Artemisia Leadership Initiative
CFANS has established the Artemisia Leadership Initiative to address gender-based barriers and improve leadership potential for women. This is the second seminar in the series of dynamic industry leading speakers:
Unleashing the Power of Servant Leadership
Lynn Casey, CEO at Padilla
Lynn is the third chief executive officer to lead the former Padilla Speer Beardsley since its founding in 1961. She led the company through the largest acquisition of its history when it combined with CRT/tanaka in September 2013. That was followed by the addition of the Joe Smith brand strategy consultancy in 2015 and nutrition affairs powerhouse FoodMinds in 2016. Today, Padilla is among the top 10 independents and the largest employee-owned agency in the U.S., with offices in Minneapolis, New York, Richmond, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining a predecessor firm in 1983, Lynn was marketing communications manager for Burlington Northern. While there, she coordinated a diverse program to expand awareness of company services following railroad deregulation. She also developed Minnesota’s first public relations campaign for foster care home recruitment.
Lynn is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Dakota. She holds a master’s degree in mass communications from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas.
Active in the communications industry at a national level, she has chaired the Public Relations Society of America’s Counselors Academy; served on the board of the Council of Public Relations Firms; and serves on the board of the Arthur Page Society, a group of large-company chief communications officers and their partner agencies.
In Padilla’s headquarters community, Lynn has served on and chaired numerous nonprofit boards. Currently she serves as past board chair of the Greater Twin Cities United Way, vice chair of the University of Minnesota Foundation, and serves on the board of MiA (Minneapolis Institute of Art). She is an active member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable and the Itasca Project. She also serves on the board of Walman, a leader in the optical industry.
She was named Woman Business Executive of the Year by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal in 2011, was inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame in 2011, and was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame in 2014.