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Minnesota Chapter In-Person Event | The People First Strategy for Private Company Boards
Metropolitan Ballroom and Clubroom
5418 W Wayzata Blvd
Golden Valley, MN 55416
Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM CST
Category: Minnesota

01:30 PM - 04:00 PM (Pacific)
02:30 PM - 05:00 PM (Mountain)
03:30 PM - 06:00 PM (Central)
04:30 PM - 07:00 PM (Eastern)


Please note that this is an in-person-only event. Registration is required. 

$ 0   Member Registration Fee
$35  Non-Member Registration Fee


  • 3:15-3:45 registration
  • 3:45-5:00 speaker
  • 5:00-6:00 social hour

 Bar is open at 3:45, and appetizers at 5 pm.



Many economists are worried about a recession. Whether the economy goes up or down, economic uncertainty is ahead. The International Monetary Fund expects global GDP growth to drop in half. It is the first time the US has seen inflation over 4% and unemployment below 4%. In other words, the labor market is under stress as it remains hard to hire while wages keep going up.

It is hard to see where this is all going but one thing is for certain, becoming People-First is the single best way to win in the marketplace. Being intentional about a Board/CEO led business strategy to put people in the center of critical decision making, have people first leaders and coordinated people programs including a differentiated employer brand and corporate “why”, high velocity recruiting, meaningful develop and career paths, always-on feedback employee feedback loops, and thoughtful reward and recognition strategies. Boards can encourage and monitor people strategies that drive positive company results.

The recorded event will be available on the YouTube FEI Channel .

This is a joint event held in conjunction with

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Lisa Brezonik 

Being the CEO of Salo is a fitting job for Lisa Brezonik, who has built her career around helping people and organizations grow and thrive. Her experience and expertise make her the perfect fit to lead Salo as it expands nationally and continues to evolve.  

Lisa joined Salo in 2015 as CTO and was promoted to COO before becoming CEO. Immediately before Salo, she spent eight years as owner of Brezonik Consulting, an executive coaching and organizational consulting firm that worked with clients in a wide variety of industries and sizes. She also held leadership roles at several national and international companies, including RBC Dain Rauscher, Integ, and Room and Board. 

In addition to her “day job”, Lisa is an author. Her book, Fire Yourself! Reignite your career and live your life with intention, provides tools that help established professionals figure out where to go next, professionally and personally.  

She is active in the business community and community at large. She is on the board of directors for Bridgewater Bank and Kipsu (a customer success software firm). Additionally, she supports many non-profits. She has spent time as a board member for the Ann Bancroft Foundation, the Jeremiah Program, and the University of Minnesota Fan Advisory Board. Finally, she spent many years volunteering as a mentor at Menttium and still mentors many professionals today. 

Lisa lives in Minneapolis with her husband, four children, and dog. She’s an avid Minnesota Gopher fan and you will often find her out golfing, running, walking, and enjoying Minneapolis. 


Laura Gillund  

Laura Gillund is a transformational Board Leader and Global Human Resources (HR) Executive optimizing organizational success through strategic oversight of organizational, compensation and talent planning initiatives aligned with business strategy. 

It is the people that make the difference in organizations and leveraging strong leadership, engaging, developing and valuing employees is the most effective way to serve customers and drive business results.   Laura has a passion for optimizing individuals and the unique capabilities that they bring and aggregating employees by leading them to accomplish impactful results. Integrity, fairness and accountability are critical values to a strong culture.

Laura serves as a board director for Nonin Medical (a medical device company).  She is also a board member and chair of the human resources and compensation committees for Allina Health System and Stratacor/Delta Dental of Minnesota.  She also serves on the Integrated Planning and Operations and Governance and Nominating Committees for Allina, and the Audit and Risk Management and Executive Committees for Stratacor.  

Laura previously held executive HR leadership roles for Cardiovascular Systems and C.H. Robinson Worldwide. 

Laura actively supports the Carlson School of Business Center for Human Resources and

Labor Studies as an advisory board member


Paula Phillippe 

Paula Phillippe is a board director and progressive executive recognized as an enterprise thought leader, building, and growing new business segments.  She combines her strong business acumen and growth mindset with expertise in strategy development, growth initiatives, executive leadership development, human resources, communications, and risk oversight, and she is also well-versed in social responsibility, diversity, and culture.  She serves as a change agent by building strategies that engage leaders and teams, along with organizational capabilities, to align to and successfully deliver to organizational goals.

Paula currently serves as a board director for Highland Bank and VAA (an engineering firm).  Additionally, Paula gives back to community through non-profit boards and currently serves as a director for Second Harvest Heartland, Thrivent Member Network – Twin Cities, and Redeemer Center for Life.

Paula consults with boards, CEOs and C-suite clients in areas of board effectiveness, CEO succession and executive development, strategy, and organizational capabilities and alignment.  She previously served in executive leadership roles for Blue Cross Blue Shield MN, Fairview Health Services, Marquette Financial Companies and RBC Dain Rausher.

Paula lives in Minneapolis with her husband and near her two adult children.  She enjoys time at the lake cabin and hanging out with friends and family.



Adam Sprecher 
Vice President, Strategy & Development

Adam Sprecher is the vice president of strategy and development at Salo, a nationwide talent firm focused on Making Work Meaningful. He plays a pivotal role in the growth and vision of Salo—designing the groundbreaking processes behind Salo’s ability to match expert consultants with organizations that need their help. During his 15-year career at Salo, he’s held various sales, sales leadership and operational leadership roles.

Bringing organizations and talent together effectively has always been part of Adam’s career. Before joining Salo, he managed HR/recruiting programs for organizations, including Ameriprise Financial, UnitedHealth Group, and Thrivent. 

Adam resides in Savage, MN with his wife and three children. You can usually find him on a baseball field coaching or cheering on his son or the dance floor with his girls, especially during dads ‘n dolls season.