Executive Forums

A series of events by Minnesota Business magazine for the busy professional



Past forums:

Fiduciary Duties & Retirement Plans: Your Responsibilities are Changing

Event Description: Three local experts explained how to best navigate regulation changes from The Department of Labor on employer responsibilities towards retirement plans and other employee benefits.

Preparing Your Business for the Future
Event Description: At Surly Brewing on January 26, guests heard from speaker Nancy Lyons, CEO of Clockwork, discussed the results of SCORE's Small Business Survey and covered what business owners will need to do to prepare for the future. Key topics covered include navigating change, defining new factors of success and overcoming obstacles to growth.

Own Your WOW!™
Event Description:
At Pinstripes in Edina on October 13, licensed attorney, author and host of News & Views with on WCCO Radio Roshini Rajkumar shared her process for Owning Your Wow™ in your personal and professional life to help attendees best market themselves and their businesses.
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What Small Business Needs to Know Now: Looking Beyond the Horizon
Event Description:
At Surly Brewing on January 28, Executive in Residence at Belmont Univeristy's Center For Entrepreneurship Joe Calloway and a panel of local entrepreneurs shared their methods for driving customer recommendations and simplifying your business strategy.

How Are You Going to Kickstart the New Year at Work?
Event Description:
At Pinstripes in Edina on December 10, award-winning TV personality, author and speaker Liz Nead and a panel of three brilliant, local entrepreneurs — Leah Moses, Junita Cathey, and Virginia Bell shared behind-the-scenes stories of what influenced them, their mentors and what sparked success as they built their businesses.

Do You Have the Right Talent at the Top?
Event Description: At the Golden Valley Country Club on November 18, executives from Salo LLC, Kemps, the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, Braun Intertec and the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota shared their insights on how to assess whether your current leaders are still your best leaders as your business evolves — and how to prepare for inevitable talent changes.

Midsize Companies and the Challenges of Growth: Driving Profit During Competitive and Economic Pressure
Event description:
At Pinstripes in Edina on October 13, representatives from Beanstalk Revenue Management, The Nerdery, Carlson School of Management and Entrust Datacard discussed the new challenges of a growing business and how to prepare for and manage that dynamic within your organization.

Goodbye to Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance, Hello to a Minnesota Game Changer
Event description: 
At the Edina Country Club on September 17, representatives from Gravie, TEN7 Interactive and Creatis discussed how traditional employer-sponsored health insurance is becoming a thing of the past.

Five Ways to Train for Change
Event description:
At the 
Golden Valley Golf and Country Club on Jan. 28, Missy Durant moderated a panel discussion about innovative ways to prepare for, deal with, and direct change in a way that will help your businesses grow and thrive. Panelists included Jeff Kiesel, president & CEO of Restaurant Technologies Inc.; Jamie Candee, president & CEO of Questar Assessment; and Jon Freeland, co-founder and partner of M&A Group. Ann Ruschy, the chief talent officer and general manager at Salo, delivered the keynote. 

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Online Marketing Strategies for Small and Midsize Businesses
Event description: The Edina Country Club was the backdrop to the Nov. 13 event, which focused on online marketing strategies. Dina Simon moderated a panel of experts on the subject. Panelists included Chris Peterson, vice president of online marketing for Versique; Dan West,  founder and executive creative director at Westwerk; and Holly Spaeth,  supervisor of marketing communications (social) for Polaris Industries

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Attracting & Retaining Top Millennial Talent 
Event description:
 An event held at the Golden Valley Country Club on July 30 where a panel of experts discussed how to position benefits, create culture, and develop recruiting strategies for millennials. Allied Executives founder and CEO John P. Palen moderated the panel, which included Carson Kipfer, chief evangelist at Sport Ngin; John Chabot, vice president of operations at Hanratty & Associates; and Jim Johnson, owner of Express Employment Professionals.

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