inspiring women

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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

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As I was watching the making of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning megahit “Hamilton” on PBS, I was powerfully reminded that the vast majority of us are immigrants in this country. Read More


I first met Meg Thoreson through the Women’s Business Alliance, an initiative of the Entrepreneur Fund in northern Minnesota. We immediately hit it off — as we both help entrepreneurs and their leadership teams through our work. Meg is a dynamo, and one of the many things I admire about her is how well she manages it all. Read More
Laurie Wondra has been a CIO and VP of Client Experience. She’s currently an executive consultant and also a shaman, one who is conversant with the spiritual realm. Let me start with a disclaimer in case your inner skeptic kicks in. Laurie has had an impressive career as a leader in IT, an industry that doesn’t attract large numbers of females. Read More

Junita Flowers, owner of Favorable Treats

On stage, she appeared unassuming and at ease as she sat with a panel of three other business owners at the Minnesota Business Executive Breakfast Forum last fall. As she answered every question, I was struck by Junita Flowers’ candor and energy. Read More
Julie Causey, chairman emeritus of Western Bank, has always been “driven by challenges” — some of which you wouldn’t expect. Looking at her, it’s clear she’s a sharp business woman; passionate about teams, a catalytic force wherever she’s engaged, but it wouldn’t occur to you that she’s a serious athlete. Read More
If you’ve met Nancy Lyons, you’d be confident in thinking she’s an extrovert.  She mixes well, has a wicked sense of humor and is an easy person to like. When you get beyond the day-to-day, you’ll find she describes herself as a “closet introvert” and the CEO of Clockwork has been in extroverted careers throughout her life. Read More

Kimpa Moss [left] and Beth Kieffer Leonard [right] at the Lurie office in Minneapolis

In case you hadn’t noticed, accounting firm Lurie LLP has been going through some changes. For anyone driving East on Highway 394, the newly rebranded Lurie sign is impossible to miss. Read More
Amelia Mata leads a purpose-driven life. She grew up in the family business, Hennepin Home Health Care (HHHC), a Medicare-certified home health care agency her parents founded in 1974. Read More