Speaker Date Topic
(No meeting Wed, April 21) Apr 21, 2021
see Forum on Thu, April 22
15th Annual Community Forum: Register Here Apr 22, 2021 7:45 AM
Legalizing Marijuana for Recreational Use

Presented in association with the St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club, Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary, and the Rotary Club of Roseville.  

As we consider whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use, this forum will help answer our questions. Our expert panel will discuss what other states have learned and what a sensible policy would look like here if grounded within Rotary’s Four Way Test principles of ethical decision-making: what is true, fair and beneficial to all concerned.

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Liz Rammer & Aaron Wicks Apr 28, 2021 7:30 AM
The Future of the Hotel Industry in Minnesota

Liz Rammer joined Hospitality Minnesota as its President & CEO in 2018. Previously, she served as a member of the executive management team at Life Link III, a nonprofit air medical transport company headquartered in Minneapolis. Over her 11-year tenure, Liz held three different leadership roles at the Medical Alley (LifeScience Alley) Association and was instrumental in growing the organization to become the largest state-based trade group for healthcare and life sciences companies in the United States. She has over 25 years of marketing/advertising experience holding account management positions at Pointward, Campbell Mithun, Martin/Williams, and Carmichael Lynch. Liz also served as Director of Alumni Relations at Macalester College and began her career in market research. In 2006, Liz was honored with a “Woman to Watch” award by The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. She holds an MSA degree from Northwestern University and a BA from Lawrence University.

Aaron Wicks has spent 20+ years in the hospitality and restaurant industry primarily in the Minneapolis and Bloomington markets. Over the past  years he has been with Graduate hotels in the role of Managing Director overseeing a region of 7-10 properties. They have grown from a portfolio of 9 hotels in 2018 up to 30+ in 2021, he has been involved in all aspects from renovations, development, recruitment and overall property performance. He is a lifelong resident of MN, as he grew up in southern Minnesota (LeSueur) and graduated from the University of MN with a degree in Economics with minors in Finance and Spanish. While not working he enjoys spending time with his two sons who are active in hockey, swimming, baseball and football. He also enjoying biking and running.

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Paurvi Bhatt, VP of Medtronic Philanthropy May 12, 2021 7:30 AM

Paurvi Bhatt is the Vice President of Medtronic Philanthropy and President of Medtronic Foundation, leading the philanthropic and social impact strategies of Medtronic, PLC.  

Paurvi’s unique career spans the corporate, nonprofit and government sector.  In her past leadership roles, she led outcomes-based initiatives at Levi Strauss and Co., Abbott, USAID, US GAO, and CARE. Her technical training is in health systems and economics – with specific focus on HIV/AIDS, women’s health and impact measurement. She is known for delivering scalable and sustainable cross-disciplinary solutions deliver results by partnering across commercial, nonprofit and government stakeholders to improve outcomes in health and social issues impacting health for the underserved.  

Paurvi is deeply committed to building the next generation of women leaders focusing on social impact. She is passionately a “working daughter” as a caregiver and serves on several advisory groups and nonprofit boards focusing on leadership, philanthropy, caregiving, and access to healthcare.  Her formal Board roles include, The Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregivers, CaringBridge, and The Nurse Family Partnership. She advises the Council of Foundations, The Conference Board, GlobeMed, and Women in Global Health.  Paurvi holds a Master of Public Health in health systems and economics from Yale University and Bachelor Degree in neuroscience from Northwestern University, is PhD (ABD) from Johns Hopkins University.

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