Welcome to Skills à la Carte!

 A series of workshops dedicated to giving you concrete skills to help you grow your business. Workshops will be offered for those at every stage of their entrepreneurial journey. Just getting started? Been planning something for a while but don’t know how to get off the ground? Have you been in the game for a minute but want to grow your enterprise further? We’re got you covered! Just pick the workshops that teach the skills you need – à la Carte style.

To begin, please select the level of experience you have. Of course, anyone is welcome to try any course, but we’ve created these categories based on what we think fits you best.

Our next round of Skills a la Carte will take place November 2020.


Stay tuned for more details!


Do you have an idea for an organization, but you aren’t sure how to flesh it out and grow it into a business? This is the place for you. These workshops will cover the basics that you need to make your dream a reality.


Say you’ve grown your idea into a venture, but you not quite sure how to get it off the ground and running smoothly. These workshops will teach you how to do just that, and other skills you might need along the way.


You’ve been in the game a while, you want your business to reach the stars and beyond, huh? Well, you’ve come to the right place. These workshops cover advanced topics that will send your enterprise into the stratosphere.

Thank you to our past instructors

Beatrice Adenodi is a marketing guru and awareness advocate. She is the proud owner of Mirror Ink, a marketing production firm that specializes in strategy, planning, logistics, and execution. As a practitioner of experiential marketing for over 15 years, she has supported over 500 brands and has provided logistics and planning for over 2,000 events. This has led her to develop an extensive network of professional colleagues who have helped serve her long list of VIP clients. Beatrice has always been drawn to help build businesses and organizations that create social impact, and practicing in this area of business has given her a greater understanding of human behaviors and patterns. This passion drove her to create Mindless Behaviors, a new segment of her business that is devoted to bringing greater reasoning and awareness to humanity.

Davida Ginter is the founder of Be the Change sustainability center, and co-founder and CEO of Enkindle Global – an organization that supports changemakers and organizations in preventing burnout and cultivating wellbeing.

She is the author of the book “Burning Out Won’t Get You There” (September 2019).

She resides in Israel and operates on a global scale through organizational processes facilitation, participatory leadership workshops, and talks – with the purpose of leveraging social change. She is committed to leading strategic processes for burnout prevention in varied contexts and sectors

Mark Hiemenz has more than 25 years of experience in the philanthropic, corporate and nonprofit sectors, serving at organizations including the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, Ameriprise Financial and HandsOn Twin Cities. He has been a nonprofit executive director, corporate community relations director and a community foundation philanthropic advisor.  A longtime champion of diversity and equity, he served on the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation’s Racial Equity Leadership Team and has engaged many organizations in managing unconscious bias. He has served on numerous boards of directors, including Minnesota Alliance With Youth, Minnesota Council on Foundations and the Corporate Volunteerism Council. At Wiser Paths, his consulting practice, Mark focuses on building organizational culture and capacity. He believes that the core strength of an organization lies with motivated staff and board working together smoothly in alignment with a mission-driven strategy.

Miki Huntington is an educator, speaker, facilitator, mentor, life coach, and military veteran. She served in the U.S. Army for 25 years before transitioning to a career in teaching. She is currently an instructor at Minneapolis College and Community Faculty at Metropolitan State University. She is also founder/life coach at Miki Huntington Coaching & Consulting, where she specializes in energy leadership, intercultural communications, and development of actionable goals for positive impact and personal/professional fulfillment.

Chris Johnson launched The Milkweed Group after a 30-year career in teaching, mentoring, speaking, writing, leading workshops, and facilitating retreats.  He spent 13 years as the founding Director of the Center for Vocational Reflection, Director for Vocation and Integrative Learning, and Associate Director of the Center for Servant Leadership at Gustavus Adolphus College, in Saint Peter, Minnesota, where he also taught courses in ethics.  Before that, he taught at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, where he also served as Director of Service-Learning.  Along the way, he earned his BA from Gustavus, a Master of Arts from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a PhD (in “theology, ethics, and culture”) from the University of Iowa.  He is a Circles of Trust® facilitator in association with Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage and Renewal. Along with his wife, Kim, he co-founded the Prairie Oaks Institute, a nonprofit education, retreat, and sustainable-living center dedicated to nourishing expansive imagination, bold thinking, wise action, and cross-sector solutions to the unprecedented environmental and social challenges of our time.

Paul Johnson is the founder of Workflow Coaching Consulting which provides strengths-based burnout coaching for activists and change-makers. He is a Gallup certified-CliftonStrengths coach and has a Master’s in Leadership from Augsburg University. His mission is to help activists and change-makers develop sustainable work and life routines so they can stay in the fight for social justice for the long-term.


Katie Kalkman is an entrepreneur, personal branding expert, and business development professional who loves networking but knows traditional networking doesn’t work for everyone. She is passionate about leveraging your natural-born talents to design and reach your goals. She has helped over 100 people to find their best job over the last decade.  She is co-founder and Executive Director of Impact Hub MSP and founder of a new Folk School in Warroad Minnesota. She brings over 10 years of experience in delivering business outcomes through business development, client relationship management, consultative selling, marketing and strategic planning.

Elizabeth Rossini is a veteran marketing leader, with more than 20 years of experience with startups and innovative parts of fortune 20 companies. Currently working as a “single shingle” fractional CMO, Elizabeth specializes in helping companies go to market and monetize quickly through smart marketing programs and demand generation initiatives.  Elizabeth’s motto is: everybody wins when everybody wins. When not helping entrepreneurs build their companies, Elizabeth can be found baking (she will tell you cooking is her love language), walking her dog or chasing after her two year old in South Minneapolis.

Nick Theisen is a freelance story-marketer who works with individuals and organizations to highlight the human story behind their work. His work finds its sweet spot at the confluence of photographic visuals, audio, writing, and in-person connections. Nick delights in observing the fineries of life, creating space for people to be authentic, and learning to laugh at himself. He is the founder of The Idealect, a project featuring interviews, profiles and wonderings about the “why?” It’s a journey of exploration about the values, principles and stories that compose the human condition.

Tamara Torres’ passion is helping busy professionals align their values with their schedules to have the time and energy for what matters most. Her background in psychology and integrative medicine, along with 20 years of mindfulness meditation has honed her unique skill set to help her clients achieve results. Her personal values include Connection, Wellbeing, Service, Autonomy, and Growth. She is the founder of Optima Results Coaching.