Author Archives - Chris LaVictoire Mahai

Embrace the Fog to Find the Best Ideas: An Interview with Kathryn Roberts

What do a major zoo, a state run sports commission, and a senior housing and services organization have in common? Answer: a bold leader. The same bold leader. What do a Republican governor, a Democratic governor, and an Independent governor have in common? (In this day and age, that almost sounds like the start of…

Know Thyself: An Interview with Maureen Spivack

The ancient Greek aphorism “know thyself” was on full display as we visited with the very self-aware Maureen Spivack. Maureen is one of those folks that immediately establishes instant credibility. Some of it is from her 30 plus years of investment banking experience with E & Y, Merrill Lynch, UBS, Morgan Keegan, KPMG Corporate Finance…

Alignment, Not Sameness: An Interview with Mary Brainerd

Don’t you just love those moments when someone says something so simple, so clear and therefore so brilliant, light bulbs literally go off in your head? I sure do and it happened to me in a recent conversation with Mary Brainerd, CEO of HealthPartners. HealthPartners is the largest consumer governed nonprofit health care organization in…

What is the Truth? An Interview with Jay Coughlan

Jay Coughlan – successful former Chairman and CEO of XRS Corporation, President and CEO of Lawson Software, convicted felon, husband, father, board member, speaker, coach, and now the CEO and Managing Director of TruBalanced – and I reconnected after several years for this bold leader conversation. Wait! Back up! What was that “convicted felon” part…

Nurturing Boldness: An Interview with Diana Rehnberg

Once upon a time (well, actually many times over decades!), I was a mentor in a national program that paired experienced executives with up and coming business leaders. My first mentee in that program, Colleen Larson, and I have stayed in touch over the years. Along her life journey, Colleen demonstrated her own boldness in…

Thinking of Great Ideas AND Making Them Walk, Too: An Interview with Becky Roloff

Becky Roloff is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of Minneapolis.  As their website describes, the YWCA serves over 30,000 annually with a budget of $23 million through a dedicated staff of over 600 full and part-time employees.  I’ve met Becky socially several times but had never sat down to talk with…

Optimistic. Empathetic. Curious. An Interview with Carly Broderick

Let me start this post where Carly Broderick and I ended our bold leader conversation. Optimistic, empathetic and curious were three adjectives Carly offered as the best descriptors of herself. I don’t know her well but in our few exchanges, all three of these characteristics have been on display.  I could add a few others:…