Carlson School of Management's Women's Leadership Conference 2017

Minneapolis MN

Apr 28, 2017

Forge your path to career and life success with inspiration from the 13th annual Women's Leadership Conference. Join hundreds of like-minded women during this year's conference as we discover what it means to "Own Your Journey." 

Explore many avenues for enhancing your development and building your network via 20+ breakout sessions and workshops, an expo of women entrepreneurs, and this year's featured keynote speakers: Minneapolis author, Nora McInerny and Cindy Kent, President and General Manager, 3M Infection Prevention Division.

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Adebisi Wilson

Director, Innocent Community Development, Innocent Technologies

Bio: In her role with Innocent Community Development with Innocent Technologies, Wison helps teachers enhance relationships with students by uncovering students’ basic motivation and goodness, and translating those relationships into learning and growth. She does that by creating community and support networks within schools and districts, training teachers on the program, and working with teachers to enhance an Innocent Classroom® culture in their schools. Adebisi received her law degree from New York University School of Law and previously worked as a litigator. She is experienced in education, Affirmative Action compliance, and diversity training and development, and has developed training seminars, spoken at conferences, and authored articles on workplace diversity. She is also the president and cofounder of the Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association, a legal organization dedicated to promoting the career excellence of mother attorneys.

Brett Dorrian

Owner & Lead Artist, Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios, LLC

Bio: Brett Dorrian built an award-winning and published studio from the ground up. . While providing jobs and training to many creatives in the Twin Cities, the studio focuses on effective branding by offering headshots and personal lessons for businesses and professionals, as well as media makeup, high-end styling, and photoshoots for private and editorial clients. Dorrian speaks and teaches both locally and nationally on topics of business, branding, and artistry. She runs The Refinery, a 12-month long business development program that helps female entrepreneurs launch and grow small businesses through ongoing coaching, business tools, and assignments for strategic planning, and building community among cohorts. She believes in helping women rise in leadership positions, as well as providing jobs for themselves and others through sustainable business practices. Dorrian earned an MAOL Certificate in strategic management from St. Catherine University and a BA in theater and studio art (valedictorian) from St. Catherine University. She is also a certified media makeup artist.

Brooke Story

Vice President Restorative Therapies Group, Medtronic

Bio: Over the past 20 years, Story has held a variety of strategic, commercial and finance leadership roles in the medical device industry with Accenture, Johnson and Johnson, and Medtronic. She has been with Medtronic for the past 10 years. Prior to her 2016 transition to Restorative Therapies Group, Story worked on the Covidien Integration team, leading revenue synergy efforts and supporting the integration of the two organizations. Through September 2014, she worked as a sales director in the firm’s Pain Stimulation and Targeted Drug Delivery business, with responsibilities that included leading the clinical specialist field organization and sales execution strategy. She also spent time as a corporate development director, with responsibilities that featured the evaluation, negotiation, and execution of corporate development opportunities, including mergers and acquisitions, minority investments, and technology licenses. In her first role with Medtronic, she led sales finance for the Spinal division in Memphis, Tenn., with responsibility for the sales budget, sales reporting, sales compensation, contract analysis, and administration. Story is passionate about supporting the Medtronic mission and taking an active role in the community. She is on the Penumbra Theater Company’s board of directors, serves on the state personnel committee for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, and also serves in a leadership role in her local congregation. She graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with an engineering degree, and began her career with Accenture as a consultant. In 1999, she transitioned from consulting to Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho McNeil division, and eventually moved into sales planning and operations at J&J’s Ethicon Endo-Surgery business, where she managed field sales reporting and compensation. She completed her MBA in 2006 at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Chanda Smith Baker

President and CEO, Pillsbury United Communities

Bio: Through her life experience as a native and current resident of North Minneapolis, Smith Baker believes in the strengths and assets that exist in low-income communities. That belief has served as the foundation for her more than 20 years of nonprofit experience. She is an accomplished senior executive with a career record of providing business insight, transformational leadership, and strategic vision leading to strengthened operational performance, innovative solutions, and high-performing teams. In her current role, she is responsible for 130 employees, the operations of five neighborhood centers, a training center and eight social enterprises, including a homeless youth-run bike shop and professional theater. She leads with an unwavering focus on closing racial disparities and measuring outcomes, boldly pushing the agency to become more focused and creative and including the voice of community in solutions that allow for the emergence of new ideas. In 2014, she led a planning process that resulted in a new strategic framework, “One Pillsbury, United—Our Plan for Creating Thriving Communities.” That work helped Pillsbury United Communities land more than $1 million to implement its key strategies, which focus on furthering impact and operational capacity. Smith Baker also sits on the boards of directors of the Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Public Allies National, and the International Federation of Settlements Houses. She also serves as the co-chair of the MACC Alliance Board of Directors and serves on the national advisory board of the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification. She has received several recognitions, including the Hubert H. Humphrey Leadership Award, a 2012 Minneapolis-St Paul Business Diversity in Business honoree, and Hometown Hero recognition in 2011 for her role leading the recovery efforts following a tornado in North Minneapolis. She holds an MA in Organizational Management and Communications degree from Concordia University. She is also a graduate of MenTTium 100 Executive Leadership Program and the University of Michigan’s Executive Leadership Institute.

Cindy Kent

President & General Manager, 3M Infection Prevention Division, 3M Health Care

Bio: Cindy Kent is a healthcare veteran with more than 20 years in the industry. She is currently the president and general manager for the 3M Infection Prevention Division, a $1.6 billion business committed to keeping patients safe from healthcare associated infections and complications. She is a member of 3M’s Healthcare Business Group’s Global Operating Committee as well as a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Conference—which is 3M’s top 100 executives. Prior to 3M, she was vice president and general manager of the Gastro/Urology Therapies business unit at Medtronic—the world’s largest medical technology company. Under her leadership, her unit became one of the fastest growing businesses at the company. Kent is an accomplished leader. In 2014, she was named one of the “Top 35 Women Leaders in Healthcare” by the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST of Minnesota, and one of six “2015 Wonder Women,” an honor bestowed by Twin Cities Business Magazine on professionals who use their influence to help others. She is a member of the board of trustees for the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. Kent holds a BS in industrial engineering from Northwestern University as well as an MBA in marketing and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Lisa Saul Paylor

President, Mother Baby Clinical Service Line, Allina Health

Bio: Dr. Saul leads quality improvement, facilitated care model improvements for patients at highest risk and program/service developments that improve the health of our community and address care disparities. She also works as a perinatologist with Minnesota Perinatal Physicians. Her area of clinical focus is fetal cardiology. A California native, Dr. Saul received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in molecular and cell biology. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Diego, and her OB/GYN residency at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. A fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at the University of California, Irvine, completed her medical training. Dr. Saul will receive her MBA in 2017 from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She serves on the advisory board of Square Roots, a mission-driven company focused on pregnancy health and wellness.

Evva Kraikul

Executive Director and Co-Founder, GLITCH

Bio: GLITCH is an organization that promotes the exploration of digital games as a cultural, career, and creative practice. With nearly a decade of experience, Kraikul has worked with more than 50 major technology and gaming industry partners, including Microsoft, Blizzard Entertainment, Riot Games, PBS Kids, and General Mills, to develop games, design programming, and launch national initiatives. She studied neuroscience and psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Faith Leicht

Corporate Partnerships and Membership Development, Après

Bio: Faith Leicht works with Après, a digital platform that connects women returning to the workforce with companies seeking talent and diversity. Her background is primarily comprised of human resources leadership roles at Fortune 100 companies, where she held both business partner and organizational talent development and diversity leadership roles. During that time, she witnessed the immeasurable value women bring to the workplace, and she is committed to redefining how women successfully reenter and transition. She has an MA in human resources and industrial relations from the Carlson School of Management.

Jane Schuette

Motivational Speaker, Executive Coaching, Team Interventions, Professional Impact Coaching, Jane Schuette

Bio: Schuette has spent the past 16 years as a motivational speaker, executive coach, and team facilitator, and has crafted a process that starts with uncovering an individual’s authentic self. She works closely with clients to customize each program with the sole purpose of helping them achieve their goals. Under her guidance, more than 17,000 individuals have amplified their productivity, impact, and goal attainment. Her trademark approach is to break down complex information and models into practical application for fast, yet lasting results. Schuette is a Lumina Learning practitioner, and is also certified in several psychometric tools and learning programs. She has designed and facilitated leadership and team effectiveness programs for healthcare companies, government agencies, and educational and corporate organizations.

Jill Hauwiller

Founder and Principal Consultant, Leadership Refinery

Bio: Jill Hauwiller is a professional coach and facilitator with more than 17 years of experience in leadership and high-potential development in the corporate, higher education, and professional services industries. She has coached hundreds of women in the areas of leadership, emotional intelligence, career transition, and work-life integration. She is also certified in the EQ-i 2.0 emotional intelligence assessment, is a credentialed executive coach with the International Coach Federation, a certified parent coach, and is a nationally certified Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) parent group facilitator. In addition to coaching and facilitation, she speaks on career, leadership, and parenting topics in executive education and at local and national conferences. She holds a Master’s degree in Communications.

Kathleen Vohs

Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Land O’Lakes Chair in Marketing, Carlson School of Management

Bio: Vohs applies her understanding of psychological science to business issues to advance new areas of marketing research. Her research specialties include self-regulation (particularly in terms of predicting impulsive spending, overeating among dieters, and making bad impressions), self-processes (such as self-esteem), the effects of making choices on self-regulatory ability, the effects of the mere presence of money (and the psychology of money), and heterosexual sexual relations as predicted by economic principles. She has authored more than 200 scholarly publications; edited nine books; and has written extensively on self-regulation, intrapersonal and interpersonal processes, objective consequences of self-esteem, free-will beliefs, bulimic symptoms, and the consequences of self-control failure on impulsive behavior. Vohs received her PhD from Dartmouth College in psychological and brain sciences, and her BA from Gustavus Adolphus in psychology.



Bio: Equal parts coach, consultant, and cheerleader, McClellan works with individuals, leaders, and teams looking to take their personal and professional selves to the next level. After many years in the training and development space, McClellan left the corporate world to focus on her passion for helping others own their total awesomeness. Since taking that path and becoming a certified life coach, she has completed thousands of coaching sessions covering career decisions, resume-building, interview prep, and networking. She is here to inspire you to shake up your approach to sharing your story.

Martha Carlson

Chief Operating and Financial Officer, The Bailey Group

Bio: Martha Carlson’s breadth of experience as an executive guides how she approaches her dual roles at The Bailey Group. She is responsible for the big picture and ensuring the business operates successfully. As a consultant to several key clients, she uses her own C-suite experience to help leaders become more effective and achieve more than they thought possible. Carlson earned an MBA in finance and accounting at the Carlson School of Management and a BA in retail from the University of Iowa. She is a certified Professional Co-Active Coach and Hogan Assessor, and is also certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde

Deputy City Coordinator, City of Minneapolis

Bio: Rivera-Vandermyde serves as the deputy city coordinator for the City of Minneapolis, and was previously the city’s director of regulatory services. An attorney by profession, she has more than 17 years of executive experience in the public and private sectors, and focused many of her efforts in her previous role on increasing data-driven decision-making and reengaging the community to build relationships between regulatory staff and the city’s numerous stakeholders. In her current role, she helps ensure that major citywide projects are aligned across the enterprise and reflect the business needs of all city departments. She is charged with oversight of the city’s equity efforts, including work on the Promise Zone and the Minneapolis Innovation Team. She also oversees strategic management efforts, including Results Minneapolis and continuous improvement strategies, as well as the city’s sustainability and arts initiatives. Rivera-Vandermyde earned her BA from Amherst College and her JD from the New York University School of Law. She has lived in Minnesota since 2006, and is a board member of HousingLink, among other affiliations. Her past experience includes international consulting in judicial and regulatory compliance, oversight of Puerto Rico’s correctional system, a tenure as CEO of a nonprofit healthcare corporation charged with providing healthcare services to more than 14,000 inmates, and private practice experience as a corporate litigator in Boston.

Pam Borton

ICF Senior Executive Coach & Leadership Consultant, Borton Partners

Bio: The winningest coach in University of Minnesota women’s basketball history and now a top-performing, International Coaches Federation (ICF) executive coach, keynote speaker, and author, Pam Borton’s life’s purpose is dedicated to taking individuals, teams, and organizations to the “next level.” As president and CEO of Borton Partners, an executive coaching firm, she delivers dynamic keynote presentations nationally, and is the author of On Point: A Coach’s Game Plan for Life, Leadership, and Performing with Grace Under Fire. She has a Master’s degree in sports management from Bowling Green State University, and an advanced certification in personal and executive coaching from the College of Executive Coaching in Santa Barbara, Calif. She is certified in the Everything DiSC, EQI 2.0, and customized 360 assessment tools. She is also a certified member of the ICF.

Patina Park

Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center

Bio: Park leads the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC), a 31-year-old nonprofit dedicated to providing holistic, multiservice programming grounded in cultural strengths to heal, preserve, and strengthen Native American women and their families from the multigenerational and historic trauma caused by colonization. A graduate of Hamline University School of Law, she previously served as an appellate court judge for the Prairie Island Sioux Community and taught Children and the Law and Federal Indian Law at Hamline University School of Law. Park was adopted at birth but later learned that her biological family is from the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux Tribes. She is passionate about issues related to Native American children and families and has led trainings throughout Indian country, and with federal and state government agencies nationwide. She also has trained on topics related to Federal Indian law, historical trauma and implementing trauma-informed, culturally responsive programming, child protection, and the Indian Child Welfare Act, along with the impact of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in the Native American community. She is the co-author of “Best Outcomes for Indian Children, Child Welfare,” which was published in the Journal of Policy, Practice, and Program, Volume 91(3)(2012). In 2009, MIWRC published “Shattered Hearts: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of American Indian Women and Girls in Minnesota,” the first report of its kind highlighting the scope of sex trafficking in the community. Park also serves as the vice chair of Minneapolis Urban Indian Directors and on the executive committee of MinneMinds, the Nawayee Center School Board of Directors, the American Indian Community Liaison Advisory Committee of Children’s Hospitals, and the University of Minnesota’s National Diversity Advisory Board.

Reba Dominski

Senior Vice President, President, U.S. Bank

Bio: Dominski directs the U.S. Bank Foundation and Community Relations’ community investment, giving and volunteerism strategies to maximize community, employee and business impact. She also leads environmental programs and partnerships and diversity and inclusion strategy for U.S. Bancorp. She previously was with Target Corporation for 21 years, serving in a variety of roles, including divisional sourcing manager and director of merchandise planning, and senior director of community relations. In the latter role, she was responsible for leading Target’s education initiatives, which have given $1 billion to help improve literacy rates, provide schools with the resources they need, and help close the opportunity gap in America. She earned a BA in English with honors from the University of Michigan.

Sri Zaheer

Dean, Carlson School of Management, Univ of Minnesota

Bio: Dean, Carlson School of Management Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility

Stephanie Thomes

Head of Alternative Investments, Allianz Investment Management, LLC

Bio: Thomes assists with the management of more of more than $100 billion of insurance assets for Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®), Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, and San Francisco Reinsurance. She is responsible for leading Allianz Investment Management’s efforts to expand its alternative asset portfolio. Thomes previously was a director in private equity risk management with Black River Asset Management, where she managed the valuation process for complex, international private equity investments, co-managed the sale of distressed portfolios, and collaborated on global capital deployment. She also worked in global risk management for CarVal Investors LLC, where she managed a portfolio of emerging market real estate investments. Thomes has an MBA from the Carlson School of Management and a BA from St. Cloud State University. She holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities registrations (inactive).

Wokie Daboh

Senior Manager - Global Inclusion Diversity and Engagement, Medtronic

Bio: After her first visit to Liberia, Daboh saw the need for improvement in the country’s school system. But she also saw that teachers weren’t give the tools and resources to be successful. Because Daboh believes that “education changes everything,” she founded Project Blackboard. Project Blackboard is a 501c3 nonprofit which helps Liberian schools that can’t provide quality academic environments and educational resources to students and teachers. It selects schools that have an immediate need, conducts on-site needs assessments, and then develops improvement plans. The plans include information from students, teachers, and administrators to form a comprehensive picture of each school’s needs. Daboh holds a BA in mass communications with a minor in African-American studies and business marketing from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. She also has a certification in strategic diversity and inclusion management from Georgetown University, and is working on an MBA from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. She also has also been a representative from Minnesota in the Miss Liberia in the U.S. and Miss Black USA pageants.

Cornelia Shipley

President, 3C Consulting LLC

Bio: Cornelia is the founder of 3C Consulting and a sought after speaker, and strategic planning expert who works with clients to expand their capacity, increase their capability and drive clarity in the organization to ultimately increase the bottom line.

Archelle Georgiou


Bio: Georgiou is a physician, a “recovering” healthcare industry executive, professor, health reporter, and author. After spending 13 years at UnitedHealth Group, she founded Georgiou Consulting in 2008 and uses her wide range of career experiences to help companies with innovative, effective healthcare solutions that ignite change and drive growth. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University and received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She was board certified in internal medicine and practiced in Northern California before transitioning into healthcare administration and policy. Dr. Georgiou is the on-camera medical expert on KSTP-TV and an executive in residence at the Carlson School of Management. In February 2017, she released her first book, Health Care Choices: 5 Steps to Getting the Medical Care You Want and Need.

Jamie Glover


Bio: Glover is cofounder of ASIYA, a sport and activewear brand striving to level the playing field for Muslim females. ASIYA makes culturally appropriate clothing that enables physical activity and sports performance while upholding religious and cultural beliefs. Glover, who previously worked in marketing at 3M, and at Minneapolis-based advertising agency Fallon, is now completing her MBA in the full-time program at the Carlson School of Management. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and son, and enjoys being active and playing pickup volleyball with her former college teammates.

Nora McInerny

Minneapolis Author

Bio: Nora's Twitter: @noraborealis Nora's IG: noraborealis Nora's FB: Still Kickin Twitter: @StillKickinCo Still Kickin IG: StillKickinCo Still Kickin FB:

Susanna Gibbons


Bio: Gibbons previously led GBC Global Asset Management’s fixed income Credit Research Team. In that role, her research responsibilities included banking, energy, finance, and utilities. She also has extensive capital markets experience. Gibbons joined RBC GAM in 2007 from Jeffrey Slocum & Associates, where she was the director of fixed income research. She has also held several senior credit and portfolio management positions at The St. Paul Companies. Gibbons earned a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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Beth Aza

Integrated Maintenance Management, United States Marine Corps

Elizabeth Campbell

Assistant Professor of Work and Organizations, University of Minnesota

Gracia Cavanaugh

Vice President-Advisory Consulting Services, U.S. Bank Wealth Management

Karen Wimbish

Head of Product and Segmentation, U.S. Bank

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