Her Spirit Vodka is a new local Minnesota vodka brand that is trying to change the world. Not only is the vodka “scary smooth”, but the company has an ambitious goal of giving back to the community. Owner, Kjersten Merila joins us in this episode to talk about how Her Spirit came to be, why they give so much back to women entrepreneurs, and the joys & struggles of owning your own business.


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Missy Young

Social Media Services Manager

@miss_shredbetty @miss_shredbetty

As the Social Media Services Manager for Hubbard Interactive, Missy Young’s position entails working with clients and team members to drive social media strategy and lead initiatives to identify new technologies and digital best practices. She develops customized micro and macro campaigns that drive online interaction, promotes and creates content that enhances the customer experience and creates lead generation for medium to large-scale companies. She regularly speaks at local and national events on a variety of subjects including: social media, PR, analytics and content strategy.


Kjersten Merila

Owner + Co-founder, Her Spirit

@herspiritvodka @herspiritvodka http://herspiritvodka.com

Brand new to the spirits industry, Kjersten Merila is already shaking things up…over ice. Vodka’s the game, Her Spirit’s the name. Kjersten, Owner and Co-founder of Her Spirit, believes the achievement of starting her own company and working on Her Spirit is incredible, but is outweighed by the rewarding feeling of contributing. 50% of the profits from Her Spirit will be given back to female entrepreneurs. Kjersten’s goal was to create something bigger than herself and have fun doing it. When she’s not out creating a buzz for Her Spirit, she works full time in the Healthcare industry, spends time with her rescue pup, and works with her husband on how to take the Her Spirit brand to the next level. Her Spirit Vodka is now available throughout Minnesota with more states coming soon!


Pat Laeger

Videographer/Producer

@PatLaeger @PatLaeger

As the Videographer for Hubbard Interactive, Pat produces videos for the Twin Cities Hubbard Radio stations that range from event recaps to social video promos. He also produces an array of videos for sales clients – from testimonial videos to product how-to videos; from spotlight interview videos to animated infographic videos. He loves to tell stories – big or small. He has two dogs named #OakleyRembrandt and #GemmaWatson (check out their hashtags on Instagram!).


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