American Business Women’s Association

Our mission is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally, through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.

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American Business Women’s Association

Whether you are starting a new business, jump-starting a career, or searching for a job, the American Business Women’s Association is the place to be.  Your membership in ABWA offers you a portfolio of benefits to fuel your personal and professional growth.

Enhance your business acumen in the Apex Campus, our exclusive online learning portal.  Grow your professional network by attending ABWA’s National Women’s Leadership Conference. Stay current on business concepts and topics with your complimentary subscriptions to ABWA’s Women in Business® Magazine and Achieve Newsletters.  And, save thousands of dollars on discounted business products and services!

Make an investment in you – join the leading association for working women and women business owners, the American Business Women’s Association.

WOMEN LEADING THE WAY

2020-2021 Chapter Officers

Lorlee Steever

President

Roxanne Hellickson

Recording Secretary

Micki Spors

Vice President

shelly O’Groske

Corresponding Secretary

Lisa Leisenheimer

Treasurer

2021-2022 Standing Committee Chairs

Erin Dietz

Fundraising

MARGARET HEISE

Hospitality

Cindy Sheppard

Membership

kimberly radke

Newsletter & Publicity

LuAnn buechler

Professional Development

Jennifer gowin

Education

MEMBERS

Amy
Hakes

JPowers & Events

Brenda Kardock

Rochester Public Library Foundation

Cindy Sheppard

Financial Advisor – LPL

Donna
Lun

Realtor and Community Volunteer

Erin
Dietz

BodyWise Massage

Gina
O’Neill

Jafra Cosmetics

Jennifer J. Gowin

Vice President / Commercial Loan Officer

premierbanks.com

Margaret Heise

SEMR MLS Compliance Officer

Southeast Minnesota REALTORS

Roxanne Hellickson

Vice President, Sr RE Lender &

Business Development

Carla Miller-Leisch

EllieWillie LLC

elliewillie.com

Kim Radke

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LuAnn Buechler

PMC Events & Coaching

www.LuAnnB.com

Terra
O’BRIEN

Business Administrator
Bethel Lutheran Church

Connie Barrett

First Alliance Credit Union
Lending Advisor

Micki Spors
Independent Sales Director
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Jennifer Driesch

Closing Manager

Edina Realty

Kathleen (Kath) Shaw

Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner & Spiritual Director

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Teri Sanneman

Michelle Kubitz

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Lisa Veith Leisenheimer

Norwex Consultant

FEATURED MEMBER

2021 Woman of the Year


Lorlee Steever

Lorlee is a Contract Manager within the Legal Department of Mayo Clinic. Growing up in Onida, South Dakota (population <800), she craved the anonymity of large city life. After graduating from the University of South Dakota with a degree in Business Administration in 1998, she moved her husband, son and daughter to Minnesota and eventually ended up in Rochester in 1999. She continued her education with Cardinal Stritch and obtained her MBA in 2004. Today, her adult kids are on their own and she enjoys connecting with her ABWA friends. If you are a Clifton Strengths follower, Lorlee’s top 5 strengths are Responsibility, Achiever, Learner, Consistency and Harmony.

FEATURED MEMBER

2021 Protégé:
Brenda Kardock

Brenda, after growing up in Lake City, Minnesota and graduating from Gustavus, began her career in Hollywood, California as a Paramount Pictures page. She worked at Sony Pictures’ Game Show Network, Los Angeles Unified School District’s KLCS-TV and Warner Brothers, while volunteering at Amanda Foundation, a dog rescue, and as a docent at Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, which led to learning how to weave plant fibers into rope. Brenda has finally put down roots here in Rochester with her rescued puggles, Alex and Shyla, working at a job she loves – the Rochester Public Library Foundation. She credits most of her real-life adventures to being inspired as an avid reader growing up, and learned that if things get difficult, once you turn to the next page or chapter, incredible surprises may turn your fortune in the blink of an eye!

 

Our SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS

Empowering Women through Educational Scholarships

Today’s scholarship recipients are tomorrow’s leaders.  ABWA members have provided opportunities for women to achieve their personal and professional best by championing educational opportunities through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF). Since 1953, SBMEF has awarded almost 18 million dollars in scholarships to more than 17,000 women. To learn more about available scholarships, go to sbmef.org.