2009 Women of Influence Speaker Series

Join us each month for lunch and intimate conversation, hosted by Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio personality Sue Zelickson.

Held at Ruth’s Chris in downtown Minneapolis. All proceeds will benefit the speaker’s charity of choice. Tickets $35 and up.

* The 2009 series is now complete. Please check back soon for 2010 details! *


Previous Speakers:

October 15, 2009:

Megan O’Hara has chaired the Minnesota Children and Nature Connection since January 2008 helping to deepen and broaden the efforts to reconnect our children and families with nature. She has also worked in communications and marketing for such major Minnesota nonprofits as the Guthrie Theater, Walker Art Center, the Minnesota Historical Society, Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Minnesota Public Radio. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Peace Foundation.

February 19, 2009:
Jacquie Berglund is the Co-Founder/President of Finnegans Inc. – a beer company that donates 100 percent of its profits to funding programs for at-risk youth and the working poor in Minnesota through its non-profit the Finnegans Community Fund. By founding Finnegans, Inc. and the Finnegans Community Fund, Berglund has successfully created a bridging opportunity for raising social awareness about poverty related issues in our community. Proceeds from this event will benefit Finnegans Community Fund.

March 19, 2009:
Join us March 19, 2009 for Roberta Bonoff. As CEO and President, Roberta has an extensive background in retail and toy manufacturing and currently oversees the day-to-day operations of Creative Kidstuff. Roberta has a rich understanding in running both soft and hard goods retail, has taught at the University of Minnesota and the College of St. Thomas, and has served as the Vice President of Sales for two toy manufacturers.


April 16, 2009:
Join us April 16, 2009 for Maureen Bausch.As executive vice president of marketing at Mall of America®, Maureen Bausch oversees a vast array of business initiatives at the nation’s largest entertainment and retail complex. Proceeds from this event will benefit St. Catherine University – St. Paul.


May 21, 2009:
Jeri Meola is a founding partner and senior consultant for Satisfaction Management Systems. Her expertise has been in the design, implementation, and improvement of operational performance for SMS’ largest and most complex clients. Jeri is nationally recognized within her industry as a member of Sterling Who’s Who and a recipient of the Luminary Award by the National Association of Women Business Owners. She is a current member of the Board of Directors for WomenVenture, Minnesota Council for Quality (MCQ) and United Way Women’s Leadership Council as a founding member and President. Proceeds from this event will benefit United Way Women’s Leadership Council.

June 18, 2009:
Mary Lahammer has been a program host and political reporter for Twin Cities Public Television since 1998. She has won several Emmys and numerous other awards in several states for her anchoring, reporting, producing and photography. Lahammer has also been named “Best TV Reporter” by Minnesota Monthly magazine. Proceeds from this event will benefit Twin Cities Public Television.

August 20, 2009:
Kaywin Feldmen is the director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Previously, she was director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Tennessee and a curator and then executive director of the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art, History and Science in California.


September 17, 2009:
Patti Goldberg is the president of Goldberg Bonding, a third generation family- owned bail bonding business.  Goldberg Bonding has a long-time credo of honesty, integrity and compassion coupled with the company philosophy, “Our Word is Our Bond.” Proceeds from this event will benefit Perspectives’ Kids Café.


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Ruth’s Chris Steak House

920 2nd Avenue S., Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Complimentary Valet Parking