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Val Grubb - Stepping up your Game: Moving from Tactical Thinker to Strategic Leader
Valerie Grubb is the principal of Val Grubb & Associates Ltd., which she founded after holding a succession of leadership roles within NBC Universal, Oxygen Media, InterActiveCorp (IAC), and Rolls-Royce. An innovative and visionary operations leader with an exceptional ability to zero in on the systems, processes, and human capital issues that can hamper a company’s growth, Valerie regularly consults for midrange companies wishing to expand, as well as larger companies seeking efficiencies in back-office operations. In her training capacity, Valerie focuses on the world of executive leadership and management, and has a special expertise in transposing company vision into strategic training initiatives that resonate with both the C-suite and employees. She has taught senior leaders and high-potential employees throughout the USA, Asia, Europe, South America, and Central and Eastern Europe. Valerie graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Kettering University and obtained her MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. She remains highly involved with the Kelley School as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. Valerie published her first book. Planes, Canes, and Automobiles: Connecting with Your Aging Parents through Travel (Greenleaf), in 2015.
Pam Borton - Coaching Resilience and Mental Toughness in the Workplace
As a leading senior executive coach, keynote speaker and author, Pam Borton is committed to taking C-suite executives, teams and organizations to the next level. Pam’s expertise aligns with many industries including finance, retail, IT, hospitality, higher education, human resources, law enforcement and healthcare. She partners with organizations across the country including Merrill Lynch, Best Buy, Penn State University, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Hyatt, St. Paul Police Department, National Guard and many more. In today’s culture and environment of constant change and disruption, building successful leaders and high performing teams is not only an expectation, it’s critical for organizations to thrive. Pam provides her clients with real world experience navigating high level challenges in the workplace. Her background stands apart with 27 years of Division 1 women’s basketball coaching, including 12 years as head coach at the University of Minnesota. There she led her teams to a Final Four, three straight Sweet Sixteens and numerous NCAA Tournament appearances. As the president and CEO of Borton Partners, and the co-founder of Women ON Point, Pam uses her unique skills to help organizations tackle issues such as: getting results, leading people and teams to consistently perform at a high level, leading with grace under fire, increasing executive and leadership presence in a highly visible and public position, transformational leadership and more. Pam is a philanthropist at heart and has founded two non-profits. She launched TeamWomen in 2011, an organization dedicated to empowering women through networking, mentoring and professional development. In 2014, Pam founded Empower Leadership Academy for Girls, providing girls in grades 9-12 with the tools and support they need to become the next generation of female leaders. Pam’s work and life have been recognized with several awards including the 2016 Twin Cities Business Magazine Marvelous Mentor Award, Top 10 Global Women of Leadership Pillar Award, (Real) Power 50 Award and New England National Coach of the Year. She was also a two-time nominee for the Naismith National Coach of the Year Award. Additionally, Pam was honored with the creation of the Pam Borton Endowment at the University of Minnesota in the College of Education and Human Development, the only endowment of its kind in the world.
Co-Founder/Co-Owner The Disruptive Element, CIO, COO, Management Consultant, Certified Brain Based Coach
I am passionate about people, change and developing high performing teams/organizations. I am also crazy curious about our collective ability to start seeing, valuing and supporting the WHOLE person at work – and the ripple effect that can bring to business (as well as our lives). Thirty plus years in Corporate America has lead up to co-founding and co-owning The Disruptive Element, focused on that magical juncture between the Well Being industry and the traditional Coaching, Leadership Development and Organizational Development industry.
One of my passions today is developing women. Guess what? Women develop differently than men. Yep! One of our (The Disruptive Element’s) signature programs is branded In Her Element, a 9 month co-hort program combining group work with individual coaching for the purpose of supporting the development of women in a way that helps them flourish, in fact it changes lives. #workthatfeedsmysoul
Beginning my career with EDS, providing leadership and outsourced solutions to clients, I learned the importance of leveraging technology for clients. I realized (in my gut) the importance of caring for and developing people along with the technology. In fact, I was beginning a career in the people business that has now spanned over 30 years.
As my career lead me to Carlson Companies, leading Carlson Shared Services serving all 7 of Carlson’s business units and serving as CIO for Carlson Hotels Worldwide, I developed a passion for executive leadership and the opportunity to positively impact culture through the way that we lead others.
Moving into Management Consulting, I had my first opportunity to build a business around Leadership and Organization. Combining my knowledge of multiple industries with my love of coaching, leadership development and building high performing teams.
Nancy M. Dahl
Nancy M. Dahl’s professional career spans five industries with sales ranging from $20 Million to $750 Million. The largest included 20,000 employees, seven manufacturing plants, over 200 field offices and in excess of 700 retail operations in North America. In addition, she serves on both corporate and nonprofit boards of directors.
Nancy has been asked to share her expertise in Leadership, Leading Change, Innovation and Professional Development across the nation for a wide range of business and educational audiences. Her blog-Lead your life-at www.nancymdahl.com reaches a global audience dedicated to leading their life with intention. Her book GROUNDED-leading your life with intention was released in November 2017 to sell-out crowds at her book launch events, quickly sold in all 50 states, has been chosen as a textbook in undergraduate/graduate leadership capstone courses, inspires a fresh look at leadership development and career planning and continues to focus the conversation on how to lead your life with intention in a chaotic world. Now her work is dedicated to speaking, writing, and serving as a C-suite/Board business advisor.
She has been recognized as “one of 25 Women to Watch”, honored as a Distinguished Alumni for her career accomplishments and as a Community Leader for her dedication to mentoring others. This past January she was recognized as a “woman who leads” and was featured on the cover of MN Business Magazine. She will be a featured TEDx speaker in February 2019.
She earned her undergraduate degree at Gustavus Adolphus College, her MBA Graduate Degree at University of St. Thomas and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Executive Program. In addition, she has earned numerous professional certifications including Advanced Board Fellowship Certificate from the National Association of Corporate Directors.
She has been married for over 30 years to Brian. Together they enjoy life’s adventures with their boys Erik and Jorgen, both graduates of South Dakota State University.
From a corporate standpoint, Judy Shoulak most recently served as EVP, President of North America Buffalo Wild Wings, leading the North American Business Unit (United States and Canada) for this rapidly-growing and highly successful restaurant chain. Buffalo Wild Wings currently has more than 1,200 locations around the world.
Shoulak joined Buffalo Wild Wings as Vice President of Human Resources in 2001 and was promoted to Senior VP of Human Resources in 2003. With her extensive Operations background, Shoulak was tapped to lead Operations as Senior Vice President in 2004. In 2010, she took on additional leadership responsibilities as Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Human Resources, and she was promoted to Executive Vice President, North American Operations, in 2011. She took on the presidential role in 2014.
During her 16-year career at Buffalo Wild Wings, Shoulak was instrumental in creating foundational processes and fostering internal alignment to support the organization’s steady growth. Her genuine and approachable style, unwavering determination to accomplish the company’s goals, and dedication to developing passionate, high-performing teams have enabled her to achieve consistently strong results. Prior to joining Buffalo Wild Wings, Shoulak held Operations and Human Resources leadership positions at OfficeMax, Inc.; The Original Cookie Company; and JCPenney.
Upon retiring from the "corporate world" in June of 2017, Shoulak decided to go into business ventures with each of her three children. Judy and her son Joe became Franchisees of Mathnasium in Golden Valley; Judy and her son Jake become Franchisees of Bach to Rock Music School in Plymouth; and Judy and her daughter Sarah formed an organization called "Relatively Speaking" where they present engaging workshops to businesses, organizations and women's groups.
Shoulak has a B.A. in Business Administration from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. After beating her battle with breast cancer, she helped start a family charity event called Shoulak BreastFest Music Festivals which raises money for breast cancer research, awareness, treatment, and cure. She serves on the board of directors for Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. In addition, she has served as an active board member for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, where she currently sits on the Advisory Panel.
If you want to know about Aimee Cohen, then you need to know what she believes…"There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” — Madeleine Albright
Aimee Cohen is a National Keynote Speaker, Executive Career Coach and Expert, and Bestselling Author of WOMAN UP! Overcome the 7 Deadly Sins that Sabotage Your Success. WOMAN UP! is more than professional development…it’s professional empowerment and Aimee Cohen is the "Career Dream-Maker!" With all the training and education you receive to do your job, you have never had anyone teach you how to create a life-long, fulfilling, and successful career…until now! Time to pull on your "big-girl panties" and manage your career like a boss! After more than 20 years and a nearly 100% success rate, Aimee shares her secret strategies, tips, tools, processes, and practical action steps to catapult your career. Today's workplace is more competitive than ever, and that's why Aimee’s message will empower you to Woman UP! and take control.
Aimee has coached hundreds of clients in personalized one-on-one sessions, facilitates leadership training and professional development programs for Fortune 500 companies, and travels around the world delivering dynamic keynote speeches and breakout sessions targeting women’s groups, organizations, and associations. She owns WOMAN UP!, has appeared on Denver’s Channels 4, 7, and 9 News, Fox News NY, and HuffPostLive, numerous national radio shows, has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Fortune, Today.com, Glamour and the Denver Post, and is a multiple Outstanding Women in Business Award nominee. Key clients include AT&T, Avaya, Charles Schwab, Dress for Success, Farmington New Mexico Police Department, Franklin Square, Goodwill Industries, Jackson National Life Distributors, Kaiser, Level 3, LiveWell Colorado, NAWIC, Newmont Mining, Northwestern Mutual, Oppenheimer Funds, PMA Foundation, St. Paul Police Department, TeamWomen, Travelers Insurance, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Denver, University of St. Francis, WILD Beck Group, Women in Law Enforcement, Women in Technology Association, Xcel Energy, Zayo Group, and more…
Aimee has lived in Denver for more than 24 years, is married to her husband, Adam, is a very proud military mom of a son who graduated from the United Military Academy at West Point, and of a daughter at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Kim Insley - Moderator
After more than 30 years as a television journalist, Kim traded in her camera gear and the anchor desk for another side of communications. In 2018 Kim began her work with the public relations team for Meet Minneapolis, the city’s convention and visitors’ bureau. This summer Kim moved into a new role at Digital River in Minnetonka, immersing herself in the world of ecommerce. Like many of her former television colleagues, Kim is finding a world of creativity on the corporate side, sharing stories that help drive companies and the economy.