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Shannon Gullickson new Talent Programs Director for Greater Mankato Growth

MANKATO, MINN. (October 23, 2012) – Greater Mankato Growth has named Shannon Gullickson its new Talent Programs Director. As Director, Gullickson will be chiefly responsible for two programs: the Greater Mankato Young Professionals and Greater Mankato Leadership Institute.

“I am excited to share my passion for Greater Mankato with today’s current and future leaders,” said Gullickson. “I am looking forward to facilitating quality learning and business connections for participants in the Young Professionals and Leadership Institute programs.”

Gullickson brings to Greater Mankato Growth more than 20 years of extensive leadership experience in non-profit and for-profit organizations. For the past six years she served as Director of Business Development for Coldwell Banker Commercial Fisher Group of Mankato.  Prior to that, she worked for the Greater Mankato Chamber of Commerce for 13 years, serving in a number of capacities including directing the Greater Mankato Leadership Institute.

“We are fortunate to be getting an individual of Shannon’s caliber for this position,” said Jonathan Zierdt, Greater Mankato Growth President & CEO. “Shannon’s direct experience working for an organization similar to ours, as well as related experience in other business and community organizations, will be extremely valuable in continuing the programming excellence for the Leadership Institute and the growth of our critically important Young Professionals program.”

Gullickson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications–Public Relations from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has served in numerous volunteer leadership positions, including currently being on the Executive Committee for the Kiwanis Holiday Lights and Vice President for the Greater Mankato Area United Way Board of Directors. 

About Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.
Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. is committed to advancing business for a stronger community. As the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization serving the regional marketplace, Greater Mankato Growth advances business through: existing business support, new business growth, business promotion, talent development, public affairs, community marketing, visitor attraction and servicing and civic engagement. Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. also includes two LLCs: the Greater Mankato Convention and Visitors Bureau, LLC, which focuses on visitor attraction and servicing, and the City Center Partnership, LLC, which focuses on development in the City Center.  For more information, visit greatermankato.com.

About the Greater Mankato Leadership Institute
For the past 26 years, the Greater Mankato Leadership Institute, a program of Greater Mankato Growth, has provided current and emerging leaders with comprehensive training focused on developing professional personal and community leadership skills. Each year the curriculum is updated to ensure graduates are well prepared to serve as leaders in their workplace and community. For more information, visit greatermankato.com/leadership-institute.

About the Greater Mankato Young Professionals
The Greater Mankato Young Professionals program was established four years ago by Greater Mankato Growth specifically for professionals age 21 – 39 who are in the earlier stages of their careers and newer to the business community. The program gives young professionals an opportunity to establish a network of friends and colleagues in the area and grow personally and professionally, through educational, social, mentorship and community service activities.  For more information, visit greatermankato.com/young-professionals.

For more information, contact Shelly Megaw at 507.385.6642 or smegaw@greatermankato.com.

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