WomenVenture this week named LeeAnn Rasachak as Chief Executive Officer.
"We are incredibly pleased that LeeAnn Rasachak has accepted the role of CEO,” said Aruna Nookala, WomenVenture board chair. “As a former WomenVenture board member, she brings a deep understanding of the organization, a demonstrated commitment and a fresh perspective to the role. With her commitment to creating opportunities for women and people of color and her expertise in diversity and inclusion, we are excited to see where her leadership takes WomenVenture."
“I am honored and thrilled to join WomenVenture. The organization plays a critical role in contributing to our local economy by supporting women and minority-owned businesses to grow and thrive. I look forward to leading the organization in delivering the services entrepreneurs need across the Twin Cities metro and beyond,” said Rasachak.
Rasachak comes to WomenVenture from a senior marketing role at RBC Wealth Management, with more than 15 years’ experience in business and marketing, focused on consumer retail and financial services with an emphasis on brand building for Fortune 1000 companies. She received an MBA from Hamline University and undergraduate degrees from the University of St. Thomas. Rasachak also recently earned a DEI certification from Cornell University
Rasachak is passionate about entrepreneurship and the long-term impact that women-owned businesses have on their communities. “Nothing is more exciting than to see women build and grow businesses,” said Rasachak. “The ability to own a business, employ people, and create products that meet a need is incredible.”
WomenVenture’s CFO and Interim CEO, Susan Joos, said, “We welcome LeeAnn’s appointment. She has been a stalwart of the WomenVenture Board since 2018, and we’ve enjoyed working with her in that capacity. To have her come aboard now as CEO is a very positive step for our organization. Our staff and board are thrilled.”
Rasachak begins the role full-time on October 26, and will be a featured speaker at WomenVenture’s fundraiser, the Women Mean Business Luncheon and Marketplace on Friday, Nov.12 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
WomenVenture helpps women in the Twin Cities to achieve economic success through small business ownership and programs that increase women’s economic self-sufficiency through training, business coaching, loans, and a network of support. To learn more, visit womenventure.org.