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Join us for our 2019 Fall Speaker Series on the first
Thursdays of September, October and November.

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Parallel MN + Holden Room
145 Holden Street N., Minneapolis 55405

Registration: $45 per event
Links to register are below


2019 Fall Speaker Series

ANDREA GUENDELMAN is a leading force in creating platforms for professionals of color and the tech industry. Through her own experiences as a Harvard-trained corporate lawyer and an entrepreneur, she co-created Wallbreakers - a solution to connect talented students from underrepresented backgrounds (including Latinx, African American, and other underrepresented minorities) with companies hungry for talent and looking to build inclusive teams.

Andrea grew up in Chile, at the end of the Pinochet dictatorship. As the country awoke, Chilean women were starting to face the same opportunities and the same perils the women in the U.S. were confronting a decade earlier. Seeking to escape the net of expectations created by others, Andrea went to the U.S. to study at Harvard Law School. After practicing corporate law in New York and Washington, D.C. and upon becoming a mother, Andrea felt a need to give back to the community and to younger generations of aspiring Latinas.

Inspired by her grandparents who were immigrants and entrepreneurs, she founded BeVisible, a social media and career platform for under represented talent. She was also helped form a tech community of women in 2012 and held an advisory position creating media strategy with the Colorado-based National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Wallbreakers now helps recent and soon-to-be college graduates become well-rounded candidates, prepared to enter the tech industry. In addition to her role at Wallbreakers, Andrea serves as a consultant for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Andrea Guendelman Helps Young Latinx Professionals “Break Walls,” Hispanic Executive


Using Tech to Build Inclusive Workplaces | Thursday, September 5th | 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Workplaces of tomorrow must consider prioritizing inclusion as a business strategy to attract and retain top talent, increase innovation among teams, improve sales and increase profitability. How does a company ensure success at building inclusive workplaces and its competitive advantage? Join us for our Fall Speaker series featuring Andrea Guendelman, a leader in creating career platforms connecting Latinx to the tech industry as she shares how to create inclusive workplaces.


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LINDA NAZARETH is an economist, a futurist, and a respected authority on the future of work. As a newspaper columnist and an author, she knows how to frame things in a way that both educate and entertain, and as the Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at the think-tank the Macdonald Laurier Institute, she knows what she is talking about.

Linda’s career has taken non-traditional turns. She has worked as a government economist, specializing in labor market planning, followed by several years working as a senior economist at a major financial institution. She spent a decade as an on-air economist for Canada’s Business News Network. Linda is able to take big ideas and distill them into information that can be used to inform strategic plans and has worked with organizations such as American Express and The Economist Magazine.

As a noted author, Linda’s fourth book, Work is Not a Place: Our Lives and Our Organizations in the Post-Jobs Economy draws decades-long research and interactions with cross-sector audiences nationwide. Linda is eager to engage people in thinking about what the world might look like when we replace the idea of ‘jobs’ with that of ‘work.’

Linda is a frequent media commentator and has been quoted everywhere from The Wall Street Journal to Wired Magazine.


Is the Gig Economy the Future of Work? | Thursday, October 3rd | 3:00-6:00 p.m.
From freelance to side hustle, workers are taking their talent on the road, finding an entrepreneurial spirit, and taking full advantage of the new gig economy. But who is really winning? As employers cut traditional benefits and offer fewer permanent positions, workers are creating their own space, opting for gigs that allow flexible hours and higher hourly pay. Still, despite the opportunities these new ventures bring, there are also risks and trade-offs for both employer and side hustler.

  • How can employers stay committed to equity and inclusion as they elevate a gig-focused business model?

  • How can we ensure people of color participate in the expansion of the gig economy in our region?

Author, journalist, and expert Linda Nazareth will join us and a panel of local experts to lead a conversation on how this new workforce model can make or break our future economy.


About Powering Inclusion

POWERING INCLUSION is an ongoing event series designed to equip leaders to lead through a lens of Race + Place + Income, positioning the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) region as a hub for talent, investment, and innovation to increase our economic competitiveness.

The series includes an Annual Summit (Spring) and a Speaker Series (Fall) where we elevate new voices and strategies, foster deeper cross-sector connections, and promote immediate ways to drive growth and inclusion in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Each event features known and emerging national disruptors and local leaders to discuss how to activate inclusive growth and offer data-driven, cross-sector, community-centric solutions to increase economic inclusion. Event participants have the opportunity to learn about and commit to adopting specific inclusive practices. A closing reception provides the opportunity to make new connections.

Our 2018 Speaker Series featured venture capitalist, Arlan Hamilton, and Brookings Fellow, Dr. Andre Perry, who amplified what’s possible when we center people of color in our strategies for advancing economic inclusion through investments in leadership, talent and innovation as catalysts for growth.

POWERING INCLUSION is more than an event series; it is how we move from Awareness to Action to Accountability. Join us.

Connect: Sign up for our e-newsletter for updates and follow the #PoweringInclusion hashtag.
Media: Contact Tawanna Black at (612) 351-8212 for media inquiries. 
Questions: Email or (612) 351-8200.

Watch highlights from our 2018 Fall Speaker Series





ADDITIONAL SPONSORS: 3M, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Knight Foundation,
Northwest Area Foundation, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.


MEDIA SPONSOR: Finance & Commerce
PROMOTIONAL PARTNER: Financial Executives International, Twin Cities Chapter, Inc.