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WISE Twin Cities Announces New Chapter Leadership


Dear WISE Twin Cities Community:

            It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I announce my transition out of the role of President of WISE Twin Cities. This is a bittersweet moment for me, as I have been closely involved with the creation and day-to-day operation of the Twin Cities chapter since its inception in 2017, and will miss having the level of involvement that I have been able to enjoy for the last six years.

            I will continue my advocacy for WISE Twin Cities by moving into the newly defined role of Chairwoman, where I will work closely with our Advisory Board on guiding the chapter and promoting its advancement. I also anticipate being present at most chapter events, so I look forward to seeing you again soon!

            Finally, I could not be more thrilled to announce that Kara Kawakami will be your new WISE Twin Cities President. Kara has been a staunch WISE advocate since right after the chapter’s launch, first serving as Events Chair and for the last three years as Vice President. Her progressive vision will position the Twin Cities chapter for big things as we roll out our 2023 programming and beyond.

            Please join me in welcoming Kara into her new role! I look forward to following WISE Twin Cities’ continued growth and impact under her leadership along with the rest of our dedicated Board of Directors and committee members.


WISE Twin Cities Chairwoman & Founder

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Through the work and commitment of our Founders; Anne Doepner, Shannon Coburn (Corrigan), and Melanie Seiser, the Twin Cities Chapter has grown into an incredible community of sports and events business professionals that I’m humbled to be a part of. 

I have immense gratitude for Anne’s leadership these past three years - leading the Twin Cities chapter through the pandemic, social injustice and the many changes in our community and industry. Thank you Anne, for your unwavering leadership! 

I hope to continue with the vision of expanding our reach beyond the Greater Twin Cities area, amplifying the stories of our community, and offering resources, insights and programs that better us as people and professionals. And, most importantly, keeping inclusivity at the forefront of all we do as a chapter. 

As our board has grown, I’m looking forward to introducing those who have joined the WISE Twin Cities Board and committees in the coming months as we get to work. There’s so much more to come! Thank you all for your support! 


WISE Twin Cities President 



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