Banking the Unbanked


*Due to unforeseen circumstances the discussion Banking the Unbanked, Conversations On the Creative Economy at Augsburg College is cancelled this morning. If we are able to reschedule this discussion we will notify you.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.


Presented by the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work at Augsburg College in association with Minnesota Public Radio

Sponsored by Greater MSP and the Bush Foundation

April 18, 2017 | 8-9:30 AM Sateren Auditorium in the Foss Center at Augsburg College

According to Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) data, more than 250,000 households in the Twin Cities, including approximately one-half of all black and Latino households, either do not have a bank account or use costly services such as check-cashing and payday loans.

Some financial institutions are discovering new markets as they begin to provide needed products and services to previously underserved populations.

Chris Farrell, host of Minnesota Public Radio’s Conversations on the Creative Economy, will discuss how organizations and financial institutions create products and services for markets traditionally not considered. Farrell and panelists will explore questions such as: Can financial institutions do good business while doing good? If some banks have figured out how to serve the unbanked, why haven’t all? What factors affect the ability of individuals to create wealth for themselves and improve the economic vitality of their communities?

Featured guests include:

Dorothy Bridges, Senior Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Anne Leland Clark, Financial Capability Director from Prepare and Prosper
Tawanna Black, Executive Director of the Northside Funders Group

This presentation is FREE and open to the public. GET TICKETS

Link to Past Presentations

Interested in seeing your corporate or organization executives speak at Augsburg? Email Lee George at, or call 612.330.1629.

Former 2017 Presentations

Healing the Whole: Developing Care Models for Diverse Communities

Presented by the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work at Augsburg College in association with Minnesota Public Radio

Sponsored by Greater MSP and the Bush Foundation

March 21, 2017 | 8-9:30 AM Sateren Auditorium

Join Chris Farrell from MPR as he interviews Mary Brainerd, CEO of Health Partners, and Sara Theophilos, COO of People’s Center Health Services to discuss creating inclusive care models.

Leaders in every sector are understanding the need to recruit diverse teams in order to serve an increasingly diverse world. Health care, as a sector, is at the forefront of confronting this need and examining deeply embedded stereotypes both in historical context and social norms rooted in othering.

Health care leaders answering the call to provide care in a more equitable and just manner must educate professionals through a lens of wholeness and must consider new models of care.

To make such a sizable shift in practice and policy, health care leaders will need to consider a wide range of potential barriers. Consideration must be given to:

  • Reducing health disparities and inequalities in a rapidly diversifying world
  • Recruiting  and retain a more diverse workforce
  • Having diversity of executives in the boardroom and leadership roles
  • Improving communities through vital outreach programs and community-based initiatives
  • Partnering with communities in meaningful ways to co-create sustainable means of change for identified health challenges
  • Working with external partners and resources to strengthen ecosystems
  • Reducing stereotypes that are embedded in policy, procedure and social norms

February guests include:

Mary Brainerd, CEO of Health Partners

Sara Theophilos, COO of People’s Center Health Services

Global Food In A Farm-To-Table World

Presented by the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work at Augsburg College in association with Minnesota Public Radio

Sponsored by Greater MSP and the Bush Foundation

February 21, 2017 | 8-9:30 AM Hoversten Chapel

Join Chris Farrell from MPR as he interviews leaders working on food security and sustainability.

Business leaders are invited to join in conversation for the upcoming Strommen Series, Global Food In A Farm-To-Table World, to consider the role businesses can play in caring for their community while taking care of business.

To succeed in today’s market, a corporation or business must balance its social, cultural, and environmental responsibilities with a financial commitment to its shareholders.

This discussion will examine how leaders in the food and agriculture sector approach issues such as food security, public health, animal welfare, biodiversity, and environmental sustainability.

February guests include:

Mike Robach- Vice President of Corporate Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory Affairs at Cargill
Jessica Hellmann – Director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota
Dr. Ruth Petran- Vice President, Food Safety and Public Health at Ecolab Inc

Living in Recovery – Working in a Culture of Alcohol 

November 15, 2016 | 8-9:30 AM Hoversten Chapel


Professionals in recovery often hide their recovery because of a stigma that their addiction makes them weak or untrustworthy. In reality, these professionals have proven strength and grit in the face of extreme adversity. This stigma creates barriers to career advancement and belonging. Professionals in recovery face an additional challenge when they work in careers where relationship-building among colleagues, business, and networking is often accompanied by alcohol or a “happy hour” environment.
More than 11% of full-time workers face alcohol-related issues in a given year, and employers incur a cost of approximately $1,700 a year for each employee with an untreated drug and alcohol addiction. Corporate leaders can support the health and well-being of their employees, and save money, by acknowledging the detrimental affects of a culture of alcohol within their organization. Supporting employees in recovery benefits employees as well as the companies who recognize the effects of a culture of alcohol in business.
Join Chris Farrell from MPR as he interviews leaders working on changing the culture of alcohol in business and eliminating the stigma faced by professionals in recovery.

November guests include:
Mike Sime- Co-Owner of Rapid Packaging
Warren Larson-Director of Public Affairs at Sanford Health
William Moyers- Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation