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2018 Leading Ladies Luncheon - Fargo

03/14/2018 11:00 AM - 03/14/2018 01:00 PM


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March 14, 2018 - Fargo

Ticket sales are closed. Get your tickets early; this event has sold out every year!
Register for your tickets by March 9th. Tickets will not be available at the door. Sorry, no refunds after March 9th.

Location: Holiday Inn, 3808 13th Ave S, Fargo
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 Table Sponsors: Bell Banks, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Forum Communications Company, Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC, and National Hospitality Services


Andrea Larson

Andrea Larson, Valley News Live

Andrea Larson’s broadcasting career has taken her all over North Dakota. She has had opportunities to track lawmakers as a Political Reporter in Bismarck, and chase convicted criminals across the country on a crime beat in Fargo. Andrea has garnered dozens of awards along the way and is an anchor for the 5pm, 6pm and 10pm newscasts on Valley News Live.


Tracy Briggs

Tracy grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. Following graduation from the University of North Dakota in 1986 she worked briefly in the fields of public relations/marketing and development for a private company and a non-profit agency.

In 1988, she began her career in broadcast journalism at WDAY-TV where she worked as a reporter, producer and anchor. During that time, she also received her master’s degree in mass communication at North Dakota State University. In 2005, she left TV news to become a morning radio talk show host on WDAY-AM.  In that position, she implemented and coordinated the WDAY WWII Honor Flight project which sought to send World War II veterans from our area to the WWII memorial in Washington D.C. The project is now in its 11th year and has sent approximately 1,000 WWII and Korean War veterans to the nation’s capital. She recently wrote and edited a book commemorating the 10th anniversary of the project. 

In 2010, she left WDAY to work for the station’s parent company, Forum Communications Company as the Digital Content Development Director in the Interactive Division.  Her role was to recruit and manage the community content on the Areavoices blog platform at FCC’s 36 news websites throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. In 2014, she began writing feature stories and hosting an online web series and column entitled “The Great Indoors with Tracy Briggs,” which examines the greater things between four walls (cooking, baking, entertaining). She’s currently working on a new video series.

Tracy lives in Moorhead, Minnesota with her husband Mark and their two daughters Laura and Jordan and their overly exuberant golden lab McKenna.  

Col. Virginia Kraushaar

Virginia began her professional career in the nursing field in 1977 and has worked in various areas of nursing. The last 18 years have been spent working at the Fargo VA Health Care System, the last 11 as Nurse Manager. She retired December 2017. She served her country as a member of the North Dakota Army National Guard (NDARNG), retiring after almost twenty-three years of honorable service. Her assignment prior to leaving the military was to serve as the Deputy Commander for the State Medical Detachment. Virginia was the third female to be promoted to the rank of Colonel in the NDARNG. Virginia spent 2005-2007 on active duty. For the first six months, she was Chief Nurse at Eagle Base, Bosnia. In May of 2005 she was reassigned to Camp Williams, UT. She served as the Case Manager Supervisor, overseeing staff who provided case management for Wounded Warriors. In September of 2006, she was assigned to the position of Active Duty Military Liaison at the PolyTrauma Rehab Unit at the Minneapolis VAMC. During her service, she received several medals including – Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Non-Article 5 NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon in support of Enduring Mission III, and others. Virginia served as medical lead for four of the Bismarck based, Rough Rider Honor Flights, 2009-2011. She was active with the planning and implementation of the trips to Washington, D.C., to honor our WWII Veterans. Her volunteer career is just as dynamic as her professional career. She volunteered with Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System (DEMPS) and was deployed for both Hurricane Charlie and Hurricane Katrina. She serves her local community by volunteering with the Fargo Marathon, a flood volunteer, and remains active in the American Legion, VFW, Disabled American Veterans and member of the State National Guard Association. She is active in her church community, serving as chairperson for the fall bazaar, a member of the Welcoming Committee, Eucharistic Minister and Greeter.

Jonix Owino

Jonix Owino is a PhD student in the department of Human Development and Family Science at North Dakota State University. She moved to North Dakota from Nairobi- Kenya in 2014 to pursue a Masters’ Degree in Sociology. During her master’s studies, she conducted a successful and insightful research study on integration of refugee women into the Fargo-Morehead community that highlighted the challenges experienced by the women in their endeavors to integrate. Upon completion, she passionately proceeded to work with refugees/ new Americans in the community providing tutoring and interpretation services. Jonix enjoys applied research and aims to conduct research studies that inform policy and realize effective interventions among immigrant communities. Her areas of research interest include refugee migration and immigration policies, social integration and isolation, socio-cultural factors, women and aging studies, and institutional ethnography. In her free time, Jonix likes to volunteer in the community, visit with friends and watch movies. She loves Fargo community and has a love-hate relationship with winter.

Dr. Jagila Wesley

Dr. Jagila Wesley is originally from Jos, Nigeria, West Africa. She moved to the United States at age 17 with hopes to attend medical school. Jagila attended Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL; and completed her pre-medical education at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, before moving to Ann Arbor, MI, where she attended graduate school at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, achieving a Masters in Public Health. Jagila has been practicing as a Pediatric Intensivist at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo since 2017. She specializes in the care of critically ill infants and children. Additionally, she serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She considers herself a clinician educator and spends time providing lectures to her nursing staff to build their critical care foundation and knowledge base. Jagila travels locally and internationally teaching those in the medical field who are not trained in critical care about Pediatric Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (PFCCS), a course focusing on the basic skills necessary for critically ill children.

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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