Mary Younggren is the owner and principal of The Advent Group Inc., an independent staffing agency with two divisions – Advent Talent Group and Advent Creative Group. As owner, Mary oversees client development, trains and supports internal staff, and ensures the continued satisfaction of clients and employees.
Mary is a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP) with more than 30 years of staffing industry experience, and extensive board leadership and service. Mary has served on the Alumnae Board for the Girl Scouts of MN and Wisconsin River Valleys, responsible for Philanthropy. She is an active member of the Women Presidents Organization in Minneapolis, the Edina Rotary, and the MN Staffing & Recruiting Association, where she also served on the board.
Mary is widely recognized as an expert in her field and regularly consults with local organizations to provide vision, analysis, and innovative recommendations regarding staffing and recruiting, strategic human capital management, and talent acquisition. She has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including Star Tribune, The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, FOX9 Morning News, Minnesota Monthly magazine and Encourage Her Network magazine.
Whether climbing the highest cliff in Norway, or traveling to Haiti to provide aid, Mary isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. She is active in the community as a dedicated volunteer and philanthropist. Mary has been a semi-finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the recipient of the City of Edina’s Volunteer of the Year Award (twice), Edina Rotary’s Service Above Self and Volunteer of the Year awards, Rotarian of the Year Award, the Heart of the Event award by Minnesota Monthly magazine and Crave restaurants, and numerous American Staffing Association awards.