Network of Executive Women Twin CitiesCollege Mentoring 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 Target Corporation, General Mills, Dell Inc, Mondelēz International, Schwan’s International, FASTechnology Group 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

  • How a recent grad networked her way to a great first job
  • How to build your personal development skills
  • Creating and managing power relationships
  • Playing to your strengths in making career choices
  • Self awareness the key to highly effective leaders
  • How mentoring differs from sponsoring
  • Bringing out your value
  • Networking for success
  • Positioning yourself for the next step in your career

Featured Panelists

Vicki Schwartz

Vice President, Customer Supply Service, Schwan’s Consumer Brands

Vicki’s responsibilities include demand and inventory planning, customer service, as well as fleet operations, route engineering, and facilities management for our direct store delivery organization.  She has been with The Schwan’s Food Company for over 25 years.

Prior to joining the Consumer Brands division, she held sales and operation positions in Schwan’s Home Service, along with a variety of corporate positions,  including risk management, safety and compliance and human resources.  In addition to her day to day responsibilities, Vicki serves as the chair for the Schwan’s Women’s Network board, is one of the company’s ambassadors for the sponsorship of the Network of Executive Women, and is a member of the University of Minnesota’s Supply Chain Advisory Board Executive Committee.

Before joining Schwan she headed up a customer service department for a packaging plant located in St. Paul.  Vicki graduated from Southwest State University in Marshall Minn., with Bachelor of Science degrees in business education, physical education and health.  She is also a retired field grade logistical officer with the U.S. Army Reserves.  Vicki lives in Waconia with her husband, Kevin, and has two young-adult children.


Stacy Woods

Vice President for Target at Mondelēz International 

Stacy is the champion of bringing delicious moments of joy to Target guests by orchestrating the team to support Target and Mondelēz sales vision to include sales, analytics, share, P&L, retail execution and marketing.  Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Wheat Thins, Triscuit, Trident and Sour Patch are a few of the delicious brands that surprise and delight each guest.

Upon graduation from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, she began her career at Heublein in Los Angeles as a salesperson.   She then followed her passion to Mondelēz and served in a variety of roles and geographies to include sales, sales management, analytics, strategy and now leading a national customer business team. She also serves as the Advisor of the Women’s Sales Council @ Mondelēz.

Stacy and her husband, Bruce, have two children, who are both currently studying at University of Arizona. In her spare time she enjoys fitness, traveling, reading and spending time with her family.


Caroline Wanga

Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Target Corporation

Caroline Wanga is responsible for facilitating Target’s intent to champion an inclusive society via consulting on inclusive guest experiences, facilitating the evolution of an inclusive work environment, supporting the diversity of the workforce and Target’s role in external partnerships and communities.

Caroline began her career at Target in 2005, as an intern in its Distribution group, subsequently serving in a variety of roles in their distribution centers including supporting the design, development, implementation and evaluation of operational systems and training for a series of Target’s perishable food distribution centers. In 2009, she moved into Human Resources and served as a HR generalist in a variety of individual contributor and leadership roles supporting Property Development, Business Intelligence & Analytics, and & Mobile and Enterprise Strategy. In 2015, Caroline was promoted into her current role as Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion.

Prior to Target, Caroline served in Youth Development positions as a non-profit professional in a variety of organizations, including the YMCA, Camp Fire Boys and Girls, Lutheran Social Services, Turning Point Inc. and The Boys and Girls Club. Caroline is a member of Kwanzaa Community Church and currently serves on the board of directors at Penumbra Theater Company, in St. Paul, MN. She has previously served on the board of the UNCF National Alumni Council, been a member of the NAACP, BAEO and is a member of the Texas College National Alumni Association.

Caroline has one daughter, who is currently studying Computer Engineering with a concentration Integrated Digital Media, at New York University (NYU.) She is also the proud aunt of three nephews, Aiden, Evan, and Xavier. Caroline is a Kenyan citizen and currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her longtime significant other, Rasheen.

Panel Discussion and Speed Mentoring Conversations

  • March 31, 2016
  • 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

  • Bliss PierceGeneral Mills
  • Erin YzermanDell Inc.
  • Kim BrunnerSchwan’s Consumer Brands
  • Joy SimonsenMondelez International
  • Vicki SchwartzSchwan’s Consumer Brands
  • Katie StreepeyGeneral Mills
  • Alyssa AntillaTarget Corporation
  • Christine Walsh — FASTechnology Group