YPN5Q is a weekly Q&A series spotlighting the state’s top young business and civic leaders and creative minds — professionals propelling change through entrepreneurship, the arts, public service, social media, and community involvement.
This week, we hear from Michael Morris, a healthcare planning and business-development leader who chairs ShakopeeConnect, the young professionals group of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce.
Name: Michael Morris
Residence: Eden Prairie
Current job title: Director of Business Development
Current employer: St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, Minn.
1. How would other people describe you — using only adjectives?
Driven, responsible, persistent, motivated, competitive.
2. What strategies, networks or professional associations have been most helpful to you in building your career?
It’s been extremely helpful for me to be involved in a wide variety of groups that provide opportunities for interaction and networking with healthcare leaders, civic leaders and other young professionals.
I help lead the Shakopee Chamber’s young professionals group, ShakopeeConnect, serve on Eden Prairie’s Budget Advisory Commission and sit on the Minnesota American College of Healthcare Executives board.
As I was starting out in my career, the alumni of the University of Iowa’s Health Management and Policy program were very important and helpful to me, and I now give back by serving on the program’s alumni board. It’s a great way to mentor new grads and offer advice for how the program can help better prepare students prior to entering the field.
3. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My family. My wife Heather and our two daughters, Gabriella and Bricelyn, mean the world to me.
4. What are your favorite Minnesota activities?
Anything outside! I was a landscaper during summers in college, and I would love to do that if I wasn’t working in healthcare. Aside from landscaping, I enjoy swimming, running, biking, fishing and an evening bonfire.
5. Who would you love to have lunch with?
My grandparents, who passed away when I was young. They were masters of personal relationships and parenting, and I’d love to talk with them on a parent-to-parent level to gather their insight and advice.
Aside from them, I’d love to have lunch with people like Bill Cosby, Will Smith, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Sam Walton or any of our presidents or founding fathers in hopes that their humor, creativity, leadership skills or intellect would rub off on me.
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