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2017 Fargo Area Women's Leadership Program Graduation

12/13/2017 11:30 AM - 12/13/2017 01:00 PM


Holiday Inn (3808 13th Ave S, Fargo)

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 hear from many top leaders from North Dakota and beyond to guide and challenge the women to take the next steps in their leadership development. Learn more about the Women's Leadership Program.

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

Ticket sales are closed.
*ND Certified Women Owned Businesses and 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 registration to receive discount.)

Sorry, no refunds after Dec 6, tickets will not be available at the door.

Table sponsorships are also available for $250 and include reserved seating for 6 and sponsor recognition.

Keynote: Amy Shimek

Amy Shimek is the CEO of A & R Enterprises and the founder of Step Out & Stay Out, a coaching & consulting company that assists individuals to step out of fear and stay out in greatness.  

She received her Bachelor's in Nursing from the University of North Dakota in 2004 and her Master's in Science from the University of North Dakota in 2008. She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Institute of Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (2013). 

Amy and her husband have also owned businesses in the medical spa, coffee franchising, motorcycle customization, and internet marketing industries. 

Through her experiences as a health care provider, mother, and serial entrepreneur, she has come to fully understand the mindset that is required to step out of fear and start living on purpose. She is a thought-provoker and peak-performance coach, specializing in connecting mind, body, and spirit. She believes that the way we heal others is to first heal ourselves.  

Alongside her husband & business partner, Russell, the Shimeks raise their daughters ages 6, 4, and 2 in their hometown of Grand Forks, ND.

Thank you to our 2017 Partners!

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

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

Program Sponsors - Bush Foundation and Women's Fund of the FM Area Foundation

Room Sponsors - Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Dakota Medical Foundation, University of Mary, and YWCA

Graduation Table Sponsors - Bell Bank, Beyond Boundaries Therapy Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Holiday Inn, and Moore Engineering


  • Jodee Bock, Bock's Office Transformational Consulting
  • Casserole Queens - Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock
  • Tracy Finneman, Integrity Partners
  • Angie Kuznia, Titan Homes
  • Senator Carolyn Nelson
  • Kim Pladson, TNT Kid's Fitness & Gymnastics
  • Jamie Smith, Courts Plus Community Fitness
  • Becky Walen, Bell State Bank and Trust
  • Deborah White, Minnesota State University Moorhead