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Kristine Fortman Leading with Heart for Cardiovascular Research and Education

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Kristine Fortman, PhD, CEO of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF)

The final spring episode of the Good Leadership Breakfast is Thursday, May 23. Guests heard inspiring stories from two speakers this season: Rod Young, the CEO of Delta Dental of Minnesota, and Jeff Augustin, Vice President, Global Business Solutions at Merck Pharmaceuticals

Rounding out the series on May 23 is Kristine Fortman, PhD, CEO of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF). The theme of the spring series is Celebrating the Magic of Managers. Kris will share how empowering her teams led MHIF to the prominent place they hold in the cardiovascular space in healthcare today. 

Important Research

MHIF is one of the leading nonprofit cardiovascular research and education institutions in the country – improving the lives of patients with heart disease around the world. Their vision is creating a world without heart and vascular disease. With 8 years as CEO, Kristine is known in her organization as a thoughtful leader, motivated contributor, and inspiring mentor. That’s good leadership. 

Under Kristine’s direction, investments in MHIF research have increased ten-fold; the team conducts 230+ active studies providing hope to 2,200+ patients who find options through research. In 2023, Kristine was named a Most Admired CEO by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.

Positivity and Joy

Personally, Kristine will bring a ray of sunshine into the Breakfast as she shares both professional and personal insights. She was born and raised in the Minneapolis area, as one of three daughters. In a clever twist of fate, she and her husband are now the parents of three boys!  “I’ve learned so much more about life raising three BOYS!” she laughed. Outside of work she enjoys hiking and yoga, and of course like a true Minnesotan, she loves spending time at the cabin. 

Join Good Leadership for breakfast Thursday, May 23 at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Minneapolis. Reserve your spot now and to be part of Celebrating the Magic of Managers and hear incredible insights from Kristine Fortman. You won’t want to miss it. Get your tickets here.

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