Blue Ox Success Series: Building our Future Workforce through an Inclusive Lens

Thursday, January 20, 2022 (11:00 AM - 1:00 PM) (CST)


In partnership with the Welcoming Communities Advocacy Group, please join us for a special conversation on inclusion in the workplace.

Greater inclusion leads to greater company performance and greater company diversity and measuring inclusion can be just as important or even more important than measuring diversity.

Join our Keynote and Panel in an exploration of what it means to be inclusive and how we can improve our workplace and build our future workforce through an inclusive lens.

Learn from Philomena Satre, Director of Equity & Inclusion and External Strategic Partnerships at Land O'Lakes about some of the diversity and inclusion practices that have worked well. And then, sit in on a conversation among our panelists:

  • Philomena Satre, Director of Equity & Inclusion and External Partnerships - Land O'Lakes
  • Joe Nayquonabe, CEO - Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures
  • Mary Sam, Dean of Equity & Inclusion - Central Lakes College
  • Laura Marsolek - YMCA

Keynote Speaker:

Philomena Satre
Director of Equity & Inclusion and External Strategic Partnerships, Land O'Lakes

Philomena serves as Director of Diversity & Inclusion and External Strategic Partnerships. She joined Land O’Lakes June 2017, bringing more than 30 years of human resource experience in diversity and inclusion, community relations, work life and wellbeing. Before joining Land O’Lakes, she worked at Wells Fargo & Company. Her previous roles included VP of Organizational Effectiveness Development, Diversity and Inclusion; Community Outreach Consultant; and Senior HR Consultant.

Philomena has extensive experience in developing and implementing diversity strategies, including internal initiatives and community-focused pipelines. Previously, Philomena participated in a Middle East Fellows project, in partnership with Hamline University and the U.S. State Department and traveled to the Middle East as a part of the peace and economic development project. 

Philomena joined the Board of Directors for the Cookie Cart organization and leads the Governance Committee. She co- leads the Leadership Advisory Board for SHIFT and formerly served on the Board of SHIFT (nonprofit focused on people in midlife) for 8 years. Philomena serves on the Agriculture D and I Consortium (Together We Grow), the Dairy Diversity Coalition Minnesota Business Racial Equity Coalition (MBCRE) and co-chairs the Twin Cities D&I Roundtable. She is working on the 2022 Women’s NCAA Basketball Tourney Equity team.

Philomena previously served on the Minnesota Workforce Citizen Commission on Aging, Minneapolis Workforce Council, the Executive Leadership Council for Honoring Women Worldwide, the Goodwill Easter Seals, Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES), Lifeworks, HIRED and Resource Inc. Advisory Boards. She also co led the 2020 Women on Boards initiative for Minnesota.

Philomena has received numerous awards, including AARP/Pollen 50 over 50, the Minneapolis Business Journal’s Woman Change Maker and Minority Advocate, Minnesota Business The (Real) Power 50 Award and the University of Phoenix Diversity Leadership Award. Philomena has an MA in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University and a BA in Public Administration and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse. Philomena is an Adjunct Professor at the University of St Catherine in the Master of Organizational Leadership Graduate Program.

Welcoming Communities Advocacy Group
Mary Sam, Central Lakes College
Susan Beaulieu, University of Minnesota, Extension Service
Mike Angland, Widseth
Jamie Bieser, Widseth
Karl Samp, Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation
Karen Johnson, Essentia Health & Crow Wing Energized
Chet Bodin, DEED
Laura Marsolek, YMCA
Dawn Espe, Region 5 Development Commission
Paula Chapulis, Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce

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