MPLS WLN Presents:

On March 23, 2016, MPLS WLN hosted A Talk with Sue Crolick at Carmichael Lynch | Spong.

Sue Crolick rose through the ranks of the advertising world during the Mad Men era to become the first ever female art director in the Twin Cities. Sue shared the successes and struggles of her career and life with over 80 employees in attendance.

Presentation was followed by a Q&A and cocktail reception.

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Set Yourself Up for Success

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, the Women’s Leadership Network Twin Cities hosted a breakfast titled “Set Yourself Up for Success: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and Do One Bold Thing” at Campbell Mithun.  Ann Ulrich, National Speaker & Mentor, the Bold! Factor, shared inspiring stories and direction on how to implement "now strategies" that can help employees set themselves up for success.

With 60 attendees, this event provided employees with insight and ideas for career enhancement, helped employees address important skills desired within the workplace, and encouraged WLN participation throughout the Twin Cities.

WLN Minneapolis Hosts "First Impressions: Verbal & Non-Verbal Cues"

On Thursday, April 18, 2013, the Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter of the Women’s Leadership Network held a workshop entitled, "First Impressions: Verbal & Non-Verbal Cues,"  on verbal and non-verbal cues and the effect they can have on first impressions at the Carmichael Lynch Spong offices. This program was also webcast to other agencies around the Twin Cities area so that those who were unable to attend could tune in online.

Led by Cheryl Moore Brinkley, Voice and Speech Educator, B. Vocal,  to over 125 employees in the Twin Cities area, the workshop provided strategies and advice on how to make a better first impression in the workplace, create awareness of WLN programming and encourage further participation, and build stronger inter-company networks through connections within the industry.

Which Gender is More Professionally Competent?

“Which Gender is More Professionally Competent?” was the topic of discussion at the WLN Minneapolis lunch event on Oct. 25 hosted by Carmichael Lynch Spong.

Career coaches from Minneapolis-based global leadership firm PDI Ninth House (a Weber Shandwick client) shared research findings that show clear differences in professional competencies between men and women. They also provided concrete tips on career advancement  and took questions from the audience.

Panelists from PDI Ninth House were:

  • Joy Hazucha, Ph.D. – Senior Vice President, Leadership Research
  • Marg Penn, Ph.D. – Executive Consultant, Professional Services
  • Joanne Provo, Ph.D. – Vice President and Managing Director, Midwest Territory
  • Carol Skube – Senior Consultant, Professional Services.

Their advice for moving ahead starts with examining your career goals and motivators.  Then consider what experiences you need to pursue your goals and what competencies you need to develop.

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Shannon Dickey named new Events Planning Chair for WLN Minneapolis

We welcome Shannon Dickey as the new events planning chair for the WLN Minneapolis Chapter.  She takes over this position from Lindsey Rose of Carmichael Lynch Spong.  Shannon is a senior associate (and recent “ambassador of fun”) at Carmichael Lynch Spong.  Shannon joins other Minneapolis WLN leadership team members including co-chair Tracy Kurschner of Weber Shandwick, co-chair Taylor Harris of Compass Point Media, mentoring chair Jenny Myers of Weber Shandwick and membership/communications chair Shelley Plumb of Compass Point Media.

Jenny Myers named new Mentoring Chair for WLN Minneapolis

We welcome Jenny Myers as the new mentoring chair for the WLN Minneapolis Chapter.  She takes over this position from Lisa Simon of Weber Shandwick.  Jenny is a Vice President in the Technology practice at Weber Shandwick.  Other Minneapolis WLN leadership team members include co-chair Tracy Kurschner of Weber Shandwick, co-chair Taylor Harris of Compass Point Media, membership/communications chair Shelley Plumb of Compass Point Media and events chair Lindsey Rose of Carmichael Lynch.

Taylor Harris named new Co-Chair for WLN Minneapolis

We welcome Taylor Harris as new co-chair for the WLN Minneapolis Chapter. She takes over this position from Kristine Olson of Campbell Mithun.

Taylor is an interactive media strategy supervisor in the Compass Point Media unit of Campbell Mithun. Other Minneapolis WLN leadership team members include co-chair Tracy Kurschner of Weber Shandwick, membership/communications chair Shelley Plumb of Compass Point Media, events chair Lindsey Rose of Carmichael Lynch and mentorship chair Lisa Simon of Weber Shandwick.

WLN Spring Mix & Mingle Event

WLN Minneapolis members took advantage of the beautiful weather for a Spring Mix & Mingle event on April 25th on the rooftop of SEVEN in downtown Minneapolis.  The group of women (and a few men!) enjoyed delicious appetizers and specialty drinks including the Sweet Talker Sangria, First Impression Spritzer and Mentor Mojito.  Many brought donations to the Jeremiah program, raising $310 for the nonprofit organization.

The Jeremiah program helps highly motivated women break the cycle of poverty by addressing the holistic needs of families – housing, employment and multi-generational education. The Jeremiah program’s approach uniquely equips women to succeed in the workforce, prepares their children to succeed in school and helps end the need for public assistance in these families.

Those who made contributions to the Jeremiah program had their names thrown into a drawing for door prizes, and three lucky people won a $50 gift card to SEVEN.  In addition to enjoying food, beverages, and mingling, members took home a copy of the specialty drink recipes along with networking tips provided by IPG agency women.

National Mentoring Month Event

In recognition of National Mentoring Month, WLN Minneapolis and Weber Shandwick hosted a January 24th Breakfast event with guest speaker Mary Mahoney.  Mary is founder and president of Millennia Leaders LLC, a management consulting and professional development group.  Mary provided us with a Top 10 List for Career Success.

Mary debunked the myths about mentoring and advised how you can develop a definition of mentoring that leads you to career success on your own terms.  Mentoring requires more than a cookie cutter approach.  It is not hierarchical or just for entry-level professionals.  Mentoring can be short-term or long-term.  It can be conducted one-on-one or in peer groups.  While mentoring can take many forms, the outcomes are the same for everyone.  Mentoring helps you build your professional network, learn new skills, and inspires you to act.

Great WLN National Event!

The Minneapolis WLN Chapter was privileged to host the WLN National Event on October 25th and proud of our strong local turnout. If you missed it, you’ll find some of the conversation via searching #IPGwln on twitter.com or view the webcast replay.

Thanks to all who made this event a success.

Jeffery Tobias Halter

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