Erin Maye Quade is the Advocacy Director at Gender Justice, where she works to advance gender justice through public education, legislative outreach, strategic partnerships and coalition-building. She is also the campaign manager of UnRestrict Minnesota, a coalition organized to eliminate abortion restrictions in the state through education and advocacy.
Erin Maye Quade is a former Minnesota State Representative who was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016. She was the third black woman to be elected to the state legislature, the first to be elected from outside of the Twin Cities, and a founding member of The People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus. As a legislator, Erin quickly established herself as a candid and fierce advocate for Minnesotans by championing paid family leave; expanding access to affordable child care; working to eliminate gun violence; and investing in treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues. Spurred to run for office by the increase of childhood hunger, Rep. Maye Quade founded the Childhood Hunger Caucus, a coalition of businesses, nonprofits and policymakers dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Minnesota, in 2018.
Notably, Rep. Maye Quade held a 24-hour sit-in on the House floor to protest Republican inaction on gun violence prevention measures and shared stories of victims and survivors of gun violence. In June 2018, Erin Maye Quade became the DFL endorsed candidate for Lt. Governor, and the first LGBTQ person – and among the youngest – to be endorsed by a major party for statewide office.
Colette Campbell has served as Bremer’s Director of Talent Acquisition and Diversity and Inclusion since 2017. In this position, Colette creates and executes Bremer’s talent acquisition and diversity and inclusion strategies, which includes shaping Bremer’s recruiting processes and establishing and growing Bremer’s outreach practices.
Colette’s past positions include serving as faculty in business, human resources and human development disciplines. She provided coaching, training and consulting services for many years through her own consulting business. Colette holds degrees in religious studies, counseling, management, leadership and human development.
Colette brings both a personal and professional diversity to her position. She was raised in Canada by Jamaican-born parents and has lived and/or taught in almost every continent in the world. Colette is passionate about creating spaces to help people better understand themselves and others to work better together.
Kara Jorvig is the founder and CEO of Allegro Group, a premier consulting, organizational development and talent acquisition firm. For nearly 20 years, she has partnered with CEOs and executive teams to help them assemble, activate and accelerate their A teams.
Allegro means to play at a pace, and Kara and her team lead and live with that definition at their core. She delivers high-energy workshops, keynotes and consulting sessions that challenge and inspire leaders to reach for new levels of success. Kara is a human capital expert who can unlock an organization’s potential to scale.
Briana Scearcy is the Chief People Officer at Stoneridge Software. Briana leads the company’s human resources, recruiting, readiness and team member advocacy initiatives. Briana’s passion is for people and supporting them along their professional journey to find their own greatness while experiencing enjoyment.
Briana has over 15 years of human resources experience in various fields and has had a hand in hiring over 1000 lives, with many more to go!
Briana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. She is a certified Predictive Index Analyst and a LinkedIn Certified Professional Recruiter. She lives with her better half, Todd, and their three daughters in Dilworth, MN. When not spending time with family and friends, Briana can be found running, shopping online or surfing Disney+.
Camille Grade is the Vice President of Marketing & Customer Experience at Bushel, an agtech company focused on building solutions and products that strengthen relationships throughout the supply chain. These days when she’s not analyzing statistics, writing, researching, and collaborating with customers, you can find her traveling with her husband (well, prior to COVID-19), lounging at the lake, enjoying her nieces and nephews, listening to podcasts, and serving on the United Way of Cass-Clay’s board of trustees. A native of Borup, MN, she grew up on a family farm and was a terrible farm kid. To this day, she still doesn’t know how to drive a stick shift.
Nicole Turchin currently serves as the Director of Inspiration for BNG Team. In her role, she leads BNG Inspire which helps team members pursue their personal goals. She also uses her talents to help organizations around the globe infuse learning, fun, and accountability into their employee development programming and culture.Nicole has over 20 years of communications experience in various fields and has a passion for connecting with people, helping people connect to their own passions, and having fun along the way. Nicole is currently a graduate student at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, studying Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Servant Leadership. She is married to her husband Terry and enjoys living at the lake with him and their two dogs, Huck and Doc. When not spending time outside, Nicole loves reading a good book and is a self-proclaimed, not ashamed Bravo TV addict.
Laetitia M. Hellerud is a well-traveled small business entrepreneur, author, and recipient of the prestigious Bush Foundation Fellowship. She is the founder and principal of UBUNTU Consulting, an intercultural firm specializing in creating better integrated workplaces and communities where everyone feels valued and empowered to contribute. She lived in three other countries as a refugee before resettling in the USA in the fall of 1998 and has resided in North Dakota since. Laetitia grew up in a Christian home and credits her strong faith for overcoming adversity multiple times. She has a BS in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Burundi and a MS from the University of Mary. Her published books are: Being at Home in the World: Cross-Cultural Leadership Lessons to Guide Your Journey and Turning Points: True stories of Thriving Through Adversity. Both books highlight, in different ways, the interconnectedness of people and cultures. Laetitia is married to Mark, a retired farmer and an attorney. Their blended family consists of two grown children and a springer spaniel. Laetitia considers herself a seeker, learner, teacher and changemaker.
Elisabeth Eden, a born-and-raised Fargo resident, owns a photography and creative agency for small businesses. After being in the photo industry for 15 years, she decided to take her side business full-time and in 2019, her husband quit his job to join the team. They enjoy working from home together along with their 2 boys and baby girl on the way. Elisabeth loves watching her clients’ businesses grow along with the variety and creativity her job brings!
Working for a Mental Health nonprofit has always been Simi’s dream, but she never thought she would be the one to get it off the ground. Motherland Health was founded on the idea that mental health is not a luxury that only the wealthy should be able to afford. From a young age, Simi struggled with mental health but kept it a secret because of her large, immigrant family’s financial situation. It wasn’t until her high school counselor opened her eyes to what life could be outside of that struggle, that she knew she had to do the same for others.
Motherland Health was born in August of 2019 and since then has served almost 100 clients. Motherland provides free mental health counseling to anyone in the community that needs it while also breaking down the barriers of transportation and childcare. This family oriented organization looks to improve mind, body and spirit by starting with the mind. Mother of 2, Simi is able to bring her children to work with her when needed and encourages her counselors to do the same. Her goal is to one day open another Motherland Health in rural ND and rural MN so that those in smaller towns can also have the opportunity for positive change.
Paulette Walker is a licensed clinical psychotherapist and an ordained minister. She has worked numerous years in the public and private sector starting out with a rich career in leadership with the Michigan Department of Corrections and later providing mental health services with various nonprofit and community organizations across the country. Paulette runs her own private mental health practice and has been the founder of a non-profit community service organization for over two decades.
Paulette received her MSW with specialization in clinical mental health and substance abuse from the University of Michigan, and later went on to receive her Master’s in Christian Education and Doctorate of Theology. Her most rewarding and challenging professional accomplishment has been that of making the transition of working for others to operating her own private clinical practice. Paulette is committed to developing the next generation of Christ-minded leaders dedicated to world change. When she is able to find spare time, she enjoys reading, entertaining, travel, crafting and occasional fishing with her husband.
Leah DeKrey is originally from Grand Forks, ND. She is a 2009 graduate of The University of North Dakota where she received a B.B.A. in Marketing and a Minor in Communications. After living in Grand Forks her whole life, upon graduation she decided to move to Sweden. While in Stockholm, Leah received her Master’s Degree and worked in digital marketing for various tech companies from 2009-2016. Leah is currently the Digital Director of North Dakota United. If not for marketing, Leah would like to be a professional purveyor of ironic t-shirts. Outside of work, she is a passionate advocate for paid parental leave and issues affecting women and children in our community. She resides in Moorhead with her husband and 2 year-old son.
Heidi is a social media and digital content strategy expert. A recovering journalist, Heidi understands how to effectively reach any audience through precise messaging. She also knows how to leverage social media and analytics in the most efficient, effective ways possible. From an individual post to an extensive campaign, Heidi enjoys seeing the big picture and finessing the fine details of a project.
Heidi’s zeal for social media is matched only by her desire to formulate creative, interesting and meaningful content. She and her team study the most effective tools and latest features of social media to determine the best uses for clients to fulfill their marketing goals.
Ashton Hauff is a visual brand designer who’s passionate about community and creativity. After starting a photography business in college, her zeal for entrepreneurship has only grown. In 2017, Ashton founded Makewell, a community for makers, and in 2019 she co-founded The Good Kids, a brand collective that helps scale businesses to six figures. Most recently, Ashton also developed her first product, Evertide. The 3-month planner, designed for Ladybosses, combines your to do list, schedule, and mindfulness, so you can organize everything in one place.
Rebel Marie has been a school counselor since 2012 and received a master’s certificate in Agency Mental Health in 2018. In 2014, she became a full-time school counselor for a K-12 school in South Dakota where she worked on keeping kids in the classroom despite language or health barriers. Rebel started her second master’s degree in 2016 after she witnessed a school counselor bully a trans person. She worked in the counseling outreach center at MSUM while studying to become a licensed Mental Health Counselor. College students of every background enjoyed counseling with Rebel, and she was soon getting requests from community members who were not connected to the college. Rebel has been running a support group for transgender people since August 2016; for that work she was a YWCA 2018 Woman of the Year nominee and was the Grand Marshal of the Fargo-Moorhead Pride Parade in 2017. Throughout her career, Rebel has done a lot of work for LGBT+ youth and the LGBT+ community in Fargo, including organizing two women’s marches in North Dakota; planning a conference in Fargo for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; working to build trust between LGBT+ communities and Fargo-Moorhead community liaisons; working with the North Dakota Human Rights Campaign; and planning interfaith events. Rebel also did housing discrimination research with the Fair Housing Association in 2018, which received national attention. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her wife Kasey and their two young children.
Originally from the Chicagoland area, Heather moved to Fargo in 2012 to serve as the first Artist-in-Residence at the Roger Maris Cancer Center to make art by the bedside with patients. After leaving the position in 2014, she continued her work in community engaged art, project and organizational management, events planning, content creation, communications and marketing.
Heather has worked for over 10 years in startups, project management, marketing, and communications in industries as diverse as technology, healthcare, higher education, property and nonprofit management. She helps new projects and companies articulate their products and services, effectively connect and communicate with their clientele and keep the focus on delivering quality with integrity.
Her interest in mental health stems back to her own experiences with anxiety, depression and living with a chronic autoimmune illness. She’s a strong advocate for health and wellbeing and served as a board member on NAMI ND for multiple years and served as the Executive Director for Imagine Thriving, a youth mental health and wellness non-profit during its transition to Lutheran Social Services (LSS).
For the last 4 years, Camila has embraced the e-commerce world and worked to develop and grow her own brand on Amazon as an Amazon FBA seller. Previous to this, she worked in social media and marketing analytics for several ad agencies in Fargo, ND. While the entrepreneurial hustle is thrilling, her most exciting venture has been becoming mom to little Lucy.
Ashley Morken is the founder and lead coffee drinker at Unglued – a modern handmade gift shop in downtown Fargo with fantastically awesome creative workshops and events. A love for event planning and deep desire to work towards helping creatives promote their small businesses and dreams, Ashley began Unglued: Craft Fest in 2011 in Fargo, ND. This spurred her on to create Unglued as a year-round presence through a brick and mortar shop to continue this mission and subsequently leave her cardiac nursing career. Today Unglued supports over 300 local and regional makers through the shop as well as year-round events to inspire creativity like annual adult summer camps, monthly late night craft parties, winter craft retreats, and weekly workshops for kids and adults. When not falling behind on emails and small business life you’ll find her traveling, petting dogs, dreaming of another impossible idea, and spilling the next cup of coffee with her husband Justin
Randi Kay is a Holistic Health Practitioner and Educator that has been helping people heal through bodywork, yoga, and self-care mentoring for over a decade. Randi specializes in women’s health and she runs a healing studio in downtown Fargo, Studio 14 ½. She also offers self-care tools online, such as the Simple Nature Collective, instructional online courses, and The Simple Self Care Podcast at NaturallyRandiKay.com. Her mission is to connect women to their own inner healer and she offers this through her services and teaching seasonal, daily practices that make self-care and self-healing a way of life.
Laura Caroon and Danyel Moe are co-founders of Ladyboss Midwest, an organization built to connect and empower women all across the region.
Laura Caroon is a creative strategist, entrepreneur and artist with an insatiable desire to see women succeed. Like any true Minnesotan, Laura is a lake lover, and enjoys quiet time on the water reading or paddle boarding. Her favorite place to be is at home in Moorhead, laughing with her daughter and husband. With a background in startups and small business, she is always up for conversations about new ventures and entrepreneurship, especially over lattes.
Laura Caroon and Danyel Moe are co-founders of Ladyboss Midwest, an organization built to connect and empower women all across the region.
Danyel Moe has a marketing mind with a passion for art, sustainability, ethics and women’s rights. Danyel has spent the start of her marketing career working in an agency setting, higher education, and corporate hospitality. She is now working as the Marketing Coordinator for Kilbourne Group in downtown Fargo.