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2018 Leading Ladies Luncheon - Bismarck

03/07/2018 11:00 AM - 03/07/2018 01:00 PM


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March 7, 2018 - Bismarck

Ticket sales are closed. Get your tickets early; this event has sold out every year!
Register for your tickets by March 2. Tickets will not be available at the door. Sorry, no refunds after March 2.

Location: Ramkota, 800 S 3rd St, Bismarck, ND 58504
Doors open at 11:00 AM and lunch will be served at 11:30 AM.

General Admission: $35
CTB Women's Leadership Program Paid Alumni Members: $30 (Alumni membership must be active with CTB at time of registration)
ND Certified Women Owned Businesses: $30 (Certification must be active with CTB at time of registration)

Table Sponsorships: $500 includes table for six in priority location as well as recognition

THANK YOU to our Program Partners: North Dakota Department of Commerce and United States Small Business Association.

THANK YOU to our Table Sponsors: American Bank Center, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, First International Bank & Trust, Lewis and Clark Development Group, Missouri River Educational Cooperative, Nexus Innovations, and Starion Bank.

THANK YOU to our Decor Sponsor, Crafted Ventures.


Lauren Kalberer

Lauren Kalberer began her career with KX in 1997 while still in college and has done reporting, weather, sports, and has now been at the anchor desk for almost 15 years. She anchors the 5pm, 6pm and 10pm News Monday thru Friday with her co-anchor Chad Mira.

Lauren is a University of Mary graduate with a degree in communications with an emphasis on broadcasting. She is married with three children and in her spare time, she emcee’s special events and volunteers for non-profit organizations in the community.


Melanie Carvell

Melanie Carvell is a physical therapist, a professional health and wellbeing speaker, and a worksite wellness consultant. She is also the author of "Running with the Antelope: Life, Fitness and Grit on the Northern Plains." Melanie was the Director of Sanford Health’s Women’s Health Center for over 25 years. During that time, she was the director of many community events including the Great American Bike Race for Cerebral Palsy (GABR) and the Breast Cancer Walk/Run. In 2016 Melanie was chosen as the Manager of the Year for Sanford Health. Melanie is an accomplished triathlete who is a six-time All American, representing USA Triathlon on eight World Championship teams and winning a bronze medal in Germany in 1999. She has trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Center with the national cycling team, was named North Dakota’s Sportscasters/Sportswriters Athlete of the Year, chosen as the North Dakota Prairie Rose State Games Athlete of the Year, and received the “Picture of Health” award from the State of North Dakota as the top leader in women’s health. Melanie’s goal has always been to inspire and help others on their journey to a healthier lifestyle.

Kelli Flermoen

Kelli Flermoen grew up in a small town Minnesota.  She knew that she was destined to do something that built on her love of being active and outside. She began her career as a firefighter with the Grand Forks Fire Department.  During her time in Grand Forks, she completed her degrees in Fire Technology (AAS), Criminal Justice (AS), Public Administration (BS) and Strategic Leadership (MS). She promoted up the ranks to Captain serving on an engine and finished her career as a Battalion Chief over administrative support. After 20 years serving the residence of Grand Forks, Kelli realized a personal and professional goal becoming Minot’s Fire Chief in 2016.  In her role as fire chief, she oversees 67 full-time fire professionals staffing four fire stations within the city of Minot. Kelli has a passion on working towards creating a more diverse inclusive culture within the fire service.  She truly believes our limitations are only the barriers we place on ourselves. 

Lyn James

Lyn James is the owner of Flowers and Cappuccino by Lasting Visions in Bowman, ND, and has been in business for 30 years. She is passionate about her community and is currently serving her fourth term as President of the Bowman City Commission, after serving two terms as a City Commissioner. Lyn also serves on the Bowman County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, is the Chair of the Bowman Tax and Tourism Committee, and is a member of the Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce and Bowman Rotary Club. She represents North Dakota cities as a member of the ND Peace Officers Standards and Training Board, as a member of the ND Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors, the ND Moves Stakeholder Advisory Committee, and has recently been appointed to the ND Workforce Development Council. Lyn is the past President of the ND League of Cities Executive Board, and served as a member of the Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, along with various other local and regional boards, committees and advisory positions. In her spare time, Lyn enjoys her family, particularly her three grandchildren! She loves the outdoors, and seizes every opportunity to take a ride on her motorcycle!

Dr. Joanne Luger

I was born and raised in a small family village just outside of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. This area of the world is a place where access to professional careers is unreachable. How I got to this place in my life feels like a dream. As a child, I was economically disadvantaged and lived in a shack with no running water and a wood stove. If someone had said to me, back then, that I was going to be a dentist someday, I would have laughed because that was too far beyond the realm of possibility. As my life evolved, however, I happened to be in the right place at the right time and had enough sense to take advantage of the opportunities that came my way. In 1998, I became involved with a group of like-minded people who were interested in starting a Public Health Dental Clinic in Bismarck. It wasn't until 2004 that we were able to move forward with the project. We opened the doors of Bridging the Dental Gap Clinic (BDG) in August 2004 and we are still going strong. When the clinic opened, I was the only dentist with one assistant, a business manager and a hygienist. We used volunteers at the front desk. We now have 3 Dentists, 4 assistants, 3 hygienists, a business manager and 4 support staff. Our mission at BDG is to increase access to care for everyone in the Bismarck-Mandan area. The clinic offers comprehensive dental care including cleaning, fillings, extractions, dentures, crowns, and root canals. The clinic clientele consists primarily of Medicaid recipients since it is difficult for them to obtain services in other places. We also provide services to individuals with dental insurance and those whom are able to self-pay. For the population that has no insurance and a low income, the clinic offers dental services on a sliding fee scale using National Poverty guidelines. In 2010, we purchased two mobile dental units and started providing dental services in local nursing homes. We have expanded to include 6 nursing homes in the Bismarck-Mandan area. We also oversee the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile that travels throughout the state offering free dental services to children. In addition to providing dental services at BDG, I am also the North Dakota Dental Consultant for Medicaid, the Workforce Safety Dental Consultant and I do peer reviews for the North Dakota State Prison. I feel as if my life has come full circle. As a child, I was a recipient of Public Health Dentistry and now I am a provider of Public Health Dentistry.

Kathleen Wrigley

Kathleen and her husband, Drew, have three children: Quinn (17), Patrick (15) and Harper (10). Kathleen is a Philadelphia native, and has called North Dakota her second home for the last 19 years. Before becoming a mom, Kathleen was the director for Bismarck’s Child Advocacy Center and was a speechwriter. Kathleen received a BS from The Pennsylvania State University and completed her first Master’s program at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW). Currently, Kathleen is a graduate student at the University of Mary, pursuing a second master’s degree, this time in School Counseling. She graduates on April 28th. Kathleen is the elementary school counselor at Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck, where all three Wrigley children attend. Kathleen has spent her adult life fighting for victims’ rights and supports balance and fairness in the criminal justice system. She is also deeply interested in advocacy, education, programs, and research relating to the protection of children. Kathleen serves on a number of community boards and committees, and is Vice President of the Officer Daniel Boyle Scholarship Fund, a fund that is named after her brother, Danny, who was a Philadelphia Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty at the age of 21. The fund has gifted more than 900 Philadelphia indigent children with an opportunity to attend Christian/Catholic schools. Fitness is an integral part of Kathleen’s daily routine and helps her sustain her own mental health! She has completed 10 full marathons, including New York City, Philadelphia, Fargo, Disney, Chicago, Fargo, and the coveted Boston Marathon. Kathleen freelance writes for "On the Minds of Moms" magazine, and has had a regularly occurring column “just a thought” since 2009. Kathleen was recently nominated and appointed to Vice President to Bismarck Public Schools Crisis Team.  

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