By Sarah Boyum

For those looking to expand their network and get an inside glimpse into some of the premier jobs and positions in the Twin Cities, grab your tickets for this year’s Table Talk 2018.

This exclusive event gathers together 30 women of note from around the metro who are prepared to dish about their careers, what’s bubbling in their various fields of expertise and in Minnesota communities.

This year’s line-up of table conversationalists pulls from all corners of the metro. Conversationalists include everyone from this year’s Emcee, author, and entertainer Lorna Landvik, to former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton and CEO of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Maureen Bausch. The line-up, which touts 30 women conversationalists also includes US Olympic hockey player Hannah Brandt and psychic, healer, teacher and author Echo Bodine.

“This is a really empowering, really inspiring event to attend,” said Erin Bursch, executive director of the Children’s Hospital Association. “You meet so many wonderful women with diverse backgrounds and we’re all raising funds for children’s health, we all agree it’s one of the more important things we can do with our time and money.”

The event is a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital Association, which directly funds projects at Children’s Minnesota that make a child’s stay, and a family’s visit to the hospital, more comfortable. From providing sensory and communication toolkits to help doctors and nurses better care for kids with autism to funding child life specialist programs that bring another adult in the room to distract and comfort children during medical procedures. The association annually provides nearly $1 million of funding to the hospital for extra programs and services that insurance doesn’t cover.

The event is open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. The luncheon is a low-stress way to network because the table conversationalist helps keep the discussion moving, Bursch said. It’s also an approachable, easy way for people to lend support to Children’s Minnesota or become part of the Children’s Hospital Association.

“The woman of note anchoring the table is there to make it captivating for you,” Bursch said. “If you’re at all apprehensive about networking or putting yourself out there that conversationalist will put you at ease.”

To find out more or to purchase tickets go to http://www.cha-stpaul.org/. Tickets start at $75 and options are available to sponsor a table or a conversationalist as well as to become a presenting sponsor, the highest level of sponsorship and giving to CHA.

This year’s silent auction items include a private book club gathering with Lorna Landvik, a backstage tour and live broadcast with KSTP Anchor Leah McLean as well as a stay at a home in France.

Join us for Table Talk 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 9 at the Mendakota Country Club, 2075 Mendakota Drive in Mendota Heights.

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