The 2014 Forum
Over 700 health care leaders attended the April 29 Forum at the Minneapolis Convention Center, an attendance record for the event. Thanks to keynote speaker Becky Roloff, president and CEO of the YWCA of Minneapolis, for sharing her 10 leadership lessons, and to Liz Collin of WCCO-TV for emceeing the event. Congratulations to Connie Delaney, this year's Jean Harris Award recipient, and to the 35 honorees who exemplify excellence in health care leadership. Thanks to the many corporate sponsors who made the event possible, and to the Forum planning committee led by Dee Thibodeau and Carol Kraft. To read a recap of tweets from the event, search Twitter using the event's hashtag: #WHLT35. Click here to view the event photos.
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Lesson’s Learned in Leadership
About the Presenter
Becky Roloff is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of Minneapolis, a 122 year old organization whose mission is the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women and girls. Through the engagement of 600 full and part time employees in nine locations, she leads the strategy and operations of the $21 MM organization’s five divisions: Health and Wellness, Early Childhood Education, Girls and Youth, Racial Justice and Public Policy. Formerly she was the senior vice president of Global Financial Advice and Systems and a member of the senior leadership team at American Express Financial Advisors in Minneapolis, Minnesota for 17 years.
Before joining American Express in 1988, Becky was with the Pillsbury Company for ten years. She began her career there as a commodity buyer and held various leadership roles in purchasing, distribution and marketing including leading Green Giant Fresh and Frozen Vegetable Business Units. Prior to Pillsbury, she was a grain merchant for Cargill in Amarillo, Texas.
Becky chaired the Board of Trustees of the St. Catherine University, The Blake School and The Children’s Theatre Company, and was a board member of Ready4K, Graywolf Press and Certified Financial Planner Standards. She is the current president of the International Women’s Forum of Minnesota Women’s Forum, and the immediate past president of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable. She currently serves on the boards of C.H.Robinson Worldwide, Inc., Allina Health, YWCA of Minneapolis, the Charles and Ellora Education Foundation, and is a member of the Education Committee of the Greater Twin Cities United Way. In addition, Becky was recognized in 2012 by Twin Cities Business as one of five Outstanding Directors.
She is triathlete who also enjoys enjoys reading, needlepoint, piano and travel. She published her first children’s book in January of 1996.
Becky is a graduate of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota and holds an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School.
Liz Collin, Emcee: WCCO TV anchor and reporter, Liz Collin started her broadcast career in Southwest Minnesota at age 15. Since leaving her hometown of Worthington, Minn., she’s held producer, investigative reporter and anchor positions at TV stations in Harrisburg, Pa., Wichita, Kan., Sioux Falls, S.D. and Miami, Fla.
Liz’s stories at WCCO have helped shape Minnesota public policy in the areas of child safety and fiscal oversight. Her extensive experience and perseverance has led to many awards, including Emmy awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, an Education Writers Association award, Associated Press awards and a special citation from The Kansas City Press Club. Liz now lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their young son.