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Brenda Dennis

With over 19 years in the $46B+ Cisco Sales organization, Brenda Dennis is currently Vice President, Sales Operations for Cisco’s largest sales geography – Americas and Global Enterprise ($28B+). Her 500+ person team is responsible for providing world-class customer and partner services. She helps to set strategy and marshal the collective resources of the company… Read more…

Tori Utley

Tori Utley is an entrepreneur working jointly in technology innovation and addiction recovery, holding an M.B.A. and an addictions counseling license in Minnesota. She is the Founder and Executive Director of More Than An Addict, an organization committed to the reduction of addiction stigma through promoting education, employment, and entrepreneurship for individuals in long-term recovery,… Read more…

Neil Stevenson

Neil Stevenson trained as a psychologist at Oxford University, then spent a decade editing culture and fashion magazines in London, before becoming a designer at IDEO. At IDEO he has worked on everything from toy invention to education systems, and is currently an Executive Portfolio Director. The thread connecting all this is his fascination with… Read more…

Chris Schad

Chris is a certified Master Naturalist, sits on the Olmsted County Parks commission, and is a past president of the SE Minnesota Beekeepers Association. Several years ago he restored a portion of his home property to native prairie, and shortly after that began keeping bees. He currently manages honeybees on his rural Rochester, MN property… Read more…

Randall Munson

Randall’s talents as a master magician, comic ventriloquist, emcee, and professional clown contribute to his ability to captivate audiences in any setting — including MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disneyland, Disney World, and The White House. He has made televised appearances internationally and has been featured on major… Read more…

Victor Montori

Victor M. Montori, MD is a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic. An endocrinologist and health services researcher, Dr. Montori is the author of more than 500 peer-reviewed publications and is recognized as among the top 1% of researchers with most cited papers in clinical medicine worldwide in the last decade. He is a recognized… Read more…

Pages Matam

Pages Matam is a multidimensional national touring artist, residing in the D.C. metropolitan area, but originally from Cameroon, Africa. He is a Write Bloody author, playwright, and award winning slam poet (2 time DC Grand Slam Champion, 2013 Southern Fried Champion) with passions in the field of youth, activism, and education. Along with his greatest… Read more…

Jim Maher

Jim Maher, 55, has been a scientist at Mayo Clinic since 1995, where he is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and is dean of Mayo Graduate School, the PhD training program of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Maher received his BS and PhD degrees in molecular biology from the… Read more…

Kelly Leonard

Kelly Leonard (President & CEO, Kelly Leonard Productions/Creative Advisor, The Second City) has worked at The Second City for nearly three decades in various creative and leadership positions. He has produced shows with such notable talent as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Keegan Michael Key and Steve Carell. He has created shows… Read more…

Anthony Desnick

Tony Desnick is a parent, educator, architect, urban designer, blogger, bike activist and bike share promoter. As Director for Development and New Projects with Nice Ride Minnesota, he looks after bike programs in Greater Minnesota. He writes for minneapolize.com and streets.mn where he makes a case for bikes saving the world from itself. He sits… Read more…

Julie Brock

Julie Brock, educator of 16 years, works to create more experiential learning opportunities for students in southeast Minnesota as Director of Workforce and Education at the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Creator of offthegridedu.com, Brock encourages parents, students and educators alike to get off the systematic grid and try a new approach to education that… Read more…

Joyce Balls-Berry

Joyce (aka Joy) Balls-Berry is a connoisseur of fine shoes and food. Despite being diagnosed with dyslexia in childhood, Joy is an avid reader. Joy is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and serves as the Program Manager for the Office for Community Engagement in Research in the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science…. Read more…