The Catalyst Circle

Theme 02:
How I Got Here

Careers are rarely perfect linear exercises. Sometimes, looking at where we want to go in our career from where we currently are can seem overwhelming and even somewhat impossible. The idea and the practicality of a 5, 10 or 20 year plan can be daunting. Opportunities ebb and flow, passions and interests change, and sometimes reality sets in. When careers zig and zag, is that ok? What can be learned along the way? What SHOULD you be planning for in your career? Many times we marginalize our dreams or our potential because we’re not sure we can do it. And then we become stuck.  

In the Catalyst Circle panel on May 9th, we’re talking to some pretty incredible been-there-done-that leaders who will share with us how they were able to overcome all of the hurdles thrown their way throughout their career to get to where they are.  (And where they currently are is pretty kickass.) It will be vulnerable, real-talk and you’ll walk away with an understanding for many ways to get yourself on your own path to your dream career.  



Thursday, May 9, 2019
6-8, doors open at 5:30

Fisk Building
Studio 125
1621 E. Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

This is for you if…

You want to level up your potential in your career.

You want to be taken seriously for higher level roles.

You want to live your most authentic life.

You want to network and meet other superstars.  

Meet the Panel

Cassie Morris - The Catalyst Circle

Cassandra Morris

R&D Director, Pipeline and Innovation


Cassie is the Director of Pipeline Strategy and Innovation for the Peripheral Vascular Business at Medtronic. There she is responsible for leading cross-functional teams to rapidly identify new compelling technologies and test key business and technical assumptions to ensure R&D, clinical and Business Development investments meet customer needs, accelerate business growth and complements the existing product portfolio. Cassie also undertakes responsibility for identifying new acquisitions within her area of market influence and the associated business development and due diligence.

Prior to her current role she held responsibility for leading translational research associated with the Peripheral and Venous businesses as well as program execution and integration of multiple vascular treatment technologies. She joined ev3/Covidien/Medtronic in 2012 following 5 years of experience in the disposable respiratory care business. Cassie holds 19 issued patents, a Ph.D. and M.S in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Virginia focused on microvascular remodeling and a B.E. in Biomedical and Electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University.

The Catalyst Circle - Panelist Tim Murphy

Tim started his career at Piper Jaffray providing financial analysis to its Private Equity Funds Group. In 2004 he joined Naked Juice, a private equity backed juice and smoothie company in Los Angeles. At Naked Juice Tim advised management on projects in marketing, operations and finance.

In 2008 Tim took a marketing role at General Mills, where he led teams working on many of its brands including Pillsbury and Yoplait. After four years at General Mills, Tim left to become CEO of Hot Dang, a natural food startup that was later sold to Night Hawk Frozen Foods. In 2017 Tim became CEO of Branch Basics, which sells non-toxic cleaning products online.

Tim holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Vanderbilt University. Outside of work his interests include social entrepreneurship, skiing, running and food. He currently advises Good Grocer and serves on the board of the North Star Fund at The Minneapolis Foundation. Tim and his wife, Chandler, live with their two girls in Minneapolis.

Stacia Andersen - The Catalyst Circle

Stacia Andersen

EVP Merchandising and Customer Experience


Stacia is a 25 year veteran of the retail industry. She is currently the EVP of Merchandising and Customer Experience at PetSmart. Prior to joining Petsmart, she served as the Brand President of Abercrombie and Fitch, where she lead the rebuilding and transformation of all aspects of the Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids brands. Previously she worked at Target Corporation for more than 20 years, where she held various leadership roles including senior Vice President of merchandising for Apparel, Accessories and Baby and Home and Seasonal and President of Target Sourcing Services.

Stacia has a passion for leadership and mentoring and is a strong supporter of diversity in the workplace. She is an authentic and approachable leader who believes that strong results are driven from empowered teams.

She is also an active member of the community, serving on the boards of Kids in Need and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

The Catalyst Circle

Creating and navigating a successful career is hard. There is no field guide, no how-to, no rules of the road. It’s on all us to figure it out. Finding mentors who can help and have been there and done that isn’t always easy. But, they’re out there and they want to help. We’re creating a forum to bring these rock stars to the people. Listening to and gaining exposure to accomplished executives and innovative entrepreneurs who have navigated issues, problems, and obstacles that we all go through is a game changer.

The Catalyst Circle gives you a peek behind the curtain for how successful people have gotten to where they are. We pack our events with inspiration and action, but more importantly real talk, no b.s. and just the frank rules of the road for how people have navigated their lives. You’ll walk away inspired and ready to level up where you’re going.

We believe in


the real deal.
no b.s.

enhancing who we already are.
coming into ourselves.
own your story.

we all have the ability to be better and a little help along the way is just what we need.

we are better together. we lift each other up.


The journey is messy and everyone’s is different, but together we got this.  


Created by:

Carly Broderick - The Catalyst Circle

Carly Broderick

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Carly founded Brodstone Consulting with the hypothesis that her diverse background and skill set would be valuable to businesses on a fractional basis. She works with retailers, consumer brands and entertainment companies on high-growth initiatives. Prior to consulting, Carly worked as an executive leading billion+ dollar businesses in corporate America (Fortune 30 retailer), as a consumer brand marketing guru in entertainment (mega-blockbuster movie studio) and as a jack of all trades event producer in Los Angeles (boutique event agency.) She’s skilled at identifying and solving pain points and sprinting after the biggest opportunity.

Carly is also deeply driven to help others create self-employment that fully leverages their greatest talents by fueling skilled & savvy go-getters who are on the journey to make the leap to fulfillment, flexibility, autonomy and income as an independent consultant.


Kayd Roy

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Kayd is a graphic designer with a wide range of experiences and is known in the Twin Cities for her jazzy personality and getting new businesses off the ground. In the past two years she has helped launch 33 brands through strategy, design, photography or social channels and has taught workshops ranging from Instagram Strategy to mastering the #FreelanceLife.

Her day-to-day consists of trend forecasting for Target, creating design strategies for Fly Feet Running, consulting for businesses in their launch phase and teaching her toddler how to dance. 

Kristin Shane - The Catalyst Circle

Kristin Shane

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Kristin is the Chief Dream-Follower, Founder and CEO at Fly Feet Running.  She spent most of her career running high profile businesses for Target, most recently as the Vice President Merchandise Manager of the $6.2B omni-channel beauty and personal care business.  She started Fly Feet in 2016 to realize her own vision: to inspire people to chase the best version of themselves.

Her passion is building high performing teams and businesses. Kristin was the recipient of Women in Business Award by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, serves on the Board of Directors of Twin Cities in Motion, has an MBA, was a Peace Corps volunteer, and is an unstoppable mom to her three young children.