Women in Business Minneapolis, Minnesota

Women in Business: Navigating Your Career Path

Connect with Business Badger Alumnae in Minneapolis

The Wisconsin School of Business is fostering a community of women in business that provides mentorship, professional development and meaningful networking opportunities to support alumnae in their careers and personal lives. Join us for an evening of networking and conversation with fellow female Business Badgers in the Twin Cities. The event will take place on July 29, 2015 at the Minneapolis Club and will feature a panel discussion, networking, light appetizers and a cash bar.

Program Schedule

5:30 pm - 6:15 pm: Registration and Networking
6:15 pm - 7:15 pm: “Navigating Your Career Path” Panel Discussion
7:15 pm - 8:00 pm: Networking

Panel Speakers

Business Badger alumnae at various stages of their careers will answer questions about their professional experiences and personal successes, share insight into how they balance their passions and commitments and engage in meaningful conversations with our guests. Our panel of accomplished Wisconsin alumnae includes:

Cynthia Ihlenfeld (BBA ‘75) has worked in banking, investment, accounting, and business management disciplines in Madison, the Twin Cities, Dusseldorf, and Brussels. She worked in a variety of positions while employed by 3M for over 18 years and added Asia to her geographical exposure. She then spent several years as vice president of planning and control for a division of Ecolab. After several years selling consulting services, she transferred those skills to facilitating connections in her community. Most recently, she was on the board and served as chair of the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum.

Sandy SponemSandy Sponem (BBA ‘80, MBA ‘84) is the Chief Financial Officer of Mortenson, where she is responsible for advancing the company’s finance and accounting organization. Sandy oversees in information technology function and serves on the company's investment, risk management, compliance and development committees. She is a member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Advisory Council for the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

Sarah TennessenSarah Tennessen (BBA ‘02) has been with 3M for almost 13 years after earning her BBA in finance and accounting, and is currently in her sixth finance position with the company as Finance Manager of the Construction and Home Improvements Division.

Michaela MarquardtMichaela Marquardt (MBA ‘12), Procurement Program Manager at Ingersoll Rand. She was previously Direct Procurement, Grower Contracts Project Manager at Syngenta before she became Procurement Category Manager, responsible for managing the company’s North American relationships with heavy agricultural equipment suppliers. Michaela was honored as the Pope Air Force Base Professional Performer of the Year and received one Air Force Commendation and two Air Force Achievement Medals while she was Logistics Wing Maintenance Data Systems Analyst in the Air Force.

Lisa HarrisModerator: Lisa Harris (BBA ‘97) is currently the Founder, Poet, and Creative Director for Fashion Meets Poetry, LLC and will be promoting her first published poetry book, titled Unveiled Beauty, to be released in 2016. Unveiled Beauty is a unique book that combines the art of fashion, photography and poetry to celebrate the beautiful differences of each woman and to support them as they journey through life. Prior to her recent entrepreneurial pursuits, Lisa was the Regional Director of Retail Business Development for Sanrio, responsible for defining strategic direction, guiding product development, and leading marketing initiatives for Fortune 500 accounts including Target, Kohl’s, and Best Buy. She continues to support the School through mentoring and as an active member of the Wisconsin Business Alumni Board.


Minneapolis Club, Main Dining Room
729 2nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
P: (612) 334-0217

Parking Information

There is complimentary parking after 4pm at the Minneapolis Club private parking ramp, located on the left side of 8th street, just past the 2nd Avenue intersection. Guests are to write the event name on the parking ticket upon departing the ramp.