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Women at the Top® Panel Program Register Here

October 27, 2011/ 12 noon - 1:00 pm CDT (FREE for Members/$25 for non-Members)

Women at the Top® presents this 60 minute panel program featuring three women who have successfully risen through the corporate hierarchy. Our panelists include Laura Helmueller, SVP & Market Manager, Bremer Bank; Sona Mehring, Founder & CEO, CaringBridge; and Regina Barr, Founder & CEO of Red Ladder, and Founder, Women at the Top® Network.

Our panelists will reveal the keys to their success as they share their views on how you can raise your profile, achieve career success and gain access to the executive suite. We will also be sharing the latest results from our Women at the Top® Study.

The Women at the Top® Network is a program of Red Ladder, Inc., proud sponsor of the 2011 WATT® Panel. Learn more about your host and our featured experts below.

 Your Moderator

Cindy Haas is Vice President, Private Banking, at Gateway Bank. Cindy has over 25 years of successful experience within the financial services industry. She oversees customized portfolio services for high net-worth clients and advises them toward reaching their goals through bank investment products and lending services. Cindy not only understands the importance of high quality service, but also delivers the special attention to her Private Banking clientele. She is a graduate of the Minnesota Banker’s Association Consumer Banking School.

Cindy has a leadership background that has led her to driving change and improvement both personally and professionally. She is a lifetime member of Financial Women International and served on its Executive Board and Foundation Board for over 10 years. Cindy is co-Editor of TFW, a lifestyle magazine for today’s financial women. She is a current Board member of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce and is the Chair of the DCR WomEn’s Conference for the second year. In 2010 Cindy was recognized as an Outstanding Woman in Banking by Northwestern Financial Review. Cindy is a founding member of the Women at the Top® Network and is the Chair of the 2011 Women at the Top® Panel.

Learn more about Cindy and Gateway Bank at www.gateway-banking.com.


Laura Helmueller is SVP & Market Manager, at Bremer Bank. She oversees the Eagan and Lakeville locations and manages a $50 million commercial loan portfolio with clients in the commercial real estate, retail, wholesale, transportation and hospitality industries.

Laura has been in the commercial banking industry for 25 years, 19 of those years with Bremer Bank. She is active with the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce and serves as the chair of its Eagan Business Council. Laura also is on the board of directors of the YWCA of St. Paul, and is a past recipient of Finance and Commerce’s Top Women in Finance Award. Laura is a life-long Twin Cities resident and lives in Eagan with her husband and two children. 

Learn more about Laura or Bremer Bank at www.bremerbank.com.

Sona Mehring is Founder & CEO, of CaringBridge. Sona created the first CaringBridge website in 1997, during a friend’s high–risk pregnancy. With extensive experience in the information technology industry, Sona’s vision was to build upon that formative and deeply personal experience – combining the capabilities of technology with the personal needs of people facing a significant health challenge. Sona is frequently recognized and honored for her passion and visionary leadership. She was named one of 2011’s “Most Influential Women in Technology” by Fast Company and in 2010 she received the Health Care Heroes Award from Twin Cities Business magazine.  

Learn more about Sona and CaringBridge at www.CaringBridge.org.

Regina Barr is Founder & CEO of Red Ladder, Inc., and Founder of the Women at the Top® Network. Regina is a former financial marketing executive and a nationally recognized authority on women and leadership. She is a well-known consultant, coach and trainer with over two decades of corporate leadership experience, having worked for such companies as the Dreyfus Service Corporation, Chase Manhattan Bank, Norwest Corporation, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank. For the past 10 years, Regina has traveled the United States extensively, educating and inspiring men and women to dream big, to take action and to “make things happen.”

Regina is the author of the annual Women at the Top® Study and the author of the Leadership Gap Study. Her leadership column appears regularly in Today’s Financial Women magazine. Regina’s the proud recipient of the 2010 Finance & Commerce Top Women in Finance Circle of Excellence Award and the 2009 Fiancial Women International Partner in Success Award. She’s also involved in several local non-profit organizations including Women Achieving New Direction and the Breast Cancer Awareness Association. She is a member of the National Association for Female Exsecutives, the Society for Human Resource Management, a lifetime member of Financial Women International, and a mentor for Menttium Corporation.

Learn more about Regina or her speaking availability at www.redladder.com.

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