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Cynthia Lesher

Cynthia Lesher is president of the host committee for the Republican National Convention, Sept 1-4, 2008, in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

While completing her master's degree at St. Cloud State University, Cynthia Lesher '77 learned three key lessons: understand yourself, understand the people you work with and understand the organization.

Those lessons are serving her well. Lesher is president and chief executive officer of Northern States Power Company – Minnesota, an Xcel Energy company. She is currently a loaned executive serving as president of the host committee for the 2008 Republican National Convention.

Lesher is active in the community, serving on the boards of directors for organizations such as Allina Hospitals and Clinics, American Red Cross, St Paul Foundation, Minnesota Women's Economic Roundtable, St. Paul Riverfront Development Corporation, the Governor's Workforce Development Council, the Downtown Council and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. She is also a Regent Emeritus at the University of Minnesota.