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July 2008
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The Scoop on FEWnet
The Scoop on FEWnet

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"Over a long distance, you learn about the strength of your horse; over a long time, you learn about the character of your friend."
- Chinese Proverb

Greetings FEWnet friends,

Thank you to the nearly 200 women who joined us for our annual FEWnet event in May. What a truly "electric" evening, filled with thought provoking words by Julie Gilbert and plenty of good networking among old and new friends. We are actively building three new small groups based on interest we've received from attendees, so please contact Melissa at mmlakar@certespros.com for more information.

As you will read in this month's Member Spotlight, FEWnet small groups provide a unique opportunity to build both your contact and knowledge base with other women in finance and accounting. We recently got to "practice what we preach" when small group member, Becky Wagenbach, shared that her company had office space to sublease. Certes was able to quickly negotiate a deal and has been thrilled with our new space in the Colonnade building. Plus, our neighbors at Pentair have been wonderful throughout the process! Some small groups have also changed it up this summer with happy hours at a member's house, so these professional communities also offer a lot of fun!

As a member of FEWnet, you will most likely agree that networking is a critical skill that needs to be encouraged and developed at all professional levels. That is why we weren't surprised to see in a recent KPMG survey that 64% of young professionals are concerned about social networking opportunities available with their current employer. Please think about referring your senior level female financial executive staff members and friends to get involved in FEWnet. If you manage finance and accounting staff with up to ten years of experience, direct them to our young professionals group called Nextworking.

Full of content and contacts, our networking groups are just another way that Certes supports the finance and accounting industry, ensuring a strong profession for years to come.

Take care,
Sally Mainquist
President and CEO
Certes Financial Pros

FEWnet Member Spotlight
FEWnet Member Spotlight

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"I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand. Adventure is a state of mind - and spirit."
- Jacqueline Cochrane

Sandy Sponem

Sandy Sponem is the CFO of M. A. Mortenson Company, one of the nation's largest contractors and the 38th largest general builder in the country. Her primary responsibilities include overseeing accounting, financial reporting, treasury, tax, planning and analysis, and executive benefit plans.

Sandy is a Badger through and through, having grown up in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as earning both her Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Master's degree in Finance from her hometown, Big 10 school. No stranger to working at fast growth, industry-leading organizations, Sandy cut her teeth at Deloitte and Touche before transitioning to industry roles with Dayton Hudson Corporation and Piper Jaffray Companies, Inc.

With over a year under her belt with M. A. Mortenson, Sandy is excited about the challenges of leading an accounting and financial support function that can keep pace with business growth. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to get to know more about the company and financial leadership behind some of the highest profile construction projects currently underway in the Twin Cities.

Table Talk
Table Talk

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Explore what our FEWnet small groups are talking about this month:

  • Ch-ch-ch-changes in the workplace.
  • Telework benefits employers, employees, and Mother Earth.
  • Trust is top dog when it comes to effective leadership.
  • The impact of the economic downturn.

What FEWnet Members are Reading
Title - What Members are Reading

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In an effort to highlight even more of the great books out there, we've reformatted this section to feature several of today's most popular reads and some favorites of FEWnet members. We hope you take a moment to relax this summer and enjoy the insight within the pages of these top picks!

Career and Corporate Cool - How to Look, Dress, and Act the Part at Every Stage of Your Career
by Rachel C. Weingarten

Just Be Honest: Authentic Communication Strategies That Get Results and Last a Lifetime
by Steven Gaffney

How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life
by Tom Rath and Donald Clifton

Where Do All the Paperclips Go? And 127 Other Business and Career Conundrums
by Steve Coomber and Marc Woods

Karen's Corner
Karen's Corner

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Recession-like economies are a good time to start looking at things again, like what we are doing with our lives. The reality is that some of us, including partners or spouses, will lose our jobs and the rest of us will have to cut back on spending for awhile. In my 20's and 30's, this stuff scared me. It took me years to learn that I would continue to lose things throughout my life and it really doesn't hurt...that much. As long as your spirit and support network (i.e. friends and family) stay intact, you can get through anything. I promise!


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Save the Date! Minneapolis Women on Boards

Mark your calendars today for the annual Minneapolis Women on Boards event designed to educate and prepare women for board service. Panelists include top-level executives with extensive board experience and a desire to share their knowledge.

Sponsor: Sharp UpSwing
Platinum Sponsor: Certes Financial Pros
When: Tuesday, December 2
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Metropolitan Ballroom
Golden Valley, MN
Cost: $85 per person

To register: Click here - http://www.eventbrite.com/event/126191442

FEWnet Members on the Move
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Anne Lins recently joined the M. A. Mortenson team as a Cost Accounting Manager. Congratulations, Anne!

Amy (Drifka) Ronneberg of Capella Education Company, was united in marriage to Kevin Ronneberg on June 6 at Augsburg Chapel in Minneapolis with a reception at The Depot. Best wishes to the newlyweds!

Sara Vander Lugt of Lowry Hill, welcomed her daughter Abigail Amy into the world on April 9. Congratulations from FEWnet!

Monique Morton has joined Express Scripts as a Senior Manager in Pharma Operations. All the best in your new role!

Are you considering making a move of your own? Certes is here to help!

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

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Certes Financial Pros specializes in providing senior level financial professionals to Twin Cities' companies needing contract, contract to perm, and permanent staffing support. As an award-winning "Best Employer," Certes is here to help you find work/life balance or that next dream job with one of our outstanding clients. Begin exploring opportunities today!

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

Long-Term Contractors Available

Perm Placement Candidates for Hire

Certes Financial Pros.
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