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2018 Fall Forum Speakers 

The WeMN Board of Directors is excited to announce the following line up of speakers:

Leah McLean, KSTP TV Anchor: Emcee/Moderator

Leah joined 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in June 2004. She has worked as a producer and reporter and now anchors the 5 pm, 6 pm and 10 pm newscasts. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Leah traveled the country to gain experience before coming home to work at KSTP.  She got her broadcasting start at KGUN-TV in Tucson, Arizona. She also worked at KTVZ-TV in Bend, Oregon and Wausau, Wisconsin. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas in both Communication and Spanish.

Leah grew up in Minneapolis and attended Minnehaha Academy, where she later served as a member of the board. She is happy to support local education at her alma mater, and other public schools, through charitable organizations. "Minnesota is home," Leah says. "I run into Minnesota nice everywhere I go." She lives in the West Metro.  When she's not at work, Leah is often out walking around the Minneapolis Chain of lakes. She and her little girls love spending time outdoors biking, skiing and enjoying all Minnesota has to offer.

Archelle Georgiou, MD, Physician, Advocate, Advisor, Author: Keynote Speaker

Archelle Georgiou is a physician, healthcare industry expert, reporter, and author. But colleagues think of her as a lightning rod for change. As a senior executive and the Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare (1995-2007), she dismantled the company’s pre-certification policies that hassled patients and physicians. Since 2008, she has used Georgiou Consulting as her business platform to coordinate a diverse portfolio of relationships, clients, and projects that ultimately improve health and the healthcare system. 

Archelle is adjunct faculty and Executive in Residence at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. She has covered over 1000 medical topics during her weekly segments on KSTP-TV and consistently encourages viewers to overcome the power imbalance with their doctors so they can advocate for themselves. In February 2017, she published her first book, “Health Care Choices: 5 Steps to Getting the Medical Care You Want and Need”. Dr. Georgiou earned her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and was board-certified in Internal Medicine before pivoting her career to managed care in order to have a broader impact on the healthcare system. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Kim Kane: Panelist

Kim Kane has been in the educational field for the past 30 years and is currently a dean of students at a large suburban high school. Kim is also a 35-year national trainer/presenter on a variety of topics including; education, chemical dependency, stress reduction, mindfulness practices, and most recently on women, aging and living in gratitude.

Kim has entertained and informed women all around the country. Her mix of stories, both humorous and tender-hearted, help to create the sense that you are in her living room having a personal conversation over a cup of coffee, or more often than not, a glass of wine. She has an ability to take an ordinary experience and create a story filled with extraordinary learning and moments that can be applied to everyday living.

Kim recently published her first book, ‘Sparkle On…Women Aging in Gratitude’. This book represents her belief it is never too late to do and to be whatever it is you desire!

Carla Maldonado: Panelist

Carla Maldonado is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She graduated with her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of St. Thomas. Carla began her career helping others doing volunteer work in Mexico and Chicago.  She took the plunge into entrepreneurship in 2011 starting a private practice in South Minneapolis (Un Pueblito Counseling).  The clinic provides bilingual therapy services to both English and Spanish speaking clients.  

For fun, Carla likes to compete in triathlons, volunteer for Big Brother Big Sister, and spend time with her husband and two young children (ages 4 and 1).

Dawn Morningstar, Panelist

Dawn Morningstar is an award-winning author, master coach, speaker, podcast host, educator, former radio talk show host, and voice for change. Dawn worked as an account executive for a national staffing agency in Washington, DC, and as a trainer for an international skincare company. She has a Master Coach Certification from Learning Journeys, The International Center of Coaching. As a heart-centered entrepreneur, she launched two businesses: one that provided fundraising for public schools, daycare centers, and nonprofits, and the other coaching clients ready to live their highest and best lives.

In 2007, she coauthored Delicious Conversations: Arriving at Unexpected Moments of Joy (Gathering House) with Ruth M. Godfrey. Dawn released the first edition of Venerable Women: Transform Ourselves, Transform the World (Venerable Women LLC, 2016) which became a 2016 finalist in The International Book Awards and the Midwest Independent Publishing Association Awards. Dawn is a contributing author to Amazing Workplace: Creating the Conditions that Inspire Success (Spirit of Success LLC, 2017).

Dawn founded Venerable Women in 2013 as an organization, a philosophy, and a movement with and for women who choose to practice self-love, trust their intuition, and bring their wisdom to life. Her life-changing signature program, Living LOVE (Lives Of Venerable Expression), inspires hope and transformation in women for the creation of a kind and loving world for all.





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