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Leading By Example II: Boomers to Rockstars
Southwest Minnesota’s Premier Business Leadership Event!
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The Southwest Initiative Foundation and the Southwest Minnesota Workforce Council thank all participants for attending this event!
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Keynote presentation by acclaimed author, researcher and thought leader Daniel Pink on The Boomer Workforce and the End of Retirement as We Know It followed by audience Q&A. Pink is the author of a trio of books that are reshaping how organizations operate and how individuals navigate their careers, including Free Agent Nation and A Whole New Mind. He has been published in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review and Wired and seen on CNN, CNBC and ABC.
- DEED Regional Analyst Cameron Macht: How Boomers and Rock Stars Are Impacting Our Region, including business, education, health care and more.
Cameron Macht presentation
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- Limelight Generations President/CEO Sarah Sladek: Rock Stars at Work, focusing on the changes Generations X, Y and Z are bringing to our workplaces. Limelight Generations, based in Minneapolis, is one of the only companies in the U.S. focused on recruiting, retaining, managing and marketing to generations X, Y and Z.
- New this year: Roundtable discussions following each presentation facilitated by Sertich Consulting President/CEO Joe Sertich.
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Southwest Initiative Foundation 2009 Banquet "What Matters Most"
The Southwest Initiative Foundation would like to thank everyone who joined us Thursday, April 23, at Jackpot Junction in Morton for the 2009 “What Matters Most” banquet. We hope you were inspired by all this event had to offer!
“What Matters Most” Video
More than ever, the Southwest Initiative Foundation is focusing on what matters most. We hope you will enjoy this video as we celebrate three entrepreneurs, among many, who have made a difference in southwest Minnesota.
Our sincere appreciation goes to Roz Ewald, Cedar Crest Estates; Cory Jensen, Country Enterprises; Dan Juhl, Juhl Wind; and their families and staff for sharing their stories of entrepreneurship in our region and to Famous Davis of Willmar for producing the video.
To request a copy of “What Matters Most” on DVD, contact Sr. Communications Officer Janis Rannow at 800-594-9480.
Keynote Speaker V.J. Smith
V.J. Smith, president of Life’s Great Moments, delivered a heartfelt message about the importance of showing gratitude, building relationships and making a difference in the lives of those around us. The event’s “What Matters Most” theme was inspired by a chapter in Smith’s book, The Richest Man in Town.
Surprise Announcement of 2009 Southwest Initiative Foundation Award Recipient
Congratulations to Greg Raymo of Worthington!
The Southwest Initiative Foundation Board of Directors and Staff are pleased to recognize Greg Raymo of Worthington as this year’s award recipient.
Click here to view our award booklet highlighting some of Greg’s countless contributions to our region.
To show our appreciation for his leadership, innovation, collaboration and philanthropic spirit, Greg received a framed photograph by internationally-acclaimed Minnesota photographer Jim Brandenburg who selected this photograph from his archives to be used solely for the Southwest Initiative Foundation Award.
Greg also received a $2,000 award to be granted to the program or project of his choosing for the benefit of southwest Minnesota.
Southwest Minnesota Talent Showcase
Four artists and three musical groups who submitted auditions for our showcase were selected to display their artwork and perform, giving guests a taste of our region’s great talent.
Surviving the Recession
What businesses should do to survive the economy
Presented by Duane Hoversten
Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Understanding our everyday interactions with young children and their families
Presented by Michele Fallon
Handouts available for downloading:
Leaving a Legacy
Using philanthropic tools to leave a legacy and benefit the place we call home
Presented by Doug Holzkamp and Marc Vaillancourt
Community Leadership: Doing What Matters Most
Making the best investment of leader’s time and energy
Presented by Jim Krile
Handouts avilable for downloading:
Krile workshop binder
Get your renewable energy news here! The fall 2008 edition of IQ magazine, a one-time joint publication between the Initiative Foundation and SWIF dedicated exclusively to energy issues, is available online. This special edition of IQ magazine is chock full of news and information from Minnesota experts working in the areas of energy conservation, renewable resources, education, workforce and more. We hope you enjoy reading it!
Power to the People
Minnesota's Renewable Optimism
Southern Minnesota Regional Competitiveness Project: RUPRI Roundtables
The Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) has partnered with many regional entities, including our colleagues at the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation in Owatonna, to form the Southern Minnesota Regional Competitiveness Project, designed to build a development strategy focused on the key assets within the 38 counties of the southern portion of our state.
We believe this project will help us build on the important work we’ve already done in building our regional capacity for success by getting more leaders with important experience and knowledge involved.
Leading by Example: Southwest Minnesota’s Premier Business Leadership Event
Click on the links below to view video recordings of this event. It is divided into parts for easier uploading and Web viewing.
The Southwest Initiative Foundation, Southwest Minnesota Workforce Council and Schwan’s University thanks all who joined us for Leading by Example: Southwest Minnesota’s Premier Business Leadership Event Sept. 15.
More than 250 rural business, community, non-profit and educational leaders and entrepreneurs heard what's going to happen in our heartland communities, what needs to happen, and how Minnesota businesses are making it happen.
Speakers included Rich Karlgaard, Forbes publisher and columnist, and author of America's Coming Heartland Boom; Dr. Okokon Udo, international consultant on leadership development; facilitator Jodee Bock, Bock’s Transformational Consulting; and panelists Myrna Hoekstra, VP of Human Resources, BTD Manufacturing, Inc., Detroit Lakes; Dave Verkinderen, Business Equipment Finance Group General Manager, USBank, Marshall; and Jim Morgan, President/CEO, Daktronics, Inc., Brookings, South Dakota.
Digital Rules: The Blog Rich Karlgaard
"Building for a boom" Marshall Independent
Forbes Publisher Speaks Before Foundation Marshall Radio
"Here comes the boom?" Redwood Falls Gazette
“Just Imagine” Mini-Documentary
The Southwest Initiative Foundation has produced a mini-documentary about the opportunities southwest Minnesota has to prepare for a bright and prosperous future. The video explores four areas that will be critical to the region's future growth and shows examples of progress and innovation in our region today. It is our hope that this video will spark dialogue and brainstorming about how we can help southwest Minnesota adapt and thrive in a changing world.
Click on the links below to view the video. It is divided into chapters for easier uploading and Web viewing. If you are interested in receiving a DVD copy of the documentary, please contact Karen Grasmon, SWIF communications specialist.
The Southwest Initiative Foundation’s logos and publicity guidelines can be downloaded from our Publicity Resources page. A password is required. Contact Communications Speicalist Karen Grasmon at 800-594-9480 to receive access.
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