Jennifer Alstad is a 2015 honoree of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Diversity in Business Award. Individuals are selected for outstanding contributions and exceptional business leadership. Alstad co-founded bswing, a Minneapolis-based product design and digital marketing firm in 1997.
Stephanie Andrews was selected to be a 2016 Presidio Institute Fellow. The Presidio Institute fosters collaboration among cross sector leaders to make meaningful impact in the world. As an Institute Fellow, Stephanie will build her practice of leadership through coaching calls, in-person retreats and online learning courses.
Carly Bad Heart Bull was named a 2015 Aspen Scholar, a group of 300 national and global leaders recognized for their work, accomplishments and ability to transform ideas into action. As a special guest at the Aspen Ideas Festival, she participated in a week’s worth of cross-sector discussions, panels and workshops.
Justin Christy was selected to participate in the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute. Organized by the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, the Institute is a yearlong leadership program that offers community-serving leaders from all sectors the opportunity for renewal and reflection.
Mandy Ellerton was selected to be part of the Twin Cities cohort for the Young American Leaders Program. The group of 10 local leaders will join national peers in a program at Harvard to build skills in working across sectors to address civic challenges.
Dr. Eric Jolly stepped in to his new role as president of the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners in 2015. Minnesota Philanthropy Partners is the umbrella organization that comprises The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation and other charitable groups across the state.
June Noronha received a Life Membership to the NAFSA: Association of International Educators during its 67th Annual Conference & Expo. Life Membership recognizes career achievements in advancing the goals of the association and of international education and exchange. Noronha has spent decades advocating for educational equity, intercultural learning and human rights issues.
Jaime Pinkham was chosen to serve on the leadership council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ Center for Indian Country Development. Launched in 2015, the CICD will help restore economic prosperity for tribes across the region; Pinkham and the leadership council will advise and assist with the CICD’s strategy and priorities.
Dameun Strange was one of three artists to receive the 2015 Minnesota Emerging Composers Award (MECA). The award engages Minnesota-based artists and supports them in their creative endeavors. Strange will collaborate with Venessa Fuentes to compose “Mother King,” an opera about Alberta Williams King, activist and mother of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Two of Nancy Weidler’s watercolor paintings were selected for the Edina Art Center Members Juried Art Show.