Celebrating today’s women!

The Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation is proud to present a brand new event focused on celebrating women throughout the Twin Cities!

Empowering Women is a full day seminar that will dive into the challenges women face in today’s world and how to overcome obstacles through presentations, activities and networking with women from across the state. Breakfast and lunch will be provided during the day, and a cash bar happy hour reception will conclude the day’s activities.

Join us!

Empowering Women
Celebrating strength, courage & possibilities
October 10th
North Garden Theater

Event Schedule*

8:30am     Networking Breakfast & Registration
9:00am     Unorthodox Career Path: Pivoting to Career Success
10:30am    Lessons Learned While Climbing the Career Ladder
11:00am    Developing Your Personal Brand
12:00pm   Lunch Buffet
1:30pm      Cultural Sensitivity for the Accidentally Insensitive
2:45pm      Creating Sustainable Work-Life Harmony
4:00pm     Networking Social, hosted by Joe & Stan’s
                    Join us for appetizers and a cash bar, then stay and play
                    Bingo at 6pm!

*Schedule subject to change

Registration Fee

Fees include breakfast, lunch, sessions and networking opportunities

$49 – SPFHF Members (must be a member for the 2018-2019 year)
$59 – Non-members

Registration is Closed


Thank you to our partners!


Sessions & Speakers

Sessions throughout the day will focus on helping you grow as an individual and a professional in today’s always-evolving world.

Lessons Learned While Climbing the Career Ladder
Kris Taylor

Though she didn’t know it at the time, Kris Taylor’s work in the athletic department and for the Student Activities Committee during college gave her life skills training that would be useful throughout her career. As a career goal, Taylor decided that if she was going to change careers, she was going to work in an industry that wasn’t familiar so she could be challenged and learn along the way. That goal has helped propel her to the top of her field and to Vice President of Ecolab, where she is responsible for the development and execution of Ecolab’s global civic and community-based programs and for the development of the Ecolab Foundation.

Each year, two recipients are selected by the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board and awarded ‘The H.E.R.B.I.E.’ They are individuals and businesses that exemplify the traits inspired by its namesake, Herb Brooks: Humanitarian, Enterprising, Resilient, Bold, Inspirational and Ethical. Kris Taylor was chosen as the 2018 individual candidate and will share some life lessons that have helped her climb the ladder in her career in a session that promises to be inspiring, empowering and interactive!

About Kris
Kris Taylor is vice president of Global Community Relations for Ecolab. With annual sales of $14 billion and 48,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions, data-driven insights and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies for customers in more than 170 countries around the world. Taylor is responsible for the development and execution of Ecolab’s global civic and community-based programs and also is vice president of the Ecolab Foundation. Under her direction, Ecolab has been recognized for its commitment to the community in The Civic 50, an annual initiative led by the National Conference on Citizenship and Points of Light that identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities where they conduct business.

Prior to joining Ecolab in 2004, Taylor held positions with Bentz Whaley Flessner, a national consulting firm for non-profit organizations, and with the Minnesota Children’s Museum. Taylor serves on the board of directors for the Conference Board, District Energy, St. Paul, Ever-Green Energy, St. Paul, United Hospital Foundation, Ida C. Koran Trust, Rani Engineering and the Culinary Advisory Board for Southwest Minnesota State University. Taylor graduated with a bachelor of science in business administration from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota.

Unorthodox Career Path: Pivoting to Career Success
Archelle Georgiou, MD
Are you looking for a career change but don’t know where to start? Using her own nontraditional transition from “practicing physician to playing one on TV,” Dr. Archelle Georgiou discusses how and why she navigated through a succession of strategically managed career pivots. She openly shares the high points as well as the low points and explains how you can adapt the mathematical risk analysis she developed for herself to design a personal and meaningful professional journey.

About Archelle
Archelle Georgiou is a physician, healthcare industry expert, reporter, and author. But colleagues think of her as a lightning rod for change. As a senior executive and the Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare (1995-2007), she dismantled the company’s pre-certification policies that hassled patients and physicians. Archelle is adjunct faculty and Executive in Residence at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. She has covered over 1000 medical topics during her weekly segments on KSTP-TV and consistently encourages viewers to overcome the power imbalance with their doctors so they can advocate for themselves. In February 2017, she published her first book, “Health Care Choices: 5 Steps to Getting the Medical Care You Want and Need”. Dr. Georgiou earned her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and was board-certified in Internal Medicine before pivoting her career to managed care in order to have a broader impact on the healthcare system.

Cultural Sensitivity for the Accidentally Insensitive
Shannan Paul
Miss Shannan’s discussion on “Cultural Sensitivity for the Accidentally Insensitive” uses personal anecdotes and real world situations to teach you how to not be “that person” who walks blindly into an awkward situation. This lively session will help show you how to navigate your personal and professional worlds with ease while adhering to cultural norms and respecting the sensitivities of those around you.

About Shannan
Shannan started her professional career working for Fortune 100 companies including Wells Fargo Bank and Bank of America. Since her cubicle days, Miss Shannan has moved on to become a radio show host, actress, certified fitness instructor and a proud former player of the Women’s Professional Football League. Her diverse professional background has given her an incredibly broad communication set and allowed her to work with people and groups covering a spectrum of ethinicities, age ranges and education levels. In addition, she is a touring stand-up comedian who has performed for a wide range of audiences. She has hosted numerous corporate and charity events. Miss Shannan is a regular guest on local TV talk shows throughout the Twin Cities, speaking on pop culture and diversity.

Creating Sustainable Work-Life Harmony
Solveig Brown, Ph.D.
This interactive session identifies building blocks for creating a sustainable work-life harmony. Participants will hear the latest research on what contributes to work-life stress and learn simple techniques to minimize the impact of stress triggers. The session will offer strategies to enhance time management; create mental closure at the end of each work day; establish empowering thought patterns; and ask daily power questions. Participants will do a fun exercise to look everything on their plate and create an action plans of one or two things they can begin doing immediately to create an empowering work-life harmony that enhances their happiness and well-being.

About Solveig
Dr. Solveig Brown is an anthropologist and author of All On One Plate: Cultural Expectations on American Mothers, which was a finalist for the Indies Book of the Year award.  Her research is based on interviews and surveys with 140 middle-class mothers who candidly talk about their parenting, relationship, and work experiences.  Solveig is passionate about empowering women and has given keynotes and workshops to diverse groups, including: Fortune 500 Companies; Women in Leadership conferences; academic conferences; and community groups. 

Developing Your Personal Brand
Krystle Igbo-Ogbonna
Living a life in alignment with one’s values can be difficult. With an ever-changing world and multiple influences, women can sometimes struggle with staying true to themselves. Through the telling of “Herstory”, Krystle shares how she has been able to make career, relationship, and community volunteerism decisions based on her values. This session will encourage you to live a life in alignment with your own personal values and help you develop your personal brand.

About Krystle
Krystle is a lifelong resident of Saint Paul and was honored to serve as the 2015 Queen of the Snows for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Krystle is an advocate for education and is the Director of the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Upward Bound Vision Quest program; a federally funded TRIO program that support first generation and low income students as they prepare to pursue a college education. Krystle earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and earned her Master’s degree at the University of St. Thomas. Krystle volunteers with various community organizations and professional associations; and enjoys speaking to youth groups and young women.

Partner Opportunities

Multiple partnership opportunities are available for this exciting event! Contact Deb Schaber, at dschaber@spfhf.org or call 651-223-7400 for more information about these opportunities.

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