Brunch with a Leader

Are you looking for a great networking opportunity?

Join us for a Lunch with a Leader! This series is held once a month. Students will sign up to meet with a prominent female leader from our community - whether she is from the area or a Bennie alumnae - who is breaking boundaries. Brunch is free and provided by the IWL.


Previous leaders from this year:

Judy Zimmer (Owner of

Attorney Rachael Holthaus

Jessia Johnson (Manager of Marketing and Communications for United Way of Central Minnesota)

Leaders prior to 2014:

  • Anousheh Ansari (first female private space explorer!)
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter (former Director of policy Planning for the U.S. Department of State)
  • Dr. Gina Wesley (CSB Alumne and owner, CEO and optometrist at Complete Eye Care in Medina, MN)
  • MaryAnn Baenninger (CSB President), Sue Palmer (Vice President, CSB finance and administration) and Rita Knuesel (CSB/SJU Provost)
  • Steph DeRuyck and Erin Sexton (CSB Alumnae)
  • Michael Kimmel (Sociologist and leading researcher on masculinity)
  • Betty Schnettler (director of partnership and services for United Way)