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Winners Announced for inaugural Minnesota Job Honor Awards

Honor Awards, a new initiative aimed at recognizing Minnesotans who overcome barriers to employment. The awards were presented in partnership with the Minnesota Chamber at our “Hidden Talent Pools” conference on May 10.
"Finding qualified workers is a persistent challenge among companies of all types and sizes," Minnesota Chamber President Doug Loon says. "The Minnesota Job Honor Awards is one way to engage our state’s untapped workforce by shining a spotlight on success stories."
The employee honorees:

Leadership alumni head west!

More than 70 alumni representing all 16 years of Leadership Minnesota reconnected April 27 in Monticello and St. Cloud. Dynamic discussions and inside tours focused on the stories behind some of Minnesota’s family-owned and home-grown companies – the different growth strategies taken, their challenges, opportunities and plans.  Companies featured included UMC, Inc., Coborn’s, Granite Equity Partners, Microbiologics and Bernick’s.

Leaders Lab begins third year

Congratulations to these business leaders selected to participate in Leaders Lab. This program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to engage Minnesota’s developing business leaders. It will enhance personal and professional growth while providing participants insight into the public policy process. It kicked off in April at Grand Rapids with an overview of the state’s economy and tours of Cliffs Natural Resources – Hibbing and UPM-Blandin Paper. Click here for photo gallery.

Special thanks to program sponsors Gardner Builders and Werner Electric.


Ingrid Christensen, President
INGCO International
St. Paul

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What makes a good business leader?
There are a lot of qualities that make a good business leader. I most respect and value a leader who has the courage to be vulnerable and empathetic.