ARRM Leadership Conference: Speakers

Jesse Ross Headshot

Jesse Ross’ heart is centered on community development and building authentic relationships, with 12 years of experience in nonprofit and community-based organizations throughout Minneapolis. Jesse works on both program development and direct community engagement, with the goal of empowering people to effectively impact their own communities. Jesse previously served as area director for Minneapolis Young Life and TreeHouse, where his areas of focus included policy and program development, organizational leadership, diversity and culture, youth and family development, fundraising, outreach, and other initiatives. Currently, he works at The Minneapolis Foundation serving multiple roles in the Community Impact Department, and is also a Roy Wilkins Public Policy Fellow Alumni and a current Ron McKinley philanthropy fellow. He authored the upcoming book Fathers Matter: Leadership lessons I’ve learned from my Father.

Phil Griffin Headshot

Phil Griffin began his career as a Staff Assistant during the first term of Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich. He spent the next four years as staff for the House Higher Education Division and the House Health and Welfare Committee before taking a position lob-bying for the Minnesota Medical Association. Phil was then hired by Physicians Health Plan (PHP) where he worked for the health plan, its management company UnitedHealthcare and PHP’s succes-sor Medica. From 1993 to 2001 Phil was Vice President of Public Policy for PreferredOne. As the principal and owner of Griffin Government Consulting Phil represented American’s Health Insurance Plans, Johnson & Johnson, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, March of Dimes and others for 18 years. In January of 2019 Phil brought his current clients to Ewald Consulting where he joined the Government Relations Group. Phil is a graduate of Hamline University and William Mitchell College of Law.

Jennifer Huber Headshot
Jennifer Huber is the Market Director of Dale Carnegie Training in the North Central States. Dale Carnegie Training is represented in all 50 of the United States and more than 80 nations worldwide. Currently, Dale Carnegie Minnesota is ranked the #2 team in the world behind Taiwan.

In her role, Jennifer acts as the firm’s conduit for large project conversion and uncovering new business development and marketing opportunities. She has formerly managed the Dale Carnegie Training client development team as well as all public programming and community relationships. As a brand advocate and supporter of internal and external clients, Jennifer partners with clients in areas including; sales leadership, confidence & influence, executive presence, change readiness, and virtual teaming. Jennifer has led our successful 8 year partnership with Twin Cities Society of Human Resource Management and the Mpls/St. Paul Business Journal.

Jennifer began with Dale Carnegie Training as a senior consultant managing the downtown Chicago and downtown Minneapolis territories. In both markets, she won the National Sales Award as Rookie of the Year. Over the years, she has placed among the top 10 sales managers worldwide for Dale Carnegie Training.

Before joining Dale Carnegie Training, Jennifer spent nine years in the hospitality industry, where she opened a Starwood Hotel on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue. That hotel was ranked the top Starwood Hotel in the nation of the year during its first year of operation.

Jennifer has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion awareness community for more than 20 years, volunteering for the Jeremiah Program in Minneapolis, and original founding board member of TORCH and Chicago House.  

As a mama to two hilarious preschoolers, dance parties and walks around Lake Harriet is a regular event in the Huber household.
Mark Lindquist Headshot
Mark J Lindquist's life and career are two of the most awe-inspiring stories you have ever heard. The moment your people have the opportunity to listen to this journey, they will come to two conclusions: 1) I can and will do more with my life and career and 2) There are simply no more valid excuses - I must achieve what I was put on earth to achieve. 

Mark is a person who believes that if one human being can do a thing, then you can too. He started life in an orphanage in Seoul, South Korea, was adopted and was brought to America at the age of 8 months and raised on a farm in rural Minnesota. Performing was in his blood from a young age and the culminating moment of his teenage years came when he was given the opportunity to speak on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the AmeriCorps graduating class of 2000. 

Always a servant, as his mother and father taught him, Mark continued his service in the United States Air Force and served honorably at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. There, he had the incredible opportunity to sing the National Anthem for the US Military as well as for a world touring entertainment unit called Tops in Blue, which is similar to a USO or Bob Hope show. During his time on the Island of Oahu, Mark earned a few roles on ABC's LOST, CBS' Hawaii Five-O and in the Universal Studios movie "Battleship."  

Since launching his motivational speaking firm (Mark J Lindquist Motivational Speaking and Entertainment) and his consulting firm (Lindquist and Associates), he has had the opportunity to speak for the largest companies in America (McDonald's, Walmart, Starbucks, IBM), sing for the largest crowds in America (NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA), and perform for the President of the United States of America. He is widely known in the professional speaking industry as the fastest growing motivational speaker in America, having been invited to deliver guest lectures to over 1500 aspiring and professional speakers, including many Hall of Fame Speakers. 

Mark is a United States Air Force and Afghanistan War Veteran. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado.
Senator Jim Abeler Headshot
Sara Grafstrom Headshot
Sara is the current Director of State and Federal Policy at ARRM. In that capacity she is responsible for tracking all legislative activity and changes that impact ARRM members and advancing ARRM's legislative agenda. Prior to this role, Sara worked as ARRM's Grassroots Coordinator, organizing ARRM's grassroots advocacy efforts in support of our legislative priorities. Prior to coming to ARRM, Sara worked at the Minnesota House of Representatives as a Legislative Assistant and on various political campaigns during the 2006, 2008 and 2010 campaign cycles.