2019 Emerging Leaders Board Training Program celebrates success

Head of the Lakes United Way successfully coordinates its 2nd Annual Emerging Leaders Board Training Program with 23 graduates

CLICK HERE for information on the 2020 Session of Emerging Leaders Board Training Program.

The Emerging Leaders Board Training Program is an opportunity for professionals to learn how to leverage their leadership skills through six 2-hour educational sessions on volunteerism and board service. Throughout the program, individuals have the opportunity to strengthen their network, learn about local nonprofits, and connect with local resources.

The program, sponsored by Wells Fargo, College of St. Scholastica, and Globe News, was held every Tuesday evening from March 5 to April 9 at different locations throughout the Twin Ports. The first four sessions were instructive in nature, while the last two focused on engaging with local nonprofit organizations.

In session one, volunteer panelists shared their experiences while serving on area nonprofit boards through a series of questions and answers. Panelists included Cara Overland, General Manager at La Quinta Inn & Suites; Kevin Pillsbury, Attorney with Johnson, Killen and Seiler; Jordan Fahlsing with FIC, Thrivent Northland Group; and Lesa Radtke with Kirby Center, University of MN-Duluth.

At the second session, Scott Witty with Hanft Fride Law Office spoke about nonprofit board structures and legal issues while youth members of Boys and Girls Club-Goldberg Branch served a delicious meal to the participants.

The topic for the third session was nonprofit responsibility and financial stewardship, which was outlined by Leslie Brunfelt, Director of Finance for WDSE/WRPT, at the Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce.

For session number four, Duluth Children’s Museum hosted, and the President/CEO, Cameron Kruger, spoke about determining which nonprofit board would be the best match based on a number of factors in “Finding the Right Fit”.

The fifth session, held at Clyde Iron Works, included a speed board match event with representatives from 13 local nonprofits.

The final session was a graduation celebration for all participants at Grandma’s Sports Garden.

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Graduates Included:

  • Jody Anderson – TKDA Architects
  • Sarah Anderson – St. Louis County Health and Human Services
  • Daniel Berg – National Bank of Commerce
  • Crystal Bowen – Head of the Lakes United Way
  • Barbara Certa-Warner – Harbor House Crisis Shelter
  • Pauline Custer – Wells Fargo
  • Therese Gruber – New Hope FOR Families
  • Liz Hanson – United Health Group-Optum
  • Vanni Hayden – Joint Religious Leadership Coalition
  • Jessie Helbacka-Peterson – Valley Youth Center BOD
  • Kerstyn Hendricks – National Bank of Commerce
  • Brittney Kemi – University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • Madeline Kvale – Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity
  • Elizabeth Mayne – Head of the Lakes United Way
  • Hannah McCabe Houle – Girl Scouts Lakes and Pines
  • Cory Ouellette – MN Power Employees Credit Union
  • Amanda Peterson – Wells Fargo
  • Connor Randall – Republic Bank
  • Susan Rosette – Beacons of Hope
  • Carissa Skifstad – Lutheran Social Services
  • Addie Smith – ISD 709
  • Gerald Wallace – Wallace Law Firm PLLC