Entrepreneurial Leadership Series

Four times a year, alumni/ae entrepreneurs or professionals supporting entrepreneurs gather for our Entrepreneurial Leadership Series. They come to network, share experiences, and listen to a peer tell their career story, and the current challenges of their industry. Since its beginning twelve years ago, nearly 2500 people have attended at least once.

To see a list of past speakers, read their bios, or watch or hear their speeches, click here!


Sponsors help make these events possible. Thank you to all our sponsors!


Signature Sponsors: 

MHS Companies
is an Independent Financial Services firm providing comprehensive financial and estate planning, investment, and insurance.  Tom Hokr is responsible for bringing top-flight products and services through Signature Investor Investors, Inc., and through individual consultations and is registered in a number of states.  More information is available at www.mhscos.com  Contact Tom Hokr ’72 at  (952) 541-9201 or [email protected].

Platinum Bank
 is a full service independent bank focused on serving established; growth oriented the businesses and their owners.  The Platinum Standard is centered in providing, swift, creative and customized solutions for situations that are outside of the box.  Clients work directly with owners and decision makers who have entrepreneurs' hours and not banker hours. Contact, David Faust '90 at 651-332-5214 [email protected] or visit platinumbankmn.com

Oak Ridge Financial Jeff Rathmanner joined Oak Ridge Financial in May of 2017 after 26 years with Merrill Lynch. Oak Ridge Financial, based in Golden Valley, has been creating, managing and protecting wealth for its clients since 1977. It is an independent, full-service financial services firm providing private client and investment banking services to individual, institutional and corporate customers. Jeff Rathmanner’s mission is to deliver unbiased and independent advise, while building client loyalty through trust, integrity, and unsurpassed service. Contact Jeff Rathmanner at 651-271-1727 or [email protected]


Registration for these luncheons can be found linked to this page after the invitation is sent out. Watch your email for the invitation to our next event! 


To find out how you can become a luncheon sponsor or speaker or more information on how you can volunteer with the McNeely Center, contact the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at 320-363-2764 or Kelli Gradin at [email protected]