Register for the Virtual Annual Luncheon 2021

joe gothard and terry rasmussen

Join us virtually to celebrate BestPrep on Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 12-1pm CST. The Annual Luncheon will honor outstanding efforts of BestPrep’s volunteers, students, and teachers and will include additional exciting surprises. The Luncheon is a great event to recognize company volunteers for their involvement with BestPrep and to introduce new people to BestPrep’s programs.

BestPrep will be celebrating  Don Friborg Student of the Year, Arian Tomar of Pearson UWC; Leader of Vision Award winner, Roz Tsai of Thrivent; Carpenter Educator of the Year,  Thanhmai Cao of Osseo Senior High School, and the Bunzel Volunteer Award Winner Scott Morris of 3M for their commitments and efforts this year.  Educators of Excellence and Service Award Winners will be recognized as well.

BestPrep is also honored to welcome two keynote speakers, who will discuss challenges and transformations in education and business.

Dr. Joe Gothard, Superintendent of St. Paul Public School (SPPS) is the educational leader of the school district, which serves approximately 36,000 Pre-K-12 students and employs over 5,500 staff. Gothard launched the “SPPS Achieves” strategic plan to set aspirational and attainable goals for student achievement, guide decision-making, and focus the district’s efforts on long-term student outcomes. In 2020-21, he led the district’s response to the pandemic while ensuring decisions met with the needs of students and families, prioritized community well-being, championed equity, and were fiscally sustainable.

Terry Rasmussen is president and CEO of Thrivent, where she guides the organization as it fulfills its promise to help people achieve financial clarity so they can live lives of meaning and gratitude. She is also a member of the Thrivent Board of Directors. Prior to her role as president and CEO, she was president of Thrivent’s fraternal business after serving 10 years as Senior Vice President, general counsel, and secretary. Thrivent is a Fortune 500 company serving more than 2 million clients with 3,700 employees.

BestPrep’s Annual Luncheon program allows for representatives from business and education from all over the Twin Cities and Minnesota to connect. Registration for this event is free – invite your friends, colleagues, and family members to tune in.

Registration is free. Sign up here.