Brunch with a Leader

Are you looking for a great networking opportunity? Join us for a Lunch with a Leader! This series is held once a month. Students will sign up to meet with a prominent female leader from our community - whether she is from the area or a Bennie alumnae - who is breaking boundaries. Brunch is free and provided by the IWL.


Next Brunch with a Leader:  Attorney Rachael Holthaus

When: October 19th at 10:30am

Register by emailing:


"I am an associate attorney at Quinlivan and Hughes, P.A. in St. Cloud. Quinlivan and Hughes has been a part of the St. Cloud community for over 90 years. We provide legal services in a variety of practice areas including estate planning, business advice and disputes, personal injury, family law, workers compensation and legal malpractice. Specifically, I work in the areas of civil litigation and family law. I was hired in April of 2013, immediately after I passed the Minnesota Bar. On a daily basis, I engage in client and court communication, draft various legal memorandums, attend court hearings and actively develop cases through strategy and research. I am also a member of various legal organizations. Most recently I was elected as a co-chair for the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association-New Lawyer's committee. Additionally, I participate in community organizations including the St. Cloud Kiwanis, Boys and Girls Club and Mock Trial events."

Previous leaders from this year:

Jessia Johnson (Manager of Marketing and Communications for United Way of Central Minnesota)

Leaders prior to 2014:

  • Anousheh Ansari (first female private space explorer!)
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter (former Director of policy Planning for the U.S. Department of State)
  • Dr. Gina Wesley (CSB Alumne and owner, CEO and optometrist at Complete Eye Care in Medina, MN)
  • MaryAnn Baenninger (CSB President), Sue Palmer (Vice President, CSB finance and administration) and Rita Knuesel (CSB/SJU Provost)
  • Steph DeRuyck and Erin Sexton (CSB Alumnae)
  • Michael Kimmel (Sociologist and leading researcher on masculinity)
  • Betty Schnettler (director of partnership and services for United Way)