Speaker Date Topic
R.T. Rybak Aug 07, 2024
Minneapolis 3.0!
Minneapolis 3.0!

R.T. Rybak has led the Minneapolis Foundation since July 2016, deepening its community impact, significantly growing its donor base and contributions, and launching a strategic framework that more directly focuses on using multiple impact levers to dismantle inequities. A Minneapolis native, R.T. spent 30 years in journalism, publishing, marketing, and the Internet before serving as Mayor of Minneapolis from 2002 to 2013. His most significant career focus has been developing equitable career paths for youth of color. That work has included being a founding partner of: Step Up, which has provided summer jobs to 20,000 high school students; Urban Scholars, its companion program for college students; the Power of YOU, which provides free community college tuition; ConnextMSP, an alumni association helping participants of high-performing programs serving youth of color connect to careers; and Generation Next, a coalition of civic, business, and school leaders focused on racial equity, where R.T. served as executive director from 2014 to 2016.

Trish Thacker Aug 14, 2024
An Introduction to Guild
An Introduction to Guild

Guild offers comprehensive community-based mental health treatment and case management services. Our programs are designed to prevent and promptly address crises, reduce homelessness and hospitalization, and enhance overall stability for our clients. We provide a continuum of, customized to ensure each individual receives the most appropriate level of supportive care to meet their specific needs.

Vocational Services Committee Aug 21, 2024
City of Lakes Vocational Services
No Meeting - Labor Day Holiday Sep 04, 2024
Heather Boschke Sep 11, 2024
Discovering What Makes You Soar!
Discovering What Makes You Soar!
Off-Site - LifeTime Work Mpls - John Griffith Nov 13, 2024
LifeTime Fitness Expands its business

John Griffith is the Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Development at Life Time, where he oversees the development of new athletic facilities.  John has served on the Board of Directors for CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. a real estate investment trust. John was the Governor’s appointee as Commissioner on the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which built the Minnesota Vikings NFL Stadium.

Formerly, John was the EVP of Property Development at Target Corporation.  John was a member of the Executive Committee reporting to the CEO and regularly presented to the Board on company strategy and large capital requirements.  He retired from Target in May of 2014 after 15 years of service.

While at Target, John oversaw extraordinary growth on a variety of fronts – building more than 1000 new stores, adding millions of square feet of distribution center capacity and headquarters office space all over the world.  At the close of John’s tenure, he was responsible for more than 325 million square feet of space, located in over 2000 buildings, in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim.

Additionally, John represented Target in government relations with the City of Minneapolis, the County of Hennepin, and the State of Minnesota.  He drove Target’s interest in maintaining strong public infrastructure, safe and clean streets, and a reliable, multi modal transportation network.  Using strong deal making skills, he helped to engineer transactions for new professional sports venues for the MN Vikings and the MN Twins, as well as the remodeling of the MN Timberwolves basketball arena.

Prior to Target, John was VP of Real Estate Development at Ryan Construction where he led a three block redevelopment in downtown Minneapolis resulting in 3 million square feet of office space in four towers, 200,000 square feet of retail space, and related parking structures.  He was director of Real Estate Development at Opus Corporation for 3 years and prior to that was a Partner in the Trammell Crow Company. 

Mr. Griffith has served on boards and executive committees for Bethel University, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Minneapolis Downtown Council, the Greater MSP economic development agency, The Reserve, a co-working company, and the Viking Council of Boy Scouts of America.  Additionally, John serves on the University of Minnesota Foundation of Real Estate Advisors.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethel University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.

City of Lakes Rotary Awards Nov 20, 2024
Annual City of Lakes Awards Program
Annual City of Lakes Awards Program
No Meeting - Thanksgiving Holiday Nov 27, 2024
No Meeting - Happy Holidays! Dec 25, 2024
No Meeting - New Year Jan 01, 2025