Volunteer Spotlight

Anne-Mette Halvorson

Tell us a bit about your work history.

I began my career in high-tech sales working in large corporations with business leaders as clients. This experience gave me an appreciation for the gap between technologists and business people. From there, I transitioned into the field of Management Consulting in Cambridge, MA. Some officers from my firm invited me to join them in building after I proved myself. I co-founded Kendall Consulting Group in Kendall Square and grew that firm for four years. This experience inspired me to do many things going forward: join the management team of a dot.com, go to business school for my MBA, start my own practice in helping women executives in organizations, with Credit Suisse in NYC as a key client, and create and teach in my own Professional Development Program as Executive-in-Residence at Lehigh University's School of Business and Economics for MBA students.

When did you first get involved with WomenVenture?

A friend from Minneapolis suggested I contact WomenVenture to help out. I think WomenVenture is one of the finest organizations in this city, it is a model for other nonprofits across the nation.

What surprises you most about working with WV clients?

How many amazing women are a part of your organization and how many you help. I am thrilled to see how you inspire, support and encourage these women to reach for their dreams and turn their ideas into businesses that make a difference in their worlds. I am also impressed by the discipline and rigor that goes into encouraging these women to sustain a successful living.

Tell us about someone who has influenced your decision to volunteer with WV.

Elaine Wyatt all the way! Her passion for helping other women is incredible, she walks the talk, and puts her all into making WomenVenture great. I wanted to be part of making her vision happen.

What do you think will change about women entrepreneurship and women owned businesses in Minnesota in the future?

With WomenVenture around, women entrepreneurship and women owned business can only get better. But as we all know, we must keep pushing every step of the way, and we cannot rest on of our laurels.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering with WV?

I would say that volunteering with WomenVenture is the best thing they could do for not only themselves but for other women and women as a whole. We have to continue to nurture, foster and develop our women in business communities.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

That I love to be invited out for a cup of coffee to chat and share ideas and experiences with others, especially since I am from the east coast and still making my way in Minneapolis!

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