Minneapolis/St. Paul CHAPTER Leadership Team
Chapter Chair - Jill Goski
My professional career included teaching preschool, directing a community center, working in public/community relations for a major light rail transit infrastructure project, and a variety of human resource and education roles, the last decade as Director of Education and Organization Development for the Minnesota Supreme Court. I left full time employment a few years ago to transition to part time consulting and serve on a National Board. Some would call this retirement. As a lifelong learner, I resonated with the philosophy in the TTN signature book, ‘Smart Women Don’t Retire, They Break Free” which refers to this event as going from working full time to living full time and continuing a life of engagement and contribution.
I had heard from so many “retirees” that they were ‘doers’ while working but after retirement they were just ‘being’ or that they went from ‘Who’s Who!’ to ‘Who’s she?’ after leaving full-time employment. They wanted to continue contributing and having impact. However, the constellation of people they came into contact with each day no longer knew their rich work and life experiences and talents. As I learned more about TTN, I realized how much the Vision, Mission and Values mirrored many of my own interests and values. TTN provides a community of women who recognize each other’s gifts, talents and strengths through contributions for the common good.
I have been involved in TTN since the first local organizing meetings in late 2013 and became a member of the leadership/steering committee in early 2014, Co-Chair in 2015 and Chair in 2018.
Other things that I love filling my life with now include: taking care of my Grandchildren a day or two each week, volunteering in my Grandson’s preschool class, pilates and fitness classes, outdoor activities,
travel, leading tours at the Ramsey County Courthouse and St. Paul Union Depot, and serving as primary family agent and caregiver for my Mom who lives in a Senior care community. I also contributed for several months to the Super Bowl and the Final Four when hosted locally. I am a member of a TTN Transition Peer Group, and several Special Interest Groups including Finance, Art Appreciation, Book Discussion, Theater, Travel and Urban Hiking.
My name is Cyndy Nelson and I live in New Brighton. I took early retirement following my layoff from Target in July, 2016. As I enter this new phase of my life, I want to look for ways to use my abilities and interests to make a positive impact on others, make new friends, and have new experiences. I learned about TTN and joined in 2016. As I have participated in the Money SIG, the book discussion group, and numerous events, I have discovered that there are many women with similar goals to mine. I have joined the TTN Steering Committee so I can apply the skills I gained during my career as an IT Project Manager to help TTN grow in the Twin Cities. My hobbies are reading, walking, and traveling.
I originally joined TTN off of their website. I was interested in an organization that advocates for women that are 50 forward. What appealed to me was the whole idea of staying relevant in the workplace as we age. I currently work for the Minneapolis VA. In addition, I found that as I have changed jobs and gone through various changes in my life that I am lacking connections. TTN allows me to meet interesting, engaged women from all walks of life and connect with them. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, reading and antiquing.
Erin CampbellLife has held many changes for me and now I hope to embrace this new adventure. I grew-up in Falcon Heights and then earned my art degree from Saint Cloud State University. During my career working for the Boys & Girls Clubs, I have lived in Seattle, Milwaukee, Green Bay and the Twin Cities. I quit work about two years ago and I am still figuring out this new change. I am looking to have fun and challenge myself. I believe in the strength of women to support each other and TTN is the perfect organization.
Barbara O'SullivanMy exploration of joining TTN began as the Minnesota chapter was in formation. I attended several meetings and was excited about the possibility. My interest was sparked and I continue to be excited by the wonderful women I meet. I decided to wait to become involved since I knew I would retire from my position at Minnesota Department of Education in a few years. I did retire three years ago and immediately joined TTN. There was a request in the monthly newsletter to send ideas for forming peer groups. I responded with an idea to form a group with a focus on living with purpose. I received a call from Eleni who liked my idea and asked me to start up the group. I remember thinking "Well why not". I enjoy all the interest groups and events I attend as part of TTN. What differs for me with the peer group is that we focus on everyday life and learn from and with each other how to live our lives with meaning and intention. My hope and goal is to have more peer groups available geographically throughout the Twin Cities.
In addition to TTN, I currently serve on the board for Center for Inclusive Child Care, an organization that provides coaching to child care teachers and providers caring for young children. I also teach yoga for the YMCA. The light of life are my two grandsons, ages two and four years old whom I see every week on "Grammie Day".
TTN provides limitless possibilities since it is an organization led by members.