The Twin Cities Area Luncheon and Speaker Series is open to all alumni, parents and friends of the college. The Lunch Connection is a monthly luncheon and speaker event hosted by the college. It is a great chance to network and socialize with others in the Twin Cities area and learn from interesting and dynamic speakers.
Speaker: Jodi Harpstead
Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
"Calling all Great Neighbors"
At Lutheran Social Service we believe that to care for the aging baby boomers - not to mention everyone else - we will need all the Great Neighbors we can get, as well as our paid, professional services. Come find out how we can rise to the challenge!
Jodi Harpstead became the chief executive officer of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) on September 2, 2011. With over 2,300 employees, LSS offers a broad array of community services for people of all ages throughout Minnesota, including housing and crisis shelters, mental health counseling, adoption, financial counseling, senior nutrition, foster care and services for persons with disabilities.
On July 1, 2012, LSS assumed management of operations at Children's Home Society of Minnesota, making Harpstead also the CEO of Children's Home and uniting their two adoption services. The two combine a rich tradition, passion, and common mission to find loving families for children who need them.
From May 2007 to September 2011, Harpstead served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, where she led efforts in services, human resources, information technology, and finance.
A native of the Chicago area, Harpstead received a master of business administration degree in finance and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan State University in East Lansing before settling in Minnesota. Jodi and her husband, Stan, live in Arden Hills and have two grown children.
NEW this year! Music will be provided at each of the luncheons. For our October event, Karin (Boyce) Valdizan '93 and Kori Nelson '12 will perform. Karin is in her 19th year teaching violin and viola at MacPhail Center for Music and sits as Assistant Concertmaster for the Wayzata Symphony and is an active free-lancer throughout the Twin Cities. Kori works as the Registration Specialist at Hamline University, while also pursuing a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management and acting in community theater productions in the Twin Cities.
11:00 a.m. Registration
11:30 a.m. Buffet luncheon begins
12:00 p.m. Presentation
1:00 p.m. Event ends
$15.00 per person. Please register online.
The Center for Changing Lives, Centrum Room
2400 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
The dates for the academic year 2016 - 2017 are:
Friday, September 23rd, 2016 - Emily Holm '16, Communications and Marketing Fellow,Luther College
Friday, October 28, 2016 - Jodi Harpstead, Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Friday, February 24, 2017 - Rob Larson, Vice President for Communications and Marketing and Scot Schaeffer, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Luther College
Friday, March 24, 2017 - Dr. John Bodensteiner '66, Consultant for the Child and Adolescent Neurology Division, Mayo Clinic
Friday, April 28, 2017 - Dick Edwards '64, Retired Eldercare Specialist, Mayo Clinic
Kari Berg '73, Jim Boyce '64, Marcia Metzger, Pete Newburg '97, Dave Seidelmann '94, Joel Sommers '03, Carol Tomer '79, and Dan Waarvik '68