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Area businesses and Anoka Tech come together to inspire workplace leadership April 16

Fostering the vital relationship between business and education, Anoka Technical College Foundation is once again hosting its annual fundraising event for the business community:

“Building Leadership: The Key to Sustained Business Success”
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Event Center at the Bunker Hills Grill

The focus of the event is how to identify, develop and inspire leadership within business.

Along with the opportunity to learn from and network with industry leaders, the evening features a social hour starting at 5:30 p.m. that includes a jazz trio and tasteful door prizes provided by area merchants. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by speakers and a panel discussion.

This year’s panel discussion brings together business leaders from a select group of greater metro employers and professional organizations. Panelists include: Maureen Steinwall, President of Steinwall Manufacturing Inc.; Nancy Stevens, Organization Development Consultant currently working with Children’s Hospitals; John Palen, CEO of Allied Executives; and Tracy Trembley, Senior IT Director of BI, CRM, Finance and HR at Valspar.

Adam Welter, Student Senate President and Machine Trades student at the Anoka Technical College, will provide a student perspective; and Bruce Sayler, Regulatory and Governmental Affairs for Connexus Energy Manager, will serve as moderator.

Funds raised during this event support the Anoka Technical College Foundation and students attending the Anoka Technical College through the foundation’s named scholarship program.

“It is so important to forge and encourage these conversations between education and industry,” said Pete Gravett Anoka Technical College Foundation’s Development Director. “It allows for greater understanding of the interdependent relationship. And it is an added bonus that we raise funds to support the students that will one day be employees of these same business.”

Gravett also extended the foundation’s appreciation to current event sponsors in the business community including: Allina Health, Pentair, Federal Premium, Connexus, Tolerance Masters, Mate Precision Tooling, Wilson Tool, Cretex Companies, Luther Auto Group, Meier Tool, Mary T. Inc., NE Bank, the Bank of Elk River, Accelerated Innovations, Lancer Catering, DLR Architects and the PSD Development Group.

Businesses interesting in participating by sponsoring and/or attending the event, should contact Anoka Technical College Foundation’s Development Director, Pete Gravett at 763-576-4219 or

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