Minnesota CEOs join together in response to recent tragedy

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Center City, Minn. (June 1, 2020) – Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation President and CEO Mark G. Mishek is among 29 executive leaders from across Minnesota who have joined together to release the following statement to stand united against systemic and institutional racism and violence.

As business leaders in Minnesota committed to the principles of greater equity, diversity and inclusion in our companies and in our community, we are deeply saddened and horrified by the recent death of Mr. George Floyd. We share our sincere condolences with his family and friends, and all those who mourn this tragic loss. His death while being restrained by Minneapolis police officers is yet another senseless loss of life — one that reflects deeply ingrained, long-standing injustice within our society.

We are encouraged by the quick response of the authorities in terminating the officers and launching an investigation. We anticipate that it will lead to justice and accountability. It is hard to watch the video of the event as it is clearly evident Mr. Floyd was not treated with the dignity and respect he was due as a human being. These acts are painful and traumatic for our entire community, especially our communities of color.

The repeated occurrence of racially charged events of this nature are contrary to the close-knit employment and residential communities we desire to have in Minnesota. We are committed to taking steps to eliminate the repeat of events like this in our society and committed to investing in substantive change in our organizations and the communities we serve to address racial inequities and social justice. Change has to start today, and it needs to start with us.

Penny Wheeler, MD
Allina Health

Jay Lund
Andersen Corporation

Corie Barry
Best Buy

Craig E. Samitt, MD
Blue Cross MN

David MacLennan
Cargill

Marc Gorelick, MD
Children's Minnesota

Bob Biesterfeld
C.H. Robinson

Doug Baker
Ecolab

Michael J. O'Leary
Ernst & Young LLP

Jeff Harmening
General Mills

Peter Frosch
Greater MSP

Mark G. Mishek
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Andrea Walsh
HealthPartners

Beth E. Ford
Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Geoff Martha
Medtronic

Charlie Weaver
Minnesota Business Partnership

Craig Leipold
Minnesota Wild

Daniel L. Johnson
Mortenson Construction

David C. Mortenson
Mortenson Construction

Chad Abraham  
Piper Sandler Companies

Mark Urdahl
Red Wing Shoes

Brian C. Murray
Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Lisa Brezonik
Salo, LLC

Christopher M. Hilger
Securian Financial Group, Inc.

Archie Black
SPS Commerce

Julie Sullivan
University of St. Thomas

Andrew Cecere
US Bank

Laurie Nordquist
Wells Fargo MN

Ben Fowke
Xcel Energy, Inc.

About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation's leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient addiction and mental health care for adults and youth, the Foundation has treatment centers and telehealth services nationwide as well as a network of collaborators throughout health care. Through charitable support and a commitment to innovation, the Foundation is able to continually enhance care, research, programs and services, and help more people. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in its services and throughout the organization, which also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction. Learn more at HazeldenBettyFord.org and on Twitter.