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2017 Women's Business Summit

10/29/2017 06:00 PM - 10/30/2017 04:30 PM


October 29-30, 2017 in Bismarck

Ticket Sales Closed.

*Discounts available for WLP Alumni members and ND Woman Owned Business Certified.  ND Woman Owned Business Certification status must be active with Center for Technology & Business at time of registration.


"What a super event! We came away with a ton of knowledge and great business contacts! Thank you for a SUPER Summit." - 2013 WBS attendee

"This has definitely become one of my "go-to" training sessions. I will definitely be recommending this to my female business colleagues."" - 2013 WBS attendee

Bringing together women from across North Dakota and the region for intense training, networking, business growth opportunities, personal development, professional focus, and of course…. fun! 

  • Inspires entrepreneurism and personal growth
  • Equips women in career advancement and business development skills
  • Connects participants with resources and other motivated individuals

Whether a professional in the workplace, a business owner, or simply a woman aspiring to improve herself, participants have access to a variety of activities and resources to choose from. ALL are encouraged to join us for the #1 professional development opportunity in the region!

Meet our 2017 Luncheon Keynote

Jess Ekstrom

Jess Ekstrom - Founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, Writer for Entrepreneur and the Huffington Post

Jess is the founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company she started as a junior in college in 2012. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer. The company has been featured on the TODAY Show, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Good Morning America and more. But more importantly, they've donated over 100,000 headbands to every children's hospital in the United States and 6 countries. Jess is also a professional speaker, author, and writer for Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post. 

Meet our 2017 Closing Keynote

Kaeya Majmundar

Kaeya Majmundar

One of the biggest misconceptions about building a startup is that it requires a lot of capital. Truth be told, there are an endless number of ways to growth hack products with no more than a grand in your pocket. The most lucrative brands today are the ones who are able to leverage social capital to achieve real online clout and drive explosive sales. Meet Kaeya Majmundar from the Season five Finale of ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank,” who walked away with a deal in hand from Lori Greiner for her collapsible storage box concept, BZbox. What stood out to Kaeya from that “Shark Tank” experience more than anything, was the sales explosion and media frenzy her product experienced as soon as the episode aired despite the fact that she barely even had a prototype to show for it. Now, Kaeya and her team use a formulaic approach to growth hacking consumer product brands from zero to six figures in six months, and then scaling from there. Outside work, Kaeya is a passionate philanthropist, volunteering her time with the Future Founders organization in Chicago which helps inner city youth start businesses. She is an avid runner and music aficionado; Beyoncé dominates her playlist.


Click here to view a detailed agenda.

Sunday, October 29

6:00 - 8:00 pm Wine, Women & Chocolate Reception at Sixteen03 Main Events (1603 E Main Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501)
Celebrate National Women's Business Month with a delicious opportunity to network, win door prizes and of course - have fun!

Monday, October 30

8:00 - 4:30 pm Women's Business Summit at the Bismarck Event Center (315 S 5th St, Bismarck, ND 58504)
Join us for a full day of outstanding personal and professional development opportunities! Including the always popular Entrepreneur Panel, our fabulous Luncheon Keynote Speaker Jess Ekstrom, our Closing Keynote Kaeya Majmundar, and an amazing lineup of breakout sessions! Breakfast and lunch provided, if you have special dietary needs please contact Joanna Lozensky and we will do our best to accommodate. A variety of business resource partners will be available for free, 1-on-1 business advising sessions exclusively for Women’s Business Summit attendees!



Presenting Partners: Dakota CDC KFYR-TV

Keynote Partner: Bismarck TribuneDakota Community Bank

Luncheon Sponsors: Midco, Sanford Health

Breakfast Sponsor: Bush Foundation, North Dakota Department of Commerce

Media Sponsor: iHeart Media

Production Partner: HB Sound

Reception Sponsor:  Basin ElectricBush Foundation, Sam's Club

Conference Tote Sponsor: BNC National Bank

Lanyard Sponsor: Bismarck-Mandan Development Association

Gold Sponsors: Lewis & Clark Certified Development Group , Montana-Dakota Utilities, Probitas Promotions LLC, Sparkle Events LLCUS Bank

Breakout Sponsors: Bergs Towing, City Air Mechanical, Image PrintingInspired Woman Magazine, McQuade Distributing Co Inc., Starion BankStudio North, Widmer Roel CPA

Want to Be a Speaker?

Do you want to be a speaker or know of anyone who would be interested in being a speaker for our Women's Business Summit?  Click here to fill out our speaker proposal form.

View Photos From Past Events

Click here to view photos from our past events.