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Bismarck/Mandan 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 eighth class of the Women’s Leadership Program to be held in the Bismarck/Mandan community. Participants were chosen from a pool of applicantions submitted by outstanding women who want to connect, grow, and pay it forward through a challenging and inspiring experience. 

Erika Anderson - Lewis & Clark Development Group
Brandy Currie - University of Mary
Rhonda Elkin - Widmer Roel PC
Ashley Frase - American Bank Center
Aleisha Frohlich - Dakota Pharmacy & Dakota Natural Health Center
Connie Marie Gulleson - Houston Engineering, Inc.
Tera Haaland - Coteau Properties Company
Dionne Haynes - State of North Dakota - ND State Water Commission
Sommer Hunke - 180 Health Solutions
Denae L. Johnson - Project Solutions, Inc
Alison Kassian - Edward Jones
Heather Kautz - Dakota Fence
Angela Magstadt - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Jade Neumann - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Katherine Pendergast - Kat’s Corporation 
Sara Pic - EMC Insurance Companies
Jenna Price - US Foods
Trista Rychlik - Trista’s Therapeutic Techniques
Barb Sandstrom - I 2 i Institute
Kayla Schmidt - Humanities North Dakota
Jodi Vander Hoek - Dacotah Bank

The Women’s Leadership Program is a unique six-month program dedicated to expanding personal, professional, community, and health leadership skills for women of all ages and backgrounds in Bismarck/Mandan. 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 nearly $323,000 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 June 6, 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