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Spring 2012 Newsletter

April 2012 Newsletter


Issue: 3






Spring Seminar 2012  



        Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Location:  Catholic United Financial

                 3499 Lexington Ave N

         Saint Paul MN  55126


Registration & Breakfast:  8:00 - 8:30

·          Breakfast Buffet:

·         Egg Strata (Bacon, Sausage, Veggie)

·         Fresh Fruit

·         Muffins, Bagels & Cream Cheese

·         Coffee & Juice

Business Meeting:             8:30 - 8:40

Seminar Presentations:    8:40 - 12:00


See below for speaker details.


·         8:40 - Janel Anderson, Working Conversations, "Transform Your Words,  Transform Your Worlds"

·         9:40 - Foundation Director, Catholic United Financial Foundation

·         9:50 - Break - Cookies, Bars and Beverages

·         10:10 - LaRhae Knatterud, Director of Aging Transformation for the Minnesota Department of Human Services "Own Your Future - Long-Term Care Financing for Boomers"

·         11:00 - Arik Hanson, ACH Communications, "How Financial Services Companies are Using Social Media"

·         11:45 - Door Prizes


 Cost:  $40 member

           $50 non-member


Please reply by May 2, 2012 to Claudia Wiebold

·           email:

·           mailing address:

       Attn:  Claudia Wiebold (B0-3032)

       Securian Financial Group

       400 Robert Street North

       Saint Paul MN  55101

·         phone:  651-665-3032

·         fax:       651-665-4666



Speaker Details


·         Janel Anderson, Working Conversations, "Transform Your Words, Transform Your Worlds"

·         YouTube:

·         Janel Anderson, PhD, fomer Professor, and current COO of Working Conversations, is a dynamic workplace trainer, keynote speaker, and professional coach.  She has held management positions in start-up companies and global organizations. Dr. Anderson blends research, practical  know-how and management experience into her talks, courses and coaching.  Her message drives more straightford communication for a more productive, positive and engaged workplace with audiences from senior executives to individual contributors.

·          LaRhae Knatterud, Director of Aging Transformation for the Minnesota Department of Human Services "Own Your Future - Long-Term Care Financing for Boomers"

·         LaRhae's presentation will discuss Minnesota's aging population and how over the next 20 years, we will see an historic and permanent shift in the numbers of persons over 65 and 85.  The numbers of persons 65+ will double between 2010 and 2030, rising to 1.3 million, and the numbers of 85+ will triple, rising to 325,000.  This demographic change brings with it many opportunities and challenges.  One of the biggest challenges is providing health and long-term care for an aging society.  While the family provides the vast majority of care, an increasing number will not be able to do so.  There will be a need to purchase long-term care, an expensive service: in fact, the average annual cost of long-term care in Minnesota is twice the median household income.  Because of this, many turn to public funded programs to obtain needed long-term care.  But with historic increases in the number of older persons needing help, this could bring with it unsustainable budgetary increases. 

·         As part of LaRhae's responsibilites, she is the chief staff person for Aging 2030, a project to prepare the state for a permanent shift in the age of the population, beginning with the large baby boom generation that began turning 65 in 2011. The goal is to transform Minnesota's systems ands services so that we are ready for the demographic changes that have now begin. In addition she coordinates DHS efforts on long-term care financing reform. LaRhae has authored several legislative reports on matters such as long-term care and most recently on Alzheimer's disease. She has a BA from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and a master's degressin public administration from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, with major concentrations in gerontology and health care policy.

·         Arik Hanson, ACH Communications, "How Financial Services Comparnies are Using Social Media"

·         Arik C Hanson, APR, is the principal of ACH Communications, a digital communications consultancy focused on fostering meaningful online interactions, driving digital relevance and building measurable growth through social channels.  Through integrated PR, communications and digital programs, Arik has been able to create tight-knot communities, build strong brand awareness and drive thought leadership for organizations across the country.

·         Named one of the top 100 PR people worth following on Twitter by Valeria Maltoni and one of the top 50 PR professionals to follow on Twitter by Everything PR, Arik has more than 14 years of experience in marketing, communications andh PR.  His client list includes larger, well-known brands like Select Comfort and the Mall of America and smaller firms like a local organization devoted to ending youth homelessness.

·         Additional information:



Winter Networking Event 2012 Recap


As a professional organization dedicated to education and networking, we held our first ever pure networking event on March 6 at the Ramada Plaza Minneapolis. Twenty-four of our fellow LOMA members came together for a brief social hour, cocktails and appetizers, followed by a structured networking activity - think speed dating! Everyone wore nametags with their occupation listed to facilitate conversation. Since we were test piloting this type of event we offered free admission with a cash bar. 94% of those who responded to the after-event survey said the networking component was good or excellent with 82% saying it was better than they had expected. One person commented "The structured networking activity was a little awkward at first; however, I was surprised to find that overall I really enjoyed it."

As the LOMA Twin City President I'd have to say we have a friendly, down-to-earth, non-intimidating membership. If you're in doubt about events like this in the future, take a chance and give it a try. We are contemplating adding an intentional networking component to future meetings. If anyone has ideas about how we can incorporate more networking please call or send us an email. We'd love to hear from you!



Twin Cities Board Members

Julie Printz, President
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
(612) 844-8372


Dixie Carroll, Past President
Ameriprise Financial Inc.
(612) 678-4177


Rolf T Anderson, Vice President and Scholarship Chair

New York Life Insurance Company
(952) 885-1229

Claudia Wiebold, Secretary & Program Committe Chair
Securian Financial Group
(651) 665-3032


Leah Reckin-Mahoney, Treasurer
Securian Financial Group
(651) 665-3669

Barb Prinz, Communication Chair
Ameriprise Financial Inc.
(612) 678-7259


LuAnn Maxfield, Membership Committee Chair
Hartford Life
(763) 255-7390

Michaela Voor Vart, Society Committee Representative
Banner Life Insurance Company

Anne Randazzo, Member at Large
Catholic United Financial
(651) 490-0170



In This Issue

Spring 2012 Meeting

Speaker Details

Recap of Social Networking

Current Board Members



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For questions or feedback, please contact:

Barb Prinz

Communication Chair

LOMA Society of the Twin Cities