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National Business Leaders Join Traverse Connect for May 17 Event: Leadership Lessons from the Field

Traverse Connect’s Leadership Roundtable program will present a unique professional development event on May 17 to impart leadership lessons for organizations of all sectors and sizes. Leaders from nationally recognized sports, entertainment, and financial organizations, including Key Bank, the Minnesota Vikings, Ilitch Sports + Entertainment, and the Oklahoma City Dodgers, will speak about their unique career journeys and strategies to create inclusive cultures to drive growth.

“Given the changes and seismic shifts we have all experienced over the past few years, both personally and professionally, it’s now more important than ever to listen and learn from each other. It’s what can truly bring us together, elevate and inspire,” said Kelly Reitnour, senior vice president of sponsorship marketing for Key Bank. “Opportunities like this are so valuable and I am so grateful to be a part of it.”

Joining Reitnour on the stage at Delamar Traverse City will be Kathleen Coyle, director of premium sales for the Minnesota Vikings, Molly Wurdack-Folt, vice president of partnership activation for Ilitch Sports + Entertainment, and Jenna Byrnes, senior vice president for the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

“Cherry Capital Airport is proud to sponsor the Leadership Roundtable Event Series bringing these exceptional leaders to northern Michigan,” said Kevin Klein, CEO. “Traverse City is a national destination for leisure travel and this professional development opportunity for leaders of all industries spotlights Traverse City as a top destination for business.”

Leadership Lessons from the Field: Driving Growth and Building Inclusive Cultures will be held at the Delamar Traverse City on Tuesday, May 17. Registration will open for attendees at 2 p.m., and the program will begin at 2:30. Tickets are $35 for Traverse Connect investors/members and $75 for future investors. Networking will follow the program’s conclusion at 4 p.m. Leadership Lessons from the Field: Driving Growth and Building Inclusive Cultures is presented by Cherry Capital Airport with additional support from Deviate. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Molly MacGirr with Traverse Connect.

Attendees can plan on hearing the panel discuss the adjustments and learnings they’ve used in leading teams in the past two years, supporting and elevating women at work, and their approach to leadership and creating change.

  • Kathleen Coyle leads the Premium Sales Team for the Minnesota Vikings after joining the organization in March 2016. Kathleen previously held sales roles with the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers.
  • Kelly Reitnour manages and oversees the bank’s sponsorship and marketing strategies and has held leadership roles in the sponsorship and marketing team since 2016. Kelly previously worked in the marketing and promotional teams at First Niagara Bank, Fisher-Price, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
  • Molly Wurdack-Folt leads the corporate partnerships’ activation group at Ilitch Sports + Entertainment, the business division of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, The District Detroit, Olympia Parking, and the Ilitch joint venture interest in 313 Presents. Molly joined the organization in 2008 after holding marketing roles with the Miami Dolphins and Ohio University Athletics.
  • Jenna Byrnes oversees all aspects of ticket sales initiatives, including group events, hospitality sales, and sales campaigns for the Oklahoma Dodgers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. She also focuses on leadership and professional development for the 45 full-time members of the organization. Before joining the Dodgers in 2010, Jenna held a leadership sales role with the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers.