Speaker Date Topic
Charles Zelle, Chair of the Metropolitan Council Dec 02, 2020 7:30 AM
Regional Competitiveness: The Role of Met Council Now and Post-Pandemic
Regional Competitiveness: The Role of Met Council Now and Post-Pandemic

Chair Zelle will review the role of the Metropolitan Council in the regional economy and describe the effects of Covid 19 on current transit operations and its future.
Charles A. Zelle is chairman of Jefferson Lines, an intercity bus company with scheduled passenger routes in 14 heartland states from Minnesota to Louisiana. He held the position of president and CEO for more than 20 years until 2012, when he was appointed commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. In that capacity, he oversaw a multimodal state transportation agency with an annual budget of more than $4 billion.

Zelle has served as a board member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), served on its executive committee, and was chair of its Public Transportation Council. In addition, he has served as a member of the executive committee of the Transportation Research Board and past president of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO).

Zelle has been recognized for his work in transportation policy as a recipient of the George Rucker Award by the Community Transportation Association in 2009 and the Ray L. Lappegaard Distinguished Service Award by Center of Transportation Studies in 2012.

Born and raised in St. Paul, Zelle received a B.A. from Bates College and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.

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Vocational Fair Dec 09, 2020 7:30 AM

The Vocational Committee is excited to bring back an old favorite, the COL Vocational Fair! Members can sign up for one of 10 booth spots available to talk about what they do and share information. Think of this as a mini-Expo or Trade Show for Rotarians. You will be able to move from virtual booth to virtual booth learning about your fellow Rotarians’ business and work. Members at each booth will provide you info about their industry, their company, the products and services they provide, a bit about their role and much more. Make sure you join in the fun. 

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Virtual Holiday Show! Dec 16, 2020 7:30 AM
Featuring the Rotary Rooters
Featuring the Rotary Rooters

Join us for the unprecedented virtual holiday show! 
City of Lakes, we need your help. Just think of a fun holiday story or song and email them to doug.schmitt@schmittmusic.com who is building the holiday program for December 16!  The more the merrier, so get going!  Be sure to tell your families that we’d love their participation too. This will be great fun! 

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No Meeting Dec 23, 2020
Sharon Bloodworth CEO, CFP, White Oaks Wealth Mgmt Jan 20, 2021 7:30 AM
Current and Forecast Financial Markets
Current and Forecast Financial Markets

Sharon is CEO of White Oaks Wealth Advisors, Inc. and has been with the company since February 2001. Her experience in the financial services industry dates back to 1993, and includes positions at American Express Financial Advisors as a Financial Advisor, and the investment management firm, Lord, Abbett & Co. in New York City, as Client Liaison.

Sharon holds a Bachelor’s Degree (BScEcon) (Hons) in European Community Studies from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff with a focus on European political economics and languages. In continuing education, she received a certificate in International Business Practice from the Mountbatten Program/Oxford University and in 2019 completed the Vistage Executive Leadership Program in collaboration with the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She also holds the Certified Financial Planner ™ designation and is a member of NAPFA, a fee-only fiduciary professional association with the most rigorous continuing education requirements in the industry.

She was honored as a 2013 “Top Women in Business” and a 2010 “Forty under 40” recipient by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. She has been quoted in the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, CBS Money Watch, USA Weekend, MSN Money, The Financial Times Advisor IQ, Forbes.com, Glamour and CNN Money. She frequently speaks to conferences and CEO groups on wealth management topics.

Born in the UK, she has lived and studied in Africa, Asia and Europe and speaks multiple languages. In 2007 Sharon funded the rebuilding of a Kindergarten in Indonesia she named after her daughter – Sophia’s Sunshine School. It is her goal to build nine more and bring meaningful economic improvement to the area. Sharon is an active member of the Minneapolis community. She is currently Secretary of the Board of Minnesota Opera and serves on the investment committee. In Rotary she is the Past President of Rotary Club 9 and chaired the district-wide conference in 2015 and 2018 for their 2,000 members. In 2019 Sharon received the Marty Baskerville award for lifetime achievement in philanthropy and the Vistage lifetime achievement award for leadership in her CEO peer to peer organization.

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Sophia Vinogradov, MD, Dept. Head, UofM Med School Jan 27, 2021 7:30 AM
Physician Suicide during COVID-19
Physician Suicide during COVID-19

Sophia Vinogradov, MD is the Donald W. Hastings Endowed Chair in Psychiatry and Department Head of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She was previously the Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. She obtained her psychiatry residency training at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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