Title Sponsor

Ascential Wealth Advisors is an independent practice located in the Technology Village in downtown Duluth, Minnesota. The roots of our business go back over 45 years. Prior to starting Ascential Wealth, our team was Lake Superior Wealth Management Group at Piper Jaffray, which was acquired by UBS Financial Services in 2006. In 2011, we started an independent practice with Raymond James Financial Services as our broker/dealer. Securities are offered through Raymond James Financial Services, member FINRA/SIPC.

We serve business owners, organizations and affluent families with roots in the Midwest. While they reside in many states today, most of our clients have some connection to the Duluth-Superior area. We manage over $416 million in assets (as of December 2019).

Our advisors offer a broad range of comprehensive wealth planning services, including investment management, financial planning, individual and small business retirement plans, estate planning, insurance and risk management, and tax planning.

Kristin Rogenrud, owner of Ascential Wealth Advisors, explains why their company chose to become the title sponsor of Bridging the Gap. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“As a female entrepreneur and runner, this race and the cause it supports spoke directly to me, and I really wanted to be a part of it. The challenges women face have worsened during the pandemic, erasing a lot of progress. The gap has widened again. We can change this by highlighting the issue and coming together to support women in achieving their goals. If we help more women bridge the gap, our entire community will benefit. Our practice serves women of all ages, helping them to achieve financial success and peace of mind. Our team at Ascential Wealth Advisors is thrilled to partner with Duluth Running Company for this event. And, we are excited to see how this event can help further this cause and give women more opportunities to bridge the gap!” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
-Kristin Rognerud⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Financial Advisor, Branch Manager, Owner⠀⠀⠀

Partner sponsor

Essentia Health is an integrated health system serving patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota.

Headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota, Essentia Health combines the strengths and talents of 13,800 employees, including more than 2,100 physicians and advanced practitioners, who serve our patients and communities through the mission of being called to make a healthy difference in people’s lives.

Essentia Health, which includes many Catholic facilities, is guided by the values of Quality, Hospitality, Respect, Joy, Justice, Stewardship, and Teamwork. The organization lives out its mission by having a patient-centered focus at 14 hospitals, 71 clinics, six long-term care facilities, three assisted living facilities, three independent living facilities, five ambulance services and one research institute.

Supporting Sponsors

Located in the beautiful city of Duluth, Minnesota, Payroll Processing Plus has been locally owned and operated for over 25 years. For every payroll, you will work one on one with your own local, personally designated payroll specialist. This allows you to develop a relationship that you can rely on, so you can concentrate on running your business.

Why Payroll Processing Plus?

For a small company, the job of payroll management can be a daunting one. FICA, state and federal income tax, unemployment tax, vacation accrual, W-2 preparation – it can all add up to an intimidating, frustrating job. For a larger company, security can be a more compelling factor.

For companies of all sizes, Payroll Processing Plus provides the expert, low-cost solution to your payroll processing needs.

Kelly Erickson, owner of Payroll Processing Plus, explains chose to support the Bridging the Gap Fund:

“Supporting this race is extremely important to me because I’m a female small business owner and an avid runner.  As a mother of five boys and having a husband that stays at home to take care of our children, it’s important to me to not allow our gender to define our roles in life.  I strongly believe in bridging the gap towards equal pay for all women.”

-Kelly Erickson, Owner Payroll Processing Plus

We help businesses bring the best food and beverage options to their customers, employees, students, patients, and staff. We’re built on a foundation of service, community, family, and excellence.

Even our founders would tell you it was never just about a bottle of Pepsi. It’s about so much more than a beverage.

Bernick’s provides the fuel, the comfort, the daily securities, and the human connection in every single story of life being lived in big celebrations as well as the daily rituals we live for.

At Svälja Yoga (pronounced “svehl-yah”) all of our offerings are trauma-conscious. Through our Whole-Being Well-Being approach, we support people on their own unique healing journey. We share the wisdom and practice of yoga in a way that is accessible, inclusive, and honors choice. Yoga means to unite. Yoga is a pathway to well-being and to the realization of our innate wholeness. We guide participants to connect with their internal resources and potential for healing, transformation, and growth. Through this exploratory journey we rediscover home, deep within: our true selves. We offer classes, workshops, retreats, and a 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training program.

“I bridge the gap because women are irrevocably whole and worthy!”- Kyle Leia Heyesen, Svälja Yoga Owner

Insight Counseling is a mental health private practice providing holistic healing and effective therapeutic treatments for people in Duluth, Virginia, and surrounding areas. Putting the client’s well-being first, Insight’s therapists are trained in current modalities of integrative psychotherapy, always evaluating and consulting to ensure the most successful client outcomes. They are evidence-based, professional practitioners who hold integrity of care to the highest standards. 

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