From the Ground Up

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Written by Tori Utley

Women Are Re-wiring the Electrical Industry

From low to high voltage electricians to leaders of large public utility companies, the electrical industry literally powers our daily lives. And while the industry has been historically male dominated, more and more women are finding their place in the field. 

According to the National Science Foundation, women represent half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, yet only 29 percent of the science and engineering workforce is female. Even more surprising is that of the more than 660,000 electricians across the U.S. workforce, only 1.5 percent is female.

For the women working in the electrical industry, no matter the role, they share one common belief: There is a place for women in the field.


Meet Andrea Tarpenning, an electrician and low voltage installer at Foster Electrical a Premier Company in Rochester. A former correctional officer of 16 years, she pursued her interest in the electrical field after a lifetime of being curious about how things work. “When I was a kid I was always interested in taking things apart and putting them back together. I wanted to know how and why things work the way they do,” she says. 



More Women on the Move

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Written by Brittney Marschall

A Renewed Grassroots Organization

While many females have held influential roles in Southeast Minnesota over the years, opportunities for more women to pursue leadership positions are ample as the area grows. 

More Women on the Move, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization, is dedicated to empowering women committed to inclusive, equitable, healthy communities and seeking and supporting women to run for elected office. The group strives to help women explore a variety of leadership positions throughout the community, regardless of their area of interest or expertise. 

The success of the original Women on the Move group, in its efforts to encourage more women to run for office and seek leadership roles, inspired the renewed More Women on the Move group to replicate that success as the Rochester group progresses.



Kari L. Douglas of Ameriprise

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Written by Tessa Slisz



Financial Advisor | Echelon Wealth Partners 

A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.


Kari Douglas of Echelon Wealth Partners is a Financial Advisor who strives everyday to inspire the clients she works with to help them plan to achieve all of their dreams, goals and aspirations by providing a comprehensive approach with creative solutions and strategies in wealth creation and preservation. She possesses the capabilities and resources to provide customized recommendations and support for tax strategies, estate planning strategies, investments and retirement income planning. Through this comprehensive approach, she helps her clients feel more confident in their financial future and well-being. She translates her clients' dreams into plans with purpose. Whether you are focusing on retirement income planning, protection needs, or small business planning, she will work with you to find the right financial solutions to help you bring your own unique goals and dreams more within reach.

If you are the type of person seeking an inspirational, life-changing collaboration with a financial advisor, please call Kari to schedule an appointment. 


4115 26th Street NW, Suite 100 | Rochester, MN 55901 | 507-281-4341 | 800-396-8363

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Ameriprise Financial cannot guarantee future financial results. Ameriprise does not offer tax or legal advice. Consult your tax advisor or attorney. Investment advisory services and products are made available Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2017 Ameriprise Financial, Inc., all rights reserved. 






Dr. Katie Layden of RAK Chiropractic

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Written by Tessa Slisz


Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Katie Layden, Doctor of Chiropractic, owns RAK Chiropractic with her husband Dr. Ryley Layden. The dynamic duo specializes in Sports Chiropractic, Pre/Postnatal care along with Pediatric Chiropractic.

Dr. Katie's passion is pregnancy and children. She has achieved great success helping many children with an array of conditions from colic and fussiness to ear infections and bed wetting; overall promoting a healthier and stronger immune system.

Dr. Katie has helped many women achieve a successful birth through the power of the chiropractic adjustment. She is Webster Technique certified which helps position the baby for the best possible birth.

Although Dr. Katie enjoys working with mothers and children, she is interested in helping any individual wanting to improve their overall health and obtain their nutritional goals.

Call today to find out about specials RAK Chiropractic is offering!

3411 22nd Ave. NW | Rochester, MN 55901 | 507-208-4305 | www.RAKChiropractic.com 




Dr. Lucy Gores of Lakeside Dentistry

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Written by Tessa Slisz


Doctor of Lakeside Dentistry

Lucy Gores is a general dentist practicing at Lakeside Dentistry. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2010 with her undergraduate degree, she finished dental school at Creighton University in 2014 and moved back to Rochester. Lucy is a 3rd generation dentist - after her grandfather and father. She keeps her focus on comprehensive care and patient comfort, and enjoys seeing patients of all ages. 

For a pleasant dental experience, call Lakeside Dentistry! 


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




Rochester Public Library Director Audrey Betcher receives the sixth annual Maude Finch Award for her impressive work improving lives in Olmsted County. The award is given by United Way of Olmsted County’s Women’s Leadership Council in recognition of a community woman whose service and achievements are outstanding examples of living united to advance the common good by giving, advocating and volunteering.

Audrey Betcher is a familiar face at the Rochester Public Library. A chat with Audrey reveals insights into what makes her one of the most important figures at the library and also in Rochester.


“Always remember that you are capable. There is no handbook that says who is or is not eligible of having an idea that could change the world. It could be you, and move forward with the excitement and confidence that it is you,” says Tori Utley. 

Increasingly, women are turning their dreams into reality, building and running prosperous businesses from the ground up. National role models like Melinda Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé are influencing, inspiring and shaping the world. Entrepreneur Barbie doll—complete with her own tablet, smartphone and Twitter chats—is a model of empowerment for girls. And locally, 22-year-old Tori Utley is climbing up the ladder of entrepreneurial success, rung by rung, building on strong principles that will help her change
the world.



Chloe Boman Chair, March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala

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Written by By Tracy Will

Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota

Age: 29

Family: Husband, Adam; children Penny, 2, and Oliver, 3


If you want to help in the fight against cancer, you can pick from dozens of fundraising activities: walking, running, hiking, biking and many more. But Alana Wilson, founder and president of Jumps for Hope, offers one of the most extreme. Get involved in her organization, and you’ll find yourself hurdling out of an airplane.

“My goal is to get people to step outside their comfort zone, to try skydiving and feel the power that comes from facing down fear,” says Alana. “We raise funds to support cancer research and help families impacted by cancer, but it’s not just about the money. It’s about empowering people to live fully, whether they’ve been battling cancer, have lost someone to cancer or whatever they have motivating them to join us.”


Meet Jean Dwire, independent executive director of Thirty-One gifts; Jessica Amos, owner and manager of Hair Studio 52 and Day Spa; and Cara Petersen, owner and main photographer of Cheeky Monkey Studio. These women share a passion for their work and the lives they touch. 


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