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2022 Leaders Lab participant profiles

Leaders Lab is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to engage Minnesota’s developing business leaders (approximately late 20s to 40). It will enhance your personal and professional growth, connect you with business leaders statewide, and provide understanding into what drives Minnesota’s economy and how policy affects the success of business in our state. To learn more about Leaders Lab, click here

Check back to this page as more of our wonderful 2022 Leaders Lab participants are profiled!

 

MIke quinlan

Profiled on June 21

Tell us a piece of good news that happened this past year in your life.  
I helped coach four of my kids’ (age 7 and 9) sports teams. I feel fortunate to be able to watch them grow and develop as individuals and teammates. 

What’s your favorite thing that’s made in Minnesota?
Craft brews (Surly Furious and Fair State Pils to name a few). Cheers!

Where did you grow up and why was it a great place?
Eagan. I was fortunate to have many friends and family living nearby.  

What piece of advice has most impacted you so far in your leadership journey?
“Be interested, not interesting.” 

Tell us something super interesting about yourself.  
I lived in the same room that Neil Armstrong did in college and was fortunate enough to meet him in person. Boiler Up!


 

 

Lesa Drysdale

Profiled on June 7

Tell us a piece of good news that happened this past year in your life.  
My husband and I had the opportunity to purchase my family’s farm earlier this year. Our kids will be the 5th generation to grow up there. We are excited for the opportunities and challenges that will undoubtedly come along with this new-to-us venture. 

What’s your favorite thing that’s made in Minnesota?
I have a soft spot for Red Wing Shoe Company after having the opportunity to tour their manufacturing plant a number of years ago. The quality of the shoes and boots they produce is [in my opinion] unmatched. They also hold the title for producing the World’s Largest Boot- if you have not seen it yet, it is certainly worth a trip to Red Wing! 

Where did you grow up and why was it a great place?
I grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota just outside of Mankato. The greater Mankato community is one of a kind. There are so many awesome businesses and individuals within the community who work really, really hard to make it a better place where people want to live and raise a family. It is big enough to offer growth and opportunities but small enough to truly be able to get to know people and feel a strong sense of support and community. 

What piece of advice has most impacted you so far in your leadership journey?
Two quotes that have stuck out to me over the years are “If not you, then who?” and “Do more than what is asked, without being asked”. 

Tell us something super interesting about yourself.
I played the violin growing up and performed with a group at Carnegie Hall in New York City just 3 months prior to September 11, 2001.