2017 Leadership Conference Speakers
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2017 Leadership Conference Speakers


Cheryl Alexander Stearns

Cheryl is CEO and founder of Cheryl Alexander & Associates. She
and her associates are catalysts dedicated to helping people become
high performance, authentic leaders…leaders who inspire, engage,
and achieve with and through others.


Lucie B. Amundsen

Lucie is a writer, marketer and reluctant farmer. She and her husband own Locally Laid Egg Company, a farm that provides pasture-raised eggs in Northern Minnesota and where Lucie uses her MFA in Writing to ghostwrite for a chicken. A former contributor to the Reader’s Digest Association, Lucie is also the author of Locally Laid — part memoir, part farm start-up horror show — published by Penguin Books USA. 



 Brad Ballinger

As a principal with Cincinnatus, a consulting firm serving the nonprofit sector, Brad works with organizations on strategy and leadership. He has helped nonprofits create multi-year strategic plans, fill leadership vacancies, and restructure their leadership teams. He has also counseled boards on governance issues. Brad has served on boards of directors of social service organizations, arts organizations, and member associations. He holds a Master's degree in Organizational Communication from Miami University.


 Susie Brown

Susie Brown is the executive director of the Hennepin County Bar Association and the Hennepin County Bar Foundation, as position she has held since 2016. Prior roles include public policy director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, executive director of Child Care WORKS, public policy director at The Family Partnership, and public affairs director at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Susie is also on the faculty at Hamline University where she teaches in the Masters of Nonprofit Management and Masters of Public Administration programs. She has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Vermont, and a Bachelor of Arts from Lewis and Clark College.


Mark Mayfield



Terry Watson

For the past ten years, Terry has been the most requested and the most booked Real Estate Keynote speaker on the planet. After substitute teaching, the student response was so overwhelmingly positive the Dean of Chicago's Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies personally invited Terry to join their faculty. Terry was later asked to Chair the School of Real Estate Studies and rewrite their courses.  When the National Association of REALTORS wanted to train staff on what it is like to be a REALTOR, they called upon Terry Watson. He created the Getting to Know NARS Member course that received rave reviews.