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Leadership in Action Breakfast Series


Lift360’s Breakfast Series will connect you with prominent, skilled, and insightful leaders in our community. Over the course of the year, the four-part series addresses different topics and issues from the perspective of our leaders. The Breakfast Series is designed for those in the nonprofit, private, and public sectors who wish to engage with and learn from those in our community who are making a significant impact in their leadership roles.

“Next Generation Leadership” – Breakfast with Betsy Biemann, CEO of Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

May 4, 2017 

7:00-9:00am, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland

($25 general public; $20 Lift360 alumni)

Join us for the next Leadership Breakfast with Betsy Biemann, CEO of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) – a private, nonprofit Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI): “founded in 1977 to develop job-creating natural resources and small business ventures in rural regions of Maine, and has grown to serve business funding all of Maine, its primary market, and areas of northern New England and upstate New York.”

Biemann oversees the organization’s strategy development, financial health, and external relations while working closely with CEI’s board and subsidiaries’ boards. On May 4th, Betsy will address her experience stepping into a leadership role that follows the longtime leader and founding CEO of CEI, Ron Phillips. She will speak to the generational shift taking place in Maine as Baby Boomer leaders retire, and younger leaders step up into bigger roles. Successful leadership, as Biemann sees it, requires bridging the sectors of our community to find and implement solutions. Hear more about Biemann’s leadership story, and her goals for CEI as it works to fulfill its mission: to integrate financing, business and industry expertise, and policy solutions to help grow good jobs, environmentally-sustainable enterprises, and shared prosperity in Maine and other rural regions. 

More About Betsy Biemann:
Prior to succeeding Ron Phillips as the organization’s second CEO, Betsy led Growing Maine’s Food Industry, Growing Maine, a project of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University, and advised businesses, nonprofit organizations and social enterprises in Maine and nationally. From 2005 to 2012 she was President of the Maine Technology Institute, investing in Maine companies and initiatives seeking to grow high-potential sectors of Maine’s economy. Prior to her move to Maine, Betsy served as Associate Director at The Rockefeller Foundation in New York City, where she managed a national grant and investment portfolio aiming to increase employment in low-income communities and prior to that was one of the Foundation’s first Warren Weaver Fellows. She joined Rockefeller’s staff in 1996 after working in international development, principally in Africa. 

Betsy earned her B.A. in biology and the history of science at Harvard University and her M.P.A. at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She serves on the board of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation and is its Treasurer. Previously, Betsy served as a member of boards of CEI, the Maine Philanthropy Center, the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board, and Global Kids. She and her family live in Brunswick, Maine.


October 25th, 2016 – “Leadership in the Maine Woods Initiative”
Breakfast review from Lift360’s Reporter, Mary Ellms: “Maine’s New National Monument: Difficult Conversations and What’s Next

December 14th, 2016 – “Maine Developers: Leadership in Action”

March 8, 2017 – “Community Heart & Soul: Cultivating Leadership in Maine”

Thank you to our generous Breakfast Series sponsors!