Congratulations to Katie Barta on receiving the 2023 Mike Maidenberg Emerging Leader Award! Katie grew up in Michigan, ND before moving to Grand Forks to attend the University of North Dakota for college. Katie graduated from UND in 2016 with a degree in Human Services and spent 3 years in the human services field before making the move to Probitas Promotions. Katie spent her first 2 ½ years in order and production management, before becoming Director of Operations in 2022. Katie resides in Grand Forks with her husband, two children, and two overzealous dogs.
In addition to receiving the Mike Maidenberg Emerging Leader Award, Katie has selected the Grand Forks Senior Center to receive a scholarship to attend the 2024 Chamber Leadership Class. Katie said, "My Grandma was very involved at the Senior Center before her passing, so it's only fitting to have them receive it. Today would have been my Grandma's 80th birthday, so it feels a little serendipitous."
About the Mike Maidenberg Leadership Endowment and Emerging Leader Award
In 2004, the Mike Maidenberg Leadership Endowment was established at the Community Foundation by Grand Forks Herald employees to honor Publisher Mike Maidenberg on his retirement. It was a fitting way to thank and commemorate Mike’s long time civic efforts in Grand Forks. His leadership was instrumental in strengthening our community, especially after the flood of 1997. His leadership presence continued as he was at the forefront of establishing the Community Foundation, serving as our first Board President. Mike remains committed to the quality of life in communities and is a strong advocate for revitalization of downtown areas.
Nominations for the Mike Maidenberg Emerging Leader Award are based on the following leadership characteristics: Positive Attitude and Adaptability, Communication and Vision, Integrity, Education and Innovation, Creativity, Intelligence, and Team Building.
The 2023 award nominees were Katie Barta, Theresa Brorby, and Gracie Lian.
To make a gift to the Mike Maidenberg Leadership Endowment to support future nonprofit scholarships, click here.
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