#29: Gender differences in public relations

Amelia Reigstad is a public relations practitioner and newly-minted faculty member at the University of Minnesota.

She developed Crosspoint Communications, a full service consultancy agency from a grassroots level in 2007 and taught a variety of public relations and communications courses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the University of Victoria, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Amelia is currently completing her Ph.D in media and communications and recently published her initial findings of a study that explores gender differences in the public relations industry. We dedicated most of our conversation to the key learnings of this fascinating study.


#28: Jumping without a safety net - Lori myren-Manbeck

“Most of us want kindness. We start there.” 

Lori Myren-Manbeck is the founder and CEO of Inclusivi-tee, a charity t-shirt club that donates 100% of its profits to “forward-focused” non-profit organizations.

Lori holds a PhD in Geriatric Psychology and has enjoyed a fulfilling career providing care to vulnerable individuals. Today, Lori’s passion for “taking care of each other” has never been stronger.



“You cant do this work from a desk.”

Chris Serres is a reporter for the Star Tribune covering social services and issues affecting society’s most vulnerable populations.

In the interview, we discuss his reporting on individuals with mental illness and the elderly. More specifically, we explore his eye-opening work that exposed statewide injustices happening to these two groups and their families.

His 2015 series of articles, titled “A Matter of Dignity,” explored Minnesota’s archaic and dehumanizing healthcare system for those with mental illness. In honor of their work, Chris and his colleagues were named finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting