CornerHouse: Supporting Children and Families in Crisis

Screen Shot 2018-04-14 at 6.35.22 PMCornerHouse hosted its annual fundraiser at the Golden Valley Country Club this week.  It is hard to describe the emotional impact of attending this event and listening to parents and children tell their stories of abuse and struggles of lifelong healing on the other side of tragedy.   The stories also bring forward key points that abuse is happening in almost every neighborhood and community and many times it is people very close to the children and not strangers.  We must all be aware of this and watch for the signs.   The courage of these individuals to get up and share their experience is amazing.  The need to drive awareness to these issues is paramount as is the work that CornerHouse does everyday.

The event grew quite a bit in size from last years topping around 400 people in attendance and more who likely donated but couldn’t make the event.   Several families and police force units announced contributions of over $5000 dollars to the cause.  The event opened with an overview of the crisis that included over 20,000 incidents of child abuse reported in Minnesota last year.  This not only impacts the children but the entire family.   CornerHouse has expanded into family services over the years to meet the needs of the family in concrete with the core mission of supporting the children.   The also provide critical interviewing services with the children to support the police in the prosecution of the predators involved in the crimes.   CornerHouse is also known worldwide for having some of the best approaches and processes to this space.  They have trained centers like themselves in every county in Minnesota,  every state in the US, and in many countries around the world.

Being deeply embedded in the community is critical in the operations of these type of support centers.  CornerHouse recently announced its expansion from Hennepin into the Rodgers area.   Expanding their reach is fantastic but will bring new challenges in terms of scale, bandwidth, and overall risk of sustainability.   This is where they need the support of funding from all of us. They are also looking for a new Executive Director to lead in the development of the next chapter of the organization.   This person needs to be both visionary and with a strong business background as CornerHouse has tremendous opportunities to grow from a small local service provider into a national and global leader on many business fronts.   If you know of qualified business people that would be interested in this new role,  please connect them with the organization and their talent search firm of CohenTaylor.

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See more images of the event and speakers in the Gallery

 

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2018 ACG Bold Awards

screenshotI attended the ACG (Association of Corporate Growth) Awards ceremony last evening hosted at the Muse Event Center. The event was well attended by corporate members and guests to honor significant business accomplishments. Attendees voted for winners during the event through an online application. There were categories based on the size of organizations and each nominee’s success was shared with the audience before the voting and winner was announced. Winners received their awards on stage and shared their appreciation and learnings around their achievement.

The 2018 BOLD Award finalists and winners by category were:

Non-Profit

  • Bunker Labs Minneapolis
  • Cookie Cart
  • Cornerstone

Early Stage

  • Autonomous Tractor Corporation (winner!)
  • Foreverence
  • Roosevelt Energy

Corporate Small

  • Duke Cannon Supply Co.
  • HED Cycling Products (winner!)
  • Inspire Medical Systems

Middle Market

  • Bite Squad
  • Perforce Software
  • Ralco Agriculture (winner!)

Corporate Large

  • Kraus-Anderson
  • Restaurant Technologies (winner!)

 

ACG is a long-established association of professional with over 16 chapters globally. Local chapters feature monthly events that include networking and speakers. Learn more about the organization at ACG

See images from the event in the Gallery

Tim Pawlenty Speaks on the 4th Industrial Revolution

Screen Shot 2018-01-01 at 4.38.57 PM.pngThe St. Paul chamber hosted a speaking event featuring former governor Tim Pawlenty focused on the 4th industrial revolution.  The talked covered a broad range of topics including automation, big data, globalization, etc.   After the talk, he stayed to engage in 1:1 dialogue with attendees.

These trends will create large changes in the workforce over the next ten years.  Both in re-tooling existing personnel and in the transformation of education systems that will be required.   What isn’t clear during Q&A is if Minnesota currently leadership has a plan or vision for its future.  Hopefully, in the future MN will take up the challenge.

See more images of the event in the photo gallery

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MN in the Worlds Fair Nomination Process

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Minnesota successfully navigated the process to both re-joining the international expo community and now successfully securing a nomination entering bidding process targeting hosting the 2023 worlds fair.   With the overall theme focusing on health and wellness, the critical next step is developing the proposal.   Central to the proposal will be an infrastructure pitch showing the resources the region has to handle a worlds fair level crowd in terms of hotelling, transportation, and overall attractions.   In addition,  the region will be competing against other competitors to create a differentiated experience that makes world’s fair a historic event.   The history of the world’s fair is full of precedent-setting experiences of technology, society, and culture.   This will be Minnesota’s real challenge.  Certainly, the fact we are already hosting super bowl level events suggests we have the basics of core infrastructure, but the differentiator will be the deciding factor.   Do we have a public and globally recognized vision for our region?   Are we leading the way in high growth industries and being the center of new and emerging industries?  Are we looked to as a central player for innovation and solving tomorrow’s grand challenges?   The bidding process will tell…

See the announcement in the international photo gallery