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2017 Bismarck Mandan Women's Leadership Program Graduation

06/15/2017 11:30 AM - 06/15/2017 01:00 PM


Bismarck Municipal Country Club (930 North Griffin St, Bismarck)

The Women’s Leadership Program is an intense six month program dedicated to expanding the professional, personal, community and health leadership skills for women of all ages. Throughout the program participants heard from many top leaders from North Dakota and beyond to guide and challenge the women to take the next steps in their leadership development.

Join us at the graduation luncheon to hear how participants gained hands on experience through leadership exercises and a community philanthropy challenge.


Learn more about the Women's Leadership Program at

Tickets are $25 and are available thru June 8. 
*ND Certified Women Owned Businesses and 2012 - 2016 WLP Alumni Members receive special pricing of $20.
ND Certified Women Owned Business Certification must be active at time of registration to receive discount.
WLP Alumni dues must be up to date at time of registratoin to receive discount.

Sorry, no refunds after June 8, tickets will not be available at the door.

Table sponsorships are also available for $250 and include reserved seating for 8 and sponsor recognition.

Keynote: Sister Thomas Welder

Sister Thomas Welder, a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, and a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, has served the University of Mary as teacher and administrator since 1963. In 1978 she assumed her role as president.  Retiring as president in 2009, she currently serves as president emerita in the area of public affairs.  She attended the College of St. Benedict, graduated from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, and earned a master’s degree in music from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. 

Active in her monastic community and professional organizations, Sister Thomas serves as a director of CHI St. Alexius Health, a trustee of Missouri Slope Areawide United Way, and a board member of the Light of Christ Catholic Schools.

She received the Greater North Dakotan Award from the Greater North Dakota Association in 2002, and was honored with the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award by Governor Hoeven in 2004.  She was inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame in 2007, received the Missouri Slope Areawide United Way’s 2007 Bismarck-Mandan Lifetime of Caring Award and the 2013 Caritas Award from Catholic Charities North Dakota.   

Sister Thomas is committed to fostering leadership development in students and colleagues and sees lessons in servant leadership as relevant for today.  The guide for the servant leader comes from the Gospel, specifically through the words of Jesus, “I came not to be served but to serve.”

Thank you to our 2017 Partners!

Thank you to the following people and organizations for their help in making this program a success:

Founding Partner - Michelle J. Wall, Dale Carnegie Business Group North Dakota

Supporting Partners - U.S. Small Business Administration and North Dakota Department of Commerce

Program Sponsor - Bush Foundation

Room Sponsors - Bismarck Mandan Chamber of Commerce, Great River Energy, KLJ

Graduation Table Sponsors - Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Studio North


  • Karmin Billadeau, Karmin's Kitchen
  • Casserole Queens - Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock
  • Amelia Doll, NDSU Extension Services
  • Dr. Tara Feil, CHI St. Alexius Health
  • Tracy Finneman, Integrity Partners
  • Lori Furaus, Mandan School Board
  • Tonya Holmstrom, Widmer Roel
  • Brandi Jude, Invisible Innocence
  • Noreen Keesey, Thresholds LLC
  • Debbie Kroshus, Burleigh County Recorder
  • Dorothy Lick, North Dakota Bankers Association
  • Katie Veidel, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
  • Sarah Walker, Missouri Valley Family YMCA
  • Michelle Wall, Dale Carnegie Business Group North Dakota
  • Officer Lynn Wanner, Bismarck Police Department