Category: “Inspiring Women” Column

Life and Leadership with Rhoda Olsen

Published on May 6, 2017 Written by

Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen joins Sue for her “Inspiring Women” podcast. Rhoda shares her leadership style, why she looks for gaps in her organization, and what practices keep her strong as a leader. Listen to the full podcast below.

Learnings From Loss

Published on May 2, 2017 Written by

In this month’s “Inspiring Women” column, I was honored to share the story of Sandy Hansen-Wolff, my friend and colleague who inspires all who know her. Sandy’s life changed when her first husband passed away and she acquired his business; she used her loss as a way to learn and become stronger. Now she inspires […]

The Happiness Business

Published on April 3, 2017 Written by

What a joy to feature Helain Pesis, owner of Continental Diamond, in my “Inspiring Women” column for Minnesota Business magazine. Helain shared her journey from being an elementary school teacher to owning a business, and explained that the secret to her success has been “staying open to life’s opportunities.” Continental Diamond modestly opened its doors in […]

Renewed Values After Diagnosis

Published on February 27, 2017 Written by

My friend Amy Ronneberg, CFO of Be the Match/National Marrow Donor Program, is a true inspiration. In addition to her roles as CFO, Board member, mom and marathoner, Amy also has added cancer survivor to her list. In this month’s “Inspiring Women” column Amy shares how cancer transformed the way she leads.  “Amy has been […]

Guided by Tenacity and Gratitude

Published on February 2, 2017 Written by

For this month’s “Inspiring Women” column I reached out to Susan Denk, owner of White Crane Construction, because I’ve known her in many capacities over the years and have always been impressed by her leadership abilities. We are both WPO Chapter Chairs and have been clients of each other as well – Susan is a joy […]

The Wisdom of Sandy Hansen-Wolff

Published on January 6, 2017 Written by

Sandy Wolff, CEO of AgVenture Feed & Seed, shared her wisdom with Sue on the latest episode of the “Inspiring Women” podcast. Sandy discusses why she believes this is the time for women, how to move with flow instead of force, and the importance of empty space for concentrated thought. Listen to the full podcast […]

You Can Do It: Julie Allinson

Published on January 6, 2017 Written by

Julie Allinson, the irreverent and slightly jaded founder of eyebobs, shared the mic with Sue for another episode of the “Inspiring Women” podcast. She shares why her advice to anyone is “you can do it,” how she built her own small town at eyebobs, and what inspires her signature style. Listen to the full podcast […]

Collaborative Change Agent

Published on January 6, 2017 Written by

I was honored to feature my friend, Mahtab Rezai of Crux Collaborative, in my “Inspiring Women” column for Minnesota Business magazine. The fact that her feature appeared in the “Women Who Lead” issue was no accident; I admire Mahtab as a leader both personally and professionally. Collaboration is Mahtab’s leadership style and she works to […]

Bigger Vision for the Future

Published on November 29, 2016 Written by

When I decided to feature my friend, former EOS client and WPO colleague Julie Allinson, Founder and President of eyebobs, I knew I was in for a laugh. Never one to disappoint, Julie did have a few of her famous one-liners but also opened up about growing eyebobs, selling part of the business, and now letting […]

Bolts, Booze and Bullets

Published on November 1, 2016 Written by

Meg Thoreson truly does it all. As both the owner of Solon Springs Mercantile and an employee of the Entrepreneur Fund, Meg brings a passion for small business development wherever she goes. I was excited to interview her for my “Inspiring Women” column in Minnesota Business magazine because I can’t imagine being an entrepreneur and […]