Speaker Date Topic
Hyon Kim, Alliance For North Korean Refugees Sep 26, 2018 12:00 PM
North Korean Refugees: Roadblocks to Freedom
North Korean Refugees: Roadblocks to Freedom

Hyon Kim grew up in South Korea during the height of the Korean War. When she was just four years old, she was separated from her family; she remained in South Korea and her family was in North Korea. This story has shaped her life and her commitment to North Korean refugees. She earned a Bachelors degree in Business from the University of Minnesota, has owned several businesses in the Twin CIties, and is now President and Owner of MN Best, Inc., a civil and environmental engineering and consulting firm.

Midwest Alliance for North Korean Refugees, founded by Hyon Kim in 2015, is pioneering an initiative to educate about the plight of, and to advocate for the human rights of, North Korean refugees. In 2015 and 2016, Midwest Alliance for North Korean Refugees held an annual Symposium at the Hubert Humphrey Institute addressing human rights topics in North Korea. The organization, through Hyon Kim, works with various non-profits in both Washington D.C. and South Korea.   

Rolf Thompson, Exec Director, National Eagle Ctr Oct 03, 2018 12:00 PM
Soaring Higher: From a Local Grassroots Idea to National Significance
Soaring Higher: From a Local Grassroots Idea to National Significance

Rolf Thompson is Executive Director of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN. Thompson joined the National Eagle Center in 2012 after 30 years of executive leadership with YMCA outdoor education camps in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and as Director of Resource Development with the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, MN. Thompson is a U of M grad and holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Currently he serves on the Wabasha Port Authority/Economic Development Agency and the Board of Directors of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. Rolf was a member of the St. Paul Rotary Club for ten years and has been a member of Wabasha Rotary since 2012.

The National Eagle Center got its start in 1989 when a group of Wabasha business people saw an opportunity to capialize on an accident of geography: people were coming from all over the country to see the then rare and endangered bald eagles that would congregate in winter on the open water of the Mississippi River in Wabasha. Starting with a simple wooden viewing platform the idea has grown into a thriving experiential educational center attracting over 80,000 visitors annually. Most recently, the National Eagle Center has announced plans to expand and has secured $8 million in state bonding from the last legislative session. 

Lloyd Campbell, Rotary Dist 5950 Membership Chair Oct 10, 2018 12:00 PM
Cozy Wittman, College Inside Track Oct 17, 2018 12:00 PM
Four Insider Tips to Successfully Navigate the College Search Process
Four Insider Tips to Successfully Navigate the College Search Process

Cozy Wittman is the Education and Partnerships Manager at College Inside Track. Education and networking are a way of life for Cozy. At College Inside Track she runs both the parent events as well as professional development training for those who work with families who have high school students. She speaks nationally about college search, training financial and other professionals that work with families that have kids in high school.

Cozy is excited connect with organizations and families interested in learning more about the complex college process.  She is a mom of five kids with very different goals for college so she is no stranger to the college search challenge.

Dr. Kavita Sripat Agarwal, Ph.D. Oct 24, 2018 12:00 PM
Combating Maternal Mortality in City Slums
Combating Maternal Mortality in City Slums

Dr. Kavita Sripat Agarwal, Director, Society for Integrated Development and Social Reconstruction (SIDSR), holds a PhD in Psychology from Allahabad University. She worked as Senior Executive Officer (Projects) and Project Director at Kamala Nehru Memorial Hospital (KNMH), Allahabad (India) from 1989 to 2018. During her time at KNMH, her areas of interest included intervention planning, monitoring and evaluation of  community health programs on Maternal & Child Health, Cancer, HIV-AIDS, and Tuberculosis. After retirement, she launched SIDSR with the main focus currently on early cancer detection and tobacco cessation.

Dr. Agalwar will speak on causes of high maternal mortality in the state of eastern UP and initiatives undertaken to provide accessible and quality health care including family planning to the city slum population.  

Irene Kelly, Rotary District Governor Oct 31, 2018 12:00 PM
Pingping Yu Nov 07, 2018 12:00 PM
Opening the Gates to a Lost Civilization
Opening the Gates to a Lost Civilization

Pingping Yu grew up in Beijing, China. After a B.A. in English Language and Literature at Peking University, she came to the United States and earned an MBA in Marketing at Michigan State University. She now lives with her husband and two sons in Maple Grove and works full time for General Mills in Global Consumer Insights.

For twelve years Pingping has served as a volunteer speaker and community outreach coordinator for the promotion of the Shen Yun show in Twin Cities area. She will provide an introduction to the New York-based Shen Yun show, along with a discussion of traditional Chinese culture and the challenges it faces in the communist era.

 

Artika R. Tyner, University of St. Thomas Nov 14, 2018 12:00 PM
Responding to Mass Incarceration and Strategies for Leading Change
Responding to Mass Incarceration and Strategies for Leading Change

Dr. Artika Tyner is a passionate educator, author, sought after speaker and advocate for justice. At the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Tyner serves as the Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. She is committed to training students to serve as social engineers who create new inroads to justice and freedom.

Tyner received her B.A. from Hamline University and pursued graduate studies at the University of St. Thomas, where she earned a Master of Public Policy and Leadership to gain tools for effecting social change through policy reform efforts and subsequently, inspired by the legacy of W.E.B. Dubois, a Doctorate in Leadership. Her doctoral studies provided her with key tools for serving in her community and promoting social justice.

Dr. Tyner is committed to empowering others to lead within their respective spheres of influence. She teaches leadership coursework on ethics, critical reflection, and organizational development. Her research focuses on diversity/inclusion, community development, and civil rights. She has presented her research and conducted leadership training programs both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Tyner leads by example by organizing policy campaigns, fostering restorative justice practices, developing social entrepreneurship initiatives, and promoting assets-based community development. She serves as a global citizen by supporting education, entrepreneurship, and women’s leadership initiatives in Africa.

 

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