The WeMN Board of Directors is comprised of eight members who each serve a two-year term. WeMN board members are volunteers and contribute to the organization in their area of expertise. Members are nominated to serve by other board members or members of the organization. WeMN board members are voted in by the current WeMN Board of Directors.
Amalia Moreno-Damgaard - WeMN Founder, President & CEO
Amalia is a nine-time award-winning author and chef-entrepreneur with a prior corporate career in trade finance and business development. She is the founder and CEO of two businesses, Amalia LLC, a nationally certified woman-owned business enterprise and consultancy firm helping corporations develop a broader understanding and appreciation of Latin cultural nuances through healthy gourmet cuisine; and Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota (WeMN.org), a 501 (c)6 nonprofit fostering women entrepreneurship through peer advisory, mentoring, and leadership education.
Amalia's community-driven work includes mentoring other women, empowering younger Latinos to start their own businesses, as well as philanthropy and board service. Amalia is a Minnesota Business Magazine Women Who Lead Honoree and has been recognized with the Latino American Today Hispanic Heritage Award for community leadership, the Depart Smart Champion Award for board service excellence, two American Corporate Growth-MN Bold Award nominations, and more.
Amalia also is a frequent bilingual contributor to radio, TV, and newspapers and magazines. She partners with the Minnesota Super Bowl 52 Committee as celebrity chef-judge for Super Snack Challenge, a state initiative, and legacy to inspire healthier snacking in children ages 8-14. Amalia is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and the National Speakers Association-Minnesota with a Masters in International Business from St. Louis University.
Jenn Espinosa-Goswami - Secretary
Jenn Espinosa-Goswami is a former fat girl turned accidental health coach and motivational speaker. She inspires moms to achieve body bliss in just minutes a day using their innate power to transform instead of products or gym memberships.
A graduate of the Augsburg Master's Degree in Leadership program, Jenn is passionate about creating opportunities for self-development in every day ways. A former Toastmasters International officer and mentor, she believes that knowledge is useless unless it is shared with others, either through her speaking programs, articles, or videos. Jenn is excited to serve on the WeMN board.
Jenn's 100 pound weight loss story was featured on First for Women, Half Size Me, Diets in Review and she has contributed articles to Women's Health, Spry Living and Prevention. She is most proud of her two beautiful daughters, and prefers bean burritos to burgers. When not speaking or coaching clients, she loves to dance in her living room, lift heavy weights, travel, and read 8 books every month.Jenn Espinosa-Goswami
Nikki Abramson - Programming & Events Director
Nikki Abramson is passionate, inspires others, and helps others make positive changes along their life’s journey. Her company, Renew Hope, offers inspirational speaking, life coaching, workshops, and performance-based teaching.
Nikki is the author of the book “I Choose Hope: Overcoming Challenges with Faith and Positivity” and "Hope for Today." She is also an international adoptee who battles several rare medical conditions and brings hope to the world. Her one-woman show, “No Limits,” debuts in August 2016 clearly depicts these life challenges and demonstrates that there truly are no limits or boundaries to life.
Combining life stories, personal experiences, teaching strategies, motivation, and encouragement, Nikki engages and captivates audiences to think about their own life and how they can renew hope. Her presentation comes through the lens of both a teacher and performer. Earning her BA in elementary and early childhood education from Bethel University, Nikki teaches others how to live in the moment and how to be grateful for each moment.
She is active in her community through the advisory council for CaringBridge.org, board chair of the Resource Committee of Adopted Adults, youth coach for her church, and Mentoring in Business Leadership through Bethel. Nikki also tutors and teaches acting/improve/choreographing through various theatre companies including Upstream Arts and Bloomington Civic Theatre.
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