Photo by Erin Benner

It’s a spring night in Minneapolis and Lakes & Legends Brewery has a line halfway down the block. Minnesotans are gathered for All Are Welcome Beer, a collaboration between All Are Welcome Here and the brewery to celebrate the release of a saison brewed exclusively for the event to benefit the America Civil Liberties Union.

On Sunday morning, hours before her new North Loop apparel shop was set for its grand opening, boutique owner Nicole Jennings opened a surprise gift from her husband, retired Vikings wide receiver and current Fox Sports analyst Greg Jennings.

Behold the (Real) Power 50 class of 2017! These individuals were chosen by their predecessors and by our inner circle because of their dynamic presence in the Twin Cities business community and nonprofit sector. These are the shakers and movers that you need to know.

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After receiving a mainstream beauty box in the mail, Jasmine Harris found that she couldn’t use all of the products included. As a woman of color, traditional beauty marketers largely ignored her.

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Krista Craven and Christina Rogan found a direct path to the hearts (and stomachs) of thousands: old-fashioned homemade pie. From classics like Apple Crumb to innovations like Brownie Batter or Coconut Macaroon, the two-woman team of Cravin’ Pie is showing Minnesotans that pie isn’t just for Thanksgiving.

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If someone in your office has the title of Chief Experience Officer, you can thank Jim Gilmore and his co-author, Joseph Pine II.

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Planning for the future is an interesting exercise. First of all, it’s the future. It hasn’t happened yet. There are so many possibilities — some in your control and some not.

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Speaking with Sandy Hansen-Wolff, owner of AgVenture Feed & Seed, is inspirational. She puts her heart into everything she does, whether serving AgVenture customers, providing agribusiness support, animal management and farm supplies, or speaking to an audience about her story.

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Bob Gardner loves people. As owner of Gardner Builders, a Minneapolis-based construction company that truly cares about making clients’ experiences enjoyable, he is often found interacting with trade partners, clients, influencers in the business and his team. He says if his team doesn’t feel inspired, he’s not doing his job.