Speaker Date Topic
Jody Hahn Aug 16, 2022
E Gaming
E Gaming

Got Game? Well, Jody didn’t exactly start her career that way. Let’s back-up just a beat. She started her career in healthcare and stayed in the industry for 20 years. She spent 10 of those years as a CEO helping her organization win national accolades for achieving the highest level of care through a Balanced Scorecard approach (Financial Success, Engaged Employees, Happy Customers, and Outstanding Clinical Outcomes).

After her successful run in healthcare, she co-founded CampaignBuddy in 2019. With a little luck, a great network, and a lot of learning, within 6 months she designed, developed and launched CampaignBuddy. Her company developed a SaaS tool which is an ad campaign management tool to help small businesses “playball” online. It provides a one-stop-shop to design, create, launch and manage digital ads on various platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google, etc. with no extensive marketing experience.

In addition to starting her own company in 2019, Jody joined WeMN (Women Entrepreneurs of MN). WeMN is a non-profit organization helping women entrepreneurs connect, share, grow, develop and learn together. As the current President, Jody has had the good fortune to have many great mentors in her life, so she joined WeMN to give back to other women trying to achieve their dreams through entrepreneurship. She acts as an advisor and mentor to other women entrepreneurs in various capacities such as business plan development, budgeting, marketing, branding and more.

In 2021, Jody finally got her game on. Well, sort of. She is the COO at Wisdom Gaming Inc. A first of its kind esports company in the Midwest. Wisdom is an 18,0000 sq ft gaming and esports venue with a live broadcast studio, bar, and lounge located on the fourth floor of Mall of America. Despite no gaming experience, with her leadership Jody is helping the team create Wisdom’s long-term strategy growth, operational effectiveness and efficiencies to launch this amazing company in a “wild, wild west industry”.

As a leader and entrepreneur, Jody understands the drive, passion, and commitment it takes to run a successful business. She believes learning is a top priority whether through formal education, professional coaching, networking, or experiences. Every
challenge is an opportunity to learn, grow, and change.

Josh Swanson Aug 23, 2022
Stability and Excellence for our Future
Stability and Excellence for our Future

Dr. Josh Swanson, a member of our club, will be speaking about the upcoming referendum that seeks to increase the operating levy for or schools.

Dr. Swanson began his duties as superintendent of Eden Prairie Schools on August 21, 2017 and a part of district leadership since joining the district in October of 2012. Prior to his tenure in Eden Prairie Schools, Dr. Swanson previously worked within the Wayzata and Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose school districts. He has served as a paraprofessional, teacher, coach, middle school athletic director, assistant principal, consultant, student support services administrator, director of technology and information services. Dr. Swanson also worked for Merrill Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, prior to starting his career in education and brings that experience to his work.

Dr. Swanson is passionate about student and adult learning, continuous improvement, k-12 education, and technology. The work of his teams has resulted in increased learning and access through research based instructional practice and the use of technology. He led one of the first “bring your own device” initiatives in the state of Minnesota, and has collaboratively implemented a digital conversion in Eden Prairie Schools. This initiative ensures each student has access, empowers students and staff, and opens new doors as learning is personalized.

Pauline Sager Aug 30, 2022
Identity Theft and Scams
Identity Theft and Scams

Pauline Sager Investigative Aide, CFCI is assigned to the Investigation Division of the Eden Prairie Police Department. She will be talking to us today about Identity Theft and Scams. She has been with the department for over 43 years and her main area of expertise is focused with Financial Crimes Investigations/ White Collar Crimes. She is a member of the IAFCI, International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, and the FRPA, Financial Retail Protection Association.