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April 4: Hultberg Lectureship welcomes Bremer CEO Jeanne Crain

The College of Business & Public Administration (CoBPA) will celebrate 30 years of the Hultberg Lectureship Series on Tuesday, April 4, in conjunction with corporate partner Carmen Fore and Northwestern Mutual.

To celebrate 30 years of this legacy event, 25 successful female alumnae who served as speakers in the past will be returning to campus to share their stories with UND students.

This signature symposium includes classroom panel discussions during the day, an interactive session with students hosted by the Pancratz Career Development Center, and features keynote speaker, UND alumnus and CEO of Bremer Financial Corporation, Jeanne Crain.

Crain is president and chief executive officer of Bremer Financial Corporation, a privately held, $11 billion financial services company with 2,000 employees offering a comprehensive range of financial solutions for commercial, agricultural and small business clients along with individuals and families. She joined Bremer in May 2012 and has more than 34 years of banking experience in a variety of commercial banking, wealth management and senior leadership positions.

Prior to joining Bremer, Crain was the regional president of BMO Harris Bank. She held the same role at M&I Bank before the company was acquired by BMO Harris in 2007. Crain’s other previous positions include president and CEO of Marquette Capital Bank, vice president of the private banking group at Bank One Milwaukee and commercial banker at First Bank Grand Forks, where she got her start in the industry.

Beyond her duties at work, Crain is actively involved in the community, serving on the board of directors for the Greater Twin Cities United Way, Enterprise Minnesota and the Minneapolis Club, and as co-chair of the “2016 CEO Build” for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. She is also a member of The Itasca Project, an employer-led alliance seeking to address regional economic issues, as well as the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable. Crain has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of North Dakota and a master’s in business administration from Marquette University.

Crain will speak from 3:45 to 5 p.m. in the Gorecki Alumni Center’s Gransberg Community Room. This portion of the event is free and open to the public.