Speakers

ERIN MAYE QUADE \\ Advocacy Director at Gender Justice

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.

Erin Maye Quade is a former Minnesota State Representative who was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016. There, she quickly established herself as a candid and fierce advocate for Minnesotans championing paid family leave; expanding access to affordable child care; ending childhood hunger; eliminating gun violence; and investing in treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues. In 2018, Rep. Maye Quade founded the Childhood Hunger Caucus, a coalition of businesses, nonprofits and policymakers dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Minnesota.

In June 2018, Rep. Erin Maye Quade became the first LGBTQ person – and among the youngest – to be endorsed as the DFL candidate for Lt. Governor.

JEBEH EDMUNDS \\ CEO of Jebeh Cultural Consulting

Mrs. Jebeh Edmunds: A mother of two boys, ages 13 and 10, is a fifth-grade teacher in the Duluth Public Schools school district. She’s been a classroom teacher for ten years. She is the founder and CEO of Jebeh Cultural Consulting LLC. Previously, Mrs. Edmunds was the Director of the African American Cultural Center with the Duluth School District for eight-years. Mrs. Edmunds has given numerous local and regional presentations related to diversity, African-American heritage, and cultural competency. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a post-bachelor’s teaching certificate from the College of St. Scholastica. She graduated with a Master’s of Science in Teaching from The College of St. Scholastica in May 2015. Jebeh came to the United States in 1982 on a minor J-2 visa status with her parents, who were escaping the conflict in Liberia by enrolling in graduate programs in the U.S. Her journey to citizenship took 30 years. Her journey in educating others is a lifelong passion.

HEATHER MCDOUGALL \\ CEO and Co-Founder of Bogobrush

Heather is the CEO and co-founder of sustainably designed products company, Bogobrush, which has diverted the equivalent of 440,000 plastic bottles from landfills and habitats, and visionary co-founder of The Food Freedom Project, a global food sovereignty organization. Heather leads the future of change-making by blending big hopeful dreams, present reality, and bold, truth-telling energy. She’s presented perspective-altering talks to thousands of people from SXSW to TEDx, and has facilitated and collaborated with communities around the world to help them activate their own path to sustainable change through her signature 8 Limbs of Sustainability.

EMILY HUNT TURNER \\ Founder & CEO of All Square

Emily Hunt Turner is a civil rights attorney with a background in architecture, law, and public policy.  Prior to All Square, Turner spent five years as a federal attorney for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) working on housing segregation and barriers to housing for justice-impacted citizens. In 2021, she was named “40 Under 40” by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal and selected as a 2018 Minnesota Wavemaker in Community Impact.

Panelists

DR. TAMERA JACOBSON \\ OB/GYN at Sanford Health

Dr. Tamera Jacobson is an OB/GYN who provides care, treatment, and surgical interventions for a variety of women’s health issues. She also delivers hundreds of babies each year at Sanford’s Family Birth Center and has won multiple awards for her patient care and advocacy.

DR. JEAN MARIE MCGOWAN MD, FACP, NCMP \\ Internal Medicine Physician at Sanford Health

Dr. Jean Marie McGowan is an internal medicine physician with a special interest in women’s health. Dr. McGowan serves as the founder of the pelvic floor clinic and co-founder of the preconception clinic. She is an associate faculty member for University of North Dakota medical students, residents and fellows. She also serves as clinical education director for the women’s health rotation at the University of North Dakota.

SARA HANSEN \\ Nurse Practioner & Midwife at Sanford Health

Sara Hansen is a nurse practitioner and certified nurse-midwife practicing in Family Medicine. She has a special focus on caring for women through pregnancy and newborns during their first weeks.

ALISON KOPP, PT, DPT \\ Physical Therapist at Sanford Health

Alison is a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic health rehabilitation among other women’s health related needs. She is one of the main acting physical therapists in the Sanford Health Pelvic Floor Clinic and works with women whose quality of life is greatly affected by urinary and bowel incontinence, as well as pelvic pain.

DR. KATHRYN GORDON, PHD \\ Clinical Psychologist at Sanford Health

Dr. Kathryn Gordon is a clinical psychologist specializing in women’s behavioral health. She treats a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety, postpartum mood disorders, and depression. She also conducts research in partnership with NDSU on eating disorders.

REBEL MARIE \\ School Counselor at Minnesota Online High School

Rebel Marie received a MS in School Counseling in 2012 and a Masters Certificate in Community Mental Health Counseling in 2018. She has worked as a full-time school counselor since 2014. In 2016, while studying at MSU Moorhead, she counseled college students of every background and was soon getting requests from community members not connected to MSUM. Since then, she has run a support group for transgender people for which she was a YWCA Woman of the Year nominee in 2018 and Grand Marshal of the Fargo-Moorhead Pride Parade in 2017. In addition to supporting LGBTQ+ youth and communities in Fargo, she has done community organizing to promote suicide prevention and research on fair housing that received national attention. She enjoys spending free time with her wife Kasey and their two young children.

WENDI WHEELER \\ Plant-Based Runner, Writer & Ally

Wendi Wheeler (she/her/hers) is a plant-based runner, writer, and ally in the FMWF community. In her big-girl job as the First Impression Specialist at Dawson/Marsh McLennan Agency, she serves as the coordinator of the Dakotas Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. She is also working on starting a plant-based meal prep service and is writing a cookbook combined with dating stories, or a book about dating that includes recipes.

CARRIE FEIGUM \\ Donor Services Assistant at FM Area Foundation

Carrie is the Donor Services Assistant at the FM Area Foundation. She is responsible for managing the foundation’s donor database and assists with fund setup. She also assists with accounts payable and the grant and scholarship programs.

Carrie graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. She previously served as Operations Coordinator for The Arts Partnership and as a Document Imaging Specialist at Bell Bank.

Carrie is a Barnesville, Minn., native and now lives in Fargo with her husband, Jesse, and their four boys. If she is not chauffeuring children from activity to activity; you can find Carrie cooking, reading, or spending time with the Unglued crew helping with events and teaching workshops.

MADDY GRIFFIN \\ Associate Director of Equity and Inclusion at Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Maddy (Jansky) Griffin’s core values are rooted in social justice, anti-racism, and intersectionality.
She is currently The Associate Director of Equity and Inclusion at Minnesota State Community and Technical College and serves on the Board of the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition.
Prior to being hired at M State she worked at several non-profits and governmental agencies including: The Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, West Central Regional Juvenile Center, and Youthworks. During undergrad, Maddy interned at the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC as a Victim Witness Assistant for the Homicide Unit.
She has a passion for working with at-risk youth and young adults and is dedicated to challenging inequitable systems and policies.
An intersectional feminist and member of the LGBTQ+ community, she earned her bachelor’s degree in social work at Minnesota State University Moorhead and holds licensure in North Dakota. She hopes to attend Law School in the Fall of 2022.

Leaders

KAYLEY ERLANDSON \\ Owner of Two Bluebirds

Kayley is a web content specialist at Concordia College and owner of Two Bluebirds. She is an LGBTQ+ Ladyboss and is passionate about shining a light on queer female and nonbinary voices in the FM community. She is an avid cook who makes meals every day, and her favorite place in the world is snuggling with her cat, Juniper, while reading a book.

JACKIE MAAHS \\ Plant Lover & Co-Owner of The Plant Supply

Jackie Maahs is from Moorhead, MN and is a plant lover and co-owner of The Plant Supply. She has spent the last 10 years building a career in environmental sustainability for corporations and higher education institutions, but recently shifted to focus on her love of houseplants full time. Through years of plant collecting, growing, and styling, Jackie has honed her skills in plant care and loves to spread the joy of plants with others. In 2019 she launched The Plant Supply, a brand dedicated to helping people grow happier through houseplants. The Plant Supply makes plant care easy and fun by supplying curated plants, handmade concrete planters and accessories, and helpful plant tips.

Founders

DANYEL MOE \\ Co-Founder of Ladyboss Midwest & Marketing Coordinator at Kilbourne Group

Marketing Coordinator at Kilbourne Group + Co-Founder of Ladyboss Midwest + Micro-Influencer 

Danyel is an experienced marketer and entrepreneur. She has spent the start of her career building her personal brand and various corporate business and organization brands online. Danyel Graduated from Concordia College with a BA in Marketing and Art.

LAURA CAROON \\ President & Co-Founder of Ladyboss Midwest

Laura Caroon is a creative strategist, entrepreneur and advocate with an insatiable desire to see women succeed.

Laura is president and co-founder of Ladyboss Midwest, an organization built to connect and empower women all across the region. Ladyboss Midwest hosts a yearly summit, virtual events, and supports 6,500+ women in their online community. In 2019, Ladyboss was recognized as a Leader in Women’s Empowerment at the YWCA Cass-Clay Women of the Year Awards.

Laura believes in the power of community and was recently elected to Moorhead City Council in Ward 2.

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 unicorn-loving daughter and fisherman husband. With a background in startups and small business, she is always up for conversations about new ventures and entrepreneurship, especially over coffee.