Redefining Leadership 2020: Leading Through Uncertainty
Clockwise: Paul Marvin of The Marvin Cos., TCB’s Allison Kaplan, Kelly Baker of Pentair, and Rodney Young of Delta Dental of Minnesota

Redefining Leadership 2020: Leading Through Uncertainty

Three Minnesota execs share candid thoughts on employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, and the role of business in meeting community needs.

The past few months have been marked by uncertainty and unrest. Elected officials have done what they can to lead through a summer of civil unrest and continued pandemic fallout. But, more often than not, the burden of leadership has fallen on the business community. During these uncertain times, “employees are looking to businesses to lead,” noted Paul Marvin, CEO of The Marvin Cos., the Warroad-based maker of windows and doors.

In a  TCB Talks virtual panel discussion on Wednesday, Marvin joined Delta Dental of Minnesota CEO Rodney Young and Pentair Executive VP and Chief Human Resources Officer Kelly Baker to discuss how their organizations are approaching a wide range of critical issues, from employee mental health to diversity and inclusion to the role of business in addressing social issues.

Delta Dental recently created a social change council. “We’re looking inside first,” Young said. Pentair established a Black Employee Network in a matter of two weeks after the killing of George Floyd.

“Pentair has traditionally not been extremely outspoken on external, social issues, but this was one that shook all of us to our core,” Baker said. “We felt we needed to lean in in a much bigger way than we had in the past…we’re here now and we’re going to use this as an accelerator for our organization to make a difference.”

Watch the full conversation below.