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St. Kate's leadership challenge offers opportunities for growth and networking

Director of the Leadership Institute Mary Angela Baker speaks to participants during the annual conference in 2011, in this file photo.
Director of the Leadership Institute Mary Angela Baker speaks to participants during the annual conference in 2011, in this file photo.
Photo by Rebecca Zenefski '10.

The 15th Annual Leadership Challenge conference at St. Catherine University is a day-long conference for professional women eager to bring their leadership to the next level.  The event is Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. 

With two keynote speakers and 12 breakout workshop sessions, the Leadership Challenge also provides plenty of networking opportunities.

Featured keynote speakers are Pablo Gaito, vice-president of human resources at Cargill, Elizabeth Gaito, account executive at Korn/ Ferry International and Cindy Kent, vice-president and general manager of Medtronic.

Breakout sessions offer a variety of insights and ideas

Breakout sessions throughout the day feature community leaders including St. Paul Pioneer Press Editor Mike Burbach, Star Tribune Columnist Gail Rosenblum, KSTP-TV Anchor Joy Nakrin and WCCO radio host Jearlyn Steele.  

Leadership and communication coaches who will share their insights include Amy Batiste, Debby Magnuson, Roshini Rajkumar, Christy Eichers, Amy S. Tolbert, Mary Beth Lamb, Teresa Lyons Hegdahl and Margaret B. Smith.

Entrepreneurship experts who will share their stories to give attendees a leg up in the marketplace include Tai Goodwin, Gabe Hendry and Dia Satori.

In addition, Cathy Wurzer, host of "Almanac" on Twin Cities Public Television, will facilitate a discussion about political messages and being an informed voter with a panel of experts that includes State Senator and St. Kate's Political Science faculty member Mary Jo McGuire, University of Minnesota Political Science Professor Kathryn Pearson and U of M Board of Regents member Laura Brod,  a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

More information and to register

Information and registration are available online by visiting the St. Kate's Leadership Institute's Leadership Challenge website. 

Cost for the day-long program is $225, $215 for St. Catherine University alumnae and includes continental breakfast, lunch, beverages and dessert.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the program starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine on the St. Paul campus, 2004 Randolph Avenue.  The event ends at 4 p.m. 

For questions email or call Barbara Holt at 651-690-6819.

Conference sponsors

The Leadership Conference event sponsors are Digital River and 3M Corporation.

More about the Leadership Institute

St. Catherine's Leadership Institute offers a wide variety of programs to help women become effective, ethical and influential leaders. Participants, reflecting diverse backgrounds and perspectives, share an interest in ethical leadership that has a positive, lasting impact on people, organizations and communities.

Professional development programs and events are designed for professionals from corporate, small business, government, education and nonprofit settings. 

Jan. 19, 2012 by Barbara Holt

See also: Alumnae/i, Business, Leadership