Christine Beech, D.M., is an Assistant Professor of Business at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, as well as the Executive Director of the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. She is active in the Southeast Minnesota entrepreneurial community, co-founding a Women Entrepreneur’s Forum in Rochester, helping to launch a co-work space and bring 1 Million Cups to Winona, and partnering with other local universities to create new cross-disciplinary student entrepreneurial events. Her research areas have included the examination of gender, faith, and military service as predictors of entrepreneurial activity. Prior to joining Saint Mary’s University, Christine engaged in several entrepreneurial ventures, ranging from building a management consulting business line with over $21M in annual revenue, to operating a boutique consulting practice serving federal government clients. Christine is also a military veteran, having retired after serving 20 years in the Army as a military intelligence warrant officer. Christine is originally from the Washington, D.C. area, moving to Rochester, Minnesota, with her husband George in 2008.