2010 FEWnet by Certes
Technical Breakfast Panel

Pictured: Heather Proehl, Christine Battist, Mary Jepperson,
Sally Mainquist, and Amy Shaw


2010 Fall Technical Breakfast
The 2010 Fall Technical Breakfast was filled with important and timely information about the
U.S. GAAP to IFRS Convergence process and what it will mean for companies in upcoming years. We were treated to panel discussions from some of the top women in the Twin Cities finance and accounting industry.

Panelists included:

Christine Battist , Director of Investor Relations,
The Mosaic Company
Heather Proehl, Corporate Accounting Manager, General Mills
Mary Jepperson, Chair of the Department of Finance and Accounting, College of St. Ben’s/St. John’s
Amy Shaw, Vice President of Accounting Policy, UnitedHealth Group
Sally Mainquist, President and CEO,
Certes Financial Pros

May 2010 Annual Party
This lively presentation given by Prime Therapeutics Interim CEO and President, Kim Mageau, was as entertaining as it was inspiring! The theme of “How to Climb the Corporate Ladder in a Skirt” highlighted the ways in which women excel in the workplace and their unique skills that can benefit any work environment. Kim also touched on her experiences moving from E&Y to industry CFO, COO, and CEO roles. A spirited presenter with a compelling message, it was an honor to have Kim as our keynote speaker this year!

2009 Fall Technical Panel Breakfast
FEWnet's first technical update breakfast featuring the hot button issue - International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) - was met with rave reviews regarding panel content and networking value.

Panelists included:

Jennifer Simons, VP of Accounting Policy, US Bank
Suzanne Lang, Director of Finance, Thomson Reuters
Mary Jepperson, Professor, College of St. Ben’s/St. John’s
Heike Drake-Cavalletti, Partner, KPMG
Sally Mainquist, President and CEO, Certes Financial Pros

June 2009 Annual Party
The importance of investing in relationships and persevering during uncertain times were the themes of this year's annual event. Sally Smith, CEO and President of Buffalo Wild Wings, led attendees through her inspiring journey from CPA to CFO. Our highest attended event since the inception of FEWnet in 2001, the FEWnet annual party has truly become one of the "must attend" events of the summer season!

May 2008 Annual Party

Recognizing and supporting the talents of women were the themes of this year's annual event, Julie Gilbert, VP of Retail Training and Leadership Development at Best Buy, provided a provocative keynote address on lessons learned from launching the Women's Leadership Forum (WoLF) - kicking off an exciting evening of good music, great food and wine, and fantastic conversation.

June 2007 Annual Party

Philanthropy, courage, and leadership excellence were at the forefront of this year's annual event. Kaye O'Leary, CFO of Buca, Inc., delivered an inspiring message on leadership during times of crisis. Pam Knous, CFO of Supervalu and Twin Cities Chair of the Go Red for Women campaign, raised awareness of heart disease in women and steps for prevention. Wine tasting, live music, and a silent auction benefiting Go Red completed another great evening celebrating women in finance and accounting.

May 2006 Annual Party
Compelling keynote speaker and trendsetter extraordinaire, Robyn Waters, kicked off another great FEWnet celebration with a conversation on how tracking and observing trends translates into big gains for companies. Other highlights included a CAbi summer fashion preview, jewelry trunk show, wine tasting, and live music by local pianist, Peter J. Sands. Check out the May 2006 edition of Just Dessert for more details.

June 2005 Annual Party
Fun was definitely the theme of the night as FEWnet members came together to listen to keynote speaker and self proclaimed flirtologist, Jill Spiegel, share ways to bring your best self to work; influence others with grace and charisma; and live each moment with energy and confidence. Other highlights included a fun tasting of California wines and live music.

June 2004 Annual Party
Another great celebration of FEWnet and its goal of creating opportunities for women to gather and share best practices, both personally and professionally. Jill Blashak, CEO of Tastefully Simple, kicked off the evening with a fun, insightful conversation about her path in business and her role as an entrepreneurial leader and trailblazer for women.

October 2003 Roundtable
FEWnet members came together for a unique evening getting to know other members of their small networking groups. Karen Oman, President of Certes Financial Pros, not only provided valuable information on how to make the most of roundtable discussions, but also brought the house down with an amazing poetry reading.

Connie Bush was the featured speaker of the evening. Connie is the facilitator of our first FEWnet small group and shared some great stories about its success. "You basically get out of it what you put in to it. Initially, we spent time getting to know each other. Now, if someone has an issue, they put it on the table right away and we immediately deal with it. Most importantly, we've fostered a confidential, nonjudgmental environment where everyone can share and receive good feedback."

May 2003 Annual Party
FEWnet's first annual party was full of energy and laughter as we celebrated successful careers and shared the many challenges facing women with Leslie Frecon's keynote address, "It's Never Just One Thing." Leslie spoke anecdotally about her experiences as a senior financial executive with General Mills and how her unique combination of skills and background led her to found her own boutique firm.