The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal recently honored its 2015 Women in Business award winners. Of the 51 women entrepreneurs, executives and leaders honored, five were University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business alumnae. (Links to the Business Journal’s profiles require a subscription to access.)

Angela Heikes ’92 Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

From the Business Journal profile: “Heikes is helping the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Gaming Enterprise embark on new and innovative forms of economic development that go beyond gaming to engage in unique partnerships and reach further into the Twin Cities community. At the same time, she continues to provide leadership and strategy for the gaming operation and its evolution.”

Christi Mack ’86, McGladrey

From the Business Journal profile: “Mack is a partner with the Minneapolis office of national accounting firm McGladrey, where she has worked for almost 30 years. In addition to her own book of client business, she is the leader of the firm’s central region assurance business, which includes audits, reviews and compilations, as well as public offerings and private-placement transactions. In this capacity, she leads more than 500 professionals in 19 offices in 15 states.”

Terri McEnaney ’82, Bailey Nurseries

From the Business Journal profile: “Now the fourth generation in a family business, McEnaney oversees Bailey Nurseries, which operates on over 5,000 acres and serves 4,500 customers worldwide. President since 2001, McEnaney has grown the company significantly in terms of revenue, staff, global reach and brand development.”

Katie Sexe-Talbot ’09 M.B.A., Clinic Sofia

From the Business Journal profile: “Sexe-Talbot is clinic administrator at the Edina-based obstetrics and gynecology practice Clinic Sofia, where she is responsible for key operations such as accounting, payroll, public relations and marketing. In addition, she oversaw aspects of a new clinic building when Clinic Sofia expanded into Maple Grove. Overall, her efforts helped increase the care provider’s revenue by 40 percent in less than three years.”

Ann Marie Woessner-Collins ’94 M.B.A., Jones Lang LaSalle

From the Business Journal profile: “As a managing director at Jones Lang LaSalle, Woessner-Collins founded the firm’s business and economic incentives team, which helps companies find the ideal locations for their manufacturing plants, warehouses and offices — with an eye for what fits with labor, executive talent and long-term costs. Once sites are identified, she negotiates with state and local governments and leverages the potential economic opportunities presented by job growth to reduce up-front capital and expense costs.”

 

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Clark Gregor has more than a decade of business marketing, communication and public relations experience, primarily in higher education, with shorter stints in corporate public relations and the federal government. At the University of St. Thomas he manages communications at the Opus College of Business and edits the university blog for graduate business programs, Opus Magnum along with other marketing efforts.

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