Minnesota 500

Since 2018, the Greenspring editorial team has found the 500 most powerful and influential leaders in Minnesota across more than 60 industries, including business, nonprofits, health care and manufacturing. Minnesota 500 profiles the best and brightest individuals, shares some secrets to their successes, and brings attention to some of the amazing people in our state.

If you are a 2020 honoree, our personalized crystal awards are a perfect way to commemorate the occasion. Regardless, congratulations on your achievements and thank you for sharing your talent with your communities.

Julie Bushman

EVP of International Operations, 3M Co.

As a global science and manufacturing company with $30 billion in sales, 3M produces more than 55,000 products the world over, ranging from household items to dental and orthodontic products to medical and electronic materials. Julie Bushman, executive vice president of international operations, plays a key role in delivering innovative strategies to maximize 3M’s global effectiveness. She joined the Maplewood-based multinational conglomerate shortly after receiving an undergraduate degree in business administration and communicative disorders from the University of Wisconsin River Falls, starting as a materials control analyst in 1983. Throughout the years, Bushman assumed several leadership positions. She was appointed chief information officer in 2003, served as division vice president in 2006 and then, in 2011, was executive vice president of 3M’s safety, security and protection services businesses. In 2012, she was appointed executive vice president of the safety and graphics business group, and one year later, became senior vice president of business transformation and information technology. She was named executive vice president of international operations in 2017. She currently serves on the board for Adient. 

Marc Gorelick


After joining Children’s Minnesota in March 2017 as president and chief operating officer, Marc Gorelick was appointed CEO in December 2017. Children’s is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the U.S. with 12 primary care clinics, six rehabilitation sites and nine specialty care sites. During his time at Children’s, Gorelick has focused his efforts on improving patient safety, making health care more affordable and introducing cutting-edge technology in fetal medicine and genomics. Trained as a pediatric emergency medicine physician, he is committed to making a lifelong impact in the field of pediatrics, and he has already made an even broader impact in administration roles. Gorelick received his bachelor of arts in history from Princeton University, his master of science in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctor of medicine from Duke University.

Mary Lynn Staley


Mary Lynn Staley has leveraged both her degree in education and her commitment to servant leadership to create a life marked by community service and philanthropy. She has chaired school boards and served as a member of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity in Minnesota. Mary Lynn and her husband, Warren, former chair and CEO of Cargill, were pivotal in the establishment of the Mary Lynn and Warren Staley School of Leadership at Kansas State University and in the creation of Our Lady of Grace High School in Mamponteng, Ghana. She is a staunch supporter of inner-city Catholic education solutions, College Possible and the Chicago-based Opportunity International, particularly its international micro-finance and education areas. Staley often volunteers her time with Habitat for Humanity, and over the years, she has participated in Carter Work Projects in Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Cambodia and Minneapolis. She is a proud mother of three and grandmother of seven.

Melvin Tennant


In just a decade, Melvin Tennant has led sales and marketing programs to bring an astounding $900 million economic impact to the Minneapolis area. In fostering a steady increase of hospitality industry jobs in the city, Tennant has also formed many partnerships with private and public sectors and has worked with community partners to secure high-profile events like the MLB All Star Game, Super Bowl, Final Four and more. Tennant continues to serve as a board member for the Minneapolis Sports Corporation, and he led the Meet Minneapolis/Sports Minneapolis team in the successful execution of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four. While Tennant loves all of Minneapolis, his favorite attraction is the iconic Stone Arch Bridge. He received his bachelor of arts in managerial studies from Rice University and his master of arts in Christian leadership studies from Liberty University.

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