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MINNEAPOLIS—Sept. 8, 2014 — At its first-ever “Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders” event on September 16, the George Family Foundation will recognize 84 women leaders who are making remarkable contributions to building the Twin Cities. Included are such exceptional leaders as U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Kathleen Blatz, St. Thomas University President Julie Sullivan, former Carlson Companies Chair & CEO Marilyn Carlson Nelson and HealthPartners CEO Mary Brainerd.
“Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders” will be held at the Guthrie Theater on Tuesday, September 16 in conjunction with a preview performance of Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Heidi Chronicles. Written in 1989, The Heidi Chronicles is a story of women struggling to make greater contributions to the world of art, business and government.
The event celebrates women who have served as CEO, board chair or president of large corporations, colleges and universities, government and nonprofit organizations, health care, and major arts organizations in the Twin Cities. Nine groundbreaking women leaders will also be honored posthumously at the event for their contributions in creating the quality of life present in the Twin Cities today.
"I find it immensely gratifying the number of talented women who have led the Twin Cities in building institutions and solving significant social problems, ” said Penny George, president of the George Family Foundation. “I hope the community realizes how very fortunate we are for their dedication and their leadership."
Added Bill George, former chair & CEO of Medtronic who currently teaches at Harvard Business School, “Ever since Penny and I moved to Minnesota in 1970, we have been astounded by the remarkable women who have built the character, culture and quality of life of the Twin Cities. These women are leading or have led our major corporations, government organizations, nonprofit foundations, health care, universities and colleges and the arts. We are proud to recognize these outstanding leaders.”