I was born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota
I started doing community service when I was at Highland Park Junior High School. I got involved primarily because my sister was also heavily involved and during that time really became enamored with the thought that giving back and helping others is a good thing to do. Since then, my community service has evolved in a variety of areas. I have joined the US and Japan Council which is focused on helping to bridge and promote understanding between the two countries across public and private industries. I have been involved in a few nonprofits for example I presently am a Board Champion for the Last Mile Fund which focuses on providing financial support to students who are in their last mile of higher education. Finally, I help with mentoring a few colleagues within my organization; this is my way to pay it forward.
I currently work for Intel Corporation as the General Manager of our education division within our PC organization. My focus is to drive and enable the product strategy for Intel chips that go into PCs that support K12 and higher education students. I have been doing this role now for 3 years and find it to be the most enriching role in my 17-year career with the company. I am very passionate about using technology as a force for good to help nurture student achievement and teacher efficacy. I believe that technology should be a democratizer and Intel has a big role to play in ensuring that this is a reality. I have been involved in many tech-for-good initiatives within the organization, especially during the pandemic which has made me very proud to call Intel my employer. From providing devices to underserved communities to working with non-profits to help address unfinished learning in our communities, it has been humbling to work for this great company. Finally, through the work of my sister’s organization, we have donated to Feeding America. Nobody should be hungry or malnourished and we believe organizations like this can use all our help and resources to help us address hunger in this country.
I am excited about being a part of this wave of artificial intelligence and the role that it can play in making adaptive and personalized learning a reality. This will take time to develop but I believe that AI will play a big role in improving how students learn and helping teachers save time so that they can be more able to engage with every student.
EMPOWERMENT. Helping people be their greatest selves through or with technology.
Definitely. Doing good can be remarkably beneficial for businesses in numerous ways. Firstly, it enhances a company's reputation and fosters trust among customers, leading to increased brand loyalty and customer retention. I think that when a business actively engages in philanthropic activities or adopts sustainable practices, it appeals to socially conscious consumers and attracts top talent who want to work for a company with a positive impact. I also believe that businesses that give back to their communities often enjoy a more favorable regulatory environment and build stronger relationships with stakeholders, from employees to investors. This mindset resonates with me personally and shapes how I approach my own endeavors, constantly motivating me to explore ways in which I can give back and make a positive impact on both the community and the world at large. It reminds me that success can be a two-way street, where the more we give, the more we receive, not just in terms of financial gains, but in the fulfillment of knowing that our actions contribute to a better and more sustainable future for all.
My favorite pastime is watching Twins baseball especially when they are playing well. Go Twins!
I get my inspiration from my family. They give me both meaning and purpose to be my very best self.
I truly enjoy a variety of foods but lately have discovered a great passion for spring rolls that my wife prepares.
My perfect day is one filled with laughter, good food, individual productivity, and a little learning. Each and every day can and should be different but as long as I’m able to attain these things, I can call it a full effect day.
Describing myself is not something I find easy, but when it comes to how my family and friends perceive me, there are certain qualities they consistently highlight. They often describe me as a patient individual who approaches life with a diligent and hardworking attitude. One of the core values I hold dear is my deep appreciation for family bonds. I have a profound adoration for my family, and I cherish the time we spend together, whether it's during special occasions or everyday moments. I'm also known among my loved ones as someone who has a passion for travel. Exploring new places, experiencing different cultures, and broadening my horizons through travel is something that brings me immense joy and fulfillment. However, despite these qualities and experiences, I've been told that what stands out most is my humility. I've always believed that humility is a virtue that allows one to connect with others on a deeper level and to continuously learn and grow. So, while speaking about myself may not come naturally, I'm incredibly grateful to have family and friends who see these qualities in me and have played a significant role in shaping the person I am today.
I grew up in a farmhouse my grandparents built in the Red River Valley a few miles northwest of Crookston, Minnesota. I’ve been in the Twin Cities for the past 30ish years, so it is truly home to me now.
It’s hard to pin down an exact time: As a child, my parents involved me in church activities, 4-H, community theater, and performing in nursing homes. They demonstrated an attitude of helping out wherever you see the opportunity. In adulthood, my volunteer activities followed my children, forming a babysitting co-op through Early Childhood Family Education, volunteering with Boy Scouts and Minnesota Youth Symphony.
My daughter got me involved in the Miss Minnesota Organization, which is a preliminary competition to Miss America. The organization is branded as apolitical, encouraging young women to take their passions for improving the world into their academic and career goals. What makes this organization unique is that it supports contestants who have strong opinions. It helps them learn to interact with those who may have quite differing views. Those of us who volunteer in the organization recognize that we are not in an echo chamber, which opens our eyes to new ways of seeing things. My local organization, MISS CHAIN OF LAKES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, established in 2013, has grown from sending one young woman to the state competition to now sponsoring six contestants. For each of them, I provide scholarships to support their academic pursuits. It is my pleasure to open doors for them whenever I can.
There is nothing more fulfilling than helping someone recognize how remarkable they are. As I learn the journey someone has been on, I see how they have responded to adversity, problem solved to make the way smoother for others, and celebrated accomplishments.
FUTURE. My work with young women reminds me of how much progress has been made in my own lifetime and it inspires me to think that these young women will use their passions to make the world a better place. They give me incredible hope for our future.
Before I retired, my work involved coaching people on problem solving and how they communicated their plans to resolve a problem. I loved seeing people transform as they turned bad problems into opportunities for taking the next leap forward. Prior to my corporate career, I was a freelance musician and composer. My experience with creating performances grounded me in running a local Miss America competition every year and coaching performers to bring their best to the stage.
A farm girl at heart, I am happiest when I’m in my garden listening to a podcast or eBook. In that flow state I can spend hours before I realize it is time to go back in the house. My husband has had to remind me to come in when a thunderstorm rolls in.
Many people inspire me as I learn their stories of overcoming obstacles. Specifically, and personally, I am inspired daily by my children: watching them build their careers and create a beautiful life fills me with great joy.
Life is such a series of enjoyments; I don’t really pick favorites. I make my own yogurt, so that might be a favorite food. A dinner I love making is a curry chicken with rice, yogurt sauce with raisins. It has lots of curry, garlic, and paprika. I’ll whip up a batch of naan, add some homemade wine: so enjoyable!
One that is not over scheduled so I can lose track of time and get lost in creating something.
Here are some words I got back when I queried my group chats: motivated, curious, generous, creative, organized, empathetic, sincere, charismatic, reliable are a few of the words that were used.
Born in Houston, Texas, but raised in Minnesota since the age of 2.
It actually began in the spring (May) of 2011, but I eventually placed it on the back burner, and then in recent years revived it.
I am the Creator, the Founder of what I hope will be a motivational movement for people everywhere. This charge to Get Up and Get Movin' with put people on a journey to better health, and even beyond that inspire them in other areas of their lives.
That's easy, whether it's through singing or speaking bringing joy, hope and encouragement to people, and knowing that something I did brought a little sunshine into their life!
MOTIVATION. I think of motivation because that is a large part of my purpose, and the mission of Get Up Get Movin'. The organization's goal is to motivate people living sedentary lives to become physically active and improve their health. It also extends beyond physical activity, into complete wellness. Ultimately, our goal is to motivate people towards complete wellness: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Life is hard, and sometimes difficult to navigate, and just a bit of motivation can make all the difference in the world. If I can bring a little peace, or a little to someone's life, then it simply makes my day. I am also a proud ambassador for Jesus Christ, and part of my purpose is to be a blessing to others.
Spending time with my family is number 1, but also singing, traveling, eating and sleeping (lol) I love them all!
Another easy one, my parents! The lessons they taught me, the instructions and love they've given me, and the life that they've lived before me has all formed me into who I am.
If you think it's CHICKEN, then BINGO!
Sleeping in, late brunch, and hanging out with my family/friends. I love the care-free feeling of a day off.
Fun-loving and always positive, busy, but excited about it, caring, giving, and loving--at least that is what I'd hope they would say.
Park Falls, Wisconsin
I’m chair elect for the Board, preparing to become the Alumni Board Chair in April, 2022.
Helping people find their passion and watching them take action to achieve it.
Dedication. Because everyone I’ve met through the UMAA (employees and volunteers) are dedicated to their work and the U.
Yes, in both places, I am serving people. At the U, it’s students and alumni. At Medtronic, it’s patients and employees.
Cooking and baking
Brené Brown. She’s not afraid to talk about any topic, ask hard questions and become a better person. I love her quote “I’m not here to be right, I’m here to get it right.”
Pizza with fresh toppings - a spinach side salad. :-)
Being outside, active and in nature - in any season.
I see the good in the world, I want to make a difference and I like to celebrate the simple things in life with others.
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