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Casey Shultz
Beta.MN, Executive Director
Mary Grove
Bread and Butter Ventures, Managing Partner

Mary Grove is Managing Partner of Bread and Butter Ventures. She brings nearly two decades of leadership experience in technology, early stage investing, and startup ecosystem growth. She began her career working on the Google IPO, led new business development partnerships, and served as the founding director of Google for Startups, leading the company’s global efforts to support entrepreneurs in over 100 countries. After her 15 year career at Google, Mary worked as an investment partner at Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund where she led dozens of investments in a range of sectors including healthcare, enterprise software, fintech and future of work. She is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Silicon North Stars, a nonprofit that she and her husband Steve founded in 2013 to help young Minnesotans from underserved communities pursue careers in tech. Mary serves on the boards of Vital Voices, the Minneapolis Foundation, and the Techstars Foundation. She earned her BA and MA from Stanford University.

Steve Grove
State of Minnesota, Commissioner of Employment & Economic Development

As commissioner of the state’s principal workforce and economic development agency, Grove is focused on growing the state’s workforce, closing the opportunity gap and providing businesses with the help they need to grow, stay and thrive.

Grove was previously an executive at Google for 12 years, most recently serving as the founding director of Google’s News Lab, a global division of the company that partners with media companies and startups to drive innovation in the news industry. He has built teams in over a dozen countries and launched partnerships in over 50 countries, including a global technology training effort that trained over 500,000 people every year. He previously led YouTube's first news and politics team, building a global partnership effort for political candidates, news organizations, nonprofits, and citizen journalists. The divisions of Google that Grove led during his career addressed a wide range of public challenges with new solutions: from fighting online disinformation campaigns, to growing social media citizen engagement with world leaders, to a developing a broad range of voter turnout initiatives.

Grove wrote for The Boston Globe and ABC News prior to joining Google. He has served as an advisor to the White House and State Department on counter-terrorism strategy, and serves on the advisory boards of Witness, a video human rights nonprofit, and Report for America, a nationwide service organization to improve local news.

Grove holds a master's in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from Claremont McKenna College. He is an International Security Fellow at the New America Foundation, and co-founded a nonprofit with his wife Mary called Silicon North Stars, which helps youth from underserved communities in Minnesota pursue careers in technology. In 2018, the Groves moved from Silicon Valley to Minneapolis, Minnesota with their two-year-old twins.

Justin Sutherland
Iron Chef America, Winner

Hailing from St. Paul, MN, Justin Sutherland spent his childhood in the kitchen learning from his mother and grandmother. Growing up his favorite TV show was “Yan Can Cook” and on his fifth birthday he asked for an easy bake oven. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta, he moved back home to hone his skills in some of Minneapolis’ top restaurants including Meritage and Brasserie Zentral.  Sutherland is currently the Owner sand Executive Chef of two restaurants in the Minneapolis area, Handsome Hog & Pearl and the Thief.  He recently competed and won on “Iron Chef America.” Justin is fearless in his craft, is dedicated to discipline, and never settles for anything but the best.

Aneela Idnani
HabitAware, CoFounder

Aneela Idnani is Cofounder & President of HabitAware. HabitAware’s smart bracelet, Keen, retrains the brain from unwanted body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) to healthier ones. Ashamed, Aneela grew up hiding her hair pulling disorder (a BFRB) and is now an outspoken mental health advocate, raising awareness of these very common yet unknown conditions. HabitAware is a HAX and Backstage Capital company and holds research grants from the NIH & NSF. HabitAware’s innovation was featured in TIME Magazine (2018 Best Invention), BuzzFeed, SELF Magazine, The Washington Post and Prevention Magazine.

Andrew Parks
Minnevangelist, Creative Director

Andrew Parks is a journalist by trade and a storyteller at heart, with additional experience in marketing, merchandising, and communications.

Over the past 17 years, he has worked at Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, eMusic, and Time Inc.; edited travel guides for Michelin and Fodor's; and produced owned media content for Marriott International, Apple, Red Bull, Christie's, LVMH Moët Hennessy, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Silversea Cruises, Activision, Bandcamp, Visit California, Explore Minnesota, and several other CVBs/DMOs.

He is also the editor and publisher of self-titled, a leading underground music magazine; the co-founder of Minnevangelist, a regional site covering arts and culture in Minnesota; and a contributor to Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Bon Appétit, AFAR, New York Magazine, TIME, Artful Living, Minnesota Monthly, BuzzFeed, Punch, and October.

Ashlea Halpern
Minnevangelist, Co-founder & Editor

I am the editor at large for AFAR Media; founding editor of The Urbanist, a pop-up travel blog from New York Magazine; and a devoted service journalist whose writing and photography appear in Condé Nast Traveler, Airbnb Magazine, Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, TIME, Midwest Living, Artful Living, Minnesota Monthly, and more.

My areas of expertise include travel and lifestyle, food and drink, art, culture, design, shopping, outdoor adventure, and entrepreneurship. From October 2014 to February 2018, I traveled full-time for my work, mostly in Asia, Australia, North America, Europe, and the Arctic. After criss-crossing the U.S.A. twice by hatchback and living abroad in Thailand, I settled in glorious Minneapolis and co-founded Minnevangelist, a website devoted to spreading the gospel of Minnesota's greatness.

I have been featured as a travel expert in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, and Forbes and invited to speak on tourism panels hosted by Explore Minnesota and the Star Tribune. I have also guest lectured on travel writing at Stanford University and appeared on more than a dozen TV shows, radio programs, and podcasts, including WNBC's "Today in New York," Fox 5's "Good Day New York," Fox 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul's "The Jason Show," the "RMWorldTravel with Robert & Mary Carey and Rudy Maxa" radio hour, Bon Appétit's "Foodcast," and Away's "Airplane Mode."

In my ye olde New York days, I served as the special projects editor at Bon Appétit, producing feature and cover packages, editing the magazine's front-of-book "Starters" section, and overseeing celebrity and travel content. Before that, I worked in weeklies — as the editor of the ASME-winning "Strategist" section at New York Magazine, as the senior editor and editor at large of Time Out New York, and as the associate editor of Philadelphia City Paper, where I wrote long-form investigative cover stories about America's unscrupulous funeral industry and the plight of the modern-day eunuch. I'm versatile like that.

I also produce creative marketing content and social media campaigns for a variety of travel and retail clients, including CVBs, DMOs, and commercial entities such as Airbnb, Royal Caribbean, Silversea Cruises, Visit California, Food Network, Target, Ralph Lauren, Etsy, Illy, MM.LaFleur, Dorsia, and Dr. Mehmet Oz.

New to Minnesota, or hoping to be? Join this event to learn more about our school systems, housing market, and the MN cultural scene. Additionally, don't miss your chance to meet companies looking for top talent to add to their teams! From Hotdish, to the cherry in the spoon, this fair will give you the run down on all things Minnesota.