9th Annual ConferenceGustavus Women in Leadership

Friday, April 26, 2019
What's in Your Communication Tool Box
A lively discussion was led by Pastor Susan (Lindy) Purdy '70 to sharpen attendees communication skills across age, gender, ethnic, and political differences.


Featured Speakers

Keynote - Empowerment in Health Care and Leadership

Andrea Walsh

Andrea Walsh

President and Chief Executive Officer of HealthPartners

Keynote - How All Companies Can Do Well By Being Good

Amanda Brinkman

Amanda Brinkman 

Co-Host of Small Business Revolution - Main Street 

Panel - Women Thriving in Male Dominated Fields

Geared towards alumni, but open to all
Tanya Bransford

Hon. Tanya Bransford '80

District Court Judge, State of Minnesota

Pamela Curran

Pamela Curran

Transactional and IP Lawyer at Messerli & Kramer

Mary Giesler

Mary Giesler '78

Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Minnesota Twins

Workshop - 20% by 2020: Women on Boards

Geared towards alumni, but open to all 

R. Hawthorne

Dr. Rebecca Hawthorne

Professor Emerita, Organizational Leadership at St. Catherine University

Panel - Capitalizing on Non-Traditional Career Trajectories 

Geared towards students, but open to all

Haley Coller

Haley Coller '16

Analyst at Goldman Sachs

Kelsey Swanson

Kelsey (Swanson) Erickson '12

Founder and Certified Life Coach at Everme Coaching, Content Development Specialist at Allianz

Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson '14

MBA Candidate at Linnéuniversitetet (Linnaeus University) in Sweden

Workshop - Leading with Confidence

Geared toward students, but open to all

Jen Medernach

Jen Medernach '89

Business Agility Coach at Thomson Reuters


Nicole Lavoi

Nicole LaVoi '91

Director 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

Ashley Adams '13

Marketing Manager at ThreeBridge Solutions

2019 Conference Directors

VP of ConferenceRachel BelvedereVP of conferenceVp of conference

Alexandra Anderson '19, Rachel Belvedere '20, Ellie Brandt '19, Kristie Tunheim '19