JENNIFER POLZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
“Bonnie spoke to the conference attendees on “ Look for the Lesson and not the Whine.” This is the foundation of her life experiences and something she does with confidence. You will find Bonnie to be excited about what she is speaking on, as well as being passionate in education. She has a very persuasive and communicative.
Bonnie has developed leadership skills that have allowed her to spontaneously interact with ethnic diverse populations and all age groups.
Bonnie is a leader that has developed a wide array of presentation skills. She inspires, she can challenges, and she empowers others to change, grow, and improve. She does so by engaging you into fun and interactive conversation.
She has never used where she has come from as a crutch in life, but rather a stepping-stone. She reinforced a belief that “I have a bigger purpose beyond my own interest.”
Advisor’s and students alike commented on her presentation as being a favorite in the evaluations. Please accept my sincere appreciation and recommendation for Bonnie Bakkum Amundson who does demonstrates such professionalism as a great guest speaker for your next event.”
U.W.- PLATTEVILLE LYN BOUCK, PROFESSOR & WOMEN IN INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY ADVISER:
“The Women In Industrial Technology members and I were so pleased that you were able to give them some coaching tips concerning their career aspirations, networking opportunities, feedback on resumes, and other information. I have never seen the members of this organization so enthusiastic about a speaker before! You connected so well with the members of the organization. I mean their eyes just lit up when you were sharing your insights with them! I’ve never seen such a positive reaction prior to your visit! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and ideas with them.
In addition, thank you for speaking to the Construction Procedure class. Your comments concerning the need to learn the manual scheduling concepts and steps before using the computer program re-confirmed the instructor ‘s objective! To have an experienced person from the construction field, like yourself, make those kinds of statements means so much to the students.
Finally, the members of the Women In Industrial Technology organization and I were delighted and very grateful that you were willing be our Special Guest Speaker at the Interview Dinner event as a part of the 100th Year Anniversary Celebration for the UW-Platteville Department of Industrial Studies. Furthermore, I truly appreciated your effort to come to UW-Platteville in light of the fact that the next day you needed to turn around and drive to Fargo, ND for your brother-in-law’s funeral. I hope that you and your husband had a safe drive and arrived in plenty of time prior to the funeral so that you both could spend time with your family on this very sad occasion. Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this difficult time.”
AGC-MN (ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF MINNESOTA) DAN HANNAN, CSP, FORMER SAFETY DIRECTOR, AGC-MINNESOTA:
“Bonnie is a favorite amongst worker students in AGC’s Supervisory Training Program. She brings energy, enthusiasm and insight to each session she instructs. It’s a pleasure working with her on the development of leadership learning curriculum for the AGC of Minnesota.”
PATRICIA LYNCH, OFFICE MANAGER, AGC-MINNESOTA:
“Thank you for your incredible energy, dedication, time and commitment you put in as a instructor in the AGC of Minnesota Supervisory Training Program. You always incorporate new ideas and additional material besides the text book which keeps it fresh and fun. It is inspiring to watch your enthusiasm in action which keeps our students eager to learn and keep coming back to take our classes. You are one of the reasons our program is so successful.“
AGC-MN STP (SUPERVISORYTRAINING PROGRAM) STUDENTS
GUNNAR THOMPSON, VEIT
“While I was taking classes through the Associated General Contractors, in St. Paul, MN; I was fortunate to have Bonnie Amundson as an instructor. Bonnie was able to take the most mundane material and turn it into something both interesting and informative. She is very creative with her teaching styles. Bonnie incorporated role playing, life situations and even her famous crossword puzzles into the classroom, which made the course content something everyone, could learn, utilize and retain.
Instructing is only one of her strong points, she has also updated my prehistoric resume’ to a new, tight explanation of my current attributes. Bonnie is awesome!”
KRISTIN ANDERSON BOTTEMILLER, SAY WHAT? CONSULTING
“Bonnie’s brings a unique mix of experience and expertise to her work. Her style is straightforward and heartfelt. Working with her, I’ve come to greatly value the way she is able to reach into the heart of difficult work/life issues and offer a new perspective. Her focus is always on positive, forward motion — understanding the past and the present in order to build the future in which you want to live and work.”
MARY Z. MCGRATH, PH.D., REFLECTIONS RESOURCES, LTD.:
“Having known Bonnie for several years, I have seen her shine in terms of generosity of spirit. She stops to take time to help others. In addition, Bonnie is a resilient person who is able to get up again and again, regroup and move forward, regardless of what comes her way.”
BOB PIERCE, DTM, PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR OF DISTRICT SIX TOASTMASTERS, RETIRED TECHNICAL DIRECTOR & CONSULTANT IN FIELD OF EDIBLE FATS AND OILS.
“Bonnie has a heartfelt message which she delivers with enthusiasm, sincerity and communications skills that she has honed from her many years of experience in speaking,listening and leadership. When she takes on a mission she does it with enthusiasm and with hard work. Bonnie is fun to be with. Her enthusiasm is contagious.”
DAVE HUTCHESON, LT. COL., U.S. ARMY, RETIRED
“I have come to know Bonnie quite well. Whether talking one-on-one or to a group of any size, she is knowledgeable, creative, energetic, and above all persuasive. She seems to be one of those fortunate people who has found just the right work to bring all her many strengths happily into play.”
ALEX NEFF, MANAGER – FINANCIAL SERVICES ADVISORY AT ERNST & YOUNG
“Bonnie is a tremendous speaker who has the gift of getting the audience to engage with her presentations. At Toastmasters, Bonnie has presented many topics that would benefit companies big and small in achieving new heights and in overcoming obstacles. I encourage your company to have Bonnie present at your next employee development event. You won’t be disappointed.”
RENEE A. LARSON, V.P. CENTRAL BANK
“Bonnie has been a friend and information filled person to me for the past five years in our PER group. During this time she has been one of the most knowledgeable person with so many facts and information to help with career or personal information that it makes me proud to know her. If you need anything or just some information she will research and get it to you in a timely and professional manner. I would recommend her to anyone I know.”
“Do not follow where the path may go.
Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson