The November 2021 Good Leadership Breakfast featuring Alison Brown, President and CEO of the Science Museum of Minnesota.

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Winner: Mary Book from Imagine IT

Donation: $2,810 to Source MN. As well, HANDy Paint Pail donated a $1,500 honorarium to Planting People Growing Justice as a thank you to Alison Brown.

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Terry Rasmussen, President and CEO of Thrivent, and Paul Batz discuss her top three success habits including creating “One Big Goal” for your whole organization, and so much more.

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Winner: The entire Breakfast Broadcast Audience

Donation: $2,050 to Can Do Canines

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Duchesne Drew, President of Minnesota Public Radio, and Paul Batz discuss the concept of “thriving together” and learn how Duchesne’s top three success habits are changing the industry of public radio.

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Winner: The entire Breakfast Broadcast Audience

Donation: $1,550 to 360 Journalism

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Megan Remark Good Leadership Breakfast

Paul Batz and Megan Remark, President and CEO of Regions Hospital discuss the pandemic, racial unrest in, and how to maintain a positive team through it all.

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Winner: The entire Breakfast Broadcast Audience

Donation: $1,800 to Common Bond Communities

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Paul Batz and Ray Kowalik discuss accountability and how that affects the culture at Burns & McDonnell. As an employee-owned company, Burns & McDonnell is focused on investing in their employees, and that is reflected in their success.

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Winner: The entire Breakfast Broadcast Audience

Donation: $2,300 split evenly between Crittenton Children’s Center of Kansas City and NAMI

The Breakfast Broadcast

Bruce Dewitt Good Leadership Breakfast

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Paul Batz and Bruce DeWitt discuss operational assurance, creating a leadership system, Bruce’s sheep farm and so much more. Learn how Bruce took his company from the brink of “being bought” to a buyer in the industry.

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Winner: The entire Breakfast Broadcast Audience

Donation: $2,200 to 4-H

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Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO at Target Corporation, has become one of the most influential business leaders in America by guiding Target through the chaotic waters of online and brick and mortar retailing. His insights have been shaped by global work experiences and CEO roles in both CPG and the retail Industry. His values and tireless work ethic stem from his childhood growing up in Queens, New York, and his college experience at UCLA.

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Winner: The entire Breakfast Broadcast Audience

Donation: $2,500 to Feeding America

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Troy Simonson is the former CEO of Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) and current CEO of Revo Health. Troy joined TCO in 2004 and was named its first CEO in 2013. Under his guidance, TCO has experienced massive success, welcoming new physicians and locations across the Twin Cities metro and western Wisconsin, establishing strategic partnerships, and leading joint ventures with local organizations.

Decades of managing through constant change has taught Troy the importance of a strong culture. He credits TCO’s service-driven culture as the single most important reason for the company’s sustained growth and success. In fact, he welcomes many new employees on their first day at the company and challenges them to ‘Be The Difference.’

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Winner: The entire Breakfast Broadcast Audience

Donation: $1,750 to The Salvation Army

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Returning as a 3-time Good Leadership Breakfast speaker, Kevin Warren is excited to be speaking to our Young Leaders on how they can carve a better path forward during these unprecedented times.

Currently, Kevin serves as the sixth Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference and the first African American Commissioner to lead an Autonomy Five conference. Warren most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League where he worked since 2005. He was the highest-ranking African American executive working on the business side for a team in the NFL and was the first African American COO in NFL history. Prior to joining the NFL, he worked for the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig and holds a degree from Notre Dame Law School.

Throughout his career in sports and law, Kevin has seen the importance of helping our Young Leaders see the path towards a brighter future, and he believes that the Good Leadership Breakfast is one of the best ways to do that.

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Winner: The entire Breakfast Broadcast Audience

Donation: $2,560 to Southern Poverty Law Center

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Carving a better path forward with Kevin Warren

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During unprecedented times, people look to their leaders to provide reassurance and inspiration. As President and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (WFMN), Gloria Perez seeks to deliver that level of leadership optimism to WFMN employees, stakeholders, grant recipients and those they serve.

Perez, who began this role in February, is a nationally recognized expert in helping women and girls achieve sustainable self-sufficiency and success. Her philosophy around leadership optimism stems from having a deep well of personal and professional experience handling adversity – and helping others achieve the same. “Good leaders inspire optimism in others,” she says.

Perez can readily see the intrinsic good in others, and even during tough times. Case in point: she regularly notes signs of goodness amid the global pandemic. “We have witnessed countless acts of kindness, reminding us that we are all in this together,” she says. “It is those many kindnesses – neighbors helping neighbors, people donating supplies to health care workers, people singing to one another in their neighborhoods – that make me optimistic that we will weather this crisis, together.”

Perez brings that same spirit of vibrant optimism to WFMN’s efforts to increase opportunities for women and girls in Minnesota – despite a world of uncertainty. “Unprecedented times are an ‘opportunity’ to really prioritize the important things, and our belief that working together can solve any problem,” she says.

As the first and largest statewide women’s foundation in the country, WFMN drives innovative solutions through grant-making, research and public policy to create a world of opportunity, safety and leadership for Minnesota women and girls. In 2019, WFMN invested more than $2.54 million in grants to multiple community-based organizations in Minnesota and impacted the lives of 437,000+ Minnesotans.

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Winner: The entire Breakfast Broadcast Audience

Donation: $5,000 to Feeding America

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Many people think that success in sports, as with success in business, “defines” a person for life. John Thomas, who initially rose to fame as a star basketball player with the Minnesota Golden Gophers and later as a first-round NBA draft pick, would beg to differ.

“I’m a person who happened to play basketball,” says Thomas, who doesn’t define himself as a former basketball player, but rather as a leader openly sharing and applying his life lessons to benefit others. As Vice President of Basketball Development for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, Thomas is responsible for managing and growing the organization’s Basketball Academy, connecting current NBA and WNBA players to the community and developing an NBA/WNBA alumni program.

Within each of these roles, Thomas imbues the work that he relishes – helping children and young adults reach their potential, especially off-court – with the years of successes and setbacks he’s experienced. For every perceived height Thomas has ever achieved, like helping the Gophers reach the 1997 NCAA Final Four, he’s endured corresponding tough times, such as being bounced across seven different NBA teams in 5 years, or exiting the NBA with initially little business, personal finance, or life skills knowledge.

This explains in part why Thomas seeks to ensure that the professional players he regularly sees, the businesspeople who comprise his work team, and the youth he instructs, all come away with a better understanding of their personal capabilities. Like knowing “what does your brand look like externally to others?” or realizing that “leadership starts with awareness and the ability to understand people.” The more you understand and appreciate others, he believes, the better you will be as a leader – and as a person.

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Winner: The entire Breakfast Broadcast Audience

Donation: $3,000 to Meals on Wheels America

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Using Resiliency to Find Purpose

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Charles Antis, founder and CEO of Southern California-based Antis Roofing, shows how positivity, coupled with passion, accountability and encouragement, can generate life-changing personal and business results. Antis applies his beliefs about social responsibility and giving to benefit his community and employees – and in the process lead one of the nation’s fastest-growing roofing companies.

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Winner: Colleen Dockendorf of Ryan Companies

Donation: $5,496 to Second Harvest Heartland

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The Secret is Discovering Why You Exist

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