Many young professionals from around the Twin Cities were nominated, and judges narrowed down the applicants to 10 finalists. On January 21 at the YPro: Discovered Gala, five individuals will be named Young Professional of the Year. Keep reading to learn more about these award finalists who continue to cultivate personal, company, and community success.
Godson Sowah is a manager in the practice of Ernst & Young LLP. Sowah is instrumental in providing critical IT risk and advisory services. He utilizes his thought leadership and inclusiveness competencies to coach high-performing teams.
He is also an advocate for youth education, leadership, and career empowerment. This is reflected through both his service as the President for Avenues for Homeless Youth – a north Minneapolis homeless youth non-profit, and his time spent as program director for the Accounting Career Awareness Program.
Kellli Schutrop is a marketing manager for Versique – one of the largest talent acquisition firms in the Midwest. She utilizes her extensive industry experience to drive strategy, propel creative direction, and create new opportunities.
Through her service as the marketing chair for TeamWomenMN, she gives back to the community by mentoring college students and recent graduates, and providing career coaching.
Sara Spiess is a corporate and government relations specialist for the Science Museum of Minnesota. As a key member of the advocacy team, she helped secure $1.2 million in Legacy Amendment funding during the 2015 Legislative Session. Her vital relationship-building ability helped secure the greatest number of event sponsorships for the Science Museum’s Annual Dinner in event history.
As a co-president of the GenYWCA Young Professionals Group, her leadership helps create opportunities for millennials/young professionals – key players in meeting workforce demands of the future.
Bruce Thao is the founder and CEO of LIT Consulting – a consulting business providing leadership coaching, diversity training, and consulting to non-profits, foundations, academic institutions, and more.
His expansive experience in community leadership and involvement include being an advisor to Mayor Coleman and Mayor Hodges for President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Twin Cities Initiative.
Diversity, innovation, and mentorship are crucial to his leadership style. These three pillars ensure his various approaches to community engagement and leadership development are both relevant and creative.
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