The Minnesota Conversation on Board Diversity

Leading the Way to Diverse & Gender-Balanced Boards

Each two-hour City/State Conversation includes a VIP Panel Session followed by a one-hour Strategic Networking Session with a Director Coach.

Minnesota Chairs
Wendy Porter

Wendy Porter

Owner / CEO Wendy Porter Events, LLC
wendy@wendyporterevents.com

Wendy Porter

Wendy Porter

Owner / CEO Wendy Porter Events, LLC
wendy@wendyporterevents.com
Maureen Brener

Maureen Brener

Former Marketing Executive General Mills and Land O’ Lakes
maureen.brener@outlook.com

Maureen Brener

Maureen Brener

Former Marketing Executive General Mills and Land O’ Lakes
maureen.brener@outlook.com
Moderator & VIP Keynote Panelists

Kevin D. Wright

Managing Partner/CEO — Aeriis Insights Group

Kevin Wright is the Managing Partner & CEO of Aeriis Insights Group. A leadership consultancy servicing large corporate, non-profit and association clients in the areas of leadership, strategic management and diversity and inclusion. He’s held a myriad of leadership roles at three Fortune 125 companies, U.S. Bank, Target and Bank of America with responsibilities spanning five countries. Kevin holds an MBA from The Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University and a BS in Business from Delaware State University.
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Corporate Boards: NorthPoint Health and Wellness Centers, Infinity Systems

Brenda Boehler

Former President & CEO — Former Bellacor

Brenda L. Boehler is a former President, CEO and C-Suite executive of digitally focused direct-to-consumer retail brands. She brings an extensive knowledge of B2C and B2B business strategies, transformational customer experiences and strong corporate governance expertise to her corporate board roles. She currently serves as an independent Board Director for Mason Companies, a large multi-channel retailer with a portfolio of ten e-commerce and catalog businesses. She also serves on the advisory boards of Terry Bear; a leading personalized memorial product manufacturer and River of Goods; a wholesaler of lighting and home décor products. She has advised scores of new and high growth B2C and B2B businesses and is sought after for her deep digital and omni-channel retailing knowledge.
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Corporate Boards: Mason Companies

Kim Nelson

Retired Former SVP, External Relations — Former General Mills

Kim Nelson serves on the board of Colgate-Palmolive Company, Cummins Inc., and Tate and Lyle, PLC. Kim retired from a distinguished 30-year career with General Mills as SVP, External Relations, a global C-suite role in which she reported to the CEO and served on the company’s senior leadership team. Kim was accountable for the corporate brand/reputation, consumer relations, issue/crisis management, internal/external communications, sustainability, philanthropy, government relations and industry relations. Prior, Kim was President of the $1.2B Snack Food Division, where she drove double digit revenue and profit growth. Kim was a founding member of the company’s Black Champions Network, co-founder of its Women-In-Marketing Network, and leader of its Women’s Officer Group. Kim is active in the Twin Cities community, as board director for the Northside Achievement Zone and Fair Vote Minnesota. Kim received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from Georgetown University.
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Corporate Boards: Colgate-Palmolive Company, Cummins, Inc.

Nancy Dahl

CEO — IQ Strategic Partners

Nancy Dahl is an experienced director with service on 13 boards over the past 17 years. She currently serves on five private corporate boards which are Knutson Construction where she is Lead Director, Park Industries, EDCO, Dalsin Industries, and Collective Measures formerly Nina Hale. Nancy’s expertise spans five industries-Financial, Consumer Goods & Services, Construction & Building Products, and Retail. Nancy is a former President/COO of businesses ranging in size from $20M to $750M. Nancy’s leadership has been recognized with numerous awards including “Outstanding Corporate Director”, The Business Journal’s “Top 25 Women to Watch” and “Women who Lead”. She has been a featured TEDx speaker, contributed to NBC, ABC, and the Business Journals. She has garnered the Advanced Fellowship Distinction from The National Association of Corporate Directors. She is an award-winning author of GROUNDED – leading your life with intention. Nancy earned an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and her BA from Gustavus.
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Corporate Boards: Knutson Construction and Park Industries

James Momon

Senior Vice President, Chief Equity Officer — 3M

James Momon is the Senior Vice President, Chief Equity Officer at 3M. He is responsible for the leadership of 3M’s Equity and Community Team which encompasses the 3Mgives organization, Diversity & Inclusion, as well as their Social Justice team. James oversees 3M’s $50 million-dollar social justice fund established in 2020 to drive equitable outcomes in the communities 3M operates. James held several senior HR positions at General Mills including leading the company’s D&I efforts. James held HR leadership positions in Finance, Sales, and Marketing and led human resources for General Mills’ International Supply Chain operations with over 30 manufacturing facilities outside the US. James holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from Xavier University (OH) and an M.B.A. from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. James has served on several Minneapolis boards and currently serves on the board of the Minnesota Children’s Museum and the 3M Open Board.
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Corporate Boards: Minnesota Children's Museum

Director Coaches
Corporate Boards:
LiveVox
Corporate Boards:
LiveVox

Susan Morisato

Former President — Insurance Solutions at UnitedHealthcare

Corporate Boards:
Mason Companies
Corporate Boards:
Mason Companies

Brenda Boehler

Former President & CEO — Former Bellacor

Leadership Committee

Jamie Simpson

Director, Business Operations MARCOMM

Jamie Simpson

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Shareen Luze

Head, Culture and Field Experience RBC

Shareen Luze

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Tina Nguyen

AI Innovation Leader US Bank

Tina Nguyen

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Penny Meier

Founder PJ Meier Consulting Services

Penny Meier

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Buffie Blesi

Founder, President and CEO Rock What You Got

Buffie Blesi

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Diane Steele

Founder and CEO Steele Recruiting

Diane Steele

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Sue Lang

Executive Producer / Founder Slang Productions, LLC

Sue Lang

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Sheila Green

Senior Consultant Tunheim

Sheila Green

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Kristen Kimmell

EVP, Business Development Advisor Group

Kristen Kimmell

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Jill Blihovde

Business Development Executive

Jill Blihovde

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Jill Sweiven

Risk Management & Continuity Planner, Healthcare Administration State of MN

Jill Sweiven

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Global Sponsors
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