The Importance of Women Entrepreneurship Speakers Willard Kitchen and Christine Beech – April 16, 2020
The March 19th luncheon as been canceled due to COVID-19 . We will try reschedule this event at a later time.
The Strategic Brand Management Speaker Ryan White WSU
At our March Luncheon, Ryan White, Professor with Winona State University, will discuss how Strategic brand management can be a source of sustained competitive advantage if executed properly. Unfortunately, how to build a “strong” brand is often discussed yet often misunderstood. Building a “strong” brand requires more than choosing an attractive logo, a cool font, and a good color scheme – it requires an understanding of the role brands play in customers lives and the implications for marketers.
You will leave with:
- An understanding of the biggest problem facing your customers and why your customers struggle to solve this problem.
- An understanding of the role brands play in helping your customers solve the biggest problem they have in their life.
- An understanding of the real definition of “brand loyalty”.
Ron Wirtz will discuss the current state and long-term trajectory of the Minnesota economy, reviewing trends in recent economic activity, annual output, job growth, hiring demand and other measures across the state and in the Winona region, with special emphasis on the role of labor supply on future economic growth. Ron also uses an interactive survey to anonymously poll attendees to gauge how firms are performing in the current economy, and what their outlook is for 2020.
Please bring your cell phones for an interactive activity!
Ron Wirtz is a Regional Outreach Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Ron’s primary responsibilities involve tracking current business conditions across the six-state Ninth Federal Reserve District, which includes Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, northwest Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Dakotas and Montana. Ron tracks activity in employment and wages – which are central to the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate of promoting stable prices and maximum employment – along with construction, real estate, tourism and consumer spending. Part of Ron’s work includes extensive outreach to business and community leaders, and he gives frequent speeches on Ninth District regional economies. Ron is a contributor to the Beige Book, which is a report of current business conditions published by the Federal Reserve System every six weeks. Previous to this position, Ron was the editor of the fedgazette, a regional business and economics journal published by the Minneapolis Fed. Here, he conducted in-depth research on such topics as labor markets and job growth, health care consolidation, the Bakken oil boom, income mobility, disability, public pensions, and many others.
February 20, 2020
Unlimited Nutrition – Winona MN
Tiffany Jensen is the owner of Unlimited Nutrition, wellness coach Tiffany Jensen, walks through the importance of balanced nutrition vs. omission dieting. We will discuss how to commit to the promises you make yourself when life gets busy. We will form individualized health goals and review the hardest things about “staying on track.” Energizing, DELICIOUS coffee and tea will be served.
We serve the community convenient, DELICIOUS meal replacement shakes and teas in a social setting. Appointments can be made to create simple meal plans for reaching personal health goals. Nutrition/supplementation education workshops provided as well.
Learn more about Unlimited Nutrition
Calling All Holiday Shoppers!
Come early, stay late, or stop in for a quick peek. Local vendors from a wide variety of companies and artisans with unique home made items come together every year for the Holiday Boutique at the Winona Elks Lodge 327 located at 4540 Service Dr, Winona, MN 55987.
Shop jewelry, cosmetics, candles, clothing, aprons, handbags, nutritional and fitness supplies, and so so so much more! You are sure to find those perfect gifts for everyone on your list. The holiday boutique is always a free event, so bring your friends and have a great time! See you on Nov 19th!
October Luncheon – Recruiting & Retaining Local Students
You are invited to the Women in Business luncheon on October 17th, 2019!
Melissa Skadson, Diversity & Compliance Manager, will discuss how businesses can recruit and retain college and high school students in order to increase their workforce. She will share best practices regarding internship programs, as well as other strategies to attract and engage the generation entering the workforce.
Highlights from the Melissa Skadson Luncheon
- Use Internship programs to engage and retain both High School and College students. Fastenal uses a rotational program for Freshman and Sophomore college students to get them experience in many different areas of the company
- Engagement is critical during not only once the person is hired but also during the hiring process
- Digital recruitment is key including LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Must make the content relevant and engaging.
- Gen Z is 4-24 year olds and will make up a huge portion on workforce very soon. They are less trusting, want ongoing feedback, mentoring, coaching, looking for diversity and they want to collaborate with others. They are purpose driven and want to inspire action.