Notable Women Entrepreneurs 2022

These women aren’t just founding their own businesses, they’re running side gigs, launching nonprofits, sitting on boards, and mentoring emerging women leaders. Meet the 2022 Notable Women Entrepreneurs charting new paths in the Twin Cities business community.

Methodology: The individuals featured did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from nomination materials. This list is not comprehensive; it includes only people who were nominated and accepted after editorial review. To qualify for this list, individuals must have at least five years of experience in their field and have shown the ability to effect change in their roles or areas of practice.

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Sarah Breiner

Sarah Breiner

Founder principal, Breiner Law Firm, LLC
Known as “The Legal Mama,” Sarah Breiner is the founding attorney and owner of Breiner Law Firm, which started in Atlanta in 2012, followed in 2017 by her second office
Sarah Bridges

Sarah Bridges

Founder and CEO, Bridges Consulting 
As the founder and owner of Edina-based Bridges Consulting, Sarah Bridges has more than 25 years of experience as a psychologist, executive coach, speaker, writer, and leadership adviser.  She uses her
Ingrid Christensen

Ingrid Christensen

Founder and CEO, INGCO International
Ingrid Christensen is the founder of INGCO International, a global translation and interpreting firm that provides equal access to information, regardless of the language. From Cargill to Zoom Video Communications,
Mary Cleary

Mary Cleary

Founder and CEO, Studio501
An accountant who started her career with KPMG in San Francisco, Mary Cleary moved into accounting roles with nonprofits and recognized a broader opportunity to support mission-driven organizations. In 2002, she
Gretchen Culver

Gretchen Culver

Owner and creative director, Rocket Science Events
“Unflappable” and “innovative” are how event industry colleagues describe Gretchen Culver, founder of Minneapolis-based Rocket Science Events, which designs and produces weddings, corporate events, galas, and experiences that have won
Mary Fallon

Mary Fallon

Co-founder and chief creative officer, Kidizen
Mary Fallon and co-founder Dori Graff were ahead of their time in 2014 when they launched Kidizen, an online resale marketplace for children’s clothing. The Minneapolis-based startup was positioned to
Luisa Fuentes

Luisa Fuentes

Founder and CEO, Rayito de Sol Spanish Immersion Early Learning Center
Determined to build a career that connected her Peruvian heritage and education with her passion to make a difference in her adopted community in Minnesota, Luisa Fuentes founded Rayito de
Dori Graff

Dori Graff

Co-founder and CEO, Kidizen
Innovating at the intersection of consumer behavior and technology, Dori Graff leads Kidizen, the online resale marketplace for children’s clothes that she founded with Mary Fallon in 2014. As the secondhand
Samantha Grose

Samantha Grose

Founder and principal designer, Oak & Arrow Homes 
With more than 17 years of architectural experience, a passion for design, and a love of business, Samantha Grose founded Oak & Arrow Homes in 2019. The Edina-based firm specializes
Lee Jones

Lee Jones

Co-founder, president, and CEO, Rebiotix Inc. 
An innovator with experience both building and leading life sciences companies, Lee Jones co-founded Rebiotix Inc. in 2011 to create the world’s first microbiome-based therapeutic under the company’s Microbiota Restoration
Megan Junius

Megan Junius

President and creative director, Eight Moon
Megan Junius leads Eight Moon, a full-service creative firm based in St. Paul. A leader who excels in both creativity and business acumen, Junius has inspired her team to create award-winning
Beth Lindborg

Beth Lindborg

Co-founder and CEO, Sarcio Inc. 
Beth Lindborg is the CEO and co-founder of Sarcio Inc., a regenerative medicine company developing a first-in-class disease-modifying therapy for osteoarthritis. The medical startup was spun off from the University
Larissa Loden

Larissa Loden

Owner, Larissa Loden Inc. 
Larissa Loden has grown her eponymous jewelry collection into a national brand with a major online following; the line is also sold through retailers around the country. Even when wholesale
Sarah Moe

Sarah Moe

Founder and CEO, Sleep Health Specialists
A pioneer in the field of sleep education with a background in sleep medicine, Sarah Moe recognized a need in the business community to address what she identified as a
Margaret Murphy

Margaret Murphy

Founder and CEO, Bold Orange Co.
Building on leadership roles in entrepreneurial businesses such as Carlson Co., Denali Marketing, and Olson, Margaret Murphy launched Bold Orange Co. (BOCO) in 2018. In four years, BOCO has grown
Stacia Nelson

Stacia Nelson

Founder and CEO, Pivot Strategies
Following a layoff in 2015 as part of a Fortune 50 downsizing, Stacia Nelson became an accidental entrepreneur by founding Pivot Strategies, a communications agency that assists companies with internal
Kristi Piehl

Kristi Piehl

Founder and CEO, Media Minefield
Following a 12-year career as an Emmy Award-winning television news reporter, Kristi Piehl launched Media Minefield in 2010. The full-service Minnetonka-based public relations agency specializes in story-centered marketing with an
Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk

Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk

Co-founder and CEO, Canomiks Inc. 
Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk’s passion for bringing science, transparency, and trust to the dietary supplement, functional food, beverage, and skin care industries led to the 2015 creation of Canomiks Inc. The Rochester-based