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CTB Receives Bush Foundation Leadership Grant

For Expansion of the Women’s Leadership Program.

Bismarck – Center for Technology & Business has been awarded a Bush Foundation Leadership Network Grant for Expansion of their Women’s Leadership Program.

The Women’s Leadership Program is dedicated to building a culture of women empowering women in North Dakota. Through intense leadership development programs in the Bismarck and Minot communities, it has improved the personal, professional, community and health leadership skills for women of all ages and backgrounds. The Leadership Network Grant from the Bush Foundation supports expansion of the six-month program into Fargo as well as one-day workshops in Dickinson, Harvey and the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and a Women’s Leadership Summit for all alumni.

“We are very excited, and extremely honored to be among the first recipients of the Leadership Network Grant program from the Bush Foundation.” Says Center for Technology & Business Executive Director, Deb Eslinger. “By connecting women of different backgrounds and perspectives through the Women’s Leadership Program, we are opening doors for them to strengthen and test their leadership skills while providing them with tools to embrace the challenge.“

The Bush Foundation’s investment in building the capacity of individuals through fellowships began in 1965. Since then, more than 2,200 Bush Fellows and Native Nation Rebuilders have reshaped every aspect of the region from government to education to art to social services to business. Creating the Leadership Network Grant Program in 2014 was a natural extension of the Foundation’s fellowship work. These grants will ensure leaders have a more options to discover and develop the skills and support they need to become more effective leaders.

“We hope to be great learning partners with Center for Technology & Business and the other grantees on key challenges, including how to build the cultural agility of leaders, ensure excellent leadership development programming, evaluate leadership work, and better support and connect with their alumni and our own,” said G. Bryan Fleming, the Foundation’s leadership programs director.

The Bush Foundation will award nearly $1.7 million to 12 organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography, through its Leadership Network Grant program. The full list of Leadership Network Grant recipients can be found at

About Center for Technology & Business:
Center for Technology & Business serves as the women’s business center for North Dakota and grows North Dakota’s economy by helping small business owners succeed through training, technology and business development. Their programming develops leaders, builds rural communities and mentors women business owners. More information about the Women's Leadership Program available at