MN E-Comm Captains: Brenda Boehler, Bellacor

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Brenda BoehlerThanks to Irish Titan for underwriting our new MN E-Comm Captains series focused on leaders in the online retail sector!

Brenda Boehler has been in retail for over 25 years and the CEO of Bellacor since 2014.

Located in Minneapolis’ North Loop, Bellacor is an Internet Retailer Top 500 lighting and home furnishings multi-channel e-commerce company with revenues of $40 million and a team of 70.

She will be speaking to her success in person at the next Twin Cities E-Commerce Meetup on 3/29.

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Calabrio Pulls New CFO Jenny Kray From SPS Commerce

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Screen Shot 2017-03-13 at 8.31.17 AMVia News Release

“MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Calabrio, a leading provider of customer engagement and analytics software, has hired veteran finance executive Jenny Kray to serve as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Kray will be responsible for leading the finance, legal and IT teams, with a focus on supporting Calabrio’s business transformation and expansion.”

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Repeat Entrepreneur Mary Meehan Is Working On Her Next Big (Data) Thing

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Mary Meehan, Cofounder and CEO, Metametrix.

“I’ve always had more ideas to work on,” says Mary Meehan, explaining her motivation to start another company.

“It’s like a gift and a curse…this entrepreneurship thing…but I just love solving problems.”

Though Meehan is not a formally trained social scientist, she’s spent over a quarter century thinking like one, and capitalizing on her experiments along the way.

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Reve Academy Promotes Amanda Janssen To Executive Director

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Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 8.27.06 AMMarch 7, 2017 – Rêve Academy, a nonprofit based in Minneapolis, announced today that Amanda Janssen has been promoted to the role of Executive Director.

“Amanda embodies the values of Reve Academy. She believes our students can lead a digital revolution in this country. Her passion for transforming student experiences, as well as her expertise in the educational sector, make her a perfect fit,” said Brad von Bank, who served as the volunteer executive director from 2010 to 2016.

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32 High School Women Honored For Annual Aspirations in Computing Awards

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Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 1.10.06 PM“SAINT PAUL (February 2017) – Advance IT Minnesota, the high-tech Center of Excellence in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, today announced the names of 32 high school students selected as winners and honorable mentions in the fifth annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards (AiC). The awards program honors young women in grades 9-12 for their computing-related achievements and interests in technology, and was started to support and encourage young women to pursue careers in technology.”

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Minnesota Elementary School Program Introduces Girls to Coding

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By Gretchen Zampogna, Plymouth Magazine

Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 6.24.49 PM“The share of women in the United States computing industry is less than 25 percent and shrinking. But Plymouth resident Kris Haagenson, a technology integration specialist for Robbinsdale Area Schools, is doing her part to counteract that trend.

Last year, Haagenson attended a Code.org training focused on getting girls into computer science. The training got her excited about introducing girls to coding — but “time is your enemy” in schools, Haagenson says. So she had a brainstorm: use recess time.”

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See Final Demos From Hack The Gap 2017

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hackthegapBy Tyler Gieseke

Hack The Gap continues to grow under the leadership of founders Kristen Womack and Jenna Pederson.

At Hack the Gap 2017 last weekend, the third annual event, more than 100 women came out for two intense days in Minneapolis to pitch their ideas and work together on bringing them to life.   Five finalist teams demoed their work in Target Plaza Commons as we captured below:

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CaringBridge Founder Sona Mehring Will Retire This Year

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By Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune

Sona-Mehring-PhotoSona Mehring, founder of CaringBridge, will retire from the social network she created that hundreds of thousands of people have used to convey their journeys through health troubles and triumphs.

Mehring started the Eagan-based nonprofit organization 20 years ago to help friends share information about a premature baby. Predating Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, CaringBridge is now widely seen as a positive space online for people to gather, communicate and coordinate the care of people they love.”

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Minnesota Tech Exec of the Year 2016: Cheri Beranek

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Cheri Beranek is our Minnesota Tech Exec of the Year 2016

 
Clearfield’s success this year, with a stock price up ~48%, isn’t a flash in the pan for CEO Cheri Beranek, it’s the culmination of nearly ten years ongoing effort. If CEO of the decade was a thing, then Beranek is built to last.

Growth in the technology sector near and far has been made possible by fiber optical networks to the home, the office, the coffee shop, the hotel room, and everywhere in between.  Connectivity is everything in today’s world: we all want whatever we want whenever we want it. Oh, and make it even faster when there’s money on the line.

The higher level of connectivity, the more productive companies are. The communities where high speed broadband is available are the ones where the jobs are going and staying.  Behind the science of telecommunications, which we tend to just take for granted, is a local business that’s delivering success with the numbers to prove it.

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