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20 Under 40: Tricia Hobbs, 31, Duluth

Engagement specialist, Thrivent.

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Tricia Hobbs

What do you do? (job, community involvement): I work as an engagement specialist at Thrivent, where I am responsible for membership and community events and initiatives, as well as marketing, communications and regionwide partnerships and campaigns. I also serve as the vice president for our regional board of directors.

In addition to my day job, I am also the founder and leader of Badass Lady Gang Duluth, a women’s running community focused on empowering and encouraging women to be active in ways that make them feel strong and celebrated. We are a somewhat unusual running group — our focus is community first, running second. It’s not about pace or distance, but instead how running makes you feel. We host meet-ups every Tuesday (5:30 p.m. in Leif Erickson Park), as well as regular pop-up runs across the Twin Ports.

I am also a proud board member at SOAR Career Solutions and the Head of the Lakes United Way.

What is important to you? Making an impact is very important to me. When committing to a project or opportunity, I definitely spend time thinking through "What is the impact I can make with this?" This sense of civic and communal responsibility is why I love Duluth. Our city fosters a strong sense of engagement and pride and provides community members with so many opportunities to make an impact around causes that are important to them.

How do you spend your free time? I love spending time outside (no matter the season), so I try to do that as much as possible, running with my dog, biking, hiking, ice fishing or just hanging out on the beach. I am a very social person, so I also spend a lot of time with friends and family. And, though I don't always enjoy it, my husband and I do spend a fair amount of time renovating our home in West Duluth.

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From nominator: "Tricia has a great mix of grit, positivity, detail-oriented passion and drive. When she commits to something, she doesn't just do it — she knocks it out of the park. Duluth is lucky to have Tricia serving as a leader and employee. She is always welcoming more people (and animals) to the table to make our community stronger." — Annie Harala

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