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Sonja Gidlow

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communication, Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation

Dear Younger Me | Local Leaders Panel

Speaker Bio:

Sonja held executive positions in private business and higher education before joining Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. (GSDC) as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communication. She enjoys wearing many hats and making decisions that will support the long-term success of the organization. Sonja earned a Master’s Degree in psychology and a Doctorate in education.

Outside the GSDC office, Sonja can be found tending her flower gardens and training for the North Shore Inline Marathon, a mid-September race that extends 26.2 miles between Two Harbors and Duluth, Minn. Fueled by a competitive streak, Sonja's annual goal is to better her time from the previous year.

Sonja and her husband Tim Worms have one daughter. Tim manages the family's wood manufacturing business, called Woodmax, in Paynesville, Minnesota.

Sonja and her family proudly eat lutefisk every Christmas Eve in honor of their Swedish ancestry. Though Sonja is American-born, her father emigrated from Sweden at the age of 23 as did her maternal grandmother at the age of 17.