Achieve the Success You’re Wired For. But more than anything else she’s an exceedingly proud wife and mother of two amazing daughters.
Melissa Sonalla, Business Success Coach
Melissa comes from a direct sales background. She built a large team and worked with her company until they closed in December of 2014. She realized that the part of the direct sales industry she missed most was coaching her team and helping them be successful. Shortly after realizing that she launched her own company as a business success coach. She believes that our fears NEVER go away completely and that if you don’t have fear you aren’t growing. The difference is how long it affects you. As she has continued her training she has found the Entrepreneurial Operating System which allows her clients to gain clarity and bring all the components in their business into alignment by using their core values. She is so excited to share these two models with as many entrepreneurs as she can because the way you do one thing is the way you do everything. These energetic levels are like an “auto response” and until you are aware and conquer them……they will stop you from achieving your ULTIMATE SUCCESS! Pairing these two models will allow you to step into the reason you were created and fully owning that power in your business!
Ursula Mentjes, Founder of Sales Coach Now
Twice Bestselling Author, Award winning Entrepreneur and Sales Expert-- Ursula Mentjes (mench-es)--will transform the way you think about selling so you can reach your goals with less anxiety and less effort! The Founder of Sales Coach Now as well as an inspirational speaker, author of Selling with Intention, Selling with Synchronicity and One Great Goal– Ursula specializes in Neuro-Linguistic Programming to help clients double and triple their business and sales FAST. Honing her skills at an international technical training company, where she began her career in sales in 1996, Ursula increased sales by 90% in just one year! In 2001, when the company’s annual run was in the tens of millions, Ursula advanced to the position of President at just 27 years old. Sales guru Brian Tracy endorsed her Best Seller Selling with Intention saying, “This powerful, practical book shows you how to connect with customers by fully understanding the sales process from the inside out. It really works!” Best Seller Selling with Synchronicity and One Great Goal were also the 2013 winners of the Beverly Hills Book Awards in the categories of sales and business motivation—and Selling with Intention was a finalist. Selling with Intention also received the International Book Award sponsored by USA Book News and Selling with Synchronicity was a finalist. Ursula is recipient of 2 Lifetime Achievement Awards from the President of the United States, is nominated for a 3rd, both political parties, for her work helping her community and helping build a stronger nation. Awards include National PDP’s “Business Woman of the Year 2016”, “Extraordinary Speaker of the Year 2015, SBA’s “Women in Business Champion”, Willow Tree’s “Extraordinary Example” and “Extraordinary Entrepreneur”, and she has worked with the State Capitol on Legislation to enhance businesses. She is Past President of NAWBO, Business Resource Connections, and has shared stages with bestselling authors Les Brown, Loral Langemeier, Tom Antion, Lisa Nichols, Giuliana Rancic, Brian Smith etc. Clients include Aflac, Ebenezer Fairview Hospitals, New York Life, Professional Women’s Business Organizations, Paychex, Conferences International and more!
Katie Herum, Renewal by Anderson
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Sharon Hoffman Avent, Smead Manufacturing Company
Sharon Hoffman Avent is CEO of Smead Manufacturing Company, a leader in office filing products and records management solutions. For more than 100 years, Smead has brought a spirit of innovation and integrity to keeping businesses and home offices organized. Headquartered in Hastings, Minnesota, Smead is recognized as one of the largest privately-held and one of the largest women-owned companies in Minnesota. Smead has been woman-owned since 1955 and is certified nationally as a Women Business Enterprise.
Avent joined the family-owned firm in 1965 and held a wide variety of roles throughout the years. In 1998 she was named President and CEO, succeeding her mother as the third generation of the Hoffman family to lead the company. Eighteen years later, Sharon announced the promotion of Casey Avent to President effective July 1, 2016. She continues in her role as CEO, working with Casey on a daily basis to lead Smead into the next generation.
Avent has received significant recognition for her business acumen. She was named one of the “Top Women Business Owners” by Pink Magazine and has been honored by The Business Journal as one of “Minnesota’s Top Businesswomen” and as a “Woman Changemaker.” She is the recipient of the National Association of Women Business Owners’ (NAWBO) “Business Owner of the Year”. She was presented with the “Applause Award” by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as well as the “25th Anniversary Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Award” from the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) for her efforts to expand opportunities for women business enterprises on a national level. In 2013 Avent was named an “Exceptional Businesswoman” by the Dakota County Tribune and Sun Thisweek newspaper as well as being inducted into the newly established Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame by the National Association of Women Business Owners – Minnesota Chapter. The George Foundation honored Avent as one of the outstanding Twin Cities Women Leaders in 2014. She was awarded the WBDC-Minnesota 2016 Advocacy Award and the Minnesota Business Magazine honored Sharon Avent as one of the Twin Cities Women Who Lead for 2017.
Avent has been dedicated not only to the continuing success of her company, but also her community. She has served on the boards of Minnesota Historical Society, Regina Healthcare, Shattuck-St. Mary’s School where she was named Trustee Emeritus, and was President of the Hastings Public Schools Foundation. She has been honored with many awards for her public service including the “Building Bridges, Building Futures Award” from the Hastings Public Schools and the “Spirit of Hastings Award” from the Hastings Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, Smead was the lead donor in the Capital Campaign Drive that succeeded in building a YMCA in Hastings.
Mrs. Avent and her husband Terry have two sons and four grandchildren.
Donna Mathiowetz, Unfinished by Design
Donna is an inspirational speaker and author. She has been working in the arena of loss and grief since 1997. Her passion to help others rise to the challenges of change in their lives comes from her own life experiences.
She is the author of “A Journal for Your Journey…the trip without regard to the length of time it will take to navigate your loss and grief”. With this journal you will learn valuable and practical insights that will help you cope with loss in your life and be better equipped to help others as well.
Donna speaks to women’s groups, grief support groups, churches, schools, senior living communities and beyond. She resides in Hastings MN with her husband.
Soma Jurgenson, International Growth Strategies
"Fearless Follow-up: How to Turn Conversations into Clients"
Without eﬀective follow-up, your networking eﬀorts are wasted. What I found lacking in the marketplace are the tools that show you how to follow-up successfully. Without clear guidance, your networking eﬀorts fizzle out before you can turn conversations into clients. In this 30-minute, interactive session you will:
Explore the Fearless Follow-Up process
Discover the only three people you need to meet for successful networking
Commit to one - two actions you'll take to transform your follow-up skills
About the presenter: Soma Datta Jurgensen
Soma launched Intentional Growth Strategies to consult with learning leaders to design training programs that transfer into action and meet specific objectives. She knows that carefully designed and interactive learning is a critical component for organizational success.
For eight years, Soma taught in and served as an academic leader for the School of Business as State Program Coordinator for Rasmussen College in MN and ND. Her experience in learning design and professional training underscores her passion for turning business school theory into practical tools that engage, inspire, and produce results.
Nancy Clairmont-Carr, Transformation Expert
"The Joy Effect"
Transformaton expert Nancy Clairmont Carr’s career includes business leadership, lifestyle coaching and energy healing. Afer a successful marketng career and coaching business, with an MBA and multple healing certfcatons, she founded “The Joy-E?ect”- a holistc health and transformatonal coaching business.
Nancy helps individuals access their personal power to create desired changes. She removes fears, success blocks and limitng beliefs that get in the way of achieving goals for health, relatonships and career. She values living in alignment and life long learning to create personal freedom. Nancy is known for intuitvely guiding change-seekers to joy, abundance and freedom.
To learn more about Nancy visit www.nancyclairmontcarr.com
Stefanie Peters, National Speaker, Author, and Serial Entrepreneur
"Learn the 5 Lady Boss Bold Moves to make 2017 your Best Year Yet
Stefanie Peters is a national speaker, author, and serial entrepreneur. She started her first business at the age of eighteen while attending high school. She shattered the glass ceiling and became the youngest female executive in one of the fastest-growing companies in North America. Stefanie was determined to help women, like herself, find financial freedom and independence. As her movement grew, she cofounded Lady Boss Empire, an empowerment platform and resource center for female entrepreneurs. Besides building multiple businesses, she is a savvy real estate investor, certified John Maxwell coach, avid runner, fitness competitor, and a top performer in the Miss Minnesota International Pageant.
To learn more about Stefanie visit www.UnleashYourLadyboss.com
Jennifer Kern Collins, BBA, MS, CPCC, CNTC
“What The Secret Didn’t Tell You…”
3 Things You Need to Know About the Law of Attraction to Get What You Really Want
Jennifer Kern Collins has a BBA, a Masters in Psychology, and is a Professional Certified Coach. As the author of The Drama-Free Way: A Thought Management Guide to Navigating Chaos and Thriving, Jennifer is committed to helping people learn to manage their thoughts in order to truly thrive, despite the sporadic chaos of the human mind. Jennifer offers audience members a fun, interactive experience that transforms their thinking and leads them to align with their Best Self, empowering them to attract the success they desire.
Jennifer@IntrinsicSOULutions.com | 612-787-7685
Click here to download her bio
The Law of Attraction is a Universal Law, like gravity, that operates on the premise that “like attracts like.” When it comes to your life experiences, it’s the energy you put out there—beginning with your thoughts—that attracts your outcomes. If this doesn’t totally make sense, or if you’ve tried it and it “didn’t work,” then you might be missing some essential components for effectively utilizing the Law of Attraction. There are little-known key concepts to understand and skills to apply into order to harness this driving force and get the results you truly desire.
In this interactive presentation you will:
- Learn how the Law of Attraction is influenced by your thoughts
- Discover other less known Universal Laws that you need to understand for the Law of Attraction to work and make sense
- Receive 3 keys for using the Law of Attraction to get what you really want
“Jennifer is great! Knowledgable, informative and entertaining.” —Deb Billiet, Program Participant “As an Event Manager, I can honestly say that Jennifer Kern Collins was one of my favorite presenters to work with. She was professional, punctual, personable, and passionate. The four P's that we all look for in a speaker! I would enjoy working with her again.” —Maureen Aasgaard, GTS Educational Events
“A great program to expand your horizons—everyone will get something from it! Jennifer is energetic, fun and motivating!” —Megan Klein, Program Participant
“Great presentation style! Jennifer used several examples that made the teachings applicable in daily living. She was open and receptive to questions and comments. Very good introduction to new thought/thinking paradigms! I’d love to see a ‘part two’ and go deeper.” —Hennepin County Participant
Lisa Lynn - Lisa Lynn Consulting
Mrs. Lisa Lynn is a licensed psychologist and the President of Lisa Lynn Consulting. For the past 26 years, Lisa has worked with both public and private organizations focusing efforts in the areas of professional coaching, assessment, training, development and mediation. Her professional goal is to make a practical difference for those she serves. Lisa teaches classes at several colleges in the Twin Cities.
Lisa is an instructor for Century College's Leadership Program, a co-facilitator in the Business School at Normandale Community College and is currently designing professional courses for Hamline University.
Lisa also teaches leadership courses for the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's Leadership Program. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from St. Catherine's College in St. Paul, MN, and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary's University in Minneapolis, MN.
Deb Brown - Touch Your Client’s Heart
“Discover the Hidden Cash in Your Contact List”
Business owners initiate relationships every day. Often, they spend their time chasing new clients, ignoring what they already have. Every contact in your database is a warm lead that has the potential for retention, reactivation, referrals and revenues. Nurturing the relationships you already have is not only more efficient, it also has a higher ROI. In this inter-active presentation, your audience will discover:
-The untapped potential to make more money in your business.
-The simplest ways to reach out that get results.
-How to overcome the #1 reason clients stop doing business with you.
About the Presenter: Deb Brown is the founder of Touch Your Client’s Heart. She believes the key to client retention and word of mouth referrals is as simple as nurturing business relationships. Deb speaks, teaches and consults on how to build business relationships for more revenues. She helps small service-based businesses build their business by building relationships.
What Audiences are Saying: Deb's presentation was awesome in many ways! She talked about organizing your client base for better follow-up, which is the part that really resonated with me. If you have an opportunity to hear Deb Brown, do so! Deb is polished. Her delivery is as lovely as she is! Thanks! -Suzanne Shaff, Suzanne Shaff Photography Worldwide
Thanks Deb for revealing ways to secure new clients and referrals, as well as retain current clients. I'm so glad that I made it a priority to attend your presentation. I plan to follow through with your suggestion to reconnect with five to ten people. My new mantra is "if I don't remember them, they won't remember me". I think everyone who has clients or customers, and a desire to increase their bottom line should attend one of your presentations. -Janice McKinnie
Briget Fields - Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
“Managing Your Money: Budgeting & Saving Strategies"
Briget Fields is the Program Manager for the Wells Fargo at Work program promoting financial wellness throughout Minnesota. Briget has been a coach and trainer for the last 25 years within many industries. She has held store and district leadership roles within specialty and big box retail companies like Maurice's, Bath and Body Works and Walmart Stores and spent last 9 years with Wells Fargo Bank. Her clients range from small locally owned businesses to national Corporate clients with over 100,000 employees. Her works allows her to travel and share financial education workshops, 1:1 banker consultations, and webinars to her clients. She helps build and customize programs to the needs of the each individual businesses. A native of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Briget is a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts with Marketing and Spanish concentration. She believes in giving back in all she does and is passionate about it. Briget is an active member of several networking organizations including the Women in Business of Cottage Grove. She sits on the board of Directors for Gogebic Lodge ltd. She is active with her church, community schools, Girl Scout troop and of course, active soccer mom of 2 teenagers. In her spare time, if any, she enjoys camping, boating and scrapbooking. Her passion is making a difference in people's lives with their financial journey, one conversation at a time.
Brenda Carlson - Sales Process Expert - Speaker, Author and Coach
Goals - Set them AND Get them!
Entrepreneurs and business leaders know how to set goals. They've attended goal setting seminars, learned about SMART goals and even have written goals. Every year they develop new goals hoping the new year will be more successful than the last. And each year they are disappointed. Research indicates that 20% of individuals set goals and believe that goals are important to their success. However, of that 20%, fully 70% consistently fail to achieve their own objectives. We were in that same position when we started our own businesses. In the last several years, we cracked the code of Goal-Setting AND Goal-Getting, more than doubling our written income goals in 2012 and 2013. Since business owners are aware of how to set goals, this 30 minute seminar will share three proven strategies to achieve their goals. Format is informal, including whole-group discussion, question and answer and a graphic organizer for attendees to capture what they learn.
About the Presenter: Some people are educators, some are coaches, and some are story tellers. Brenda Carlson is a combination of all of these - and much more! An achiever since her teen years, Brenda's love/hate relationship with goals took her a long way. But when she found herself in career transition and ultimately started her own business, goals took on a whole new significance. Now, setting the right goals AND achieving them meant she could put food on the table - not achieving them meant going hungry. Brenda's story gives her audiences tips, tools and confidence that they, too, can achieve their own aspirations. If she's not telling stories or running her businesses Brenda can be found hiking in the mountains, playing with six grandchildren or enjoying a great cup of coffee. Always looking for ways to contribute, Brenda also served on the boards of her local church and the Woodbury Community Foundation, where she co-chaired the Leadership Forum.
Therese Samudio - Sales Process Expert
Make Yourself Memorable
10 Tips to Stop Wasting Time Networking
Answer the Question - "Who are you and what do you do?"
Network with Purpose
Find and Use Your WOW!
Set Yourself Apart from the Herd
Say What Your Prospect Needs to Hear
Engage Your Sales Energy!
Skyrocket Your Lead Development
About the Presenter: Therese Samudio, the author of Don't KILL the Sale Before You Show Up! has had one-on-one journalist-style sales interviews with more than 10,000 business owners all across America while she sold and trained others to sell management consulting projects. She began her career as a Public & Educational TV producer/director and on-air personality, then started her own promotion firm providing advertising, PR and special events for 500 retail businesses in 15 malls in three states, before taking up full-time selling. A professional member of the National Speakers Association, she is a sales trainer and coach teaching individuals and teams how to produce quality sales consistently without fear or angst. No more slumps! What she will teach you is not theoretical, it is wisdom acquired in the real world.
Debra Lindh - Mindful Effect, LLC
Practical Mindfulness: Transforming Stress into Success!
In times of stress, a single factor exists which can make the difference between damaging a relationship or deepening it; that factor is awareness. Through practical mindfulness, individuals learn new ways of thinking and doing that defuses stress and increases collaboration, engagement, team building, and personal success - all in real-time! Attendees will leave this session energized, confident, and equipped with tools and techniques to use anyplace, anywhere, and anytime!
About the Presenter: Debra Lindh, Ed.D. is founder and President of Mindful Effect, LLC - a consultancy company committed to helping adults and children reduce stress and boost happiness. A sought-after and passionate keynote speaker, scholar-practitioner, and advisor on stress, practical mindfulness, happiness, ethics, and healthy organizations, Dr. Lindh addresses audiences, associations, and corporations including Fortune 500 companies and non-profits such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Working Mother Magazine, University of Arizona School of Medicine, Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, and Association for Talent Development. Dr. Lindh earned her doctorate in Organization Development from the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota and received the 2014 OD Network Best Student Research Award for her dissertation research in workplace stress, mindfulness, and employee wellness.
Lisa Dunnigan - Olsen Thielen & Co., Ltd. & SCORE Volunteer
How Social Networking is Changing the Way We Market
It's a fact! Social networking is here, and its steady growth rate tells us that it can't be ignored. In this presentation we will take a look at the benefits of social networking and how it is changing the marketing landscape. We will discuss some of the tools that are available to businesses and how they can be used to drive traffic to your website and connect you to your potential clients? You will learn how others are creatively harnessing the power of social networking to create online communities and brand loyalty. Is social networking for you? Come and find out.
About the presenter: Lisa is a Principal and CIO of Olsen Thielen & Co., Ltd. She has over 30 years of experience in the Information Technology industry and is also a member of the Marketing group. She also serves as the secretary of the MN Chapter of the Association of Accounting Marketers (AAM), and is a volunteer member of the SCORE Marketing Committee.
About St. Paul SCORE: St. Paul SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of small businesses in the St. Paul area and western Wisconsin. They also offer business seminars for start-up entrepreneurs and small business owners. St. Paul SCORE is part of the national SCORE Association dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth and success of the nation's small businesses. Their mission is to provide business counseling to help entrepreneurs and small businesses evaluate and prepare plans, stabilize, grow, innovate and succeed.
Evon Spangler - Spangler and de Stefano, PLLP
Women and Money: Protecting Yourself Financially Through Strategic Planning
Evon M. Spangler is an Attorney and Managing Partner at the law firm of Spangler and de Stefano, PLLP where she represents business owners with issues affecting both their business and their family in transactional, litigation, and appellate matters, including business disputes, divorce, spousal maintenance, custody, estate planning, business succession planning, breach-of-contract, and buy-sell agreements.
She educates her business clients to understand the need to protect themselves in the event that something happens. She represents business owners with prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and buy-sell agreements where she helps business owners prepare for a change in his or her relationship with a spouse (marital dissolution) or a partner (business dissolution).
In addition, she helps business owners with drafting contracts, such as independent contractor agreements, non-compete agreements, and employment contracts so that the contract protects the business owner in the event that something happens. She also helps business clients develop strategies and minimize the risk of exposure for their business and themselves personally through proper incorporation of a business, updating corporate minutes, revising and implementing employment policies, and conducting due diligence for a purchase of a business. Evon also litigates and defends lawsuits and brings and defends appeals, primarily breach-of-contract and marital and business dissolution cases.
Elaine Wyatt - Women Venture
Women Venture - Helping women create and grow sustainable and profitable businesses for more than three decades.
Elaine Wyatt is personally dedicated to the advancement of women and girls. Prior to her leadership role at WomenVenture, her passion was fulfilled through her work as chief financial officer at the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys which she led through the merger of five councils while building strong finance, operations and IT systems. She later moved into the chief advancement officer position where she substantially increased earned and contributed income and elevated the Girl Scouts' visibility through high-impact events, partnerships and electronic media strategies. Elaine has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, primarily in financial services and nonprofit finance and administration.