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A limited series podcast focusing on women’s entrepreneurship, shining a spotlight on female leadership and inspiring the next generation of female entrepreneurs to rise to greater heights than ever before.



Podcast episodes will explore the trials and triumphs of leading during a pandemic and racial unrest, diving into the key qualities of remarkable women creating a legacy in the business world, providing both visibility and lessons for women to take into their own ventures.



Each episode, narrated by Beth Kieffer Leonard, Managing Partner of Lurie, LLP, weaves together insight from female business leaders in the Twin Cities to inspire the next generation of female entrepreneurs. This podcast series will spotlight Chapter One women as anchors of each episode but will also invite other voices to the table for diversity of experience and characters. Join us for conversations between women entrepreneurs moderated by Beth, who will serve as a narrator and guide through the episodes.



The podcast will be released on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021.

Shining a Light with Beth Kieffer Leonard Shining a Light with Beth Keiffer Leonard

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A limited series podcast focusing on women’s entrepreneurship, shining a spotlight on female leadership and inspiring the next generation of female entrepreneurs to rise to greater heights than ever before.



Podcast episodes will explore the trials and triumphs of leading during a pandemic and racial unrest, diving into the key qualities of remarkable women creating a legacy in the business world, providing both visibility and lessons for women to take into their own ventures.



Each episode, narrated by Beth Kieffer Leonard, Managing Partner of Lurie, LLP, weaves together insight from female business leaders in the Twin Cities to inspire the next generation of female entrepreneurs. This podcast series will spotlight Chapter One women as anchors of each episode but will also invite other voices to the table for diversity of experience and characters. Join us for conversations between women entrepreneurs moderated by Beth, who will serve as a narrator and guide through the episodes.



The podcast will be released on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021.

    Episode 5: Invention and Reinvention with Michelle Tran Maryns and Tammy Lee

    Episode 5: Invention and Reinvention with Michelle Tran Maryns and Tammy Lee

    One of the long-standing effects of the pandemic is that for many of us, it forever changed theway we work. As the pandemic stretched on, and the lockdown became more of a way of life, businesses had to shift gears, shut down, lay off employees, and start again. In this episode, we hear contrasting stories with similar threads: as one woman reinvents herself, and one woman finds the support and courage to launch her innovative new business















































    About the Guests​







































































    Michelle Tran Maryns is Founder & CEO of We Sparkle Co., a public benefit corporation building a stronger + more inclusive economy by equipping underestimated entrepreneurs with the AI-powered tools they need to succeed. 

































































































    Tammy Lee is CEO of Xena Therapies​, a cool therapy medical device company and biotechstartup. Her product is connecting with women and she had to briefly pause her startup duringthe pandemic. Tammy has a background in journalism and can detail how storytelling is acritical part of her business strategies.































































    Episode Five Workbook





    This workbook is designed to guide you through the podcast, giving you the tools to appropriately reflect on your listening experience. We encourage you to use this workbook to help you further understand how to bring more heart & humility into your leading experience.







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    • 26 min
    Episode 4: Impact and Influence with Anne Behrendt and Kay Phillips

    Episode 4: Impact and Influence with Anne Behrendt and Kay Phillips

    Successful leaders use influence to help others reach their highest potential. The capacity to influence others comes from passion and authenticity that can lead to the greatest impact on work cultures and our greater communities.We hear from two women doing just that in the spheres of manufacturing, construction, and technologies, using their influence as leaders beyond these realms to make a powerful impact on society.















































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    Anne Behrendt is President, CEO and majority owner of Doran Companies. She leads the fourth-largest woman-owned business in Minnesota and took an unlikely path to CEO last year, beginning her tenure in uncertainty. Her philosophy of saying ‘yes’ to opportunity positions her uniquely to see the silver linings in this pandemic as she works to create safe worksites and healthy employees.

































































































    Kay Phillips, co-owner of ATEK companies, has been moved to become more active in racial justice after George Floyd’s killing. She has been deeply steeped in charitable causes and speaks about how passion and empathy are essential to influence and leadership.































































    Episode Four Workbook





    This workbook is designed to guide you through the podcast, giving you the tools to appropriately reflect on your listening experience. We encourage you to use this workbook to help you further understand how to bring more impact & influence into your leading experience.







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    • 29 min
    Episode 3: Community and Connection with Lili Hall and Susan Shields

    Episode 3: Community and Connection with Lili Hall and Susan Shields

    Leaders take responsibility for the well-being and improvement of their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic combined with the aftermath of George Floyd brings Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work into closer view. Companies are addressing inequities and also implementing anti-racist strategies that require a structural and personal commitment for unity and change not just in the workplace community, but in the greater community in the Twin Cities, Minnesota and beyond. This episode highlights how intentional work fuels crucial connections that strengthen our community.















































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    Lili Hall, CEO of Knock, Inc., leads a women/minority owned creative agency in north Minneapolis. Hall is Brazilian and began her business right after 9-11 as a mother of two young children. She is an overcomer who understands the need to process crises and after George Floyd’s death, she led an emotional call with her employees to allow them the space to feel the devastation and outrage. She also did pro-bono work helping BlPOC businesses find a temporary home and business plan in the Mall of America after their buildings were damaged in protests.

































































































    Susan Shields is a retired textiles entrepreneur and designer who wants to make an impact through her artwork while using the medium to create understanding and racial equity. She photographed the George Floyd artwork and is compiling the artwork into a book, where the proceeds will support the street artists who made the public murals.































































    Episode Three Workbook





    This workbook is designed to guide you through the podcast, giving you the tools to appropriately reflect on your listening experience. We encourage you to use this workbook to help you further understand how to bring more community & connectio...

    • 26 min
    Episode 2: Equity & Empathy with Alison Rempel Brown and Anika Ward

    Episode 2: Equity & Empathy with Alison Rempel Brown and Anika Ward

    In times of crisis, women leaders rose to the occasion with sensitivity and understanding of the stress, anxiety, and frustration that people are feeling striving to meet needs. Specifically, in this episode, these leaders responded with compassion and empathy during a time of twin pandemics, with both a public health and racial crisis unfolding across the globe.With Minnesota at the epicenter of racial unrest, we learn how these women used compassion at the forefront to spark change and focus their efforts on anti-racism and racial equity within their spheres of influence.























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    Alison Rempel Brown, CEO of the Science Museum of Minnesota, is working hard to use science to educate the public about the pandemic and race. She’s committed to social justice equity, not just through the museum education reflecting this priority but also when managing her organization. She took diversity in race and socioeconomic status into account when forced to conduct layoffs.

































































































    Anika Ward is President and CEO of the Sankofa Leadership Network. For over 20 years, Anika’s worked to advance equity and eliminate disparities through a strategic, relationship-based approach to transforming systems. A trusted advisor with a career spanning private, nonprofit, and government sectors, Anika has advanced statewide initiatives centering on equity and inclusion within education, science, workforce development, community investments, cultural arts, and community health and well-being.































































    Episode Two Workbook





    This workbook is designed to guide you through the podcast, giving you the tools to appropriately reflect on your listening experience. We encourage you to use this workbook to help you further understand how to bring more equity & empathy into your leading experience.







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    • 24 min
    Episode 1: Heart and Humility with Kate Kelly and Kim Motes

    Episode 1: Heart and Humility with Kate Kelly and Kim Motes

    If there was ever a time to lead with heart, it was during the trying times of 2020-2021. This episode explores those who embody heart-based leadership, to inspire loyalty and build powerful relationships by being kind, caring, and humble. Leading with heart doesn’t always mean a soft approach, it can also mean high expectation and firm accountability.Beth Kieffer Leonard kicks off this first episode with her vision on leading with heart and what this leadership style can inspire. She moderates the conversation in an interview style with Kate Kelly from PNC Bank and Kim Motes for the Children’s Theater. Camille Burns from national WPO joins Beth during the episode intro to speak to the outstanding community of WPO Chapter One.























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    Kate Kelly, PNC Regional Bank President, is deeply steeped in service and philanthropic efforts. Her philosophy is to choose trust over fear. “As you lead people, the more you trust, the more things come together,” said Kelly.

































































































    Kim Motes , Managing Director for Children’s Theatre Company, Kimberly Motes became Managing Director for Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) in February 2016 where she leads all business aspects for the theatre. CTC is the nation’s premiere theatre for multigenerational audiences and an important cultural asset in Minnesota.























































































    Episode One Workbook





    This workbook is designed to guide you through the podcast, giving you the tools to appropriately reflect on your listening experience. We encourage you to use this workbook to help you further understand how to bring more heart & humility into your leading experience.

    • 23 min
    Shining a Light with Beth Kieffer Leonard Podcast Trailer

    Shining a Light with Beth Kieffer Leonard Podcast Trailer

    A limited series podcast focusing on women’s entrepreneurship, shining a spotlight on female leadership and inspiring the next generation of female entrepreneurs to rise to greater heights than ever before.

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