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The Scoop on FEWnet
The Scoop on FEWnet

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"Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence."
- Abigail Adams

Greetings, FEWnet friends! We are just a few short weeks from our annual party on May 15 - a true celebration of women leading in finance and accounting roles around Minnesota. If you haven't registered yet, I urge you to register today with Melissa. With a goal of growing FEWnet membership by 25% this year, we welcome you to introduce your finance and accounting friends and colleagues to FEWnet and encourage them to register for our event as well. Whether you are simply looking to create new friendships with likeminded peers, build your contact base for employment opportunities or maybe meet a few potential candidates for open roles you have back at the office, the FEWnet annual party is the event for you!

Who are our FEWnet members?

  • 900 members
  • 93% represent Metro-area companies
  • 100% are women in finance and accounting roles, including:
    • 28% Directors, Controllers
    • 27% Supervisors, Senior Managers
    • 23% CFO, COO, VPs (Officers)
    • 15% Senior Analysts, Senior Accountants
    • 5% Partners, Presidents, CEOs
If you are looking for additional opportunities to network with this amazing community of women, then we encourage you to join one of our monthly small groups that meet around the Twin Cities. Groups are formed based on level of experience and responsibility as well as location preference and we anticipate launching three new groups this summer. Benefits include the ability to share best practices with other professionals at the same level in a confidential setting while also receiving exclusive invitations to small group socials that are held throughout the year.

Thank you so much for your participation in FEWnet and we encourage you to share our community with other senior level women in finance and accounting!

Take care,

Sally Mainquist
President and CEO
Certes Financial Pros

FEWnet Member Spotlight
FEWnet Member Spotlight

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"Courage is the power to let go of the familiar."
- Mary Byrant

Michele Fremming

Michele Fremming is the CFO of Edina Realty, one of the nation's largest real estate companies with more than 90 real estate offices located throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Her primary focus is on overseeing three core businesses (Edina Realty, Edina Realty Title, and Edina Realty Mortgage), where she is responsible for financial reporting, forecasting, strategic planning, facilities management, and purchasing.

With a Bachelor's degree in Finance from the College of St. Catherine, Michele holds both a CPA and a Series 7 license. She joined Edina Realty over nine years ago with an impressive big company background that includes PepsiCo, Fingerhut, and Unitedhealth Care.

The first thing that struck us about Michele was her calm demeanor during a time of intense change. What we would find out later is that this is the calling card of her professional career, with a history of turning difficult situations into success stories. Whether it be navigating the company through difficult market conditions or preparing for a wedding and merging of two households, we are thrilled to get the opportunity to share her story with the rest of our FEWnet community!

Table Talk
Table Talk

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Discover what our FEWnet small groups are talking about:

  • Work-life balance discussions make their way into job interviews.
  • Hot jobs and high demand skills in Finance and Accounting.
  • How does online networking fit into the networking secret recipe?
  • Tapping into the non-finance talents of financial professionals.

What FEWnet Members are Reading
Title - What Members are Reading

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Are you thirsty for a book that focuses on mid-size companies experiencing astonishing growth which shares their success strategies in a way that is directly applicable to your company? If so, Keith McFarland's The Breakthrough Company: How Everyday Companies Become Extraordinary Performers is here to quench your thirst! McFarland created and analyzed a massive database of the world's largest-growth companies and conducted thousands of interviews with executives at high-growth organizations in an effort to establish the background of this book and reinforce the need for a book like this in today's business world. A masterpiece full of specific, powerful, and sometimes shockingly simple action steps, this book identifies the characteristics and practices that are consistent among the world's most high-growth companies from creating a strong corporate culture to leadership strategies that engage and motivate employees of all levels. This book speaks to entrepreneurs, executives, and young professionals alike - a powerful testament to the volume of valuable takeaways within its pages. We encourage you to add this gem to your reading list and hope it will inspire you in ways you never thought it could.

Karen's Corner
Karen's Corner

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The Great Innovation Experiment

When I was a kid at the State Fair, I loved going to the barn where little chicks were hatched from eggs. Wow! Amazing! We tried the same feat at school and learned from our complete failure that this is harder than it looks. The perfect environment must exist to make a chick.

The same is true of innovation. Companies want innovative ideas because new products and services are the easiest way to build wealth. In the end, the most innovative win the respect of their customers, recruit and retain better employees, and have the best odds of churning out great ideas in the future.


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2008 FEWnet Annual Party

As you already know, this year's FEWnet Annual Party is just around the corner! May 15 will be our evening to enjoy wine tasting, delicious hors d'oeuvres, plenty of networking, and celebrating women in finance. Julie Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Retail Training and Leadership Development at Best Buy, will share lessons learned from the Women's Leadership Forum (WoLF). This not-to-be-missed event will leave you inspired to better recognize and support the talents of women within our own companies, communities, and families.

Sponsor: FEWnet by Certes
When: Thursday, May 15, 2008
Location: Park Place Doubletree Hotel
St. Louis Park, MN
Cost: Free for FEWnet members

To Register: Email Melissa at mmlakar@certespros.com

FEWnet Members on the Move
Title - On the Move

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Cheryl Mills recently joined RR Donnelley as Plant Controller. Congratulations, Cheryl!

Darla Nemec recently accepted the position of Director of Finance and Administration with Eagan-based CaringBridge. Best wishes to Darla in her new role!

Christine Iverson is now Supervisor of Corporate Receivables at Best Buy. All the best to you!

Susan Pew recently joined Fingerhut Direct Marketing as Director of Accounting. Congratulations from FEWnet!

Mary Zadach is now the Controller at MGS Machine. Kudos to you, Mary!

Perm Candidates / Long-Term Contractors
Long-Term Contractors / Perm Candidates

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Certes Financial Pros is a financial placement firm specializing in providing professionals to Twin Cities' companies needing project, interim staffing, and permanent hiring support. Whether you have a temp or temp to perm need, Certes Contract is here to help with a wide variety of high level professionals to ease your team's workload.

The Perm Placement Network by Certes connects financial professionals with permanent positions in the Twin Cities while providing companies with highly qualified, screened candidates at all levels of accounting and finance. To explore this or other opportunities, visit us today!

Do you have an immediate need? Check out our current available lists and give us a call.

Long-Term Contractors Available

Perm Placement Candidates for Hire

Certes Financial Pros.
Your bridge to a better life.

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