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SPAC Event – Equity Leadership Series Presented by Bremer Bank: Turning ideas into ACTION: How will you lead differently and track impact?

October 20 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am


Today’s leader is versatile; able to navigate uncertainty; adaptive; able to course correct and set new direction; vulnerable enough to be authentic about what they think and feel as they move their organizations forward; and courageous enough to do the hard work even when it takes them way out of their comfort zones. Change requires intentional focus and deliberate action from leaders who leverage their positions to walk the talk and embed best practices in their organizations.

The 2021 Equity Leadership Series will support leaders in developing the skills, mindsets, and networks of accomplices they will need to drive inclusive change for greater equity within their organizations. More than a training, this series is designed to promote transformational leadership. We encourage organizations to send a team of at least three participants, to help ensure the lessons from the series have impact throughout the organization.

Walk away with an expanded network and a new frame of reference for how you can champion equity and help lead change.


Session 6: Turning ideas into ACTION: How will you lead differently and track impact?
Over the past five sessions, we have dug into the concept of equity, considered the systems that may block change in our organizations, explored how to develop a multicultural lens, learned about environments that are employee ready, and witnessed the power of applied leadership. This final session is focused on building a partnership for a stronger economy, identifying the metrics that matter, and identifying actions that move the needle.


Moderator: Anika Ward, Founder and Principal, Sankofa Leadership Network 

For over 20 years, Anika has worked to improve outcomes for youth and families through partnerships that leverage the power of community voice, vision and leadership. Most recently the senior director of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention, she has spent her career working to advance initiatives in education, cultural art & science, workforce development, community health and wellbeing. Her work has impacted community groups, nonprofits, museums, state and local government, and healthcare organizations across the region. Prior to the Center for Prevention, Anika worked at the State of Minnesota to attract, support and retain leaders of color in executive positions. As the director of the Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota, she worked to build career pathways to increase engagement for women and people of color.

She brings both a systems-based and relationship-based approach to her work. She leads initiatives that work to transform systems to eliminate disparities and advance equity. Anika spends her free time making and enjoying music, arts and sports activities with her husband, four children, puppy, and a large extended family. She holds a M.A. degree in Human Services, and a B.A. in Human Resource Management from Concordia University – Saint Paul. In 2016, she was named one of “40 under 40” by the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal.

Please continue this journey with us! Each of the six session is designed for leaders at all levels in business, non-profits and other organizations, as well as practitioners of diversity, equity and inclusion. Experts will provide you with key resources and support you as you dive deeper dive to understand how you show up as a leader and help you to drive DEI in your organization.

What makes this Series unique is leaders across the full spectrums of the DEI journey come together to develop a community practice for change. Those who do this for a living alongside those just starting out.  All in for the same goal, change.

Let’s create a community of Equity Champions!


Reminder: MBCC members receive SPAC member event pricing.


October 20
7:30 am - 9:30 am
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Saint Paul Area Chamber