Welcome to the Power of 100+. We are glad you have found us! Founders Message… We are 4 women who came together with 4 different networks but united in purpose; to foster awareness of community needs and then to unite together to make a powerful financial impact.
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100+ Woman UNITING together
creates positive change and brings generations of woman together. By bringing together the energy and diversity of women, we dream of making a Powerful Impact on our local community.
We welcome positive energy and active engagement.
The Power of Women coming together!
(Lucia Bell, Darcy Kealy, Heidi Gilbert, Laura Foster)
Lucia’s High School quote: I am going to travel the world and be the last one to marry!!!! (did you get the exclamation points?) Well, she did & continues to travel the world. However, she was the first to marry…to a handsome, energetic USAF Lt. Brian Bell (call sign Taco or Big B)! Lesson learned: never say never☺ The USAF afforded many opportunities to move (9), immerse in new cultures & be a part of the USAF community. The Bell family of 4 (Erik born in Japan, Kristian in North Pole AK) touched down in Hudson WI 2002. Once settled, Lucia finally was able to earn her Masters degree in Education, the family welcomed daughter/sister Sonja from Korea and then Lucia went onto teaching raging hormones (8th graders) math. Since retiring from teaching, you will find Lucia active in community organizations. Currently Lucia is trained in the Salvation Army National Disaster Response Team…and also here with the POWER of 100+ Women of St. Croix Valley…a community of women who want and do make a difference. Peace-n-Love
Shelli has always been passionate about flowers and the entrepreneurial spirit.. So it comes as no surprise to those who know her that she would dedicate her working life to operating a retail floral shop. She began her journey working for a small family owned flower shop in Minneapolis Minnesota. Being family owned she had an excellent opportunity to learn about retail floral and operating a small business. When presented with an opportunity to purchase an established retail flower shop in Downtown Hudson Wisconsin she leapt at the chance. That was over 25 years ago. Currently she shares her experience and knowledge with other inspiring shop owners and designers as an instructor at Koehler Dramm's Institute of Floristry in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Shelli believes in the Power of 100 and the dramatic impact made in one evening by just 100 women. Never underestimate the power of the collective.
Renee, the President of TalentQ, Inc., author of “I Hate Mondays: A Guide to Landing a Job that Makes You Jump Out of Bed,” and former Executive Recruiter at Target Corporation has over 20 years of recruiting experience. With a love for people, natural knack for conversation, and energy that can blow the roof off of any room! Ready to bring a fresh approach to the recruiting industry, Renee founded TalentQ, Inc, a nationwide recruiting firm headquartered in Hudson, Wisconsin. As a recruiting expert, speaker, author, and career coach, Renee clears the noise in hiring on her podcast Careers & Cocktails and educates career professionals through her website Pay Raise and Promotion. TalentQ is proud to be certified as a Women Owned Business and takes pride in providing supplier diversity to the incredible companies they partner with. Renee is also a frequent contributor to University of Wisconsin – River Falls, HMG Strategy’s CIO Summits, Monster.com and Junior Achievement.
Michelle has spent over 20 years in the financial services industry. Before joining Edward Jones, I owned my own CPA practice, worked in public accounting and was a CFO for a large non-profit. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University, double
majoring in accounting and information systems. I hold the FINRA series 7 and 66 security registrations, am insurance licensed to provide long-term care, life and disability insurance as well as hold my Accredited Asset Management Specialist™ (AAMS®) designation*.
I have been married to my high-school sweetheart for over 27 years and have two adult daughters. I am president of PEO and on the boards of the Hudson Community Foundation, Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence and Power of 100. I play golf and pickleball (poorly) and love to read.
Over 15 years ago, Bridget and Tom (her energetic and hilarious husband) spent most summer weekends sailing the St. Croix River. They knew they eventually wanted to move from Uptown and make this beautiful area their home. 5 years later, they moved to North Hudson with their two children, Liam and Lucy (now 14 and 13 years old respectively). While Bridget spends a lot of her time managing their home and driving their kids to basketball, gymnastics, and their countless activities, she is also a marriage and family therapist. She has a private practice in St. Paul, just above WA Frost. She is a local expert in Discernment Counseling and loves to do the challenging work of couples therapy. She also has a deep love for yoga and all its spiritual teachings. She has completed her 500 hour yoga teacher training. In 2019, she had the great privilege of traveling to India to participate in an ancient practice at the Kumbha Mela. It was life-changing! In her spare time (hah! what’s that?) , Bridget loves traveling with her family, hiking anywhere especially Willow River and Perch Lake, and attending music festivals with friends. She loves all forms of music but her current favorite is Trevor Hall! Listen sometime, his music is dreamy! Bridget’s heart is full of gratitude for all the blessings she has had in her life. She is honored to be a part of The Power of 100 here in St. Croix Valley. She welcomes this opportunity to give back to this rich community and to help cultivate an even greater bond amongst its members. She looks forward to meeting each and every one of you!
Sarah moved to Hudson in 2008 and has affectionately called it “home” ever since. Growing up in western Wisconsin, she finished her BA in Speech Communication/Organizational Development at Northern Kentucky University, spent ten years in Atlanta before landing back in the Midwest.
Sarah’s work (and heart’s passion) is people. She travels the country (and Zoom, Teams and WebEx 😊) consulting, coaching and facilitating business professionals on their presence, communication and personal brand. She consults with organizations to identify leadership gaps and designs programs or solutions to improve the overall employee experience and development.
In 2019, Sarah and her husband, Eric opened The Zone – a class-based fitness studio in Hudson, giving community members a safe place to get healthier and have fun doing it! Fun fact! Sarah scampered her way to the finish line of the New York City Marathon in 2021 for the Michael J Fox Foundation. That was her first marathon and will “lovingly” be her last!
Sarah is the mom of three great kiddos who hold the biggest part of her heart, Claire (19), Garrett (17 and Alex (17). She’s not-so-anxiously anticipating being an empty nester.
Foodies at heart, Sarah and Eric can be spotted on the weekends at the local Hudson and Stillwater eateries or walking their Golden/Collie, Mika by the river. She looks forward to watching the membership of Power of 100 grow and supporting our local organizations doing such great things.
A nonprofit is as strong as the community that holds it up. Together, we can do more than we can do alone. Let's bring our abilities and passions together to affect real change.
There are many ways to join us and support our mission. Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and ways that you can get our message to your friends and family.