Mar/Apr
2018

Dr. Lucy Meyer of Lakeside Dentistry

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Lucy Meyer, Dentist

Lakeside Dentistry

Dr Lucy Meyer works at Lakeside Dentistry, as a third generation dentist. She moved back to her hometown of Rochester, MN after graduating from Creighton School of Dentistry. Since then, she has been working alongside her dad, Dr Jim Gores, and his long-time associate Dr Peggy Scott. Dr Lucy has a conservative approach to dentistry; she strongly encourages preventive care while planning personal, comprehensive treatment plans for her patients. Dr Lucy, and the entire staff at Lakeside Dentistry, also place a large emphasis on patient comfort and satisfaction. They’d love the opportunity to serve you and your dental needs. 

24 W. Silver Lake Drive NE  |  Rochester, MN 55906  |  507-282-8222  |  lakeside-dentistry.com 

 

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Jill Frieders of O’Brien & Wolf LLP

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JILL FRIEDERS, Attorney 

O’Brien & Wolf LLP

Jill Frieders is a partner in Rochester’s oldest law firm—O’Brien & Wolf. 

Her practice involves all aspects of family law, including divorce, custody, adoption and paternity. She understands the complex financial and emotional issues presented in family matters. Jill is experienced in divorce-related tax matters and property valuation issues. She represents individuals in a wide variety of family matters including: spousal maintenance and child support matters as well as custody, visitation and paternity cases. She also represents grandparents in custody and visitation matters. 

Jill understands the complex financial and emotional consequences of family law litigation. Her experience and compassion help her clients through this difficult time. 

Jill provides alternative dispute resolution services such as mediator, early neutral evaluator, arbitrator, parenting consultant, parenting expeditor, and consensual special magistrate. 

Jill has been selected as a Super Lawyer15 years in a row. She achieved an AV rating. This is the highest level of professional excellence awarded by Martindale Hubbell. Jill also donates countless hours to local nonprofit organizations. She has been named a North Star Lawyer for the time she has donated representing the indigent. She was even named the 2016 Volunteer of the Year by Legal Assistance of Olmsted County. 

45 28th Street SE, Suite 300  |  Rochester, MN 55904  |  507-289-4041  |  ObrienWolf.com

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Empowering Women to Live Passionately

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

I have been thinking about what it was like 18 years ago when I started Rochester Women magazine, what has changed and what has stayed the same. Rochester Women magazine’s mission remains the same: Help area women connect with each other and the community. However, as a result of taking the Passion Test several times, we have redefined our purpose: Empower women to live passionately. 

You (our readers) and the world we live in have changed. The population of Rochester has increased by more than 25,500 since 2000.* The median age in Rochester has increased from 34.3 in 2000 to 35.4. There are now 32.6 percent more housing units in Rochester, and 44 percent of them have children under 18. In 2000 there were 2,883 female householders with no husband present. In 2017, there were 4,076 female householders, 66 percent with own children under the age of 18. Of the adult (over 18 years) population, 47.9 percent (40,438) are male and 52.1 percent (43,922) are female. 

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Faye Wendland

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Written by Emily Watkins

Retiring from a 42-year career as a Nurse.

Faye Wendland has many mantras. One is “uncomfortable is a growth opportunity,” a concept she is leaning into these days. Wendland is retiring from a 42-year career as an RN with Mayo Clinic and deciding how to use her time and talents. 

AN EXCEPTIONAL WOMAN

Rochester Women magazine received a nomination from Wendland’s co-worker Heidi Seaberg, who says, “Faye is an exceptional woman. She has been instrumental in starting many groups and programs in our community that support people living with mental health disorders. She has volunteered thousands of hours over the years, sharing her gifts freely and happily.” 

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Running for the greater good

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Written by Anna Richey

IT TAKES COURAGE TO OPEN YOUR LIFE TO PUBLIC SCRUTINY WHEN RUNNING FOR PUBLIC OFFICE. SOME PEOPLE SPEND YEARS BUILDING A RESUME, KNOWING THEY’LL STEP INTO A LEADERSHIP ROLE AT SOME POINT. SOME ARE INSPIRED BY JUST A SINGLE EVENT. FOR SOME, THE IDEA DOESN’T OCCUR TO THEM UNTIL SOMEONE ELSE SUGGESTS IT, AND THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR WOMEN.

Research has shown that women are significantly less likely to be encouraged to run for office than men. Self-doubt often plagues women, and despite shifting traditional gender roles, women still tend to take on a greater share of domestic management, making it more difficult for women to envision what would happen to their families through a campaign and an elected position.

BRINGING WOMEN TO THE TABLE

As the population of southeast Minnesota grows, serious issues like affordable housing, availability of child care and living-wage jobs need to be addressed. According to Olmsted County data, 24 percent of households with a female single parent are below the poverty level, and that number grows to 34 percent when there are children in the home under the age of 5. Women must be at the table to discuss economic growth, transportation, infrastructure investment, parks and public space and other important political issues.

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Amalia Foster

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Written by Cindy Mennenga

I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY RECENTLY TO SPEAK WITH AMALIA FOSTER WHO IS ONE OF ROCHESTER TOYOTA’S NEWEST SALES CONSULTANTS. FOSTER HAS HAD A FASCINATING LIFE—FILLED WITH LOTS OF TWISTS AND TURNS—NEARLY AS EXCITING AS READING A CAPTIVATING BOOK. 

FROM ROMANIA, WITH LOVE 

Foster, who grew up in Romania at a time when it was heavily influenced by Russia, was expected to learn Russian in school. She says, “I didn’t want to learn Russian, so I taught myself English. I worked really hard (at learning English) for a while, then I met two humanitarian missionaries from the States and I was able to practice my English with them. They encouraged me to come to the States to study at university, when I didn’t even know I could get out of the country.” 

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Aging Gracefully

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Written by Emily Watkins

“YOU LOOK GREAT FOR YOUR AGE.” HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF A STATEMENT LIKE THIS? WE’VE ALL GOTTEN USED TO HEARING THIS COMMON “COMPLIMENT.” THE TRUTH IS THAT YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AT ANY AGE.

I recently saw a video on Facebook that stuck with me. It was posted on comedian Amy Poehler’s page and was produced by AARP. The video showed a group of women gathered around a table talking about how they look at their age and how it can lead to others making generalizations about them. One woman with gray hair noted that at age 40, people often mistook her for someone much older. Another mentioned that when her mother was told, “You look great for your age,” she replied, "No matter what, I look good for my age. Whether I am skinny (or) I am fat. Whether I’m wrinkled, whether I’m gray!" 

HIDDEN MESSAGES

Saying “You look great for your age” usually means you look younger than you are and can be taken as a compliment. However, statements like, “You may be getting a bit too old to be able to handle a job like that” can be hurtful. 

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Perfect Finish

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Written by Emily Watkins

Pairing desserts and wines.

WINE AND CHOCOLATE. CHAMPAGNE AND STRAWBERRIES. RIESLING AND CHEESECAKE? WANT TO HAVE YOUR DESSERT AND DRINK IT TOO? THINK BEYOND THE STANDARD PAIRINGS FOR AN AMAZING WAY TO END A MEAL OR JUST ENJOY A TREAT. 

SHARING IS CARING

One of my favorite things in life has been enjoying a long meal around a table in France. So when I hosted my wine tasting group recently, I planned a typical French meal. Our discovery of great cheeses paired with cabernet sauvignon appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Rochester Women magazine.

On an extended trip to France last summer, a friend taught me how to make authentic French mousse au chocolat. This elegant, make-ahead dessert with just four ingredients is a knock-out option for hosts who don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen while their guests are present. It was ideal to serve at this gathering, especially since cabernet sauvignon is known for its ability to complement chocolate. 

 

Mar/Apr
2018

From Behind-the-Scenes to Front of House

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Written by Tori Utley

What motivates three women restaurateurs.

Some of the best moments in life happen around the dinner table. Whether in the comfort of our own home or at one of our favorite eateries, these conversations, reunions and celebrations are formative—and some become memories that last a lifetime. For three restaurateurs, this is exactly the kind of experience they’re bringing to our community—experiences that are people-centric, memorable and unique to the heartbeat of Rochester.

Rochester Restaurant Scene

Rochester’s dining scene has continued to grow, steadily bringing in new talent, tastes and experiences. Women are leading the charge as owners, managers, servers, bartenders, bakers, chefs and behind-the-scenes gurus making it all happen. Whether it’s managing staff or thinking up new menu creations, it’s apparent that women play a valuable role in the restaurant industry.

For a viable career opportunity with variety and excitement, the dining scene is an exciting way for women to thrive. Meet three women from local restaurants and learn what inspires them to stay healthy and hustle in an industry that never sleeps.

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Women in Philanthropy

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Written by Emily Watkins

Dedicated to helping others.

IN TALKING WITH SOME OF THE BEST PROFESSIONAL FUNDRAISERS IN ROCHESTER, THEY ALL MENTION THEIR SERENDIPITOUS PATHS TO THEIR PROFESSION, THEIR PASSION FOR THEIR ORGANIZATION AND ITS MISSION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS WITH DONORS. MEET SOME AMAZING AND GRACIOUS WOMEN IN PHILANTHROPY. 

THE JOURNEY TO GIVING

Jennifer Woodford, president of Rochester Area Foundation (RAF), says that as part of her college major she was required to do a practicum. She ended up at a nonprofit, working with a major company sponsor, where she continued to work during college. Fast-forward to her arrival in Rochester, as the executive director of Channel One Food Bank. 

 

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