Shining a Light with Beth Kieffer Leonard

March 2021

On International Women’s Day 2021, Lurie proudly launched Shining A Light, a limited series podcast, where we put a spotlight on women in leadership and female entrepreneurship.

Each episode, narrated by Beth Kieffer Leonard, Managing Partner of Lurie, LLP, weaves together insight and discussions with top female business leaders in the Twin Cities. Together, they explore the trials and triumphs of leading during a pandemic, racial unrest, and other events of 2020-2021.

Through their stories, we reveal the qualities of these remarkable women creating a legacy in the business world – providing both visibility and lessons to inspire the next generation of female entrepreneurs.

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Episodes in this Series

In this premiere episode of the Shining a Light podcast series, we explore what it means to lead with heart and humility.

Beth Kieffer Leonard, joined by guests Kate Kelly from PNC and Kim Motes from Children’s Theatre Company, talk about leading their organizations during the trying times of 2020-2021. Listen as they share their stories about building stronger relationships by being kind, caring, and humble.

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In this episode of Shining a Light, hear from two remarkable leaders, Alison Rempel Brown, CEO of the Science Museum of Minnesota, and Anika Ward, of Sankofa Leadership Network, as they have a conversation with Beth Kieffer Leonard, Managing Partner at Lurie, LLP about leading with equity and empathy. In times of crisis, these women rose to the occasion with sensitivity and understanding to the stress, anxiety, and frustration deeply felt in our community.

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In this episode of The Shining a Light Podcast, Beth Kieffer Leonard speaks with Lili Hall, CEO/President and Founder of Knock, Inc., and Susan Shields, an entrepreneur and visionary leader in the home furnishings and textiles industry.

The COVID-19 pandemic affects all of us, but for some, in a much more profound way. The aftermath of George Floyd has brought the critical importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work into a closer view. Learn how these women leaders guide their companies through difficult times with connection to their community.

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In this episode of The Shining a Light Podcast, Beth Kieffer Leonard speaks with Lili Hall, CEO/President and Founder of Knock, Inc., and Susan Shields, an entrepreneur and visionary leader in the home furnishings and textiles industry.

The COVID-19 pandemic affects all of us, but for some, in a much more profound way. The aftermath of George Floyd has brought the critical importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work into a closer view. Learn how these women leaders guide their companies through difficult times with connection to their community.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic stretched on without an end in sight, businesses had to shift gears, shut down, lay off employees, and start again.

In this final episode of the Shining a Light podcast, Tammy Lee, CEO of Xena Therapies​, and Michelle M., Founder & CEO of We Sparkle Co., share contrasting stories with similar threads: as one woman reinvents herself, another finds the support and courage to launch her innovative new business.

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