To celebrate Women’s History Month this March, Choice hosted a panel of five amazing women who have made lasting impacts on their industries. We heard their stories about work-life balance, their most influential mentors, and even what they can be caught reading on a Saturday morning.
Check out the video below to hear what these incredible women had to say.
About the Panelists
Candace Muggerud is CEO and Managing Partner of KAT Communications, a full-service marketing and advertising agency serving clients nationally for over 25 years. In addition, she is co-founder of GoodHealthTV® a health network currently broadcasting in 20 states that focuses on the health of Native American families–especially women and children. Candace also serves on the Choice Bank Board of Directors, where she brings her banking knowledge, focus on equality, and business expertise to the table.
A dream to be a mentor for young girls blossomed into thousands of girls increasing their self-esteem annually. In 2017, Missy left her full-time (paid) job and started focusing her time on growing BIO Girls. As the Executive Director of BIO Girls, Missy works to ensure all decisions are mission-centric, serves as the chief program architect, and directs the vision of the organization. Yet her favorite role continues to be Site Director where she works directly with young girls to find their self-worth. Missy is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and went on to earn an MBA from NDSU. Often described as “fearless,” Missy’s favorite piece of advice for the young and old alike is not to fear failure.
Beth Holger is the CEO of The Link – a youth and adult-led nonprofit in Minneapolis. The Link provides street outreach, drop-in center, basic needs programs, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing programs for youth and young families that are experiencing homelessness and/or sexual exploitation. She has over 20 years of experience working with RHY and SEY. Holger has an M.A. in Nonprofit Management and Administration from Hamline University and is a Bush Leadership Fellow.
Kristen Denzer is the CEO and Founder of Tierra Encantada, the Leader in Spanish Immersion Early Education®. Kristen has a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Psychology, a Master’s in Advocacy and Leadership, and has completed the doctoral coursework for a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration. Kristen is actively involved in the community and serves on the Board of Directors of Women Venture and the School Board of her children’s school. Kristen is a travel enthusiast and her exploits have included gorilla trekking in Rwanda, hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, and playing with seals in the Galapagos.
Kate Barr is the President and CEO of Propel Nonprofits, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit whose mission is to fuel the impact and effectiveness of nonprofits with guidance, expertise, and capital. Kate leads Propel’s team in developing and implementing innovative financing and programming. She is a frequent speaker and writer on nonprofit strategy, finance, and governance locally and nationally. Kate holds an MA in Leadership from Hamline University. She has been on the adjunct faculty of both the Hamline University Masters in Nonprofit Management Program and the University of Minnesota Masters in Arts & Cultural Leadership program. She is an alumnus of the Humphrey School’s Policy Fellows Program and the Shannon Institute. She currently serves on the boards of Borealis Philanthropy and the Jerome Foundation.