Oles for Public Interest

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
6:00 – 9:00pm
Buntrock Commons Ballrooms


Hear from Ole alumni who have developed careers in poverty & health, education, and sustainability & social responsibility at non-profit, government, corporate/foundation organizations. Oles for Public Interest will be a great opportunity for thoughtful discussion and questions as alumni tell their stories and provide insight into their paths to public interest careers.

david rossowThe 2014 Keynote Speaker will be David Rossow ’05, Senior Program Investment Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is responsible for managing the foundation’s $1.5B program-related investment (PRI) pool which focuses on strategic investments in global health, global development, and US education. David joined the foundation in 2010 when the PRI program was a $400M pilot and has helped oversee its growth to a portfolio of more than 30 investments comprising a range of investment structures (equity, loans, guaranties, funds), sectors (biotech, health commodities, health delivery, agriculture, digital payments, charter schools, education technology), and geographies (US, Europe, Africa, India, China).

Prior to joining the foundation, David was an associate at ShoreView Industries, a middle market private equity investment firm based in Minneapolis. He has also worked in investment banking and in the past was responsible for executing leveraged buyout, equity, debt, restructuring, and merger & acquisition transactions across a variety of industries. David holds a BA in economics with an emphasis in finance from St. Olaf College.

Alumni Panelists:
Erik Aamoth ’94 – Manager, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Valeng Cha ’95 – Senior Director of Grants and Foundation Relations, YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
Kristine Davis ’91 – Senior Agency Policy Specialist, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Ryan Evans ’12 – Research Associate, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Kate Hagen ’09 – Supplier Diversity Associate, General Mills
Jill Johnson ’04 – Global Supply Chain Sustainability Lead, Target
Thando Kunene ’13 – College Coach, College Possible
Bryan Lindsley ’03 – Executive Director, Minneapolis St. Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network
Trisha Reinwald ’03 – Vice President of Member Services, MACC CommonWealth
Michael Schmitz ’03 – Program Evaluation/Capacity Development, Minnesota Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Bryan Wells ’12 – Legislative Assistant, Minnesota Senate
Beth Wickum ’82 – Director of Volunteer Services, Center for Victims of Torture

This event will have 2 panel sessions in which students will be able to choose which panel to attend based on the specific topic they are interested in hearing more about. Following the panels will be a large networking reception.

Panel #1, 6:50 pm: Launching a career in:
1. Foundations/Corporations – David Rossow, Bryan Lindsley, Jill Johnson, and Kate Hagen
2. Non-Profits – Ryan Evans, Trisha Reinwald, Thando Kunene, Beth Wickum, and Valeng Cha
3. Government – Michael Schmitz, Kristine Davis, Bryan Wells, and Erik Aamoth

Panel #2, 7:35 pm: Connection of career/occupation to:
1. Poverty & Health – Ryan Evans, Bryan Lindsley, Beth Wickum, Erik Aamoth, and Kristine Davis
2. Education – Thando Kunene, Bryan Wells, Valeng Cha, and David Rossow
3. Sustainability & Social Responsibility – Jill Johnson, Kate Hagen, Trisha Reinwald, and Michael Schmitz