By Patti Gartland, GSDC President
At the GSDC we remain dedicated to making great things happen in our greater St. Cloud region. And September 2019 is proving that out in so many ways! Please take a moment to read a quick summary of my top three picks:
1 - Congratulations! Young American Leaders Program Cohort
Kudos to the 10 selected from our greater St. Cloud region to participate in the Harvard- based Young American Leaders Program (YALP) being hosted in Minnesota! GSDC was invited to select a cohort of up-and-coming young leaders to participate with 40 other young leaders from the Twin Cities and Rochester regions in a robust 3 day mYALP workshop in November. The MN adapted workshop will focus on the Harvard Business School’s (HBS) research on American competitiveness, shared prosperity, and cross-sector collaborations.
Members of the mYALP Cohort:
Ryan Cross – BCI
Leslie Dingmann - GSDC
Dan Edelbrock – US Bank
Hudda Ibrahim – Filsan Talent Partners
Karl Nohner – Sauk Rapids Rice Schools
Marie Pflipsen – City of Becker
Clare Richards – Leighton Interactive & Rotoract
Amanda Romaine - GeoComm
Lacey Schirmers – GREAT Theatre
Jonathon Wong – State of MN & Jugaad Leadership
Special thanks to our 11 member selection committee for their time and expertise in reviewing the robust candidate pool of nominees and presenting an excellent slate of participants, all of whom have accepted and affirmed their participation.
We also offer our appreciation to Anita Archambeau for serving as project manager for the mYALP selection process. We were fortunate to tap into a window of time she had available prior to her relocation to Memphis. Anita had been the City of Sartell’s Community Development Director & Assistant City Administrator.
We’re excited to have this powerhouse of talent enlisted to put their learnings from the HBS- modeled workshop session into play to the benefit of the greater St. Cloud region. They’ve been tasked with developing and launching the envisioned GSDC’s Young Leaders Initiative. They’ll be working with Ryan Fitzthum, Sartell Mayor and Strategic Account Manager at CH Robinson, and a young leader in his own right, who has accepted our invitation to lead the GSDC Young Leaders Initiative project.
2 - Welcome! Precious Drew, gBETA Greater Minnesota St. Cloud Director
We are excited to welcome Precious Drew as Director of the Greater MN St. Cloud gBETA program. Precious Drew graduated from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University in 2018 where she received her bachelor’s in Global Business with a focus on entrepreneurship. As a student, she experienced firsthand the thrill of turning an idea into a revenue-generating business through the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneur Scholars program. Precious joins the gener8tor team after completing a 9-month social impact fellowship through the Finnovation Fellows program in Minneapolis, MN. Precious previously served in communications roles with the State of Minnesota in addition to serving as a Program Assistant with the City of Minneapolis. Through these experiences, she discovered a passion for the art of storytelling and helping others tell their own stories.
Applications are being accepted for the Fall/Winter gBETA cohort. To apply please visit https://www.gbetastartups.com/greater-mn-st-cloud Applications are due October 18th. To learn more and to get involved you can sign up for office hours with Precious here or feel free to e-mail Larry Hosch or Leslie Dingmann at GSDC.