• 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.

    Peggy AndrewsPeggy Andrews

    senior lecturer in management and MBA Program Director, Hamline School of Business

    Peggy has worked in the field of human resources for over 20 years and has held staff and leadership positions at the Pillsbury Company, Personnel Decisions International, American Express Financial Advisors, and Total Solutions Group. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development in 2010. Her research interests revolve around the intersection of work and family, including the individual and family impact of white collar layoffs and economic, sociological, and psychological perspectives on maternal employment. As a practitioner, she is passionate about helping companies design and implement hiring and development processes that increase individual-organization fit so that both can flourish.

    Kay Lillig CotterKay Lillig Cotter

    career management advisor, Hamline School of Business

    Kay taught courses in leadership and organizational behavior as an adjunct faculty member in Hamline’s MBA program before assuming her present role. Before coming to Hamline, Kay worked as general manager of Korn Ferry and president of PDI Japan, where she worked to expand core services in both Japanese and English for local and global clients. She also provided guidance and support for their Korea business partner, providing high-quality services in Korean to many large Korean headquartered companies and global clients. From 1998 to 2002, Kay worked at Wilson Learning Worldwide, most notably heading their Asia Pacific operation. Before joining PDI, Kay held positions in corporate HR for seven years. She has had leadership roles with nonprofit organizations and worked with government organizations as a consultant. Kay is also a licensed psychologist in the state of Minnesota. She earned a doctoral degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She holds a master’s degree in psychology from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Dakota.

    Kathy Fodness

    Business agent, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE)

     Meredith Fox

     founder and ceo, portage partners consulting

    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.

    Sarah HindeSarah Hinde

    Director of external relations, Office of Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith


    Stefanie HorvathStefanie Horvath

    CIO, Minnesota National Guard

    Colonel Horvath received her master’s degree from the US Army War College with a Network+ certification. In addition, she is the co-chair for the State of Minnesota Information Security Risk Management Governance Committee, is an advisory board member of the Minneapolis Cyber Security summit, is a member of Infragard-MN Chapter, and has published “Enabling Battle Command with the Wideband Global SATCOM.” She is a recipient of the Bronze Star, earned while serving in Iraq as the Division G6 lead signal planner for all US forces operating in the southern nine provinces of Iraq. She is married with two daughters.

    Lauren HunterLauren Hunter

    Diversity recruiter, Minnesota Department of Human Services

    Lauren began her role as diversity recruiter for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) in September 2015. Prior to joining DHS, she worked in talent acquisition for a variety of industries in the private sector, including retail, manufacturing and healthcare. Her experience includes full cycle recruitment, sourcing and partnering with hiring leaders to determine the most effective yet creative methods to fill open vacancies. In her current role, Lauren is responsible for promoting DHS as an employer of choice and attracting qualified diverse job seekers. She provides leadership in the development, coordination and communication of statewide diversity recruitment and retention activities. Lauren has an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Indiana University-Bloomington.

    Lizabeth M. Lehrkamp

    special agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

    Special agent Lizabeth Lehrkamp entered on duty with the FBI in February 2005 and was assigned to the Newark field office, where she investigated organized crime for two years and then went on to cyber. In 2010, Liz was transferred to the Minneapolis field office and was assigned to the human intelligence squad working cyber matters. Recently, Liz has made a move to a counter terrorism squad. Liz received a B.S. in mechanical engineering and is a member of Society of Women Engineers. Prior to her appointment with the FBI, Liz was employed in technical sales and application engineering.

    Sharon LubinskiSharon J. Lubinski

    United States Marshal for the District of Minnesota

    Sharon Lubinski has 39 years of law enforcement experience in both local and federal agencies. She served as a patrol deputy and a criminal investigator for the Dane County Sheriff’s Department in Madison, Wisconsin, for more than eight years. From 1987 to 2010, she worked for the Minneapolis Police Department and eventually became assistant chief of police. In 2001, Lubinski received the Police Executive Research Forum’s Gary Hayes Award for Initiative in Policing for the Minnesota HEALS Homicide Reduction in Minneapolis. In 2014, she received the Distinguished Achievement Award from Hamline School of Business. Lubinski has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Public Administration from Hamline. She’s an adjunct faculty member for criminal justice programs at Hamline University and Metropolitan State University. Since 2010, she has served as U.S. Marshal for the District of Minnesota.

    Anne MarcotteAnne Marcotte

    Aitkin county commissioner

    Anne is a practicing attorney and has been a Minnesota state public defender for the past 16 years. As a public defender, she represents indigent clients in criminal matters from felony to misdemeanor-level charges. She is also serving her second four-year term as an Aitkin county commissioner and represents constituents in District 5. She serves on the board of Northern Pines Mental Health and is a tenured board member for the Advocates for Family Peace.

    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.

    Alice Percy

    senior investigator, Minnesota Department of Human Services/MAPE

    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.

    Erika RiversErika Rivers

    Director, Parks and Trails, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

    Erika Rivers is director of the Division of Parks and Trails at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Prior to her role as Parks and Trails director, Rivers was an assistant commissioner for customer engagement and outreach at DNR, where she also oversaw the divisions of Fish & Wildlife, Parks & Trails, and Enforcement. As division director, Rivers manages a $230 million biennial budget and a staff of nearly 1,200. State parks and trails host more than nine million visitors each year, supporting Minnesota’s $12 billion tourism industry. Rivers holds a Ph.D. in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota.

    Stephanie ReveringStephanie Revering

    chief of police, city of Crystal

    Chief Revering started her career in law enforcement in 1997 with the Crystal Police Department. Chief Revering holds a master’s degree in public safety administration from St. Mary’s University and a Bachelor’s degree from Metro State University. She has been fortunate enough to be a graduate of the Northwestern Police Staff and Command in 2005, CLEO Academy in 2009, BCA Supervisor/Management School in 2008, and a FBI LEEDS graduate in 2010. She most recently was elected as the secretary for the MN Chiefs of Police Association.

    Cecilia Stanton-AdamsCecilia Stanton-Adams

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


    Julie Sullivan

    Sharepoint site collection administrator, Minnesota it services

    Anika Ward

    Statewide executive recruiter, Minnesota Management and Budget