November 16, 2021; 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian & Joy Persall, moderated by Teresa Kittridge.
100 Rural Women is creating connections and inspiring leadership across the state. We heard story-sharing with amazing women leaders who are working to affect positive change in rural Minnesota and in their communities. They all approach their work with passion, creativity and strength. We learned more about food, sovereignty, justice, education, health, policy, equity, and the networks that connect rural women. This session included interactive breakout groups and discussion with panelists.
Teresa Kittridge, founder of 100 Rural Women, lives in Marcell Township in Northern Minnesota. She has spent much of her life serving rural people across the country, with a career that includes executive level leadership in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors as well as serving in elected office. 100 Rural Women models her life’s work, by serving women in rural places to inspire leadership, create connections and networks, and support civic engagement.
The first twenty years of her career were spent serving as an elected officer of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Following her time in the legislature, she built the Washington D.C. office of RUPRI (Rural Policy Research Institute) and served as Director of National Policy Programs. She has over a decade of experience in leading and building national and international businesses, as a publishing executive for Coughlan Companies and then as founder and president of MNREM (Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace) non profit. Kittridge returned to RUPRI in 2014 as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She is currently building the national non-partisan organization, 100 Rural Women. She holds a M.A. in Organizational Leadership and a B.A. in Business Administration.