inspiring women

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. Read More
From inspiring influencers and emerging leaders to glass-ceiling-shattering pioneers, these 53 business and community leaders are changing how Minnesota works. Read More

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Last year, more than 2,600 people toured the Stormy Kromer and Jacquart Fabric Products (JFP) factory, which is famous for its hats. Read More


Some people make an immediate impact on you when you meet them, and Mary Lou Cohen is one of those people. No matter what the situation is, Mary Lou finds the silver lining and lifts others up with her kindness, empathy and positive attitude. Read More
Why would you drive across town 25 minutes for a gym when you pass several along the way? Because when you walk into The Power House, you don’t just walk into a gym, you become part of a community. As you enter the side door, you are greeted with the House Rules, and immediately realize you’re in a special environment. Read More
Rhoda Olsen is a leader who actively seeks feedback, allowing continuous improvement in herself and her company. Modeling this behavior from the top of the organization has permeated the Great Clips culture, while benefiting its bottom line. Read More

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Speaking with Sandy Hansen-Wolff, owner of AgVenture Feed & Seed, is inspirational. She puts her heart into everything she does, whether serving AgVenture customers, providing agribusiness support, animal management and farm supplies, or speaking to an audience about her story. Read More

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I don’t know how Amy Ronneberg does it all. When we met years ago I was impressed then with all she juggled. She’s a force of positivity and realism — at home, at work and in the community. Amy serves as CFO of Be the Match/National Marrow Donor Program, which saves lives every day by matching bone marrow donors with patients in need. Read More

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I reached out to Susan Denk, owner of White Crane Construction, because I’ve known her in many capacities over the years and have always been impressed by her leadership abilities. Read More