Twin Cities Startup Week 2022 Twin Cities Startup Week 2022

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Saturday, September 17, 2022

- CDT
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Offsite In Person
Future of our Communities and Cities Day
Marlaina Love
Marlaina Love Pipe Dream Academy, CEO & Founder
Shelisa Demuth
Shelisa Demuth BETA, Executive Director
Prashanth Pollishetty
Prashanth Pollishetty Vizworld Inc, Founder and CEO
Wendy Meadley
Wendy Meadley Next Phase Studio, CEO
Tarek Tomes
Tarek Tomes Minnesota IT Services, Chief Information Officer and Commissioner
Will Preble
Will Preble Odea, CEO
Brian Mahony
Brian Mahony web3msp, Co-founder
Hunter Dansbury
Hunter Dansbury ShotCaller, Founder & CEO
Amir Berenjian
Amir Berenjian REM5 STUDIOS, CEO
Chelsea Chung
Chelsea Chung Token Events, Marketing Director & Head of Community
Tierra Anderson
Tierra Anderson Lunar Startups, Program Manager
Pat Dillon
Pat Dillon MNSBIR, Director
Nicholas F. Martin
Nicholas F. Martin Xcel Energy, Manager, Policy & Outreach
Andrea Jenkins
Andrea Jenkins City of Minneapolis, City Council President
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Future of Our Communities and Cities Day Offsite
Digital First 21st Century
Tom Fisher
Tom Fisher College of Design, University of MN, Professor
Wendy Meadley
Wendy Meadley Next Phase Studio, CEO
Tarek Tomes
Tarek Tomes Minnesota IT Services, Chief Information Officer and Commissioner
Nicholas F. Martin
Nicholas F. Martin Xcel Energy, Manager, Policy & Outreach
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Future of Our Communities and Cities Day
Designing the Metaverse
Tom Fisher
Tom Fisher College of Design, University of MN, Professor
Amir Berenjian
Amir Berenjian REM5 STUDIOS, CEO
Will Preble
Will Preble Odea, CEO
Chelsea Chung
Chelsea Chung Token Events, Marketing Director & Head of Community

Sunday, September 18, 2022

- CDT
Spotlight Track Offsite In Person
Moving the Dirt
Elaine Rasmussen
Elaine Rasmussen ConnectUP! Institute & Social Impact Now!, Founder and CEO

Monday, September 19, 2022

- CDT
Culture Track Community Hub
Cultivating Workplace Wellness for Startup Teams
Michelle Tran Maryns
Michelle Tran Maryns We Sparkle Co., Founder + CEO
Alex Stalberger
Alex Stalberger Well Connected Twin Cities, Owner
Mike Millios
Mike Millios Millios Meditation and Wellness, Mediator + Wellness Coach
Charlotte LaVictoire
Charlotte LaVictoire Morning Tide Health Coaching, Integrative Health + Life Transitions Coach
Kristina Nesse
Kristina Nesse Radiant Soul Coaching, Owner and Coach
- CDT
- CDT
Spotlight Track Main Stage
Why Creatives are the Future Tech Giants
Caroline Holden
Caroline Holden Buncha / HomSurfin, Partnerships & Strategy Manager / Founder
- CDT
Spotlight Track Virtual
Launch Minnesota Board AMA
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Christine Beech
Christine Beech Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Executive Director of Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
Al Cornish
Al Cornish gener8tor, General Partner
Xavier Frigola
Xavier Frigola Mayo Clinic, Treasury Services
Sunny Han
Sunny Han Fulcrum, Founder and CEO
Dave Hengel
Dave Hengel Greater Bemidji, Executive Director
Jodi Hubler
Jodi Hubler Board Director & Investor
Rick Huebsch
Rick Huebsch University of Minnesota Technology Commercialization, Executive Director
Ashley Lowes
Ashley Lowes Target, Communications Director
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Spotlight Track Main Stage
Accelerating growth: How philanthropy fuels startup success
Mai-Anh Tran
Mai-Anh Tran AVP of Philanthropic Services, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
Jacqui Dorsey
Jacqui Dorsey HMDH and SPMF Donor, Principle
Conrad P. Nguyen
Conrad P. Nguyen KORTECH, President & Chief Impact Officer
Andrew O’Leary
Andrew O’Leary MEDA, Chief Advancement Officer
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Spotlight Track Virtual
Launching Naturally Minnesota - the Evolution of Grow North and the Food and Ag Entrepreneur Ecosystem in Minnesota
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Allison Hohn
Allison Hohn Naturally MN (Grow North), Executive Director
Corinne Shindelar
Corinne Shindelar All Natural Strategies, Owner/Principal
Katrina Tolentino
Katrina Tolentino Naturally Network, Executive Director
Brooks Johnson
Brooks Johnson Star Tribune, Business Reporter
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- CDT
Culture Track Offsite In Person
Organic Startup Communities: A Case Study
Lisa Esberger
Lisa Esberger Verdethos | Collective Will, President | Founder
Kelvin Johnson, Jr.
Kelvin Johnson, Jr. Brevity Inc., Co-founder & CEO
Nicholas Garbis
Nicholas Garbis One Model, Inc., VP of People Analytics Strategy
Kathy Grunditz
Kathy Grunditz One North, Manger, Brand Strategy
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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

- CDT
Growth Track Offsite In Person
Mentor Morning by Grumbles Law & Minnesota Innovates
Ernest Grumbles
Ernest Grumbles Grumbles Law
Dave Neville
Dave Neville Infinity Robotics, President
Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor Serial Mentors Ltd., Founder
Craig Espelien
Craig Espelien 1201 Investment Partners, Managing Director
Matthew Zanetti
Matthew Zanetti Lake Monster Brewing, Owner & Founder
Lois Josefson
Lois Josefson Greater Minnesota Development Services, LLC, Principal
Wendy Hansen-Vahle
Wendy Hansen-Vahle Grumbles Law, Success Manager
Leonard Klucas
Leonard Klucas Matter Dynamics, CEO
Harlan T. Jacobs
Harlan T. Jacobs Genesis Business Centers Ltd., President/Founder
Braden Ericson
Braden Ericson Sparrow Charts, Inc, Founder
Scott Schwalbe
Scott Schwalbe Airgain, Inc., Vice President of Sales
Justin Grammens
Justin Grammens Lab651, Founder + CEO
Rick Brimacomb
Rick Brimacomb Brimacomb Capital, Founder
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- CDT
Funding Track Main Stage In Person Virtual
How to get your first investment
Reed Robinson
Reed Robinson Groove Capital, Founding Partner
Ava Najafi
Ava Najafi Atland Ventures, VP of Platform
Emmet Byron
Emmet Byron Groove Capital, Senior Associate
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Funding Track Main Stage In Person
Amplify - Our Collective Stories
Liz Tupper
Liz Tupper CivicActions, Director of Product
Dario Otero
Dario Otero Youth Lens 360, CEO
Khalique Rogers
Khalique Rogers Good Riddance, Founder
Mu Okonkwo
Mu Okonkwo SitEat, CEO & Co-Founder
Bella (Nhi) Lam
Bella (Nhi) Lam Coconut Whisk, Founder/CEO
- CDT
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Funding Track Main Stage
How to pitch the Fortune 500
Greg McGee
Greg McGee United Healthcare, Director, Innovation
Clayton Burke
Clayton Burke UnitedHealthcare, Senior Director, Innovation
Michael Arulfo
Michael Arulfo Optum, Enterprise Architect, CLP, CSPO, CPM
Miles Bloomenkranz
Miles Bloomenkranz Optum, Director Of Strategic Partnerships
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Funding Track Main Stage In Person
Building A Bigger Table: Philanthropy’s Role In Making Space for Underrepresented Fund Managers
Danielle Steer
Danielle Steer Lunar Startups, Managing Partner at Lunar Startups
Casey Shultz
Casey Shultz Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, Director of Investor Relations
- CDT (Part 2 of 2)
- CDT (Part 1 of 2)
- CDT
Growth Track Offsite In Person
Women in MarTech Discussion Panel (2 Veterans / 2 Millenials)
Kristin Dennewill
Kristin Dennewill Denamico Inc., Co-founder & President
Tiffany Cavegn
Tiffany Cavegn Denamico, Inc., Director of Project Management
Emily Grotkin
Emily Grotkin Denamico Inc., Chief Operating Officer
Alise Riedel
Alise Riedel Denamico Inc., Lead HubSpot Strategist
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Funding Track Main Stage In Person
Ask a VC Anything
Shannon Shroyer
Shannon Shroyer Matchstick Ventures, Head of Network
Ryan Broshar
Ryan Broshar Matchstick Ventures, Partner
Sarah Bain
Sarah Bain Techstars, Investment Principal
Daniel Heck
Daniel Heck Stage 2 Capital, Partner
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Funding Track Main Stage
The Real Pitch: Live Feedback from Real Investors
Mary Grove
Mary Grove Bread and Butter Ventures, General Partner
Brett Brohl
Brett Brohl Bread and Butter Ventures, General Partner
- CDT
Funding Track Virtual
A deep dive into Gen Z Industry Trends with Atland Ventures
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Elise Riniker
Elise Riniker Atland Ventures, Analyst
Brendan Zhang
Brendan Zhang Atland Ventures, Analyst
Sophia Youngdahl
Sophia Youngdahl Atland Ventures, Director & VP of Recruiting
Aditya Prabhu
Aditya Prabhu Atland Ventures, Analyst
Ava Najafi
Ava Najafi Atland Ventures, VP of Platform
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The Gen Z Take: Upcoming Industries
Elise Riniker
Elise Riniker Atland Ventures, Analyst
Sophia Youngdahl
Sophia Youngdahl Atland Ventures, Director & VP of Recruiting
Brendan Zhang
Brendan Zhang Atland Ventures, Analyst
Aditya Prabhu
Aditya Prabhu Atland Ventures, Analyst
Ava Najafi
Ava Najafi Atland Ventures, VP of Platform
- CDT
- CDT
Offsite In Person
gener8tor St.Thomas Showcase
Megan Baniecke
Megan Baniecke gener8tor, Director - gBETA St. Thomas
Jordan Johnson
Jordan Johnson Axon Athletics, Inc., Chief Executive Officer
Nicole Anthony
Nicole Anthony COYABLU, CEO
Sam Richter
Sam Richter Drvn, Co-Founder & CEO
Souphak Kienitz
Souphak Kienitz Jay Victoria, Co-Founder and CEO
Bobby Warner
Bobby Warner Virontir, Virontir

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

- CDT
Community Hub In Person
The Future of Branding
Lara Cornell
Lara Cornell Artisan & Company, Biz Strategist, Best Selling Author, Artist, CEO
- CDT
Funding Track Offsite In Person
Trends in sexual health and wellness
WJ
Wayne Jarvis Coloplast, Director of Portfolio Strategy and Business Development
Heather C Montgomery
Heather C Montgomery Founder & CEO
Jeff Bennett
Jeff Bennett Morari Medical, CEO & Founder
PC
Paul Charchian GuillotineLeagues.com and KFAN Radio Host, Founder
Allison Kaplan
Allison Kaplan Twin Cities Business, Editor-in-Chief
Kristen Mark
Kristen Mark Institute for Sexual & Gender Health at University of Minnesota, Professor & Joycelyn Elders Endowed Chair for Sexual Health Education
- CDT
Growth Track Community Hub In Person
The ABC's of ESG
Jonathan Banks
Jonathan Banks NCXT, President and Founding Partner
Kristi Knudson
Kristi Knudson Grant Thornton, Manager, ESG & Sustainability
Jay Rajaratnam
Jay Rajaratnam 2718 Grand, Founder
AJ
Adam Jonas Kaleidoscope, Architect and Urban Orchestrator
- CDT
- CDT
Growth Track Offsite In Person
Preparing Your Startup for Investment
Jeff Robbins
Jeff Robbins Avisen Legal, P.A., Attorney
Abigail Pettit
Abigail Pettit Avisen Legal, P.A., Attorney
Larry Fox
Larry Fox Avisen Legal, P.A., Attorney
Bill Egan
Bill Egan Avisen Legal, P.A., Attorney
- CDT
Growth Track Offsite In Person
How Mentoring Helps Entrepreneurs Cope with the Loneliest Job in the World
Angie Franks
Angie Franks ABOUT Healthcare, CEO
Chad Halvorson
Chad Halvorson When I Work, Founder & CEO
Melissa Kjolsing
Melissa Kjolsing Reema Health, Chief Growth Officer
Jim Moar
Jim Moar Minnesota Emerging Software Advisory (MESA), President
- CDT
- CDT (Part 1 of 2)
- CDT (Part 2 of 2)
- CDT
Culture Track Hopin Virtual
Valuable aspects of company culture
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Meaghan Raleigh
Meaghan Raleigh Modern Logic, Software Engineer
Kisha Delain
Kisha Delain Modern Logic, Lead Software Engineer
Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson Modern Logic, Principal Software Engineer
Beth Davis
Beth Davis Modern Logic, Project Manager
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Growth Track Community Hub In Person
Media Magic: Combine Strategy and Creativity to Grow with Authenticity
Ember Berg
Ember Berg Dragonfly Eye Productions, Video Producer and Content Strategist
Belen Fleming
Belen Fleming Belu Photography, Photographer & Principal Storyteller
- CDT
Product Track Offsite In Person
Leading, Reviewing and Refining Prototyping Projects
Elyse Ash
Elyse Ash Cloudburst SBC, Growth Manager
Zack Steven
Zack Steven Cloudburst, SBC, Co-Founder & CEO
Tammy Livingston
Tammy Livingston Cloudburst SBC, VP of Operations
Alex Betzler
Alex Betzler Cloudburst SBC, Sr. UX Designer
- CDT
- CDT
Culture Track Main Stage
Impact Measurement: A 360 View of Concept and Importance
Matt Ladhoff
Matt Ladhoff Ecotone Partners, VP Customer Success
Amanda LaGrange
Amanda LaGrange Repowered, CEO
Jose Diaz
Jose Diaz The Constellation Fund, Chief Economist
Jasmine Russell
Jasmine Russell Monicat Data, CEO
- CDT

Thursday, September 22, 2022

- CDT
Product Track Main Stage In Person
The Metaverse: NOW
Amir Berenjian
Amir Berenjian REM5 STUDIOS, CEO
Brian Skalak
Brian Skalak REM5 STUDIOS, Director
Matt Foreman
Matt Foreman REM5 STUDIOS, Lead Developer
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Product Track Community Hub In Person
Scaling in EdTech By Listening: A Work Session to Evaluate Your Attention to Customer Voices
Elizabeth Orme
Elizabeth Orme Creatively Focused, Founder & CEO
Becky Vavrichek
Becky Vavrichek Creatively Focused, VP of Product Development
Daryl Vavrichek
Daryl Vavrichek Creatively Focused, Director of Customer Success
Paul Johansen
Paul Johansen Edmentum, Chief Technology Officer
- CDT
Culture Track Offsite In Person
Building HR / People Operations from Scratch
Heidi Balley
Heidi Balley Upsie Technology, Inc., VP of HR/People
Becky Lauseng
Becky Lauseng Anno.Ai, VP of People Operations
Victoria Schanen
Victoria Schanen Ghrow.io, Fractional HR & Talent Leader
Sarah Schoolcraft
Sarah Schoolcraft phData, Director of People Operations
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Spotlight Track Virtual
Leading Change in Autonomy
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Shelley Nation
Shelley Nation Danfoss, Systems R&D Lead
Emily Plahn
Emily Plahn Danfoss Power Solutions, Autonomous Systems Engineer
Samruddhi Kadam
Samruddhi Kadam Danfoss Power Solutions, Senior Autonomous Machines Software Engineer
Estela Nario
Estela Nario Danfoss, Product Manager of Autonomous Controllers
Marlaina Love
Marlaina Love Pipe Dream Academy, CEO & Founder
- CDT
- CDT
Offsite Virtual
Powering Inclusion Forum
Tawanna Black
Tawanna Black Center for Economic Inclusion, Founder and CEO
Dr. Judith Williams Dangerfield
Dr. Judith Williams Dangerfield Metro-Source, Founder and Owner
Miguel Ramos
Miguel Ramos Minnesota Twins, Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
Kristin Guild
Kristin Guild Business Bridge, Director
Channon Lemon
Channon Lemon Intent Energy LLC, Founder
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Product Track Main Stage In Person
Creating an Irresistible Consumer Product
Joe Moidl
Joe Moidl General Mills, VP of Innovation, Technology, and Quality
Bella (Nhi) Lam
Bella (Nhi) Lam Coconut Whisk, Founder/CEO
Johnny Tran
Johnny Tran General Mills, Managing Director, 301 INC
Matt Thell
Matt Thell General Mills, Senior Manager iSquad
Brittany Schou
Brittany Schou GWorks, General Manager/Co-Founder
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Product Track In Person
Equitable Capital Access- Panel Discussion
Idris Mohamed
Idris Mohamed African Economic Development Solutions - AEDS, Director of Business Development, Workforce, and Housing
Denise Butler
Denise Butler African, Career, Education, and Resource Inc. (ACER), Associate/Director of Economic & Community Development
Twila Kennedy
Twila Kennedy SBA Minnesota District Office, Deputy District Director
Michael Berling
Michael Berling Huntington Bank, VP, SBA Senior Development Officer
Cheryl Smith
Cheryl Smith Bremer Bank, AVP, Business Solutions Specialist
Claudia L. Carrasco
Claudia L. Carrasco Bremer Bank, Business Solutions Specialist
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Product Track Virtual
Do I Really Need A Product Roadmap?
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Geri Huibregtse
Geri Huibregtse Foundry, Chief Product Officer
Seth Goodlaxson
Seth Goodlaxson Foundry, Director of Production
Lucy Hinton
Lucy Hinton Foundry, Product Designer
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Product Track Main Stage
Intellectual Property: Patents
Donna Rauch
Donna Rauch LegalCORPS, Patent Basics
Lucas Hjelle
Lucas Hjelle Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, Principal
Joseph Dietz
Joseph Dietz Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, Law Clerk
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Culture Track Hopin Virtual
Normalizing Not Drinking in Workplace Culture
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Marin Nelson
Marin Nelson Visit.org, VP Revenue
Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson Sober Sidekick, CEO
Jen Gilhoi
Jen Gilhoi Zero Proof Collective, Founder
Chris Aburime
Chris Aburime Sober Sidekick, Co-founder / CMO
Laurie Healy
Laurie Healy Laurie Healy Consulting, Recovery Coach
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Spotlight Track Offsite In Person
Navigating Risks and Rewards, Told by Three Entrepreneurial Couples
Gwen Martin
Gwen Martin Scouts Talent, Partner
Mike Martin
Mike Martin r.Cup and Effect Partners, CEO
Pete Kootsikas
Pete Kootsikas Nashville Pedal Tavern, Co-Founder
Tracy Kootsikas
Tracy Kootsikas Medtronic, Principal IT Business Systems Analyst
Mike McNamara
Mike McNamara Hoffman and McNamara Nursery and Landscape, President
Brian Adamek
Brian Adamek E-Wealth Partners & SBI Wealth Management, Founder & Certified Financial Planner
- CDT
Product Track Main Stage
Removing Risk When Developing Your Digital Product
Dustin Bruzenak
Dustin Bruzenak Modern Logic, CEO
Chip Pedersen
Chip Pedersen Modern Logic, Director of Client Services
Andy Rahn
Andy Rahn Modern Logic, Head of Engineering
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Product Track Main Stage In Person
PR on a Startup Budget
Twila Dang
Twila Dang Matriarch Digital Media, CEO / FOUNDER
Karla Hult
Karla Hult So Many Goodbyes, Founder
Tiffany Jackson
Tiffany Jackson Lola Red, VP of Public Relations
Allison Kaplan
Allison Kaplan Twin Cities Business, Editor-in-Chief
Nick Williams
Nick Williams Star Tribune, Business Reporter
Alyssa Toft
Alyssa Toft Quill & Cue, Founder
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Culture Track Offsite In Person
Let's WORK on our Fitness: How Exercise Improves your Productivity & your Mental Health at Work
Ben Wales
Ben Wales The Wilderness Fitness and Coworking, Co-Owner
Dr. Brett Donnelly
Dr. Brett Donnelly The Wilderness Co-Working & Fitness, Co-Founder, Psychologist

Friday, September 23, 2022

- CDT
Culture Track Hopin Virtual
The Future of Business
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Mark Ritchie
Mark Ritchie Global Minnesota, President
Bailey Johnson
Bailey Johnson Impact Hub MSP, Event & Marketing Manager
Kate Downing Khaled
Kate Downing Khaled Imagine Deliver, CEO
Shawntera Hardy
Shawntera Hardy Civic Eagle, Cofounder + Board Advisor
Basil Ajuo
Basil Ajuo Minnesota Africans United, Chief Executive Officer
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Culture Track Main Stage In Person
Diversity and Inclusion Drives Innovation
Stephanie Hammes-Betti
Stephanie Hammes-Betti U.S. Bank, Senior Vice President of Digital Risk
Komal Khatri
Komal Khatri Lead UHG Women Invent, Director – Patent Business Operations
Stephanie Henry
Stephanie Henry Optum Financial Services, Sr. Director, Product Capabilities
Jen Alstad
Jen Alstad Bswing, inc., Founder
Patricia Jordan
Patricia Jordan Optum, VP Enabling Processess & Technologies
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Culture Track Offsite In Person
All Work & No Play: The Importance of Play in Adulthood
Ben Wales
Ben Wales The Wilderness Fitness and Coworking, Co-Owner
Dr. Brett Donnelly
Dr. Brett Donnelly The Wilderness Co-Working & Fitness, Co-Founder, Psychologist
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Culture Track Hopin Virtual
Build your STEM talent pipeline and get a rebate to do it!
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Emily Beck
Emily Beck Miromatrix Medical, Senior Manager
Hashim Al Lawati
Hashim Al Lawati Third Wave Systems, Product Quality Lead Engineer
Dane Stimart
Dane Stimart Respiratory Sciences Inc, Director Diagnostic Devices and Services
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Culture Track Main Stage In Person
Building the Table
Joseph "Juice" Sutton
Joseph "Juice" Sutton Comedian, Actor
Katherine Johnson
Katherine Johnson Storj Labs, Chief People & Legal Office, Head Of Compliance
Daniel Oyinloye
Daniel Oyinloye DanSan Creatives, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Mike Jackson
Mike Jackson Black Tech Talent, CEO
Matt Osterman
Matt Osterman Propellant, Founder/Director