My name is Katie Langlie a.k.a. the Chaos Coordinator and I am a YP. As part of being a Greater Grand Forks Yong Professional, I am so excited to have the privilege to write a monthly blog about my life experiences in Grand Forks as a young professional such as events I attend, restaurants I recommend, the delightful organizations I work for, and all the other things this great community has to offer young professionals.
So for starters, here is a little background so you can get to know me. I was born and raised in Roseau, MN, with an older sister and wonderful parents. Our family owned a local grocery store for decades and has always been very active in the community. I graduated from Roseau High School in 2007, and headed straight to the school of my childhood dreams, the University of North Dakota. The Fighting Sioux
After four incredible years, I am now an alum of the University of North Dakota, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with majors in entrepreneurship and management. After graduation, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime to work for the UND Center for Innovation. The Center for Innovation at the University of North Dakota was among the first entrepreneur outreach centers in the nation when formed in 1984. The center provides assistance to innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers to launch new ventures, commercialize new technologies, and secure access to capital from private and public sources. I currently wear many hats for the Center for Innovation, earning the title of the Chaos Coordinator. I am the Center’s incubator manager, an entrepreneur coach, and the director of the Innovate ND program.
I also work for a startup non-profit, the Sunshine Memorial Foundation, which allows me to pursue my passion for social entrepreneurship. The Sunshine Memorial Foundation is a North Dakota non-profit that was established by Van and Dee Larson in memory and in honor of their daughter, Shannon “Sunshine” Larson, who passed away in 2007, at the age of 31 from heat stroke while she was hiking in Arizona. The purpose of the foundation is to raise money for charitable programs promoting Shannon’s attitude of helping others. The Sunshine Memorial Foundation’s next big project is the Sunshine Hospitality Home Project.
Sunshine Hospitality Home Project involves the planning, fundraising and building of a hospitality house in Grand Forks. The foundation has formed a partnership with Altru Health System for the project. The Sunshine Hospitality Home will be a place for patients and their families, affected by critical illnesses, diseases, and injuries, who must travel to fulfill their healthcare needs. A hospitality house provides individuals with a place to sleep, eat, keep their belongings, relax and find comfort. It will be open to all ages and situations and will welcome families from the Grand Forks area and surrounding region. One might compare it to a Ronald McDonald House, but open to all ages.
I have now lived in Grand Forks for five years, have established an expanding career and am a proud member of the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals. I cannot express how delightful living in the Great Grand Forks Community has been for me. I have been provided an amazing place to live and work with countless opportunities to develop myself and my career. I am so happy to now call Grand Forks my home and I look forward to sharing my Grand Forks experiences and opportunities in the months to come.
- Katie Langlie