Experts Are In
Every other Wednesday, a variety of content experts volunteer for Impact Hub to provide coaching, advice and mentorship to our members. These professionals have volunteered their time to advise social entrepreneurs in areas such as fundraising, financial planning, human resources and legal issues. Not exactly sure what steps you need to take to build your business? General experts are available to help direct members to exactly what they need.
Members can make an appointment with our experts through the portal below. Need assistance? Check in with our Community Host to get matched with the perfect expert.
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Meet our Experts
Terri Barreiro is a consultant to small foundations and nonprofit organizations focusing on improving effectiveness and efficiency of their philanthropic activities, new venture development and their collaborative endeavors. She is an adjunct professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and co-teaches at Carlson School of Business, both at the University of Minnesota. She is co-author of Social Entrepreneurship: the Journey from Issue to Viable Venture. And she is co-founder, and volunteer venture advisor for members of Impact Hub Minneapolis Saint Paul.
Her career includes a decade as founding Director of the McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint Johns University in Central Minnesota, twenty years as Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Minneapolis Area and five years as program officer and co-director of the national Dayton Hudson Foundation, a corporate foundation that is now Target Foundation. Throughout her career she has been a consultant to others for success in philanthropy, new organization design and public private partnerships locally and national.
She is an avid volunteer currently sitting on two nonprofit boards, Close Gaps by 5 and Community Giving. She recently completed nine years as member of the Cargill (corporate) Foundation. Throughout her career she sat on nonprofit boards and state and local government strategic committees including Saint John’s University, Way to Grow (which she helped found), and the Governors Commission on Action For Children.
Topics: General venture coaching, talent resources topics - sourcing, hiring, firing, staff development, etc
She has long been a volunteer mentor for students in the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at St Bens and St Johns. There she volunteers to help students move their ventures from idea to first testing launch. Mary has a long history of work in marketing and branding at some of the best firms in the Twin Cities including Fallon Worldwide and Olson. Most recently she was Director of Talent at those two firms. In that position she developed and directed talent recruitment, employee training planning and execution, leadership development, culture change processes, performance management and related HR metrics.
Joseph (Joe) Pavicic
CEO & Founder -J Pavicic Securities Inc
Topics: Start-up planning, launch and development, investor relations
Appointments with Joe can be made by Community Host referral.
Joe founded a financial and business management consulting firm in 1988 to provide quantitative and qualitative analysis, advice on acquisition, developing a plan to restructure a sales force, creating a new business strategy, evaluate management decisions, provide guidance and counsel to enterprises seeking solutions, project assistance, and change management to both private and public sectors.
He currently serves as an Investment Advisory Board Member for a public private partnership and incubator/accelerator and an investor in early stage start-ups. Joe has extensive experience with startups that continues today. The Capital Fund of that partnership was featured in the 9th Federal Reserve Bank publication regarding the use of community reinvestment act credits. He is a graduate of St. John’s University with a BA in Economics and Business Management.
JimToscano, Principal, Toscano Advisors
Topics: Nonprofit management, fundraising planning, effective management approaches
Appointments with Jim can be made through Community Host referral.
Jim has over 50 years experience in nonprofit management. His expertise includes: planning, governance, values analysis, outcomes measurement, and accountability and transparency in nonprofit organizations. He is a past chair of the Minnesota Charities Review Council and served on over fifty boards and commissions during his career, including the Minnesota Health Care Commission and as Chair of the Medical Education and Research Committee of the State Health Department. A chair and co-chair of the committees that produced the two editions of Minnesota Council of Nonprofit’s “Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence,” he has taught nonprofit management at the University of Chicago, University of Saint Thomas and, currently, Hamline University’s Graduate School of Business. He is a graduate of Rutgers College and Yale University.
Fathom Consulting is a North Loop based business consultancy with expertise in customer interactions and helping clients capitalize on change around them. Strategic advising, customer experience research and design and operations design and optimization are their primary service areas. Clients include large and medium sized businesses in health care and food industries as well as start-ups and collaborations.
Kat Jayne, Fathom Consulting
Topics: Human Centered Design, Customer engagement
Kat is a veteran User Experience Design (UX) consultant and practitioner with a deep background in information architecture and user research methods. She has provided strategic UX expertise in health management, ecommerce, and social collaboration industries (to name a few). Clients describe her as a good listener, confident leader and engaging presenter. Colleagues envy her ultra-cool, rock star name. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from The College of St. Catherine and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Wisconsin, Eau Clair.
Laurie LeMoine, Fathom Consulting
Topics: Organizational strategies, Strategic planning, Human Centered Design
Laurie excels at improving health care management. She’s optimized health care delivery, product implementation, payer negotiations, and financial analysis. She’s skilled in a variety of process improvement techniques, including Lean and Six Sigma. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Arts in Education from Portland State University. Laurie is a regular participant in Fathom’s run club and can otherwise be found at the lake with her family.
Brian Edstrom, Shareholder, Avisen Legal, P.A.
Topics: Legal assistance, business formation, contract drafting, financing
Brian Edstrom is an attorney and shareholder at Avisen Legal, P.A., where he assists clients with a variety of business transaction needs, including business formation, contract drafting, and financing. Prior to joining Avisen, Brian served as Director of Securities at the Minnesota Department of Commerce, where he oversaw, among other things, registration activity and enforcement investigations involving securities offerings occurring in Minnesota. Before that, he spent four years working in Washington D.C., where he investigated civil rights and civil fraud claims with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and Civil Division, Consumer Protection Branch. Brian is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and Colorado College.
Nicole James Gilchrist, Thrivent Financial
Topics: products & distribution law & compliance, financial planning, managed accounts programs, brokerage services
Nicole James Gilchrist is Senior Counsel at Thrivent Financial. Her practice is primarily focused on advising Thrivent’ s dually-registered broker dealer and investment adviser firm on non-litigation matters related to development and offering of investment products and services, including financial planning services, managed accounts programs and brokerage services. Nicole has over 14 years in the financial services industry. She is actively engaged in industry organizations including the Financial Services Institute and the American Council of Life Insurers. She also is an active volunteer in the community, including a member of the Minnesota Corporate Pro Bono Council, providing pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations. She also serves as a member of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Board of Trustees. Nicole is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and obtained a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.
Susan Carlson Weinberg, CRE
Topics: Real Estate (contracts, development, leasing, purchases & sales, etc.), working with higher education, governmental and nonprofit entities
Sue Weinberg is the founder and principal of Carlson Weinberg and Associates, LLC, a real estate consulting firm helping clients solve diversified problems encountered in the broad field of real estate.
Until December, 2017 when she retired after 38 years of service, Sue was the Director of Real Estate at the University of Minnesota. During her University employment, she was a member of the Civil Service Committee (and Chair for 2 years), the University Senate Finance and Planning Committee, and its Subcommittee on Capital Requests. Her many years of service as a guest lecturer in Geography and Real Estate at the University continues. Sue has a BA degree in mathematics from the University of South Dakota and an MBA degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. At the University of South Dakota, her honors included Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Sue has been named one of Finance and Commerce’s Top Women in Finance in 2018.
Topics: Productivity, finding your creative rhythm, work style, getting organized, honing business ideas
Kelly Pratt, founder of “So, do it! :: for women ready to make SH!T happen.” Mentor to creative entrepreneurs, she dives deep with her clients to find their best flow – their “creative rhythm” – turning their ideas and passions into products, artistic creations, books, new business ventures or simply more fulling lives.
Pratt is a life coach certified by Dr. Martha Beck. Through several intentional career reboots, she’s identified her sweet spot her super power – connecting people and helping them find their best flow – their “creative rhythm.”
She dives deep with her clients as they get their simmering dreams, ideas and passions off the back burner, taking action and doing what they knew they could do.
Kelly Pratt “...is a wildly creative soul who can coach you into confidence ... she’ll fuel your passion and cheer on your efforts. If you’d love to be more creative, but feel shut down by fears or circumstances, she’ll unlock the cage and set you free. Either way, you’ll have a ton of fun.” ~ Martha Beck
Elizabeth Rossini, Fractional CMO, Rossini Marketing Group
Topics: Marketing strategy and go to market planning, demand generation, digital marketing
Elizabeth is a veteran marketing leader, with more than 20 years of experience with startups and innovative parts of fortune 20 companies. Currently working as a “single shingle” fractional CMO, Elizabeth specializes in helping companies go to market and monetize quickly through smart marketing programs and demand generation initiatives. Elizabeth’s motto is: everybody wins when everybody wins.
With deep experience in early-stage healthcare, SaaS and social impact/nonprofit industries, Elizabeth helps answer questions like:
What should be included in my marketing mix? What will get me the best results for the investment?
How much do I need to budget for “marketing”? What do I spend it on? What kind of return on investment should I expect?
If I have little to no budget, but I do have other resources (time, people, etc), how can I market my company?
How do I track and report on marketing programs? How do I figure out what is working and what is not?
My marketing plan isn’t giving me the results I want. What should I change?
When not helping entrepreneurs build their companies, Elizabeth can be found baking (she will tell you cooking is her love language), walking her dog or chasing after her two year old in South Minneapolis. Connect with her here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabethrossini/
Topics: Resume and personal branding advice, talent acquisition & management strategies, LinkedIn best practices, employer branding, recruitment marketing
Laura King is a connector at heart. Laura has many passions: her young family, a nonprofit (Minneapolis Angels) she brought to MN, a networking group (Marketers' Community) she founded. But above all, Laura is passionate about helping others grow in their career and experience all the joy that fulfilling work can bring. Through her work, Laura has been recognized as a Twin Cities mover and shaker and a go-to talent acquisition, employer branding and talent management resource for many companies. She has also received recognition as a top recruiter on a national scale.
Topics: Commercialization process for medical devices, validation of the needs and value of the ideas, pitch development for a product of service
Kevin McIntosh is the President of Summit Medical. He joined Summit Medical in 2010 and brought more than 33 years of technical and managerial experience in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of disposable and electromechanical medical devices. Formerly with SciMed Life Systems (now Boston Scientific), Avecor Cardiovascular/Medtronic, and Arteriocyte, Kevin was instrumental in the design and development of a number of disposable instruments for cardiac surgery including the Magellan® Platelet Separator technology and the Affinity® bypass system product line (manufactured by Medtronic). Kevin holds 24 issued patents and several pending patents.