President of ESP
Bethel University ’00, University of MN ’04, College of St Catherine ‘09
Life doesn’t always go the way you expect. When Kelli graduated from Bethel and started working, she followed her passion and love for the Spanish language and culture as a college professor. After experiencing some personal hardships, Kelli needed to make a career move which brought her into accounting and finance. Kelli joined ESP IT in 2015 as Controller and her incredible work ethic, determination, and strong leadership qualities led to her to a quick succession of promotions to VP of Finance and Operations in 2016, and president of ESP IT in January of 2017. Kelli juggles her career with being a mom of 3 and a competitive triathlete.
Come join us and hear the story of God’s faithfulness to Kelli throughout her personal and professional career journey.
TUESDAY, May 15, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 A.M.
MIDLAND HILLS COUNTRY CLUB - ROSEVILLE, MN
Director of Real Estate Development
As an executive and 2nd generation family owner of Slumberland, Inc., one of the top 100 largest private companies in Minnesota, Michael has helped guide the company’s real estate strategies and franchise development efforts, including the recent acquisition of the former Imation campus in Oakdale.
He also is the visionary founder of Vineworks, a non-profit that exists to bring hope to places of poverty through job creation by providing access to the US marketplace for artisans around the world to sell their products.
Please join us to hear the story of Michael’s journey and how his faith has impacted his work at both Slumberland and Vineworks.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 A.M.
Midland Hills Country Club - Roseville, MN
Midland Hills CC - August 17
Enjoy a beautiful night with alumni and friends of Bethel University at the Midland Hills Country Club patio! Join us for great food, drinks and networking!
Please forward this information along to others who might be interested in joining our community. We look forward to creating lasting relationships.
Non-alcoholic beverages and appetizers will be hosted.
President of Lindsay and Door
After 20 years in corporate banking, John took a leap of faith and purchased Lindsay Window and Door. John has grown the business from $1 million in revenue to more than $15 million, employing more than 150 employees today. Over the last 25+ years, John has hired hundreds of convicted criminals, because he believes in the power of faith to change lives.
Please join us to hear John's powerful journey, and his testimony to God’s faithfulness in the good times and the bad.
Wednesday, May 10th
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Midland Hills Country Club – Roseville, MN
Scott Riddle, CEO
Is God calling you to be a leader? It’s easy to get stuck, give up on your vision and allow your self-talk to drain your confidence. But if that vision is from God, Scott believes you can find the courage and strength to keep moving forward. Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
Please join us to hear from Scott Riddle ’79, CEO and President at Walker Methodist. He will share his story about how God prepared him to lead, brought him to Walker Methodist and will discuss what leadership means from a Biblical perspective.
Jay is a confident and inspiring leader who fosters a culture of high-integrity and openness, having served as CEO of such industry leaders as Lawson Software and XRS Corporation. Jay is currently Chief Executive and Managing Director of TruBalanced. TruBalanced is a consulting firm focusing on helping business leaders achieve their full potential at work, at home and in their communities.
As chairman and CEO of XRS Corporation, Jay led the company’s transformation from a hardware-based business to the transportation industry leader in mobile fleet optimization. Jay successfully positioned XRS for a successful acquisition by Omnitracs, a $178M all-cash transaction.
Prior to joining XRS, Jay was president and chief executive officer of Lawson Software, one of the country’s largest enterprise software companies. Jay began his career at Lawson in 1987 as an account executive. He moved quickly to vice president of the Health Care Business Unit (Lawson’s first vertical market), where he increased market share and oversaw triple-digit increases in license-based revenue and new accounts. During his tenure as CEO, the company completed a $200 million initial public offering (IPO), while growing revenue from $200 million to $430 million.
Jay is an active regional business advocate and has served on the board of directors for several business and currently Board Chairman of non-profit organization Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Jay has been married to his wife, Jule since 1987. They have three kids and currently reside in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
John Brownlee '93
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of vidscrip
John Brownlee is CEO and Co-Founder of vidscrip, a company that enables health systems, life sciences companies, clinicians, and patients to successfully move toward Value Based Care by maximizing the value of their most important asset – their expertise. With the vidscrip app healthcare providers can record their answers to frequently asked questions and make them available to their own patients before, during, and after in-person consultations. Delivering expertise through vidscrip relieves time pressures at the point of care, allowing clinicians to be more productive, appointments to be more personal, and patients to be more engaged.
Along with running vidscrip, John is an advisor and mentor with HealthXL and also founded Health 2.0 Twin Cities. Before founding vidscrip, John was President and CEO of Quinnian Health, which was later acquired by Blackstone Technology, and held leadership roles in Logistics Health, Glaxo Smith Kline, Merck, and sanofi-aventis.
In November, 2015, John was awarded Healthcare Executive of the Year by Minnesota Business Magazine. The award is given to an executive of a Minnesota-based health care company who has demonstrated personal excellence in industry advocacy, educational efforts, philanthropy, patient care and employee culture.
John is passionate about developing solutions that add value to both patients and healthcare providers. John has a degree from Bethel University in economics. He loves to play golf and travel. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two boys.
Join BethelBiz for a private tour of the US Bank Stadium and Wells Fargo Towers at East Town
(1st Floor of the Wells Fargo 550 Building)
Short Presentation & Networking at Wells Fargo
Tickets are $25.00 per person. The ticket price includes the stadium tour, hosted food & beverage and parking at the Gateway Parking Ramp.
Limited space available. No walk-ins allowed.
Photo IDs are required at the event.
Once registered, detailed instructions will be sent before event.
Hosted by Bethel Alums
22nd ANNUAL BETHEL GOLF CLASSIC
North Oaks Golf Club
Come out and network with other passionate Bethel community members. Join us in supporting the Royal Athletic Fund and student athletes.
- 11 a.m. — Check-in, warm-up, and lunch
- 12:30 p.m. — Welcome and instructions on four-person scramble
- 1 p.m. — Shotgun start
- 6 p.m. — Dinner in the clubhouse and program
$275 per golfer — includes lunch, dinner, golf apparel, and opportunities to win a new car and other fabulous prizes! Registration is open to the first 144 registrants — singles, doubles, threesomes, and foursomes are all welcome.
Interested in Tournament Sponsorship?
Click here to learn more. Sponsors are very important partners in maintaining a strong Royal athletic program.
Brian Provost l ‘91
Summit Partners, Executive in Residence
Brian is an Executive in Residence at Summit Partners. Brian works alongside the firm’s private equity team to find and assess potential software investments. Brian has a decorated track record with over 20 years of executive leadership experience in rapid growth, Software as a Service (SaaS) technology companies. In 2014, he sold his last company, Minneapolis-based Convey Compliance Systems, after achieving consecutive years of 25 percent annual revenue growth in both top and bottom line. Hear how his faith continues to shape and fuel his leadership endeavors, including serving as a board member for Apex Revenue Technologies, Avionte and Boveda Corporation and as Chairman of the Board for Delaget Corporation and a local non-profit, the Banyan Community.
7:00 - Registration & Networking
7:45 - Breakfast Served
7:55 - Opening Remarks
8:10 - Keynote including Q&A
8:50 - Closing Remarks
The Bethel Business and Economics Department invites alumni to join students and faculty for an incredible day of golf and fellowship at the Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater. Oak Glen’s 18 hole Championship course is fun for all abilities. Rolling hills with some of the best greens in the metro area, Oak Glen was named the “Midwest Course of the Year” in 2014 by the Midwest Golf Course Owners Association.
Saturday, May 7th 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.
(1 p.m. shotgun start, 6:30 p.m. dinner)
Oak Glen Golf Course | Stillwater, MN
Jamie Candee l MBA ‘09
President & CEO
Jamie is deeply committed to improving the education system. She is a dynamic CEO committed to “bridging the gap” between accountability and learning for states and school districts. After attaining an MBA from Bethel University she accepted the Chief Executive Officer position at Questar. Hear how her exceptional work ethic, innovative thinking and leadership are transforming the company.
Jamie Post Candee is the President and CEO of Questar Assessment Inc., a K–12 assessment provider single-mindedly focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability. Jamie is the driving force behind Questar’s commitment to creating meaningful assessments that give educators the insights they need to fully prepare students for college or career.
Jamie combines a passion for the K–12 education industry with a remarkable rate of professional advancement through a variety of roles within product management, marketing, sales and service, human resources, and technical consulting. She has worked in K–12 education for over 10 years and is deeply committed to improving an education system that is in need of better, more effective assessments that ultimately aid in classroom instruction.
In her most recent position before coming to Questar, Jamie served as the Chief of Revenue for Edmentum (previously PLATO Learning Inc.). Holding positions of increasing responsibility in the K–12 education industry while pursuing and attaining an MBA positioned her to take on her first Chief Executive Officer position at Questar Assessment Inc. In February 2015, Jamie was selected by Minnesota Business magazine as one of their 2015 (Real) Power 50. This annual list recognizes 50 “remarkable players in the Minnesota business community” for exceptional leadership in their industries and communities. Additionally, Jamie serves on the board of directors for Women of Nations, a Minnesota-based nonprofit committed to ensuring that all women and children live free of domestic violence, with an emphasis on providing culturally specific assistance to Native American women and their families.
Bethel Connect - Wells Fargo
BethelBiz is proud to support the Office of Alumni and Family Relations, in partnership with Bethel Alums Ryan Carlson '99, Linda Goodwin '79, and Peter Kenow '05. We cordially invite you to our first Bethel Connect lunch at Wells Fargo.
This will be an awesome opportunity for you to network with other Bethel alums, parents, and friends working at Wells Fargo. We will not only provide lunch but will bring some Bethel branded gifts for each attendee and will do a drawing for a BU swag bag!
Come for lunch, hear some updates about Bethel, meet new friends, and reconnect with old ones. This is an event you will not want to miss!
Please note: As security access is required, this event is open only to Bethel alums, parents, and friends currently working at Wells Fargo.
This event is free, but we ask that you pre-register so that we can plan for lunch! Please register by Tuesday, January 26.
Contact the Office of Alumni and Family Relations at 651.638.6462 or email@example.com.
Join us for our next exciting Breakfast Series speaker, Kristi Piehl, founder of Media Minefield and Bethel Univeristy's 2015 College of Arts & Sciences Alumna of the Year.
When launching Media Minefield in 2010, Kristi's vision was to build a unique company that redefines public relations. In addition to delivering a one-of-a-kind service, Kristi is dedicated to creating a unique work environment with policies that value families, flexibility and health.
During her 12 year television career, Kristi worked as a reporter and anchor at 5 television stations. She won numerous awards and appeared on national television and radio news programs. Kristi studied Professional Writing and graduated with honors from Bethel University. In 2015, Kristi was named Bethel's Alumna of the Year. Kristi is a member of the Entrepreneurs' Organization and will serve as Communications Chair for the Minnesota Chapter in 2016.
Kristi and her husband, formerly known as her prom date, have two sons. She loves having adventures (both near and far) with her family and friends, golfing, reading and is working on "smelling the roses".
For more on Kristi's story, read Bethel's Alumni Profile.
The Department of Business & Economics invites undergraduate students from all majors (including undecided) to join us for a special breakfast event exploring our influence as women and debunking the myths of women in business.
Influential with Jo Saxton
When God looked down from heaven and made women, what on earth was He thinking? Is there a purpose to our passions, gifts and talents? Keynote speaker Jo Saxton will help us explore our God-given identity and our Kingdom commission to make a powerful difference in the world around us. We’re influential women—Are we ready?
About our keynote speaker: Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, Jo Saxton has spread her message for the past twenty years across the UK and North America. She has served as a pastor at St. Thomas Church in Sheffield, England, and in a wide range of churches in the United States. In 2009 Jo went to work for 3DM where she continues to serve while writing books, speaking around the world, and planting a church with her husband. In her book More than Enchanting: Breaking Through Barriers to Influence Your World (IVP Books, 2012), Jo discusses the central role of women in the church and how to handle the juxtaposition of the biblical model and the current marginalization women find in their churches, neighborhoods, cities, and society.
Debunking the Myths of Women in Business
“Do I have to love numbers to work in business?” “Can I pursue a career in business and still have a family?” “I want to make a Kingdom impact – can you do that working in business?” These and other myths often cause women who sense a call to business to question whether they should pursue that calling. If this is you, you won’t want to miss a powerful panel discussion from women in business who will help to debunk these and other common myths.
Jamie Candee: President and CEO, Questar Assessment, Inc; Board Director, Women of Nations
Linda Goodwin: Board Member, BethelBiz; Foundation Board Governor, Bethel University, Retired Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo
Andrea Schilling: Managing Director, Global Human Resources, Varde Partners; Foundation Board Governor, Bethel University
Julie White: Board of Trustee Member, Bethel University; President, Tapestry Solutions; Retired Executive Vice President and Corporate HR Director, Wells Fargo
Saturday, October 31, 2015
9 - 10:30 a.m.
What's ROAR Day?
ROAR Day—Raise Our Alumni Rate—is our first ever one day giving campaign and a chance for you to celebrate all things Bethel. Because our alumni rate—the number of alumni that give back to this place—matters! It increases the funding we receive and increases the value of a Bethel degree.
On October 13 you'll have a 24-hour window to show the huge impact that donors’ gifts have on Bethel.
It doesn't matter how much you give, it matters that you give. One dollar. Five dollars. A million dollars. Every gift makes an impact and it all adds up to make a huge difference!
Can anyone participate?
Absolutely. While there is a special emphasis on alumni giving, support from everyone in the Bethel community—friends, fans, staff, faculty, parents, students—counts!
How do I ROAR?
On October 13, go to: bethel.edu/giving/roar-day and click on the "Donate Now" button to make your gift and be counted on ROAR Day. You can also make a gift by phone at 651.635.8050.
How can I help spread the word?
Your voice will make ROAR Day a success. By flooding social media with posts about ROAR Day, your gift will raise awareness of Bethel and encourage others to join you in support of Bethel University. Post about ROAR Day on Facebook, Twitter, etc. using #BURoarDay. Tell your friends about ROAR Day, and don't forget to tell them to visit the webpage—where they can find real time results and see what other people are saying.
BethelBiz, in partnership with Bethel’s Department of Business and Economics, will be hosting a tent for business and economics students, faculty and alumni. It’s a great place to make connections with leaders from Target, U.S. Bank, Deluxe, UnitedHealth Group and many others.
1-3 p.m. | Royal Stadium—West End Zone (Tent)
Cheer on the Royals as they face the Hamline Pipers!
BethelBiz is proud to support Bethel Seminary's Work with Purpose Event
Faith in the Halls of Power: A conversation about leadership, vocation, faith, and work
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015, 9 a.m. - noon
Featuring: Dr. Michael Lindsay, President of Gordon College
Location: City Church in Minneapolis
Directions: Get driving directions to City Church, 1501 West 54th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419.
Cost: The event is free and open to the public - no registration required.
Many today are asking questions about leadership, vocation, faith, and work. What is the purpose of work? How should faith shape what we do? How can we lead for the good of others? These questions and others will shape this discussion on leadership in contemporary life.
Continental breakfast is provided and all attendees will receive a copy of Michael Lindsay's book Faith in the Halls of Power.
About Our Speaker
Michael Lindsay is the president of Gordon College and, previously, professor of sociology at Rice University. In his Pulitzer-nominated book, Faith in the Halls of Power, he interviewed more than 350 influential leaders about the intersection of faith and work. He has degrees in sociology and theology from Princeton and Oxford.
Contact Erin Rupe at 651.638.6480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Troy Kopischke '95, co-founder and co-CEO of Invenshure and Impact Entrepreneur Award winner.
Troy and co-CEO, Danny Cunagin, launched Minneapolis-based Invenshure after selling their startup, Steady State Imaging, to GE Healthcare in 2011. Invenshure has five portfolio companies, including Minneapolis-based software company Exosite and personalized-medicine company Oneome. Kopischke also serves as CEO of Oneome.
Troy holds a B.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Physics and a B.A. in Engineering Science from Bethel University. He is the author of two patents and is the recipient of the Jack Kilby Award from Texas Instruments and the Partner of the Year award from Freescale Semiconductor. Troy sits on the Board of Directors of various charitable organizations and enjoys family time, travel and dabbling in French cooking.
Join us for a memorable evening at the new St. Paul Saints stadium, CHS Field in Lowertown. We will be hosting a BBQ and networking before the baseball game vs. the Lincoln Saltdogs.
Event cost is $35/person and includes access to the “Bullpen” for pre-game networking, BBQ dinner, non-alcoholic beverages and an Infield Reserved seat for the game.
5:00 - 7:00pm:
Meet inside the ballpark in the "Bullpen" event space – main concourse, left field – and network with other BethelBiz attendees.
7:05pm - Game End:
First-Pitch of the Baseball Game – stay and network in the "Bullpen" or find your reserved seat.
CHS Field Directions & Parking Info
21st ANNUAL BETHEL GOLF CLASSIC
North Oaks Golf Club
Come out and support Bethel's mission and network with other passionate Bethel community members.
Register to Play
- Registration includes a golf shirt, lunch, dinner, and an opportunity to win a new car and other prizes.
- Open to the first 144 registrants (singles, doubles, threesomes, or foursomes welcome).
Keynote Speaker: David Horsager
David Horsager, MA, CSP, is a business strategist, keynote speaker and author of the National Bestseller, The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line. His work has been featured in prominent publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal.
Through his graduate research, leadership experience and as a founding partner of Special Delivery Productions, Dave learned firsthand how the world’s most successful people gain and keep the trust of their customers and colleagues. He’s taken that knowledge and broken it down into tangible steps that people can incorporate into their own lives right away.
David has delivered life-changing presentations on four continents, with audiences ranging everywhere from Wells Fargo and the New York Yankees to Goodyear and the Department of Homeland Security. Combining humor and memorable stories with research and insight, Dave sheds light on the confusion and misconceptions surrounding the cornerstone of personal and professional success.
Through speaking, training, consulting, coaching, writing and other resources, Dave and his team at Horsager Leadership, Inc. make it their mission to develop trusted leaders and organizations. Dave also serves on several boards and as an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Leadership for Bethel University’s graduate program. He lives in St. Paul, MN with his wife, Lisa, and their four children.
Visit David’s website for free resources and more at
www.DavidHorsager.com and www.TheTrustEdge.com
On behalf of the Bethel Business & Economics Association, we invite you to the 12th annual BBEA Golf Classic.
The purpose of this golf event is to expand support for the Bethel Business & Economic Association, while providing an opportunity for students to interact with sponsoring companies and alumni.
This year’s event will be held at Majestic Oaks Golf Club Crossroads Course in Ham Lake on Saturday, May 2nd. The event will be a 1:00pm shotgun start and conclude with dinner and prizes.
BethelBiz is proud to support Bethel Connect. The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, in partnership with Bethel Alums Susan Corcoran '04, Mark Hanson '06, Judson McCormick '07, and Kelly Cole '08, cordially invite you to our first Bethel Connect lunch at UnitedHealth Group.
This will be an awesome opportunity for you to network with other Bethel alums working at UHG. We will not only provide lunch, but will be bringing some Bethel branded gifts for each attendee and will do a drawing for a BU swag bag!
Come for lunch, get some updates about Bethel, meet new friends, or reconnect with old ones. This is an event you will not want to miss.
Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 651.638.6462 or email@example.com.
Speaker: Katherine Leary Alsdorf
Founder and director emeritus of the Center for Faith & Work at New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church and collaborator with Tim Keller in writing Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work.
"People work for a variety of reasons: money, security, power, success. But work -- at least, from the perspective of the gospel -- is not about accruing benefits for ourselves", says Katherine Leary Alsdorf.
“The gospel story of work says that we’re made to work and the reason we’re made to work is to do the work that God would have us do to help the world flourish. Apart from doing that kind of work, we’re not fully human; we’re not living the lives that God meant us to live.”
Established in 2002, the center is Redeemer’s “cultural renewal arm,” helping members integrate faith into every aspect of their lives, personal and professional.
Katherine founded the Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s Center for Faith & Work (CFW) and served as Executive Director from 2002 - 2012. She now helps churches in other cities to establish faith and work ministries. At CFW, she established the Center’s core programs to equip, connect and mobilize the 6000-person congregation to fully apply the gospel to their work lives and become agents of renewal within their institutions and professions. These programs include the intensive Gotham Fellows program, an Entrepreneurship Initiative to start new gospel-centered ventures, Arts Ministries, numerous vocation groups and lecture series and conferences.
Prior to this role, Katherine spent 25 years in the high tech industry in California and New York. She was CEO of an online management education company, a hardware/software products company, and a satellite services company. She earned her MBA at University of Virginia’s Darden School. She serves on the boards of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Fellowship of the Performing Arts, and the Theology of Work project. Katherine assisted Tim Keller in the writing of Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. She and her husband reside in New York City.
BethelBiz is proud to support Bethel Connect. The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, in partnership with Bethel Alums Nick Burggraf ‘11 and Kyle Sanford ‘07 cordially invite you to our first Bethel Connect lunch at Target Corporation.
This will be an awesome opportunity for you to network with other Bethel alums working at Target. We will not only provide lunch, but will be bringing some Bethel branded gifts for each attendee and will do a drawing for a BU swag bag!
Come for lunch, get some updates about Bethel, meet new friends, or reconnect with old ones. This is an event you will not want to miss.
Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 651.638.6462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie White '76
An experienced and successful executive committed to helping leaders and organizations, White has more than 35 years of experience consulting with executives on personal and organizational effectiveness, building leadership competency and potential, and aligning people strategies with organizational strategies.
Currently, White is the president and founder of the consulting company, Tapestry Solutions, LLC. The firm is focused on providing consulting and expertise to organizations in the areas of strategy, leadership development, organizational culture and people practices. White has worked with clients in the for-profit, non-profit, and academic sectors.
Additionally, White is a partner in Strategic Product Partners, a product development group. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics with examples including strategy, change, leadership development, and work with purpose.
In 2010, White retired from Wells Fargo after 24 years of service. At Wells Fargo, she held executive leadership positions in Human Resources and Communications in Minnesota, Iowa and California.
White served as the Executive Vice President and Director of Human Resources of Wells Fargo from 2007-10. She was a member of the company's Operating and Management Committees. Her responsibilities included the development and implementation of people strategies to support the business objectives of Wells Fargo, as well as the management of compensation and benefits, human resource service centers, systems and payroll, HR finance, team member relations and assistance, team member communication, talent management, learning and development and diversity for 281,000 Wells Fargo team members.
She received a B.A. in English literature and political science from Bethel College and has completed graduate course work in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota.
White currently sits on the Board of Trustees of Bethel University, the Board of Directors of Presbyterian Homes and Services, the Data Dimensions Advisory Board and the Iowa Health Care Collaborative Board of Directors.