Minnesota Minutes

Minnesota’s Influencers: Kimberly Arrigoni

Posted on Tue, Mar 8, 2016

What book are you reading right now?
Dr. Ben Carson’s Book, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future. I particularly love his 2013 National Prayer Breakfast speech and his chapter on political correctness – both are quite thought provoking.

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Best Buy’s recycling program is changing. Here’s how and why

Posted on Mon, Feb 1, 2016

This week we introduced changes in our in-store recycling program that allow us to continue to provide this service for our customers.

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Minnesota’s Influencers: Ken Warner

Posted on Fri, Jan 22, 2016

What book are you reading right now?
I’m not really a book guy. The last one took me three one week vacations in three years to get through! I’m a newspaper guy, and I like to pick them up wherever I go to see what’s going on in other communities and states.

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Minnesota’s Influencers: Patricia Jesperson

Posted on Mon, Jan 4, 2016

What makes a good business leader?

To name a few: vision, accountability, ethics, resilience, sincerity, and my particular favorite – curiosity.

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Minnesota’s Influencers: Ashton Schatz

Posted on Thu, Nov 19, 2015

Why did you choose to pursue your career?

I knew before entering law school that I wanted to focus on health law and work within a hospital. Growing up in a family of nurses, I was taught the importance of delivering quality care and supporting the practice. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act passed and I began my journey as a patient at Mayo Clinic while attending law school. Upon graduation in 2011, I knew I wanted to be at Mayo Clinic supporting the practice, navigating through the everchanging healthcare environment.

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Minnesota’s Influencers: Heidi Gunderson

Posted on Tue, Nov 17, 2015

What makes a good business leader?

Giving back to your industry as well as the business community as a whole is very important. Over the years I have been lucky to serve on multiple boards and be active in organizations that advocate not just for my industry but all Minnesota businesses. Through that process I have met so many wonderful people and learned so much.

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Minnesota’s Influencers: Alissa Henriksen

Posted on Fri, Nov 13, 2015

Why did you choose to pursue your career?

I absolutely love working with people. I love getting to know them, understanding their passion, what makes them tick, what draws them in and turns them off. Certain people are meant for certain companies. Finding that connection is fascinating. I have the opportunity to help business leaders build recruiting strategies to find the very best talent for their organization. Over the last several years I’ve become more specialized within the manufacturing industry. I’ve probably walked around 100 manufacturing floors and every single time I am absolutely amazed. I’ve always believed that reputations are built on cultures, cultures are built for people, and people are the secret sauce to driving business results and success. So finding that perfect match between a business and an individual is pretty cool – and I get to do this every day.

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Leadership Minnesota: What I Learned From 15 Minnesota Companies

Posted on Fri, Oct 16, 2015

A rewarding networking and career development program

Over the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to take part in a very rewarding networking and career development program called the Leadership Minnesota Series. This program, sponsored by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, invites 35 participants annually to travel around the state to Minnesota Companies  for a deeper look at the industries and companies that drive Minnesota’s economy.

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Minnesota’s Influencers: Andy Reierson

Posted on Fri, Oct 9, 2015

What makes a good business leader?

I don’t think there is a secret formula, and every business may require different leadership characteristics. I do believe the following are very important: clarity of direction; empathy; surrounding yourself with people smarter than you; giving more than you get.

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Student Success Day: Leaders Lab Goes to Inver Hills Community College

Posted on Fri, Oct 2, 2015

Helping Students Prepare for Career Success

A unique, day long program at Inver Hills Community College is offered to students who will be looking for their first job out of college. This year, particpants from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Leaders Lab program helped by offering advice to studets on the real business of interviewing and preparing them to land their first career-related job.

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