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Jeffrey Wozniak, PHD, LP & Sophia Albott, MD, MA Jan 27, 2021 7:30 AM
Physician Suicide during COVID-19
Physician Suicide during COVID-19

While we are all too aware that the coronavirus has challenged our healthcare systems, our country and our world, the pressures physicians and health care workers face even before the pandemic are complex and immense. They dedicate their careers to keeping people healthy, but too often do not receive the care they need to address their own well-being.Statistics show physicians have a high rate of suicide with roughly one doctor dying every day, nearly double the rate of the general population. They will also discuss strategies for organizational culture change around stress, burnout, and fostering resilience in healthcare settings. Join us on January 27 to hear two leading University of Minnesota Medical School professionals (Dr. Jeff Wozniak and Dr. Sophia Albott) tell us more.

Dr. Jeffrey Wozniak received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Kent State University in 1997, internship at the University of Minnesota in 1997, and a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota in 1999. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology. He is a Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Dr. Wozniak runs the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry where he sees patients with a variety of neurodevelopmental, neurological, and psychiatric conditions. He also trains graduate students and clinical psychology interns in the practice of clinical neuropsychology. His clinical interests include neuropsychological evaluation of children with neurological and psychiatric disorders, consultation with schools regarding academic programming and modifications, and clinical training.

Dr. Sophia Albott received a BA in Neuroscience from Grinnell College in Iowa and then graduated with a BA and a Masters in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. She completed medical school here at the University of Minnesota, where she also did her residency in psychiatry, and her T32 postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric comorbidity.

Dr. Albott is an adult psychiatrist with a clinical focus on neuromodulation, deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS), treatment-resistant depression, mood disorders, translational neuroscience, women's mental health, and comorbid psychiatric disorders. Her research focuses on investigating novel treatments and diagnostic tools for characterizing pathological responses to trauma, which focuses on post traumatic stress disorder and depression.

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COL Vocational Roundtables Feb 03, 2021 7:30 AM

Join us for the always popular Vocational Roundtables! Members meet in small groups to discuss important questions such as, how does my vocation enable me to be of service to others? How does my vocation make me a better Rotarian? How does my membership in Rotary enable me to perform better in my vocation? Learn more about each other and share ideas on how we can serve each other and the community even better!

Ryan Tanke, COO Feb 10, 2021 7:30 AM
Minnesota Timberwolves

Ryan Tanke is entering his 23rd season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx and second as Chief Operating Officer. He previously was the Chief Revenue Officer for six seasons. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President of Ticket Sales and Premium Seating. In addition to his time with the Timberwolves and Lynx, Tanke also spent two seasons with the San Diego Chargers as their Director of Ticket and Suite Sales.

As Chief Operating Officer, Tanke serves on the organization’s Executive Team charged with setting the strategic direction for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx, the Iowa Wolves, and T-Wolves Gaming, a member of the NBA’s 2K League. Tanke oversees the Timberwolves and Lynx sales and service areas including ticket sales, premium seating, and corporate partnerships. He’s also charged with leading the organization’s communications, business intelligence, fan experience and Basketball Academy areas. In his role, Tanke is responsible for Timberwolves and Lynx broadcast relationships, including the teams’ partnerships with Fox Sports North, WCCO Radio, and the Timberwolves Radio Network.

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In an effort to re-establish Target Center’s resurgence in Downtown Minneapolis, Tanke was part of the six-person design team tasked with re-imagining the 27-year old arena and transforming the fan experience as part of the $150 million renovation. The success of the project resulted in a nomination for the Sports Business Journal’s 2018 Facility of the Year and was chosen as Minnesota’s Finance and Commerce Top Project of 2017. Target Center renovation has provided his leadership team new and expanded premium spaces including the launch of Club T.I. on the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Premium Level, TCL Theater Boxes and 612 Lounge, the Lexus Courtside Club and the Grant Thornton Chairman’s Club.

In addition to his revenue-generating focus, Tanke leads the emphasis on technology for the franchise, partnering to create and launch the team’s industry leading mobile app, while stressing the role of data and analytics in better serving fans and driving business decisions. Under Tanke’s leadership, Laura Meyer the teams’ Vice President of Business Intelligence, was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Tanke has helped coordinate the organization’s internal and external response including its focus around employee safety and well-being. During this time, Tanke and his team worked to maintain and strengthen key relationships throughout every aspect of our business. He was a key voice in the organization’s efforts surrounding social justice efforts and was a leader in the business community when it came to showcasing how the organization was bringing social change to its operations and in the community.

As the organization begun preparations ahead of the start of the 2020-21 NBA season, Tanke has led the organization’s recent return to play efforts including the transformation of Target Center and development of overall safety protocols. He has worked with the NBA along with state and local officials as the organization continues to prioritize the safety of its players, staff, and guests as it begins this unprecedented season.

Tanke earned a business management degree from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. He is actively involved in the Timberwolves and Lynx FastBreak Foundation and is a longtime supporter Twin Cities Boys and Girls Club and Big Brother Big Sisters while also currently serving on the board of directors of the Minneapolis Downtown Council. A La Crosse, Wisconsin native, Tanke currently resides in Minnetrista with his wife, Lindsey, their daughter, Charli and son, Tristan.

Caleb Smith, CEO/Founder Peacebunny Islands Inc. Feb 17, 2021 7:30 AM
Journey To Peacebunny Island
Journey To Peacebunny Island

Discover the remarkable story of a 16-year old social entrepreneur and Paul Harris fellow who naturally sees the value in things often “discarded” and the people who are often “dismissed.”
At the age of 8, Caleb Smith began to rescue rabbits no longer wanted after Easter. This motivated him to create an educational nonprofit to help youth, who like the rabbits, fall through the gaps.  Then, in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting, Caleb personally witnessed therapy animals in action. He envisioned youth, mobilized to save rabbits, they would train to become comfort animals. At 14, he rented, and ultimately purchased, a 22-acre Mississippi River island to serve as a summer sanctuary for these rare-breed rabbits and rescues.

Find yourself inspired to reflect on what would you attempt if you knew you couldn’t fail and discover what can happen when we choose to be open, look for potential and possibility, and add in patience, persistence and a bunch of positivity.

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Duchesne Drew, President Feb 24, 2021 7:30 AM
Minnesota Public Radio

Duchesne Drew leads strategy, programming and daily operations serving MPR’s growing regional audiences through MPR News, Classical MPR, The Current and MPR’s rapidly expanding digital, social and mobile services.

Drew comes to MPR from the Bush Foundation, where he led the foundation’s leadership programs, community innovation and communication teams and built networks across the region as its Community Network vice president. Prior to his role at Bush Foundation, Drew was managing editor of operations at the Star Tribune, where he began as a summer intern and rose to one of the most senior roles in the newsroom. Last year, he was honored with the Widening the Circle Award by ThreeSixty Journalism, recognizing individuals who have contributed to the next generation of journalists, particularly while promoting inclusion and diversity.

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