Brenda Dahlstrom is passionate about clothing and accessories—and it shows! She is the co-owner of the two Hers boutiques, along with her husband, Bruce.
Hers has been helping women find unequaled clothing and accessories for over three decades. As second-generation owners, Brenda and Bruce Dahlstrom are carrying on the family tradition of offering the latest in fashion. Both of their Hers boutiques are on Peace Plaza nestled in the heart of downtown Rochester—conveniently located steps away from the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. Each store has its own personality, so be sure to visit both: One is in The Shops at University Square and the other is in The Grand Shops of Kahler.
Both boutiques cater to discerning shoppers seeking fun and trendy must-have items that will be fashionable for more than one fleeting season. Hers specializes in great jackets, stylish tops and jeans you won’t find elsewhere. In addition, they delight their customers by carrying wow factor jewelry, scarves and handbags for that finished look.
111 South Broadway | Rochester, MN 55904
107 1st St. SW | Rochester, MN 55902 | hersclothing.com
Sterling State Bank
Heather Donovan graduated from Arizona State with an Accounting Management degree. She held her real estate license for 10 years and then transitioned into banking. She has advanced at Sterling State Bank over the last 10 years, from Credit Analyst/Loan Processor to Assistant Vice President in Home and Commercial Lending. She will work with you to find the right financial solutions to help you bring your own unique goals and dreams within reach. Sterling State Bank is a community bank where decisions can be made quickly and transparently.
Heather was raised and currently resides with her husband and two young daughters in Byron. She supports the community, serving on the following boards and committees: Vice President of RCTC Foundation, Bolder Options, Byron Community Foundation, Byron Good Neighbor Day, Interconnection, and Jeremiah Program. Heather has a passion to help and facilitate others achieving their own successes. She developed Sterling State Bank’s Women in Business quarterly events. This event supports and uplifts women in our business community and connects them with resources each and every one of us have. She consistently works to connect customers and community members with the resources they need to be successful in business and life. “When my customers succeed, I succeed.”
102 South Broadway | Rochester, MN 55904 | 507-282-1845 | sterlingstatebank.com
The Happy Living Coach
Hi, I’m Denise Stegall, The Happy Living Coach. I help business women who are in that “what’s next” phase of life to build their dreams, create results, and craft richer, more fulfilling lives. I inspire businesswomen to see life in a new way, to optimize their health, find joy and ultimately love the life they live.
My programs and workshops focus on three pillars of success: Eat Real Food, Make Good Decisions and Be Accountable. Within the pillars we delve into nutrition, movement, dream creation, mindset, goal setting, decision making and personal development.
I am also the founder of Living Healthy List. Whether you seek answers on health and wellness, relationships, career, finance or fun our goal is to connect you with the real, honest answers and guidance you need from experts that you can trust. All in one place.
Our experts providing you with the current, interesting, pertinent and fun information are leaders in their industry. Our goal is help you approach your health and wellness, relationship and personal development goals differently.
No longer must you spend hours on the internet searching for answers and finding none. You’ll find the answers you seek on Livinghealthylist.com.
www.Denisestegall.com | 507-202-1034 | Support@Denisestegall.com
When Jessica Amos reflects on her career, she’s reminded of the saying, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” For the owner of Hair Studio 52 and The Salon Professional Academy, she’s found this to be true: When you love your job, your employees and your industry, you experience a joy that makes even a difficult day at work easier. Amos is on a mission to empower more men and women to join the field of cosmetology and realize the life-changing opportunities the industry offers.
WOMEN REPRESENT JUST 30 PERCENT OF UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS OR CHANCELLORS, ACCORDING TO A 2016 AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION STUDY. WHILE THE REPORT DOESN’T ACCOUNT FOR OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS HELD WITHIN HIGHER EDUCATION, THE POINT REMAINS: ROCHESTER IS ATYPICAL BY HAVING THREE MAJOR INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING WITH WOMEN LEADERS AT THE HELM.
Winona State University–Rochester: Jeanine E. Gangeness, Ph.D.
Dr. Gangeness jokingly refers to herself as the “WSU-Rochester roadie.” But, in fact, she is the Winona State University-Rochester (WSU-R) chief executive and operations officer responsible for leading the campus. “I work with the team to develop planning documents for marketing, recruitment, enrollment, graduate programs, student services, finance and facilities,” Dr. Gangeness explains. “Through intense engagement of staff, we work together to improve local culture, increase graduate enrollment and develop strategy for branch campus sustainability.”
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.
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.
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.
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
Lucy Meyer, Dentist
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