Women in Leadership Conference is April 19

Posted on March 27th, 2013 by

Joan Steffend is one of two keynote speakers at this year's Gustavus Women In Leadership Conference.

Joan Steffend is one of two keynote speakers at this year’s Gustavus Women In Leadership Conference.

The 3rd annual Gustavus Women in Leadership Conference, “Are You For Real? The Importance of Authenticity,” will be held on Friday, April 19 at the American Swedish Institute in St. Paul. This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers Marcia Page ’82 and Joan Steffend, along with several other business professionals who will lead various breakout sessions.

Tickets for the conference can be purchased online at gustavustickets.com. Ticket prices are $25 for students, $75 for the general public until April 1, and $100 for the general public from April 2-12.

The schedule for this year’s conference is as follows:

  • 8:30-9 a.m. / Check In and Registration
  • 9-9:15 a.m. / Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 9:15-10 a.m. / Marcia Page ’82 Keynote Address
  • 10:10-11 a.m. / Breakout Session #1
  • 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. / Breakout Session #2
  • 12:10-12:50 p.m. / Lunch & Networking
  • 12:50-1:35 p.m. / Joan Steffend Keynote Address
  • 1:35-2:30 p.m. / Closing Remarks
Marcia Page '82

Marcia Page ’82

Marcia Page ’82 is Founder, Managing Partner, and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Värde Partners – a leading alternative investment manager specializing in credit, distressed and special situation investing in a wide range of public and private assets, with more than $7 billion assets under management. Page shares responsibility for setting global investment strategy, fundraising and client relations, and managing the firm. She specializes in corporate and special situation investing and oversees corporate investing in Europe. Under her leadership, Varde has invested billions of dollars in publicly-traded securities and private transactions, and has been actively involved in a wide range of corporate restructurings and reorganizations. Page also volunteers on Campaign Gustavus’s Major Gifts Committee.

Joan Steffend is a familiar name to most Minnesotans as she has spent almost 30 years in the media, first as a national Emmy-winning news anchor at the NBC affiliate KARE-11, and then as a top-rated national host on HGTV’s Decorating Cents. Today, Steffand is a publish author. Her first book, And She Sparkled, was published in 2010 and her latest, Peace in Peace Out, came out in the fall of 2012. She is also co-founder of the non-profit organization, Peace Begins With Me, a humanitarian organization dedicated to inner peace.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend two of four breakout sessions led by the following individuals:

  • Michelle Stimpson ’91, Positive Change Expert and Mentor, Lifeshine
  • Dana Halberg ’76, Chairman, BNY Mellon Wealth Management in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Trish Wheaton ’72, Managing Partner, Global New Business Community at Y & R Advertising
  • Nancy Weidenfeller, Principal Consultant and Executive Coach, MDA Leadership Consulting
Rachelle Blaschko '15 and Ashley Michalko '14 are co-chairs of the conference.

Rachelle Blaschko ’15 and Ashley Michalko ’14 are co-chairs of the conference.

This conference is organized by Gustavus Women In Leadership, a student/alumnae program that seeks to help the women of Gustavus in their academic, professional, and personal leadership development. Gustavus students Rachelle Blaschko ’15 and Ashley Michalko ’14 are co-chairs of the Conference.

For more information about the Gustavus Women In Leadership Conference, contact Blaschko at rblaschk@gustavus.edu or Assistant Professor of Economics and Management Kathi Tunheim at ktunheim@gustavus.edu. You can also visit the conference’s website at gustavus.edu/leadership/women/2013conference.php.


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