Gustavus Women in Leadership - Empowerment: We Rise by Lifting Others

April 26, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Calendar Icon

TimeApril 26, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This spring, Gustavus Women in Leadership will host its 9th annual
Gustavus Women in Leadership Conference "Empowerment: We Rise by Lifting Others"

At Gustavus Women in Leadership, we believe we rise by lifting others and have dedicated this year's conference to engaging in thoughtful conversation about empowerment through mentorship and collaboration. Attendees will hear from accomplished women from varied backgrounds who have achieved real success and who have benefited from mentors to help advance their lives both professionally and personally. Today, these women pay it forward by helping to lift up others. The day will consist of a light breakfast and seated lunch, two general sessions, two 45-minute breakout sessions where attendees can choose among four different presentations to attend and, of course, wonderful opportunities to network throughout the conference with fellow attendees. There will be a cocktail reception immediately following the conference.

Featured speakers include:

  • "Empowerment in Health Care and Leadership," Andrea Walsh-President and CEO of HealthPartners
  • "How All Companies Can Do Well by Being Good," Amanda Brinkman-Co-Host of Small Business Revolution-Main Street

Panel speakers include:

  • "Women Thriving in Male Dominated Fields"
    • Hon. Tanya Bransford '80 - District Court Judge, State of Minnesota
    • Pamela Curran - Transactional and IP Lawyer at Messerli & Kramer
    • Mary Giesler '78 - Senior VP and General Counsel at Minnesota Twins
  • "20% by 2020: Women on Boards"
    • Dr. Michelle Wieser - Interim Dean at the School of Business at St. Catherine University
  • "Capitalizing on Non-Traditional Career Trajectories"
    • Haley Coller '16 - Analyst at Goldman Sachs
    • Kelsey (Swanson) Erickson '12 - Founder and Certified Life Coach at Everme Coaching, Content Development Specialist at Allianz
    • Elizabeth Johnson '14 - MBA Candidate at Linneuniversitetet in Sweden
  • "Leading with Confidence"
    • Jen Medernach '89 - Business Agility Coach at Thomson Reuters


  • Nicole LaVoi '91 - Directors at the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport | Senior Lecturer at the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota
  • Ashley Adams '13 - Marketing Manager at ThreeBridge Solutions

Location: Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, 5601 W 78th St, Bloomington, MN 55439Dress: Business casual
Tickets: General public $75 (early registration ends March 31st) Faculty and Staff $60 Recent graduate (2014-2018) $60 Current student $15
Registration Closes April 22nd

Registration is non-refundable, but transferable. Registration closes on April 21, 2019.

Students: If you are wanting to charge your ticket to your campus account, you need to order it through

PostedApr 17, 2019