Mary Pat Ladner leads all marketing, communications, research and commerce for Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media Group. After cutting her teeth in sales for Land 'O Lakes, Mary Pat spent six years in account management at Saatchi & Saatchi New York, focusing on consumer products like Nabisco Cookies and Hanes. Returning to her native Twin Cities, Ladner worked at both advertising agencies and on the corporate side. Prior to MPR, she spent five years at Target and led planning, creative and production for their interactive group; projects ranged from social media to in-store kiosks. Her work has received a range of awards—from Webbys to Gold Effies from the NY Marketing Association. She is a graduate of Derham Hall, Montana State University and has had additional course work at NYU (marketing) and St. Thomas (non-profit management). She serves on the board of the Integrated Media Association (iMA) nationally and the Friends of the Hennepin County Library locally.