Minneapolis CHRO Community

Gain powerful new perspectives

Join fellow CHROs in the Minneapolis community to solve critical leadership challenges through the collective experiences and expertise of the network.

Invaluable network

Build a strong professional network where you live and work. Access the collective expertise of your true peers all in one place. Make new connections and catch up with old friends.

Peer collaboration

Gain new perspectives from peers who understand your most critical priorities and are facing the same challenges -- generate ideas, share real-life experiences and get forward-looking guidance and insights.

Actionable insights

Exchange best practices, validate strategies and walk away with practical insights that are immediately actionable.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CHROs today.

  1. Leading through a new employee experience
  2. Redesigning HR strategies, structures, and service delivery models
  3. Modernizing mental health and well-being programs in a new era of work

Minneapolis CHRO Governing Body

A regional Governing Body leads the Minneapolis CHRO community, shaping the topics and agendas for your local programs and ensuring that all content is driven by CHROs, for CHROs.


Ismat Aziz headshot

Ismat Aziz

US Bank
Chief Advocacy Officer

Patience Ferguson headshot

Patience Ferguson

City of Minneapolis
Chief Human Resources Officer

Melissa Kremer headshot

Melissa Kremer

EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

Laurie Marsh headshot

Laurie Marsh

EVP, Human Resources

Carol Surface, Ph.D. headshot

Carol Surface, Ph.D.

Chief Human Resources Officer


Lynn Altmann

VP, Human Resources

Kelly Baker

EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Elcio Barcelos

US Bank

Nancy Betz

FHLB Des Moines
SVP/Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer

Tonya Brake

Post Consumer Brands
Chief Human Resources Officer

Jinah Chernivec

Goodwill Easter Seals
Chief Human Resources and Risk Officer

Rick Clevette

SVP, Human Resources

Diane Davidson

Essentia Health

Tricia Dirks

Sleep Number
Chief Human Resources Officer, Emeritus

Curtis Dobler

Apogee Enterprises

Colleen Dockendorf

Ryan Companies
SVP, Human Resources

Florie Ellwein

Chief Human Resources Officer

Carolyn Erickson

Taylor Corporation
Chief Human Resources Officer

Erin Feigal

Prime Therapeutics
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Darla Figoli

Xcel Energy
SVP, Human Resources & Employee Service, CHRO

Kristi Fox

Securian Financial
Chief Human Resources Officer

Cathy Fraser

Mayo Clinic
Chief Human Resources Officer

Angie Freeman

C.H. Robinson
Chief Human Resources & ESG Officer

Andrea Frohning

Patterson Companies

Michael Garrett

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
SVP, Human Resources and Inclusion

Carol Grannis

Self Esteem Brands
Chief Self Esteem Builder

Leslie Greves

VP, Human Resources

Jenny Guldseth

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Chief Human Resources Officer

Jennifer Hauschildt

Uponor Corporation
VP, Human Resources

Lynnette Heath


Loren Heeringa

Land O'Lakes
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Carrie Heimer

Red Wing Shoes
Chief Human Resources Officer

Janet Hogan

SVP, Human Resources

Mary Kaul-Hottinger

Chief Human Resources Officer

Paul Knutson

Otter Tail Corporation
VP, Human Resources

Sheila Kramer

VP, Human Resources

Deborah LaMere

VP, Human Resources

Lisa Larson

New Horizon Academy
VP, Human Resources

Kristy Larson

VP, Human Resources

Christine Moore

Allina Health
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Mary Nease

Fairview Health Services
Chief People Officer

Scott Peterson

Schwans Co

Karen Richard

Andersen Corporation

Sue Ross

Maurices Incorporated
SVP, Chief Human Resources & Communications Officer

Michael Rossman

Hennepin County Minnesota
Chief Human Resources Officer

Pat Schmitt

UCare Health
VP, Organizational Effectiveness & CHRO

Bobbi Schroeppel

NorthWestern Energy
VP, Customer Care, Communications & Human Resources

Tina Smith

SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Maggie Sullivan

Minneapolis Public Schools
Chief Human Resources Officer

Nathan Weaver

H.B. Fuller Company
VP, Human Resources & Communications

Jim Williams

SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Upcoming Events

Virtual Programs

December 1, 2020

Minneapolis CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

Walk away from this peer-led, half-day virtual program with new connections and actionable insights.

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February 18, 2021

Minneapolis CHRO Virtual Town Hall

An interactive, peer-led discussion on current topics and priorities.

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