Way to Grow

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September 25
6:30 pm / Happy Hour
7:00 pm / Program


Way to Grow’s Shine Celebration 2020

Rethinking Early Education From a Safe Social Distance

In 31 years serving our communities, we’ve always been innovators in delivering effective early education. Despite the pandemic, our work continues. Please join us for our annual Shine Celebration to hear how we’re staying connected to our families, and connecting children to a brighter future.

When & Where

Friday, September 25
6:30pm – Happy Hour
7:00pm – Program



No tickets or fees required, but RSVP in advance to receive updates ahead of our event. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

RSVP Sponsorship

Can’t make it? You can still support Way to Grow with a tax deductible donation.



The annual Way to Grow Shine Celebration is approaching, and thanks to our generous donors we’ve got some great items up for grabs! Check back for our auction preview!



Douglas M. Baker, Jr. Ecolab, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Ecolab

Doug Baker is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, food safety and public health technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. Baker joined Ecolab in 1989 and held several marketing and general management roles in the U.S. and Europe before becoming president and chief executive officer in 2004. In 2006, Baker added chairman of the board to his duties.

Baker received a B.A. in English from College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts and he serves on the college’s board of trustees. He also serves on the board of directors of Target Corporation and is a member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP). He and his wife Julie have long been advocates of high-quality early childhood education as a means to close Minnesota’s persistent education gaps. They are longstanding supporters of Way to Grow.

Special Guests

Master of Ceremonies

Megan Newquist, KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News

Megan is a multiple Emmy Award winning anchor. She joined 5 Eyewitness News in May 2009 and gets up very early so that she can bring you the news from 4:30-9:00 a.m. on KSTP & KSTC.

Performances by

T.Mychael Rambo

T. Mychael Rambo is a Regional Emmy Award winning actor, vocalist, arts educator and public speaker; who has made an indelible mark here in the Twin Cities. Nationally and internationally his stage credits include Carnegie Hall and performances abroad in Africa, Europe, and South America. He has appeared in local and national television commercials, feature films, HBO mini-series and other television programming.