February 2021
Chapter Happenings and Updates
Message from Chapter President Anita Moulton
and Executive Director Rosanne Bump
As we emerge from the latest deep freeze we hope you and your family are well. It’s been a long winter and we are optimistic that spring will be here soon!

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and look forward to the return of in-person meetings. Our golf tournament, on June 21st at North Oaks Country Club, is our first scheduled in-person meeting for 2021. This will be primarily an outdoor event and we will take the recommended security measures to ensure a safe event. We look forward to seeing you all there!  Please take a moment to take our quick poll below and let us know your comfort level in returning to in-person meetings.

We continue to host MANY virtual webinars, meetings and social events to keep our members connected with their peers and informed of industry trends and happenings. Haven't been able to attend? Check out our YouTube channel for past programming.

We have an active volunteer Board of Directors with 18 members and many more volunteers committed to helping you to maximize your FEI membership. Please consider volunteering your time this year!

As always, please reach out to either of us if you are looking for a particular resource or if we can help you get connected to other members or strategic partners. 

Sincerely,

Anita Moulton
FEI Twin Cities Board President
amoulton@fetwincities.com

Rosanne Bump
FEI Twin Cities Executive Director
rbump@feitwincities.com

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This summer
This fall
2022 or not sure!
Membership Updates
We are committed to advancing the success of you, your organization, and the
profession and look forward to working with you in the coming year.
Please contact us if we can do anything for you!
Member Benefits (visit our new Member Benefits Page):
More than ever now is time to benefit from your FEI membership by…
  • Connecting with your peers and industry leaders
  • Learning through cutting edge content and meetings to stay ahead of industry trends
  • Developing leadership skills to advance your career through our professional development and career management sessions.

Volunteer:
Get Involved this year! Are you looking to enhance your leadership skills in the coming year? For information and other opportunities please visit our Volunteer page.

Take advantage of other Chapter programming:
Visit Financial Executives International and look for the "Open To All Members" badge for additional events. Many are CPE eligible!

Podcasts:
Get inspired, stay informed and work on your personal and professional growth at a time that is convenient for you - including while you're driving and walking! Here are a couple of podcasts to get you started on your journey or add to your library.
Balance Sheet Podcasts
“Balance Sheet” is FEI’s bi-monthly podcast focusing on the intersection of the personal and professional lives of business leaders, hosted by Olivia Berkman, managing editor, FEI Daily. Subscribe to “Balance Sheet” today to get the latest episode, available to stream or download: Apple | Spotify | Google
The Financial Executive Podcast
A bi-monthly audio digest focusing on the ideas and strategies of senior-level financial executives. Hosts Chris Westfall and Dillon Papenfuss discuss Financial Education & Research Foundation (FERF) topics as well as quarterly financial reporting insights. Subscribe to “Financial Executive” today to get the latest episode, available to stream or download: Apple | Spotify | Google
Not a Member? Join Today!
If you've been considering membership there is no better time than RIGHT NOW to join. Executive Level membership is only $100 for a 12-month membership. In addition to the many great member benefits, new members also receive complimentary registration to FEI's Annual Leadership Conference. We have a limited number of Executive Level memberships available. Contact us today for more info.
Diversity and Inclusion Update
FEI is devoted to encouraging environments and actions that display dignity, respect, fairness, peace, and equality. It is through this commitment to personal and professional conduct that our members will continue to challenge their peers and our organization to rise to a higher standard.

Please join us for our next DEI event!
Taking Action: Focus on Mentoring and Engaging, Thursday, March 18 | 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM CST

Join us for this session as we feature two organizations: Minority Business Growth Alliance and National Association of Black Accountants, that are providing direct assistance through mentorship and activities that support minority businesses and students. Learn more about them, how they are making a difference, and how you can get involved.  
Thank You to Our New and Renewing Members!
Please take a moment to reach out to our members listed here



Culligan Water

True View Finance LLC

John Gappa

Ralph Herda



Engage Technologies Corporation



Digi International

SitelogIQ

ABILITY Network Inc.

Otter Tail Corporation

CliftonLarsonAllen

Hiway Federal Credit Union

US Bank

PadillaCRT



North States Industries

Liza Soto De Cichowicz

Salo, LLC

Sandra Sponem

Kuryakyn

Minimizer

Shaw-Lundquist Associates, Inc.


Wells Fargo

Mathew Watson
Best Buy

Sign-Zone, Inc.


NXC Imaging
Upcoming FEI Twin Cities Events
Register Today!
Monday, March 1, 7:15 - 9:00 AM | March In-Transition Monthly Meeting | Register Here

Wednesday, March 3 | Noon - 1 pm CST | Transforming Your Finance Organization from Report Creation to Drivers of Business Analysis | Register Here

Tuesday, March 9 | 8 - 9 AM CST | Nuclear Networking: Transforming to an “Uber Networker” | Register Here

Thursday, March 18, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM CST | DEI | Taking Action: Focus on Mentoring and Engaging | Register Here

Thursday, March 25 | 12 Noon - 1:00 PM CST | Developing Women Leaders In Organizations | Register Here

Tuesday, April 6 | 7:45 - 9:00 AM CST | In-Transition Monthly Networking Meeting | Register Here | Starting with the April 6 event, In-Transition Monthly Meetings will be held the first Tuesday of the month.

Thursday, April 22 | 8:00 - 9:00 AM CST | Understanding Your Executive Risk Today in a Post-Pandemic Environment | Register Here

Look for more events to be posted soon! Click here for all events.
SAVE THE DATE!
Golf Event Set for June 21, 2021
Social distancing and other event precautions will be in effect.
Registration will open soon!
Upcoming Conferences and Courses
Financial Leadership Summit Virtual Conference
May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 and 20
FEI’s Annual Financial Leadership Summit Conference provides financial executives with the opportunity to engage in content-rich presentations delivered by nationally recognized speakers. Summit’s innovative agenda takes a strong focus on financial leadership and is designed for public and private company executives to provide leadership development and networking opportunities. Look for registration information soon!
Finance Elevated Virtual Conference
June 8, 10, 15, and 17
The future of finance is expected to look seemingly different than before. The ever-growing role of technology within organizations and automation of processes present CFO’s with the unique opportunity to modernize the way they work. The aim of the Finance Elevated conference is to provide finance professionals with the opportunity to learn about emerging trends, tools, and resources to help leverage technology more efficiently, advance their finance teams, and grow the bottom line. Look for registration information soon!
Other Events of Interest
Two Jammin' Sessions
Presented by Prouty Project

The Path and Life of a NASA Astronaut
March 2 | 7:30-9:00 am CST

Living the Life of Your Dreams with Dane Espegard, Division Manager of Vector Marketing/Cutco Cutlery
April 6 | 7:30-9:00 am CST

These interactive sessions are open to the public and held online the first Tuesday of each month (with the exception of January and July), from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. via Zoom video conferencing. A $20 donation will be requested for each Jammin' Session. All proceeds will be donated to The Prouty Project Stretch Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation.
10 Ways to Improve Cybersecurity Insurability & Minimize Rates
March 11 | 11:00 am CST
Presented by Hayes and Loffler

As the information security threat landscape evolves, cybersecurity insurance underwriting is tightening and costs are going up. This webinar will give you 10 real-world actions you can apply immediately to improve your cybersecurity posture. Leave with a proactive plan to better position your organization to pass the underwriting process and take advantage of the best rates from your insurer.
People and Profit: What the CFO Wants you to Know
March 17 | 4:00 - 6:15 PM CST
Presented by HR Executive Forum

In this session you will explore HR’s role as a business partner to finance and collaborative business driver—as leaders of an organization’s people function, HR is an equal partner in sustained organizational growth.
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