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The 25

The Founding Members

The 25 program was dreamed up and continues to be funded by extraordinary women, who've committed to supporting the next generation of female leaders as they become everything God created them to be. An annual contribution from each founding member helps to ensure the program remains self-sustaining. Some founders donate their time, too, through speaking engagements, mentoring, or networking opportunities. 

Annie Allen, Bethel University

Ally Baerenwald, Head of Partner Marketing, Google Retail

Charity Bachmeier, Enterprise Sales Director, Microsoft Corporation

Dre Barthel, Owner & Creative Director of Covey Events

Leslie Chapman, Retired Senior Vice President, Securian Financial

Rev. Deanna Conrad, M.Div., Staff Chaplain, Allina Health

Amanda Cornelius, MA, LPCC, Founder + Owner, Wellspring Group

Sarah Darr, Head of Financial Planning, Sr. Vice President, U.S. Bank

Deb Harless, Executive Vice President and Provost Emerita, Bethel University

Lisa Harris, Author, Speaker, Poet, Narrative Coach and CEO/Founder of Lisa Harris & Company

Kate KimmerleCEO + Founder, Snaproducts

Jody Kobbervig, Senior Director, Best Buy 

Amanda Kopischke, Founder and CEO, Incubate to Innovate

Chin-Chin Lin, Solution Leader for Personalization in Healthcare, McKinsey & Company

Kim Montgomery, Vice President, Healthcare Originations Leader, TIAA Bank

Rebecca Morris Hoeft, Chief Brand Officer, Sunrise Banks

Lana Nelson, Account Manager, Hollstadt Consulting

Jeanne Osgood, Chief of Staff, Bethel University

Hon. Mary E. Pawlenty, (Ret.)

Kristi Piehl, Founder and CEO, Media Minefield

Lisa Provost, Foundation Director, The Oakfish Foundation

Kari Rihm, President & CEO, Rihm Family Companies

Andrea Schilling, Sr. Managing Director, Head of Internal Communications, Varde Partners

Kelsey Shaw, Sr. Account Executive, Razorfish Health

Wendy Ulferts RN, MBA, Vice President of Patient Care, Chief Nursing Officer, Maple Grove Hospital

Heidi Zwart, Founder of StoryMatters Creative

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The 25 at Bethel University

The annual operating funds for The 25 come fully from sources external to Bethel. These funds from generous donors make it possible for us to offer:

  • Weekly leadership development programming for each cohort
  • Monthly All-Cohort events with guest speakers
  • Field trips to local businesses and organizations
  • Annual specialty events, such as networking and mock interview opportunities
  • Trained mentors selected intentionally for each student
  • Fun opportunities for students to connect, relax ,and be college students while building the cohort community

If these costs were passed along to students, each student would need to pay over $1,500 annually to participate. Instead we are able to keep student costs to only $200/semester. 

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