• Speakers and Presenters

    Malissa AdamsMalissa Adams

    Chief operations officer, Stanton Adams Leadership Institute

    Malissa brings over 15 years of experience in business management, sales, and marketing to her work with Stanton Adams Consulting, LLC. She has successfully planned and directed the business operations of public and private organizations. Malissa offers consulting services in the areas of multicultural marketing, organization development, and product development.

    Hanna CooperHanna Cooper

    Certified professional coach, Hanna Cooper Coaching

    Hanna Cooper MPH, PCC, CPCC, ORSCC, is a certified professional coach for emerging and established leaders and teams committed to making a difference. She coaches leaders and teams to create clear plans for moving forward so they can be more successful and confident in their next steps; maximizing individual and organizational effectiveness. Before specializing as a professional coach in 2004, Hanna spent more than a decade in leadership, management, and program development in the public and nonprofit sectors. She also designs and delivers interactive workshops on coaching and leadership skills, as well as consults on strategic planning and facilitation projects with a variety of organizations.

    MayKao HangDr. MayKao Y. Hang

    President and CEO, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

    MayKao has extensive experience in the public and nonprofit sectors, serving low income and disadvantaged populations. She is committed to achieving an equitable society and believes that harnessing and building social and civic capital can transform the world. She has a Doctorate of Public Administration from Hamline University, a MA in Social Policy and Distributive Justice from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a BA in Psychology from Brown University. She is chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, trustee and chair of the Grants & Community Initiatives Committee of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, and an advisory committee member for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. She is a founding member of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) in Minnesota and Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together. MayKao has received numerous awards including the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Award, the Community Champion 40 & Forward Award, the Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the Ann Bancroft Award, the Ultimate Hmong Woman Award, and the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans Leadership Award.

    Sharon LubinskiSharon J. Lubinski

    United States Marshal for the District of Minnesota


    Rena MoranRena Moran

    State representative, Minnesota House of Representatives

    On January 4, 2011, Rena Moran was sworn in as the first African American state representative to represent the city of Saint Paul. She represents District 65A, one of Saint Paul’s most diverse communities and is currently serving her third term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. As a legislator, Rena advocates for racial, social, and economic justice and equity. Her goal is to connect the community to the capitol and the capitol to the community. She also works for Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota. She created and coordinates a statewide parent leadership team. Rena connects parents to work groups, task forces, and committees within the Department of Human Services to ensure that the “parent voice” is represented through the involvement and leadership of parents. Rena is the mother of 7 children and the grandmother of 5.

    Nathan PerezNathan A. Perez

    Career consultant, 20-Minute Communications

    Nathan is co-author of the acclaimed job-search networking book, The 20-Minute Networking Meeting. A retained executive search professional, Nathan is responsible for the first step of the search process, devising the “where and how to find” strategies to find qualified candidates for client companies. He works with job-seekers of all experience levels to give them a stronger presence on paper, in person, in job interviews, and approaching career development. He is a national speaker on the topics of job-search networking, résumé deconstruction, and LinkedIn.

    Cecilia Stanton-AdamsCecilia Stanton-Adams

    Director of Diversity, Buffalo Wild Wings, and CEO, Stanton Adams Consulting LLC