2015 Speakers

Conference Host

Megan Granlund - Head of Customer Insight for the Risk Business, Thomson Reuters

Megan Granlund is the Head of Customer Insight for the Risk business unit within Thomson Reuters. She has been with Thomson Reuters since 2005 and currently works globally to listen quantitatively and qualitatively to buyers and users of Thomson Reuters products, driving that feedback into the business to shape our products and customer experience. She is also the co-chair of the Women and Leadership special interest group where she passionately works to promote women helping other women succeed into the highest levels of their organizations. Megan holds an MBA with an emphasis in International Business from Hamline University and a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College.

Keynote Speaker: 12:10pm

Deirdre Stanley - Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Board Secretary, Thomson Reuters

Prior to joining the company as General Counsel in 2002, Deirdre held various legal and senior executive positions, including Deputy General Counsel, at IAC (previously USA Networks, Inc.). From 1997 to 1999, Deirdre served as Associate General Counsel for GTE Corporation (a predecessor company to Verizon), where she headed the mergers and acquisitions practice group. She began her career as a corporate associate with the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Deirdre serves as a Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Special Surgery. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Executive Leadership Council.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a JD from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review.

You’ve Come a Long Way Baby. Now What?: 12:55pm

Patricia Gillette - Co-Founder, Opt-In Project

Ms. Gillette is actively involved in national projects focusing on the retention of women in the legal industry. She has become one of the most sought after keynote speakers on these issues and her thought provoking articles have been widely published in state and national publications. In recognition of her work to advance women in the profession, she has received the 2014 ABA Golden Hammer Award for her efforts in promoting diversity in the profession, the 2013 Fay Stender Award from the California Women Lawyers Association, the Transformational Leadership Award as one of the Top Woman Rainmaker in 2012, and the SF Bar Association Award of Merit.

Ms. Gillette is the co-founder of the Opt-In Project, a 2006 nationwide initiative that focused on changing the structure of law firms to increase the retention and advancement of women in the profession. She served as a Commissioner on the ABA Commission for Women in the Profession, she co-chairs the San Francisco Bar Association's No Glass Ceiling Initiative, and she is a member of the ABA's Gender Equity Task Force. Ms. Gillette is also on the Board of Direct Women, a non-profit organization dedicated to placing women attorneys on boards of public companies. Ms. Gillette is a member of the Austin Consortium, a national group of women thought leaders and she serves on the board of Legal Momentum.

Ms. Gillette raised her two sons with her husband of 40 years in Kensington, California. She is actively involved in her community and currently serves her town as an elected official.

Ms. Gillette’s website is www.patriciagillette.com

Influencing Without Authority: 1:30pm

Krisztina Than - Chief Correspondent, Reuters, Budapest bureau

Krisztina has been the chief correspondent for the Budapest bureau since 2008. In this role, she leads and shapes news coverage out of Hungary, including that of several currency crises, major political and economic changes, elections and unorthodox government measures. She delivers market-moving exclusive interviews with prime ministers, finance ministers and central bankers as well as company executives. Additionally, Krisztina leads the Budapest team of four reporters, two photographers and a TV journalist.

Influencing Without Authority: 1:30pm

Beth Connaughty - Manager, Legal Government Proposition Strategy Team, Thomson Reuters

Beth Connaughty is a skilled strategy and marketing professional with over 15 years of experience at companies like Avaya Technologies, Highland Commercial Bank, and Thomson Reuters. She currently manages the Thomson Reuters Legal Government Proposition Strategy team. She studied Business Administration and Biology at UW River Falls and earned her MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. When she’s not busy influencing others, she lives in Rosemount, MN with her extraordinary dog Pepper where she enjoys kayaking, baking, and avoiding housework.

Champions for Change Panel: 2:45pm

Jim Smith - President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters

James C. Smith is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Reuters.

Mr. Smith leads a company of over 50,000 people in more than 100 countries which provides critical news, information and technology to leading decision makers around the world. The company’s products primarily serve professionals in the legal, regulatory and financial markets. It reported revenues of $12.6 billion in 2014.

Mr. Smith began his career as a journalist and rose through the ranks at Thomson Newspapers to become responsible for operations in North America. Following the divesture of Thomson’s newspaper business in 2000, he moved to the professional publishing side of the company where he was responsible for a number of businesses serving the legal, regulatory and academic markets. He also served as global head of Human Resources before becoming Chief Operating Officer of The Thomson Corporation. Following the acquisition of Reuters in 2008, Mr. Smith ran the Professional Division of the combined company. He was named chief executive in January 2012.

Mr. Smith is a non-executive director of Pfizer, Inc. He also serves on the board of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative and is a member of the Forum’s International Business Council. Mr. Smith is a member of the International Advisory Boards of British American Business and the Atlantic Council, and of the 30% Club, which champions growth through diversity.

Mr. Smith graduated from Marshall University, and in 2013 also received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Marshall. He splits time between offices in New York; London; and Stamford, Connecticut.

Champions for Change Panel: 2:45pm

Dr. Penny Wheeler - President and Chief Executive Officer, Allina Health

Penny Wheeler, M.D. is president and chief executive officer and, since 2006, has served as Chief Clinical Officer. As CCO, she led the organization's quality and value agenda through alignment of the clinical and operational leadership to optimally benefit those served by Allina Health. A board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Wheeler served patients at Women's Health Consultants in Minneapolis, and has served as president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital's medical staff, chaired the Allina Quality Committee and served on the Allina Board of Directors.

In addition to her current role, Dr. Wheeler chairs the Minnesota Community Measurement board, a regional health quality collaborative, and is on the board of Portico Healthnet, an organization dedicated to helping uninsured Minnesotans receive affordable health coverage and care. She has presented nationally on Allina Health’s approach and success in quality advancement and outcomes-based quality payment models. Dr. Wheeler was named the 2012 Outstanding Health Care Executive, largely based on her ability to form internal and external care collaboratives and their impact on community health.

Allina Health is one of the nation’s leading health systems. The organization is made up of 14 hospitals, 90+ clinics, 26,000+ employees and several related health care service companies including home health, hospice, transportation, medical equipment and retail pharmacy.

Champions for Change Panel: 2:45pm

Dr. Julie H.Sullivan - President, University of St. Thomas

Dr. Julie H. Sullivan became the 15th president – and first layperson and woman to serve as president – of the University of St. Thomas on July 1, 2013. With campuses in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Rome, St. Thomas is a comprehensive university encompassing seven schools and colleges serving over 10,000 students and grounded in the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual tradition.

Sullivan’s prior academic experience includes service as executive vice president and provost at the University of San Diego (2005-2013) and as professor and administrator at the University of California-San Diego (2003-2005) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) from 1987 to 2003. Her research and teaching has focused on issues related to corporate and global tax planning and financial reporting to shareholders.

Sullivan is an innovative academic leader with a purpose. She is passionate about learning and scholarship grounded in the needs of an ever-changing and more complex world. She is a champion for social innovation and has been a leader in the Ashoka Changemaker movement. She also is known for her commitments to globalization and intercultural understanding.

Sullivan shares her education, financial, and business strategy expertise with public and private companies, as well as non-profit organizations. She currently is a board member of PICO Holdings, SI Group Inc., SI Group – India, Loyola University Chicago, Greater Twin Cities United Way, and Minnesota Campus Compact. She also is a member of the Minnesota Business Partnership, National Association of Corporate Directors, Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable, and Minnesota Advisory Council of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

A native of Florida, Sullivan has three degrees from the University of Florida, including a Ph.D. in business.

Champions for Change Panel: 2:45pm

Scott Anderson - Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Patterson Companies, Inc.

Mr. Scott P. Anderson is Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Patterson Companies Inc. He was elected the President and Chief Executive Officer of Patterson Companies, Inc. in April 2010. In April 2013 was elected the additional responsibility of Chairman of the Board. Mr. Anderson has worked with Patterson Companies since 1993. Prior to June 2006 when he became president of Patterson Dental Supply, Inc., Mr. Anderson held senior management positions in the dental unit, including vice president, sales, and vice president, marketing.

Mr. Anderson became one of the company's directors in June 2010. Mr. Anderson is the past Chairman of the Dental Trade Alliance. Mr. Anderson is a Trustee of Gustavus Adolphus College. He serves on the board of directors of the Ordway Theater. He has been a director at C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. since 2012.

Scott earned his MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management and his bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Champions for Change Panel: 2:45pm

Jennifer Smith - Co-Founder, Innovative Office Solutions

Jennifer Smith co-founded Innovative Office Solutions in June of 2001. Innovative Office Solutions began as an office supply/furniture company, serving businesses of all sizes who value a relationship-oriented approach. Under a vision "To make people more productive", Innovative has expanded its offering to include new categories such as facility supplies, educational supplies/furniture, print & fulfillment and managed print services. Striving to be a single source solution coupled with an office productivity focus, the company has quickly become one of the largest and fastest growing office solutions companies in the country.

Jennifer was also involved in the founding of Medcare Products, Inc. in 1998. She served as the President of Medcare from 1998 until the founding of Innovative Office Solutions in 2001.

Prior to her involvement with Medcare Products, Jennifer spent four years in the office supply industry including the roles of Vice-President of Operations for US Office Products and owner and President of Town & Country Business Products. Prior to her office supply experience; Jennifer worked in the buying office with the Dayton Hudson Department Store Company for over 5 years.

She graduated with honors from Hamline University in 1989, where she double majored in Business Management and Psychology.

She has been married for 27 years and has two children ages 21 and 23. Always one to be active in the community Jennifer has a long track record of volunteering with local organizations; such as coaching track, basketball and fund raising for Eastview Hockey. Most recently Jennifer has devoted her volunteer time towards the In Sports Foundation, an organization that helps children through the power of sports.

She is involved in many business organizations including the WPO, WBENC, and is currently involved with the mentor program for the Women Venture Organization. She is currently serving on the Steering Committee for the WBENC, the Dealer Advisory Board of United Stationers, and the Board of Governors of the National Office Product Alliance (NOPA) along with being a board member for I See Me.

Industry Awards include the Woman on the Way Award from NAWBO in 2004 and in 2005 she received the Woman to Watch award presented by the Business Journal of Minneapolis. In 2010 she was awarded the Enterprising Woman of the Year Award. She also was awarded the 2010 WBE of the year award from the WBDC in Minnesota. In 2011 she was awarded the Bob Klas Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Dakota-Scott Counties and in 2014 was a finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

In addition to her individual awards, Innovative Office Solutions has been recognized annually in the top 25 Furniture and Office Suppliers in the Minneapolis Business Journal since 2001. The company has also been recognized as one of the 5000 fastest growing private companies in the US in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Minnesota in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2010, the Proficiency Post awarded Innovative the top US reseller under $50 million in revenue; and in 2012, 2013 2014 & 2015, Minnesota Business magazine named Innovative as one of its 100 Best Places to Work.

In both 2002 and 2010, The St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce presented Medcare with their distinguished Deubener Award.

My Journey to Leadership: 4:00pm

Sarena Lin - President, Cargill Feed & Nutrition

Sarena Lin is the president and business unit leader of Cargill’s compound animal feed and nutrition business. In her current role, she has responsibility for serving customers and leading more than 10,000 employees across nearly 30 countries. She also serves as the executive sponsor of the Cargill Women’s Network. Sarena joined Cargill in 2011 as corporate vice president of strategy and business development where she led a team providing global strategy and mergers and acquisitions support at the enterprise level. Sarena holds an M.B.A. in strategy from the Yale School of Management, a Master of Arts in international relations from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in computer science from Harvard University.