Featuring keynote speakers on industry topics

Hosted by the Dunwoody Alumni Association Board

Dunwoody College of Technology
McNamara Center
818 Dunwoody Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55403

This event is complimentary and includes a hot breakfast buffet.

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. First Thursday in September, October, March, and April

Hear from top industry leaders, and network with other industry professionals at Dunwoody’s LEAD Speaker Series. The LEAD events held throughout the academic year feature key executives in the business community presenting on a range of industry topics. We invite all alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students of Dunwoody College of Technology as well as the Twin Cities community.

Each series features a 30 minute keynote speech by a leader in the business community, followed by a 10 – 15 minute Q&A session.

The LEAD Speaker Series provides attendees current insights, changes and future development of the industry world.


Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023: Cathy Heying, Founder and Executive Director of The Lift Garage

Cathy Heying ’10 is the Founder and Executive Director of The Lift Garage, a nonprofit auto repair shop that provides low cost car repair for low income Minnesotans. Born and raised in a town of 800 people in NE Iowa, Cathy has lived in Minneapolis since 1997 where she has worked in a variety of church and social service fields. Holding a BA in Social Work from Loras College in Dubuque, IA and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN, Cathy returned to Dunwoody College in 2008 to receive an AS degree in Auto Technology with a vision of starting a garage to provide affordable car repair to people in need. The Lift Garage has been open since 2013. In 2015 Cathy was named both a CNN Hero and also the Irwin Tools Tradesperson of the Year.

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