2021 Outstanding Directors Awards: Role Models for Board Service

Honoring Minnesota’s Outstanding Board Directors
2021 Outstanding Directors Awards: Role Models for Board Service

Our 2021 outstanding directors range from a sitting CEO still relatively new to corporate boards to retired business leaders who’ve fully embraced board service as a way to share their experience. Businesses benefit from both vantage points, and that range is one more way, along with greater attention to race, gender, and industry expertise, that companies like the ones represented here are striving to diversify.

“A diverse board will outperform every time,” says Archie Black, CEO of SPS Commerce, where two of this year’s honorees serve or have served as directors. “From what I’ve observed in business, you want a lot of different perspectives and frames of mind at the table.”

At a moment when so many companies are reflecting on their own culture, as well as the changing needs of consumers and community, boards can ask the difficult questions, shape the executive team, and provide critical guidance. This year’s five honorees went above and beyond, providing invaluable counsel to prominent organizations including Allina Health, Delta Dental of Minnesota, and Knutson Construction. Their service helps set the stage for a new day in business leadership.

Photos by Caitlin Mathis

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