Broadband Conference: Speaker Intro: Sheila Howk

Another speaker bio for the Broadband conference

Sheila HowkSheila Howk, currently the New Ulm Retail Economic Development Coordinator.

Short Bio:
I have a degree in Elementary Education and was the director of a charter school for seven years. In my current job I assist retailers and recruit additional retail to the community. I will be pursuing one facet of this going forward, working for a loyalty card for the retail community. I am married and have two children ages nine and six. We as a family enjoy camping, biking, and movies.

What aspects of broadband are on your mind these days? (Or what info do you hope to impart at the conference?)

Broadband is such an important part of our livelihood and a depiction of our success. I have realized over the last two years that retail is ever-changing and to succeed in today’s market, broadband is an essential cornerstone. New Ulm brought broadband awareness to the retail community as a sustainable tool. Broadband, website development, and that whole realm, does not have to an extreme expensive venture – but can be. I would share what we have learned this last year some of the do’s and don’ts of the broadband world.

What are you hoping to learn at the conference?

Continuation, I feel New Ulm has just undertaken a corner of what is out there for broadband assistance and opportunity. The struggle we would have is the personnel. Most retailers are already tapped for time and resources. A collaborative effort to employ someone to take care of the web presence would be the next phase. Learning on how to achieve this would be great.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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