April 29, 2020 4:00 am Published by

Episode 54:

Ann Johnson Stewart has been the president of Professional Engineering Services since its inception in October 1995. For over 20 years PES has provided civil engineering services to many large and small clients in the state of Minnesota. Ann’s experience and connections in the field of materials testing and civil engineering are what have enabled the firm to consistently grow throughout the years. Ann has been an instructor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis campus) for 22 years. She was the Faculty Director of the Construction Management program for 15 years, ending her tenure in that position to focus on her role at PES in June of 2015. Ann graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1986, and received her Master’s of Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities in 1994. Ann is a member of DBIA Upper Midwest, the WTS, APWA, and the Minnesota Surveyors and Engineers Society.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Ann’s life as an entrepreneur in civil engineering
  • Why Ann decided to run for the state senate
  • How Ann is juggling a run for office, managing her business, and taking care of her family at home during the COVID-crisis
  • How Ann manages her time when there are not enough hours in the day to hit her goals
  • The different ways we can take advantage of the time we’ve been given back due to the global pandemic
  • How the responsibilities to win an election and run a business co-exist
  • Ann’s plans for the future


Anyone Can Make a Difference

I have known Ann Johnson Stewart for a very long time now and she is one of the most extraordinary human beings I have ever met. Ann is an engineer and a teacher, and in spite of the chaotic lifestyle that entrepreneurship brings, she is pursuing a career in politics as well. Every time she sees an opportunity, she answers the call. Coupled with her drive to excel in everything she does, it is no surprise she has decided to run for the state senate. There is a switch she just can’t turn off. In this episode of the Intentional Greatness podcast, Ann joins us to share her story.

Look for the Next Mountain to Climb

Many people who reach the pinnacle of success are content with staying there. But at the height of Ann’s success, she began looking for her next peak to summit. After she attended the Women’s March post-election in 2017, Ann was inspired by the realization that everyone around her could make a difference. She realized her own power to create change in this world, and since then she has been looking for new ways to harness it. The idea to run for the state senate has been hibernating since then and it has finally come to fruition.

Not Enough Hours in a Day

In general, women are more hesitant to run for office because they are weighed down by their limiting beliefs and inhibitions. Once we realize that we are all qualified to make an impact and we act from the heart, there is no telling how much we could accomplish. It’s not for everyone, but if it is something you have wanted to do, stop hesitating. Ann is pursuing this opportunity amidst a global pandemic while she continues to run a business and take care of her family at home. Anyone can make a difference if they are committed. There are never going to be enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you set your heart to, but Ann has shown that you can still achieve your primary goals either way.

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