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The Power and Potential of Intergenerational Leadership Teams

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Will Kitchen
Winona State University, Director - StartUp Winona State

I am currently Director of Innovative Community Engagement at Winona State University. Part of my assignment is to direct StartUp Winona State to help support new entrepreneurs develop their ideas.

My varied career includes, working for IBM From 1995-2011 in the US, India, Asia, and Belgium in a variety of roles including Performance Consultant and GM of Learning and Leadership Development for IBM India. In other careers, I was part of the management team of CodaBow International in Winona; consulted for the Belgium Government (business development); COO at Gofre International (food manufacturing and international sales) in Belgium; and, consultant to a number of non-profit organizations including the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona (development director) and Parallel 45 Theatre in Traverse City, MI.

N'Dri Diby
Live Give Save, Data Analyst Engineer

I have achieved an outstanding academic record as a student at Winona State University, and have developed a proficiency in the latest cutting-edge concepts and technologies in the areas of Data Science, Statistics, Mathematics and Computer Science. I have demonstrated a deep understanding of the subject matter and prove my abilities as a leader and mentor. My experience as president of the Mathematics/Statistics club and international student representative of my university enables me to effectively coordinate tasks such as meetings, topics to discuss, and collaboration with other departments to accomplish projects with timeliness and creativity.

Megan Geelan
Live.Give.Save. with Spave, Business/Financial Analyst Intern

My name is Megan Geelan and I going into my last semester at St. Olaf this fall. I am an Economics Major with an Emphasis in Finance. This summer I worked closely with the CFO at Live.Give.Save, and was able to revamp and reorganize a new 5 year projection three statement financial model for the company. I used my communication and analytical skills to connect with the rest of the company and the other interns this summer to help grow my network and gain an unforgettable experience with a start up company like Live.Give.Save. Super excited to be apart of this event with Live.Give.Save., and I am excited to share more about my experiences this summer with this amazing company!

Tom Gabriel
LiveGiveSave, Chief Brand Officer

Long career in advertising and marketing, starting in New York. President and Creative Director of Milici Valenti Gabriel in Honolulu, before joining Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis. In 1997, founded Gabriel deGrood Bendt (GdB) in Minneapolis, which joined Clear Night Group a few years ago. Currently a partner in TandM (a small creative resource), consulting and working with several non-profits.

Stephany Beck
Live.Give.Save, Marketing Lead Intern

Stephany Beck is a marketing and entrepreneurship student at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has had the honor of representing her university’s student body as the Vice President of Media & Communications, as a well as, serving as a Resident Assistant, Admissions Representative, and Entrepreneurship Club President. In addition to her roles on campus, she was also apart of the ESPN Winter X-Games student worker program in Aspen, CO. Recently, Stephany spent the summer interning with Live.Give.Save. as a Marketing Lead. The internship experience has given her the opportunity expanded her understanding of the plight and potential of entrepreneurship through a real-world lens.

Susan Langer
Live.Gives.Save., Inc., Founder & CEO

Susan Langer’s 30+ year career spans corporate, entrepreneurial and nonprofit sectors within financial services, marketing and international development holding leadership positions with industry giants like US Bank, General Mills and World Vision. In 2016, Susan founded Live.Give.Save., Inc., a financial technology company with a unique focus on giving and inspiring social good. Susan has served on numerous nonprofit boards and is a member of the Red Wing YMCA board of directors. She has two grown stepchildren (Roarke & Maddie) and lives in Red Wing, Minnesota, with her husband, Gary.

Margaret Bransford
St. Olaf College, Associate Director, Entrepreneurship & Outreach

Margaret is an entrepreneur, coach, and consultant who connects innovators to the resources and network they need to build their idea.

Christine Beech
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Ex Dir of the Kabara Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies

Christine’s business, teaching, research, and consulting experience are in the areas of entrepreneurship, strategic management, leadership development, contract management, succession planning, social entrepreneurship, and small business management. In addition to her role as Executive Director of the Kabara Institute, Christine holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Business Department at Saint Mary’s where she teaches classes in entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Saint Mary’s University, Christine owned her own consulting business in the Washington, D.C. area for many years, and before that worked as a corporate entrepreneur, where she led the development of a multi-million dollar business line for a global consulting firm.

To get the best thinking while relaunching our product with limited resources, we engaged The E1 Collaborative in Southeast MN to attract superstar interns from renown higher-ed institutions. COVID-19 caused corporate internship programs to tank, leaving top talent in the lurch to seek alternative opportunities. We engaged entrepreneurship programs at St. Olaf, St. Mary’s and Winona State to identify students who aligned with our needs. We then linked each intern with a seasoned leader on our team as a mentor, but also to gather valuable knowledge about our target market, audience and product roadmap. Our aim was to marry the wisdom of seasoned leaders with the fresh ideas and insights from emerging leaders, who also represent a segment of our target audience. Our session would include a virtual panel comprised of school representatives, interns and LGS leaders. The goal would be to share the experience of this intergenerational leadership model.