Carleton Connects: Beverly Jones Heydinger ’72 & Rebecca Sive ’72

7 December 2016

This program took place on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Beverly Jones Heydinger and Rebecca Sive, both class of 1972, have spent their entire professional careers in public service and political office. At this propitious time in American history – when there is more attention than ever to the role of women in the public square – Bev and Rebecca will share their insights on the importance of women’s leadership, and the lessons to be taken-to-heart (and mind) by those who seek to serve, lead and influence public policy and improve the common wealth. They will leave lots of time for questions and sure hope to inspire a few participants along the way!

Here are links to their respective executive biographies:
Rebecca Sive ’72

Beverly Heydinger ’72


Beverly Jones Heydinger was appointed Chair of the Public Utilities Commission by Governor Mark Dayton, effective July 2, 2012. Commissioner Heydinger was an Administrative Law Judge, serving from 1999 until she was named to the Commission. As an ALJ, she conducted mediations, rule-making and contested cases for state and local agencies, including the Public Utilities Commission.

Prior to her appointment as an ALJ, Commissioner Heydinger served in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office from 1978 to 1999, under Attorneys General Warren Spannaus and Hubert H. Humphrey, III. From 1991 through 1999, she was Deputy Attorney General of the Public and Human Resources Section, supervising several divisions, overseeing state and federal court litigation, and serving on the Executive Committee.

Commissioner Heydinger is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and its Committee on Electricity, and the Mid-America Regulatory Conference. She is Chair of the Executive Council of the Administrative Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers, and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of St. Paul.

Commissioner Heydinger has a B.A. from Carleton College and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She is married to Rick Heydinger and has two adult children.

Rebecca Sive is a noted author, activist, civic leader, public speaker and political strategist. Throughout her career, which has spanned business, government, philanthropy and the not-for-profit sectors, she has earned a reputation as an outspoken and effective advocate for social justice. Her book, Every Day is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to The White House, has been praised as a practical, inspirational guide for women who seek to achieve political leadership and influence public policy.

Sive is an inspirational speaker, who calls for women to engage in the public square with steadfastness, energy and conviction. Speech topics include: women who lead: what they know, and how they do it; strategies for becoming a public leader and making the world a better place for women and girls; and building your professional brand while changing the world.

In her speeches to business, association, university and organization audiences, Sive shares strategies for success, such as building a resonant personal message and distinctive brand, garnering and sustaining influence with decision-makers and thought leaders, developing lifelong sponsors, allying oneself with causes that benefit women and girls, and choosing the right organizations to lead. 

Sive writes for The Huffington Post and Crain’s Chicago Business and was among organizers of women’s issues agendas for Presidents Clinton and Obama. She has been widely recognized for her leadership and public service, including distinguished achievement awards from her undergraduate alma mater, Carleton College, and from the University of Illinois (from which she received an M.A. in American History), and awards from the United Negro College Fund, the Jaycees, and the YWCA. She is listed in Feminists Who Changed America, University of Illinois Press (2006).

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Carleton Connects: Beverly Jones Heydinger ’72 & Rebecca Sive ’72