Women United 2018 Power of the Purse Keynote Speaker

Power of the Purse

Each year 600 people come together to improve the lives of Olmsted County children and youth at United Way’s annual Power of the Purse event. Presented by United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, this fundraiser features a well-known keynote speaker, a popular silent purse auction, and a delicious luncheon with the goal of helping children and youth reach their potential. The Women’s Leadership Council and Power of the Purse Distinguished Sponsor Bremer Bank are excited to announce Shannon Huffman Polson as the 2018 keynote speaker.

Shannon Huffman Polson

Jeannette Walls

Author: The Grit Project

One of the First U.S. Army Women Apache Helicopter Captains and Pilots pushing barriers both personally and physically is just a normal day in the office when you are one of the first women commissioned to fly Apache combat helicopters in the United States Armed Forces. Shannon Huffman Polson served on three continents and led two flight platoons and A-Line company.

In the midst of her breakthrough role as a
female helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army,
Polson learned lessons on leadership,
courage, teamwork, and above all the importance of GRIT - that personal dedication and strength which exists at the intersection of purpose and passion. Polson's blog, "The Grit Project," is a compilation of empowering narratives about women and leadership. 



Power of the Purse 2017 Chair Gail Sauter remarked, “Each year we are energized by this exciting event and are reminded there is still work to do.” Power of the Purse helps children and youth reach their potential by serving as a fundraiser for United Way’s work, which includes providing quality early childhood programming, connecting youth to caring mentors, developing children’s reading abilities, and supplying students with the necessary tools they need to succeed in the classroom. By preparing young children for school and ensuring Olmsted County youth are achieving important milestones, the community is contributing both to their future success and the future success of the entire community.

Save the date to attend Power of the Purse on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Rochester International Event Center. Thank you to our loyal sponsors for supporting this important community work. Businesses interested in sponsoring Power of the Purse should contact United Way of Olmsted County by calling (507) 287-2000.

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