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Alberta native recognized by Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

MINNEAPOLIS - Alberta native Marie Uhrich, senior vice president, Communications, for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, has been named by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as a 2012 "Women in Business: Industry Leader." The award recognizes a select group of 25 Twin Cities-area female business leaders for their professional achievements, leadership qualities and drive, as well as their position at the forefront of their professions.

At Thrivent Financial, Uhrich is a member of the senior leadership team and oversees Thrivent Financial's corporate communications, creative services, social media, brand management, media relations and community relations functions.

Uhrich was recognized for outstanding leadership in business as well as the community. Uhrich is the president and chair of the board of trustees of the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Minneapolis Downtown Council, Women Venture and Fox Valley Community Foundation. She is a former board member of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce. Uhrich is also a mentor and informal advisor to the leadership of several more community groups, including Students Today Leaders Forever and Companies to Classroom.

"Marie's dynamic and creative leadership style has left an indelible mark on our organization," says president and CEO, Brad Hewitt. "She has helped build Thrivent Financial as a brand dually committed to strength and stability as well as caring and generosity."

Before joining Thrivent Financial in 2004, Uhrich served as an executive consultant to a number of consumer and professional services organizations, including Thrivent Financial, through her firm, Silver Creek Consulting.  In addition, she developed and led communications functions for the Minneapolis-based securities firm Piper Jaffray from 1991 to 2001 as managing director of the Communications Consulting Group.  Prior to her time at Piper Jaffray, she was assistant vice president, corporate communications, for First Bank System and was a manager of employee communications for Honeywell Bull in Minneapolis and earlier held positions with B. Dalton Bookseller.

Uhrich received a B.A. in Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University. She is also a graduate of the Center of Creative Leadership Women's Leadership Program and a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.