Neuger Communications Group has announced that the next Common Good Breakfast Series event, “Inspirational Leadership,” slated for Thursday, June 23, will feature presentations by Becky Roloff, president and CEO of the YWCA of Minneapolis; incoming president of St. Catherine University and Kevin Warren, chief operating officer of the Minnesota Vikings. The event will be held at the Minneapolis Hilton at 7:30 a.m.
The definition of a successful leader in this day and age is very different than 10 years ago. With changing expectations for leaders in business and beyond, this event will look at how expectations for leaders have changed, and how the most successful leaders today got to where they are.
Becky Roloff is currently serving as the president and CEO of the YWCA of Minneapolis and is responsible for leading the strategy and operations of the organization’s five areas of commitment to the community: Health and Wellness, Early Childhood Education, Girls and Youth, Racial Justice and Public Policy. Formerly she was on the senior leadership teams at Global Financial Advice and Systems and American Express Financial Advisors. Effective July 1, Roloff will transition to a new role at St. Catherine University. She will serve as its 11th president.
Roloff has chaired the boards of St. Catherine University, The Blake School and The Children’s Theatre Company. She has served on the boards of the CFP Board of Standards, Graywolf Press and Ready4K. She is the current president of the International Women’s Forum of Minnesota, recent past president of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable, a member of Women Corporate Directors, Greater Twin Cities United Way Women’s Leadership Council and Serving Families Committee. Roloff will speak about her experience transitioning from corporate to nonprofit leadership roles as well as her upcoming transition to St. Catherine University as president.
Kevin Warren is the highest-ranking African-American executive working on the business side for a team in the NFL and is the first African-American chief operating officer in the NFL. Before being named COO of the Minnesota Vikings, he served as the club’s executive vice president–legal affairs and chief administrative officer. Warren is a member of the NFL Committee on Workplace Diversity, which is committed to enhancing and promoting diversity at every level of the NFL.
Philanthropy is an integral part of Warren’s life and he and his wife Greta are active members of the Minneapolis-St. Paul community Warren’s family created and donated $1 million to Carolyn’s Comforts, a children’s cancer emergency assistance fund designed to help families manage the difficulties that come with the diagnosis of cancer. In 2012, the Warren family “adopted” Lucy Craft Laney Community School, which is predominantly African-American and has 98% of its student population coming from underserved communities. Over the past three years, the family has donated approximately 2,300 backpacks filled with school supplies for the entire school year to every student, as well as basketball uniforms, school uniforms and a portable computer lab. Warren serves on the General Board of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, has served on the Page Education Foundation Board of Directors since 2006, and the University of Minnesota’s Medical Foundation Board of Directors since 2010. Warren will share what has inspired his leadership style and what he believes today’s leaders should be focused on.
The Common Good Breakfast Series contributes proceeds from this event to nonprofit organizations featured at each session. This event’s proceeds will benefit Carolyn’s Comforts and the YWCA of Minneapolis.
“Inspirational Leadership” is sponsored by Gray Plant Mooty, Engage Print and Flight Creative Media. For more information about the Common Good Breakfast Series and future topics, visit neuger.com/commongood.