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April 2: College of Business Morgan Thomas Executive Lecture

Sisters, executives Amy Abouelenien, Maha Abouelenien, daughters of former dean, to speak.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-26-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Sisters and business executives Amy Abouelenien and Maha Abouelenien will deliver the annual Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Business Morgan Thomas Executive Lecture on Thursday, April 2 from 4:30-6 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium in an event that is free and open to the public.

Daughters of the late Dr. Gaber Abouelenien, former faculty member (1968-90) and dean (1990-97) in the College of Business at Minnesota State Mankato, Amy and Maha are returning to Mankato to share their stories of success as entrepreneurs, executives and leaders in their fields.

Amy Abouelenien (upper right photo) is currently vice president of innovation, technology & quality for the General Mills Inc. Global Baking platform and the company’s Convenience & Foodservice segment. In this role, she has accountability for leading product development and quality in support of General Mills’ retail baking business and its away-from-home business.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota and a master of business administration degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Maha Abouelenien (lower right photo) is the founder and managing director of a communications firm, Organizational Consultants, based in Cairo, Egypt, that provides strategic communications for clients in the United States and Middle East. She has more than 22 years of experience advising government and corporate leaders and from 2011-2014 was Google’s head of global communications and public affairs for the Middle East and North Africa region.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in international business and marketing from Minnesota State Mankato and also earned a master’s degree in speech communications from Minnesota State Mankato.

The lecture series was originally created to honor the first dean of the College of Business, Morgan Thomas.

In addition to giving the Morgan Thomas lecture, Amy and Maha Abouelenien will serve as executives in residence for the College of Business at Minnesota State Mankato during their visit to the University. The College of Business executive in residence program, which began in 2014, provides an opportunity for students and faculty to engage deeper with industry executives.

For more information, please contact Greta Fennell by phone at 507-389-5420 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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