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Workforce Panel

Better Jobs, Better Futures

Building a Workforce that Works for All

In Minnesota, the number of jobs requiring workers with a post-secondary education is outpacing the number of college graduates. It is crucial to invest in the graduates needed to fill this gap and build a workforce representative of our communities.

College Possible students will play an important role in Minnesota’s future workforce. Join R.T. Rybak, Kim Nelson and College Possible Alumni Fasil Adinew and Maya Vue for “Better Jobs, Better Futures: Building a Workforce that Works for All,” a panel discussion addressing how we can meet the state’s changing workforce needs.

Thursday, June 15, 2017
7:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. CDT

7:45 a.m. – Registration & Networking (light refreshments)
8:15 a.m. – Panel Discussion Begins

Location
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Cowles Auditorium
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Details about transit, parking and directions can be found on the Humphrey School of Public Affairs website.

Panelists

Fasil Adinew Credit Analyst at VisionBank Minnesota; College Possible Alumnus

Fasil Adinew
Credit Analyst at VisionBank Minnesota, College Possible Alumnus

Fasil Adinew attended Gustavus Adolphus College and graduated in May of 2014, majoring in Public Accounting and minoring in English. While at Gustavus, Adinew had three different internships (summer of 2012 and 2013 and winter of 2014). Those internships helped him figure out what he liked and didn’t like and what was a good fit for both the employer and himself. After graduating, Adinew worked at an IP Law Firm and as a consultant at Target Corporation. He is currently working as a credit analyst at a small commercial bank, learning the ins and outs of the banking industry.

Kim Nelson Senior Vice President, External Relations, General Mills; President, General Mills Foundation

Kim Nelson
Senior Vice President, External Relations, General Mills; President, General Mills Foundation

Kim Nelson is Senior Vice President, External Relations, and President, General Mills Foundation. In this role, Kim oversees the company’s relationships with key external constituencies, including policy makers, industry associations, NGOs and the media. She is responsible for the company’s global corporate communications, government relations, corporate social responsibility/sustainability, philanthropy and volunteerism.

Prior to her current role, Kim was President of General Mills Snacks Division from 2004-2010 where she was responsible for the profitable growth of brands such as Nature Valley, Fiber One, Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, Bugles and Chex Mix. She was named Senior Vice President in 2008. Kim’s 27 year career in marketing spans leadership roles on a variety of brands including Cheerios, Wheaties, Yoplait, Hamburger Helper and Old El Paso. She received her M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1988 and a B.S. in International Relations from Georgetown University in 1984.

Nelson is an active member of the General Mills community and was a founding member of both the Black Champions Network and the Women in Marketing Network. In the Twin Cities, Nelson co-chairs the Generation Next Partnership and serves on the Northside Achievement Zone Board of Directors.

R.T. Rybak CEO and President of The Minneapolis Foundation

R.T. Rybak
CEO and President of The Minneapolis Foundation

As President and CEO of one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country, R.T. Rybak oversees the management of nearly $700 million in assets and the average annual distribution of more than $50 million in grants.

Before leading The Minneapolis Foundation, Rybak served as executive director of Generation Next, a coalition of civic, business, and school leaders focused on closing the educational opportunity gap in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Prior to that, he served as mayor of Minneapolis from 2002 to 2013. Rybak is the author of “Pothole Confidential,” a memoir about his 12 years as mayor of Minneapolis. A Minneapolis native, Rybak spent almost 30 years working in journalism, commercial real estate, publishing, and the Internet. He and his wife Megan O’Hara, have two grown children.

Maya Vue Project Coordinator at United Health; College Possible Alumna

Maya Vue
Project Coordinator at UnitedHealth, College Possible Alumna

Maya Vue is an IT Project Coordinator at UnitedHealth Group. Previously Vue worked at Travelers Insurance in the Project Management Office. Vue received her bachelors of arts degree in Business Administration at Augsburg College and her Master’s in Business Administration degree at the College of St. Scholastica. Vue is an alumna and former board member of College Possible.

About Us

College Possible is a nationally growing nonprofit organization making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Findings of a recent Harvard University study show that College Possible’s approach to unlocking the potential of low-income students is effective and that students served are significantly more likely to enroll in a four year college.

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