Photos special to Fargo INC!
In 2017, we photographed nearly 200 members of the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo business community. Among them were entrepreneurs, artists, pilots, CEOs, software developers, comedians, executive directors, veterans, graduate students and community builders. Join us as we celebrate each and every one of them in Fargo INC!‘s first-ever coffee table book, “Faces of Fargo Business.”
In part nine, we feature Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota HR Business Partner Katie Morisch, Square One Kitchens Co-Owner Casey Steele, Herstory Founder Bridget Mcmanamon, Dakota Certified Development Corporation President & CEO Steve Dusek, Corporate Solutions Consultant Dale Carnegie of North Dakota & Minnesota Bethany Berkeley, and North Dakota Humanities Council Executive Director Brenna Gerhardt.
HR Business Partner, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
“In HR, the perception seems like it’s always that we hire and fire people. My job is so much more than that. I’m in the people business — helping leaders and employees grow and being an advocate for not only the company but also the employees.”
Co-Owner, Square One Kitchens
Q: What’s something you want the local business community to know about you?
A: I LOVE SMALL BUSINESS! I used all caps and an exclamation point. That’s how serious I am about small business. It’s exciting to see our community grow and diversify and see folks take the risk of living out their passion through their own startup
My proudest accomplishment in 2017
“This past July I had the opportunity to give a TED Talk on increasing the convenience and accessibility of menstrual hygiene products in schools. At the event, I felt like a major underdog and I wasn’t so sure my talk would go over well, but the audience was extremely warm and welcoming and really seemed to enjoy what I had to say. ”
President & CEO, Dakota Certified Development Corporation
Q: What can the local business community do to help you?
A: Ask more about who we are and what we do.
Corporate Solutions Consultant, Dale Carnegie of North Dakota & Minnesota
“When insomnia hits, it’s often when I feel I’m not performing to my highest standard — when I fear that I’m settling for average in one (or many) areas of my life. This anxiety can either act as a catalyst for me to push harder or become a self-induced Achilles heel.”
Executive Director, North Dakota Humanities Council
Q: What keeps you up at night?
A: The loss of imagination and empathy happening in our schools — K-12 through college. We no longer educate people for life. We educate them for jobs. We can and should do both.