Speaker Date Topic
Jessica Bartholomew, Act United Mar 23, 2023

With 25 years of experience working with children, teens, and families in youth outreach, domestic and foreign missions, and as a Police Officer, Jessica brings firsthand information and experience to the issues of child and teen sexual exploitation, abuse, and sex trafficking. Jessica is an engaging, passionate speaker who will leave you not just informed of the facts of juvenile sex trafficking but inspired to take action by her message that “UNITED WE WIN.”

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development with a minor study in Law, Criminology, and Deviance from the U of M Twin Cities. She received a Certificate in Law Enforcement from Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN and Law Enforcement Skills at Metro State University, St. Paul MN. She also holds certificates of continued education and training in Homeland Security, Weapons of Mass Destruction, ATF Tax Evasion to Fund Terrorism, Human Trafficking, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Care, Interdiction of Crimes Against Children, and Crimes Against Children in Indian Country.

In her U.S. and overseas missions work, she has led youth teams in disaster relief, community development projects, started children’s VBS programs and teen sports programs, and trained local staff to continue the work of community and youth engagement.

Jessica served 12 years in law enforcement as a Patrol Officer and as an Undercover Officer in human trafficking and narcotics investigations with a large Metro Area Police Department. She also held positions as a Field Training Officer, Community Engagement Liaison, and was active in several neighborhood crime prevention committees. As an Officer, Jessica received recognition for her work including letters of appreciation from community leaders, commendation from other law enforcement agencies, and from the Minneapolis City Attorneys’ office for her undercover work and missing child recovery. She is the recipient of several Department and National Law Enforcement awards including: The Chiefs Award of Merit, the Carolyn Bailey Mentorship Award from the Minnesota Association of Women Police, and Officer of the Year.

Jessica retired from law enforcement in 2014. In 2015, a phone call asking her to come back and train on juvenile sex training awakened a calling that launched A.C.T. United. Her mission is to take everything she knows about what leaves children and teens vulnerable to exploitation, the cultural and spiritual dynamics that fuel a dark market for child abuse and trafficking, and use it to educate and equip communities in prevention.

Adaolisa Mba, Edina High School Senior Mar 30, 2023
The (Super-Seriously Honest) Confessions of a High Schooler
The (Super-Seriously Honest) Confessions of a High Schooler

Adaolisa Mbe was born in Miami, Florida and lived there her entire life until she joined the Edina A Better Chance program. 

Adaolisa’s parents immigrated from Nigeria in the late 90's and early 2000's and have 4 children. Adaolisa has an older brother who's at the University of Florida, a younger sister who's a junior at EHS, and a younger brother who's a freshman at her hometown high school. 

She has been an Edina A Better Chance scholar for four years, but spent one year at home because of COVID. 

She will graduate from Edina High School this June and will begin her university career at Harvard this fall.

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Greg Janey, Toro Vice President Apr 20, 2023
Allison Peterson, Best Buy Chief Customer Officer Apr 27, 2023
OPEN - To Be Announced May 04, 2023
Women in Leadership Award Event May 11, 2023
Jennifer Zick, Founder/CEO of Authenticbrand May 18, 2023
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Rich Melzer, Youth Link Jun 08, 2023
Yoji Shimizu, PHD Director MD/PHD Jun 15, 2023
Pat Miles Jun 22, 2023
Transition to Rotary Year 2023-2024 Meeting Jun 29, 2023
Recognition of Retiring Board and Committee Members / Rotarian of the Year