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Passionate about equality and inclusion. I see my peers, team and clients as humans. I believe in teamwork, networking and collaboration. Constantly working on life-work balance.

Katie is the Managing Director at Impact Hub Minneapolis – Saint Paul, a community convener and resource navigator for social impact entrepreneurs that operate a coworking space in Minneapolis – Saint Paul. Katie is responsible for operations and is engaged in entrepreneurial support and ecosystem development work.

Before joining Impact Hub Minneapolis – Saint Paul, Katie has worked in has ben part of six startups, including Folk School Warroad, an organization in northern Minnesota that provides locals with experiences in art, culture, local history, traditional crafts and appreciation of natural resources. She has also worked internationally with entrepreneurs in China, Hong Kong, Silicon Valley and the Twin Cities.

In her spare time, Katie loves spending time with her family including her partner, Gabriel Harren, and 4 beautiful children.

Inspired to Disrupt.

Adi is an avid advocate for TikTok marketing. Through the testing and application of various strategies to increase exposure Adi has gained 700,000 followers and over 20 million likes since June 2020. Currently, he’s diving into Web3, the Metaverse, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency.

I have more than twenty years of teaching experience with all ages. I have been a French immersion teacher, high school teacher, and adult education teacher. I am also now certified in English as a Second Language, and have been teaching in this area for close to ten years.

My strengths are working with diverse groups of learners and creating comfortable and safe spaces for making mistakes. I thrive in an environment where I do not have to follow a rigid teaching plan, but am allowed to be creative with lessons while following a loose plan. I also excel at helping people with pronunciation.

My current project is starting a language cooperative so that I and my fellow teachers and business people can work in a place that reflects our values, pays us fairly, and values us as human beings.

I am an empathy-based marketing professional, who helps social entrepreneurs share their important work so that together we can start to solve the world’s biggest problems.

Through event planning and facilitation, community outreach, marketing, communications and fundraising, I am able to assist in building a supportive and engaged network.

I combine creativity with detail-oriented organization to share the important work being done in our community.

Expertise:
 Organizational Development: Start-up design, Program design, Staff planning
 Strategic Planning: Mission & Vision development, outcomes and measurements, tactical strategy formation, process monitoring
 Philanthropy processes for effective giving decision making
 Fundraising process development: design and training for multiple funding streams
 Board development and effective Volunteer management
 Entrepreneurship in nonprofit and for profit settings
 Nonprofit management basics; Social Enterprise creation
 Human Service program model design and implementation
 System Change Strategy planning
 Collaboration formation
 Published Author: Social Entrepreneurship: From Issue to Viable Plan (2013), Business Expert Press and EduCase: Clemens Perk – available at csbsju.edu/cfe

Specialties: Certified to administer DISC Personal Profile and CREATRIX

Chris Dykstra is a serial technology and media entrepreneur, community leader, and artist. He is a Partner in Brown Venture Group, a Minneapolis based VC fund investing in Black, Native American and LatinX entrepreneurs, the founder of of GoodCarts.co, a network of purpose driven entrepreneurs connecting for growth and impact, a founding partner and CEO of Warecorp, an international software engineering, and consulting company working with impact entrepreneurs and change agents; co- founder and partner in Drupal Squad (http://drupalsquad.com); founder and publisher of TheContributor.com (http://thecontributor.com) an online, daily publication of the work of an international network of bloggers, Chair-emeritus and co-founder of The UpTake (http://theuptake.org), an acclaimed non-profit online video news organization; founder of Zanby.com, an open-source enterprise network organizing platform, and founder of one of the first US Benefit Corporations in the world, Global Contribution (GC) which was founded to hold investments in communities of shared prosperity. He lives in Minneapolis.

Prior to becoming a serial entrepreneur, he served as Vice President of eCommerce for EPAM Systems, Europe’s largest offshore software development company. At EPAM, he provided technology vision and leadership for West Publishing, SBLI USA, Alloy.com, Target, Lasvegas.com and Aeromexico.com. Prior to EPAM, he built a global interactive agency for FirePond, guiding a team of 60 creative talents in five countries to break new frontiers in usable, branded online selling for General Motors, Renault, Subaru, Invesmart, Ricoh, Zurich, John Deer, IBM and Compaq.

Chris is also a practicing artist. His paintings and drawings can be found at http://chrisdykstra.com.

Specialties: Web and software development services, online community building, offshore outsourcing, information architecture, content management, business model development, media, coworking, entrepreneurship, investment, fund raising, art, art entrepreneurship, community organizing, media, advertising, activism, coworking, social entrepreneurship, impact investing, politics.

I am a small business advocate with extensive commercial lending experience. I work collaboratively with partners to solve for the financing challenges faced by small business owners across the country. Through these efforts, I have established strong relationships with entrepreneurs, real estate developers, and investors. Together we can create a more equitable lending landscape where small businesses thrive.

I am skilled at developing and implementing lending strategies that connect lenders to borrowers. In 2006, I was named “2% Lender of the Year” by the City of Minneapolis and in 2008 was a Finance and Commerce Top Woman in Finance award winner. I promote open communication between myself, my co-workers, and our clients to generate trust and drive results.

My passion is to empower small business owners by improving access to responsible capital. I am always interested in new ways to achieve this objective and welcome the opportunity to connect with others who are working towards the same goal. Whether you’re a small business lender, entrepreneur, community development professional, or someone looking to support small businesses, send me a note and lets work together to create a more equitable economy for all.