Biographies

Courtney Jordan Baechler, MD, MS Medical Director, Emerging Science Centers Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Courtney Jordan Baechler attended the University of Minnesota, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a medical degree from the School of Medicine, and a master’s degree in epidemiology and public policy from the School of Public Health.  She completed the National Institute of Health Physician Scientist track.  Academic focus is primary and secondary prevention of chronic disease.  She is a board-certified internist and cardiologist, focusing on the prevention of heart disease and behavioral change that supports overall wellbeing. 

Dr. Jordan Baechler serves as medical director of the emerging science centers at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation focusing on the women’s science center and the prevention center.  Previous roles include an appointment as assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Health.  Prior to that she served as Vice President of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Allina Health’s prevention, wellness, and clinical service line.  She served as a consultant to the Statewide Health Improvement Plan for the clinical work group in Minneapolis.  

She has been one of the authors of the Healthy Lifestyle Guideline for the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement serves on the MN Department of Health Prevention of Cardiovascular and Stroke Committee.  Leadership roles have included general board member for the YMCA of the greater Twin Cities, board member for Cycle Health, and a policy advocate for the American Heart Association of MN.  She is passionate about helping individuals, families, and communities to find their highest state of wellbeing—body, mind, and spirit.


Tiffanie L. Boyd Human Resources Vice President General Mills North America Retail

Tiffanie Boyd is Vice President of Human Resources for General Mills North America Retail, the largest business segment in General Mills representing nearly 60% of the company’s sales with well-known North American brands including Annie's, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Cheerios, Trix, and Lucky Charms. 

In this role she is accountable for building talent, organization, and engagement strategies for the more than 10,000 employees supporting North America Retail.  She is a purpose-driven leader, known for leveraging the skill and passion of people to solve business problems.  Her more than 25 years of experience spans talent management, leadership development, HR transformation, organization design, change management, labor relations and employee engagement.

Tiffanie joined General Mills more than 20 years ago as an Associate HR Manager and quickly accelerated through positions of broader responsibility in several manufacturing sites (Toledo, Covington, and West Chicago).  She spent three years in the International Division of General Mills prior to relocating to Canada in 2006 to become the VP HR for General Mills Canada.  In 2010, upon repatriation to the US, she was promoted to HR VP for the Convenience and Foodservice segment.  In 2013 she was promoted into the HRVP role for the Supply Chain organization. 

In addition to her General Mills experience, Tiffanie also worked at Hewitt Associates (currently Alight) and has internship experiences at Blue Cross Blue Shield, General Motors Acceptance Corp, and Dow Chemical.  She has an MBA and BBA from the Michigan Ross Business School and currently serves on the BBA Program Advisory Board.

Tiffanie is also passionate about youth education. She dedicates her volunteer time to non-profit board work focused on closing the achievement gap.  She is most proud of her thriving family which includes a 23-year marriage to Colbert and two teenage sons, Evan and Ian.


Business Accelerator - Minnesota 

The EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator- Minnesota is presented by: Cheerios 

Business Accelerator - Minnesota 

Business Accelerator – Minnesota

EmPOWERED to Serve - Minnesota Business Accelerator is presented by: Mayo Clinic

Business Accelerator – Minnesota