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Bridges offers the expertise of local professionals through classroom presentations on a variety of topics. This valuable service offers high school instructors the ability to integrate real-world knowledge with classroom curriculum to motivate students to learn more. Some schools are also able to electronically present speakers, saving the presenter's travel time.

First, pick an industry field to explore by clicking on one listed below. This will open a display of speakers in this industry.

  • To learn more about any speaker, click on their photo. This will open a new window with their specific background, speaking topics and list of schools to which they will travel.
  • To request any specific speaker, click on the speaker’s name or business name — this will open an email to that speaker. Be sure to specify the times and dates that work best for your classroom. The business professional will respond directly to you to coordinate the best time/date.

For Remote Learning: All professionals who are currently a part of the Bridges Speakers Bureau program are also available to participate with ANY class virtually. Most have used Skype, Zoom or GoToMeeting, but can certainly be introduced to GoogleMeet or other e-conferencing software. If your school doesn't have a video conferencing subscription, the speaker you choose may be able to facilitate (host) the meeting and just send you a link to deliver to your students.

Download more information!

Download the Speaker fact sheet.

To volunteer to be a speaker or, for more information, contact:

Mary Gottsch, (218) 822-7117
Executive Director

Topics on Demand

NEW — This is a new series of prerecorded Speakers featuring their most frequently requested topics. These professionals are available for live Q&As with your class, or to respond to students' email questions, too.

Current Topics Available

Topics on Demand is supported in part by the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation.

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Arlene Jones
The Farm on St. Mathias

Arts, Communication & Information Systems

Andy Isackson
Jim Mayne
Information Technology
Deerwood Technologies
Miranda Anderson
VP Marketing & Communications
Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union
Jason Brown
Long Prairie Leader

Business, Management, & Administration

Jim Haakonson
CPA Public Acconting
Clifton Larson Allen
Jill Casper
VP Training & Community Relations
Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union
Amy Sjoblad
Career Advisor Supervisor
Rural MN CEP, Inc.
Kristi Westbrock
CEO/General Manager
Andy Isackson
Christina Landree
Human Resources
Pro Staff
Darren Larson
VP & Business Banking Officer
BlackRidge Bank
Miranda Anderson
VP Marketing & Communications
Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union
Jenny Castle
Human Resources Manager
Julie Anderholm
Financial Consultant
Small Business Development Center
Aundra Erickson
Country Financial
Leigh Shebeck
Business Owner
Shebeck Consulting/Battle Lake DQ
Chris Crosby
Loan Officer
Pine River State Bank
Jim Goerges
Business Owner
Precision Tool Technologies, Inc.
Greg Bergman
Small Business Development Center

Engineering, Manufacturing & Technology

Bob Jackson
Stern Manufacturing
Don Booth
American Institute of Nondestructive Testing
Mark J. Korte
Construction, Project Manager
Nor-son, Inc.
Jim Goerges
Business Owner
Precision Tool Technologies, Inc.
Tim Houle
Civil Engineer
Widseth Smith Nolting
Jeff Ledin
Civil Engineer
SEH Inc.
Jason Jones
Part Sales, Customer Service Supervisor
Graphic Packaging

Health Science Technology

Kevin Lee
North Memorial Ambulance
Trevor Harting
Physical Therapist/Owner
Select Therapy
Cindy Rieck
Physical Therapist
Pequot Lakes Physical Therapy Services


Mike Stanek
MN Army National Guard Brainerd