Current Issue: January/February 2018
As Minnesota's gross domestic product grows, more and more manufacturing companies are looking for guidance in how to protect themselves without impeding innovation. Late last year, Minnesota Business convened a panel of experts to address those issues.
Approximately 20 years ago, on the way to Hamline University's library, Freweini Sium felt so unsafe in the neighborhood that she took a bus on the short stretch on University Avenue. Today, however, she walks the neighborhood without hesitation, because today, Sium owns the block.
Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. For Paul Hines, it was actually his grandmother’s needs — specifically related to her difficulty in taking prescriptions — that spurred Hines’ idea for a smarter pillbox.
When you hear the words “social network,” platforms like Instagram and Facebook may come to mind. But a social network that predates them all is right here in the Twin Cities: CaringBridge, a platform focused on health journeys.
Mendota Heights native (and current Scandia resident) Ann Bancroft is a fearless explorer who’s dedicated her life to educating and empowering the next generation. If she’s not a true “woman who leads,” no one is.
Growing up in the Highland Park area of St. Paul, Cindy Mori always knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. In junior high, Mori would watch the local morning news programs before school and fell in love with broadcast journalism. She followed her passion with a tremendous drive.
Remember their names: Amalia Nicholson, Leeya Jackson and Shareina Chandler. You’re going to be hearing a lot more from them.
A sick dog gave Ali Jarvis her classic entrepreneur’s flash: that moment when she needed a service that didn’t exist and figured that, if it was something she valued, other people would, as well.
An undersized “Edina Realty” marquee adorns the otherwise nondescript Pacific Flats building, a three-story red-brick slab in Minneapolis’s trendy North Loop district. From Washington Avenue, Pacific Flats is just another 19th-century warehouse — one of dozens within walking distance.
Franchise marketing is an earnest, if somewhat corny, trade. One franchise opportunity promises to “help you build a great life.” Another proclaims, “You’re a trailblazer.” Maybe those messages resonate with you. Or maybe you’re a franchise skeptic. At first, I was.
Leslie Frécon is managing partner and founder of LFE Capital. As a glass-ceiling-shattering pioneer, she founded the company in 2000 after having served as senior vice president of corporate finance at General Mills (GMI), where she was both the youngest and first female executive in the company’s history.
Negotiating compensation can be a daunting task, particularly for women. In a study of Carnegie Mellon University graduates, researcher Linda Babcock found that while 57% of men graduating with a masters degree said that they negotiated their salaries when offered a new position, only 7% of women graduating with a masters degree did the same. Those who did found the payoff worth the risk: The recent grads who negotiated received, on average, 7.4% more than their initial offers.
Sara Criger, president of Allina’s Mercy Hospital, is a serial change agent. Her leadership has impacted a number of hospitals in the metro area, including Fairview Ridges Hospital, the University of Minnesota Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Although it’s been two years since Patti Jensen was diagnosed, she clearly remembers the head-spinning panic she felt when her doctor told her she had cancer. As her treatment began, she couldn’t shake the fear that she was going to die. What helped her cope was a paintbrush and a blank canvas.
From inspiring influencers and emerging leaders to glass-ceiling-shattering pioneers, these 53 business and community leaders are changing how Minnesota works.
Calamity Jane (née Martha Jane Canary) once remarked, “I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.” This issue is dedicated to all of the women — the true originals, the forward-thinkers and the up-and-comers — who just decided to go ahead and be legendary.