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Greater Fargo Area Women Chosen As Leaders for 2019

Women’s Leadership Program Participants Announced

The North Dakota Women’s Business Center (NDWBC), a program of Center for Technology & Business (CTB), is pleased to announce the selected participants for the fifth class of the Women’s Leadership Program to be held in the Greater Fargo community. Participants were chosen from a pool of applications submitted by outstanding women who want to connect, grow, and pay it forward through a challenging and inspiring experience.

  • Sue Bertsch - Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Amanda Brannan - WEX, Inc.
  • Megan Doty - Beyond Boundaries Speech-Language Therapy, Inc.
  • Kelly Edwards - First International Bank & Trust
  • Tracy Farahmand - Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
  • Karin Hassett - Bell Bank
  • Haley Israelson - Rasmussen College
  • Laura Johnson - The Village Family Service Center
  • Christine Kulesa - Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
  • Carrie LaFontaine - Border States Electric
  • Debbie Oakland - Bell Bank
  • Jodi Plecity - Peoples Rising Academy
  • Gwendoline Poyner - Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
  • Casondra Rutschke - American Gold Gymnastics
  • Michaela Schell - Self-Employed
  • Anne Simon - Noridian Healthcare Solutions
  • Alexandra Sprung-Banu - Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Dr. Victoria Tatro - Chiropractor
  • Elissa Waasdorp - First International Bank & Trust
  • Lindsey Warner - North Dakota Trade Office
  • Heather Winkler - Hospice of the Red River Valley
  • Lauren Young - Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

The Women’s Leadership Program is an unique six-month program dedicated to expanding personal, professional, community, and health leadership skills for women of all ages and backgrounds in the Greater Fargo area. Throughout the program participants hear from an array of top leaders representing North Dakota and beyond who guide and challenge the women to take the next steps in their leadership development. Participants gain hands-on experience through leadership exercises and a philanthropy project.

The newly selected participants are joining a statewide network of highly motivated and forward thinking women who are making a difference across the state. To date, statewide program participants have raised over $351,000 in cash and in-kind donations for local organizations in their communities. After six-months of coursework, the public will be invited to join participants at a graduation ceremony on December 4, more information to follow.

CTB builds North Dakota’s economic future by creating an entrepreneurial environment, inspiring innovation, and developing business leaders throughout North Dakota. For more information, visit