Network of Executive Women Twin CitiesCareer Focus Program

The Power of Personal Connections


Local leaders help connect the dots from college graduation to successful career. Our panel speakers and speed mentors will be from such companies as The Hershey Company, BRICK, Inc., Target Corporation, Midwest Dairy Association, Mondelēz International, Schwan’s Company, and many other well-known organizations that share experiences in networking and sponsorship.

Open to all Concordia alumni, undergraduate and graduate students, the event begins at 5:30 p.m. with networking and registration, then continues with a panel discussion about experiences in personal connection and sponsorship. There will be food, conversation, and new ideas. We encourage students to dress professionally; business attire is requested.

Speed Mentoring Topics

  • Enhancing and Expanding your Work Situation
  • Entering the Work Environment
  • Self Awareness and Development

Featured Panelists

Kim Bolz-Andolshek

Chief Revenue Officer – BRICK, Inc.

Kim Bolz-Andolshek has had a career filled with sales, retail and software. Through a very diverse two decades of work life, she has been able to bring together all of her favorite components of this experience to her current role as Chief Revenue Officer at BRICK, Inc.  

Kim gained sales experience early in her career through the pharmaceutical industry. This experience helped her recognize her strength in sales. Her career took a 180 degree turn when she decided to go back to her roots in the retail and food service industry. Kim had been working in food/hospitality since she was 10. Kim bought and ran a grocery store for over 12 years. During that time, she started a coffee shop and catering business as well. During the time she was running a business and starting a family, she also wanted to be involved in the community she lived in. Fourteen years ago, she ran for school board for the first time. She has since been elected 4 times. Served as chair for over seven of those years. About a decade ago another 180 degree change took place in Kim’s career. She moved into the software space. For over ten years Kim sold and managed teams in the SaaS space for Educational Technology. As a VP of Sales for a NY based company she helped grow the company from 35 to 250 people.  

Fast forward to late 2017 and Kim was ready to bring all of her experience back to MN, back to a small growing company, where she is now. Kim is helping to build a digital marketing media company. Using the sales/marketing, retail, and managerial/operational skills she has learned over the years, she plans to help grow BRICK, inc’s revenue and team in 2018 and beyond. 

Cindy Sorensen

Sr. Vice President Business Development – Midwest Dairy Association

Cindy Sorensen, Sr. Vice President Business Development for Midwest Dairy Association, the USDA dairy farmer checkoff program in the Midwest, has over 35 years of grocery industry experience. Prior to joining Midwest Dairy Association, she gained industry experience while working for Nestle, and The Minute Maid Company, an operating group of The Coca-Cola Company.  Her career led to positions with increasing responsibility in the areas of sales management, category management, and food broker management, with grocery, drug and mass merchandiser channel accountability.  In her current role with Midwest Dairy Association, she works in a consultative role with retailers, wholesalers and dairy product manufacturers to help them sell more dairy products on behalf of U.S. dairy farmers.

Cindy is also a member of the board of directors of Women Grocers of America (WGA), a program of National Grocers Association (NGA). She is the Vice President of membership for WGA and is helping to lead the launch of the new WGA Mentoring Circle program to help increase retention of female talent in the independent grocery industry by helping women build strong support networks to help advance their career development. Cindy was named “2017 WGA Woman of the Year.”

Emily Nolan

Sr. Direct, Target Team Lead – The Hershey Company

Emily Nolan leads the Target team for The Hershey Company, working with cross-functional teams to deliver strategic insights, long range planning, operational excellence, and product and promotional programs that will all deliver category and market leading growth. She joined The Hershey Company in this role in February 2017, after a nearly 25-year career with General Mills, where she was a leader on their Target team, as well as several other customer teams including Kroger, Western Regional customers, and Midwest Wholesalers and Chain retailers. Emily has also worked in a number of national support roles within Sales, including Strategic Revenue Management, Category Management, Trade Marketing, Pricing Analytics, and Training & Development.

In her career, she has moved across the country, living in Chicago, Central Illinois, Cincinnati, Phoenix, and twice in Minneapolis. She is active with mentoring and in women’s groups, both within Hershey and in the industry. She serves as the Co-Chair for the Twin Cities Region of the Network of Executive Women.

Emily is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband Tim, and her two teenage children, Christopher and Katie.

Panel Discussion and Speed Mentoring Conversations

  • March 22, 2018
  • 5:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Buenger Education Center


  • 5:30 p.m. – Registration
  • 6 p.m. – Executive Panel Discussion and Q&A Session
  • 7 p.m. – Circle of Influence Leadership Groups

Circle of Influence Volunteers

  • Kim Brunner — Schwan’s Company
  • Rebekah Lamphere — Mondolez International
  • Christine Walsh — FAST Technology Group
  • Plus all three featured panelists