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CTB Women Leaders Raise Over $62,000 for their Communities

BISMARCK – The Days of Giving for participants of Center for Technology & Business’ (CTB) Women’s Leadership Programs provided $62,269.57 in cash donations and in-kind contributions for organizations in two North Dakota communities.

Ten pairs of women from the CTB Bismarck/Mandan Women’s Leadership Program and 6 pairs of women from the CTB Minot Women’s Leadership Group were given $200 in seed money and challenged to grow the funds in a philanthropic project of their choice for their communities. The groups had just over a month to find a cause and determine the best way to give back.

Over the last few weeks, the groups headed out to deliver their surprise donations to a variety of organizations with outstanding results.

Shelle Aberle and Dorothy Lick were the top giving team in Bismarck/Mandan, raising $10,796.00 worth of items for the Abused Adult Resource Center. The women were able to purchase four ByteSpeed computers, specially designed for rugged use by children at the center. They also donated an overwhelming amount of professional clothing for the Career Closet that provides work appropriate attire for women in need.

Darla Jost and Jeanine Kabanuk were the top giving team in Minot, raising $16,683 for Stemen Memorial Park in Burlington. The women received permission from the city to have a vacant plot of land designated as a park named after an influential local family and raised cash donations from area residents that will be used to purchase equipment for the park. The park will be located on the north side of town and maintained by the Burlington Fire Department.

Other recipients included Bismarck Parks and Recreation, Great Plains Food Bank, Community Action Region VII, Carrie’s Kids, Bismarck YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, Minot Junior Golf Association, Souris Valley Animal Shelter, Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Roosevelt Park Zoo, and the McGruff Crime Prevention Project at the Minot Police Department.

“Words cannot express how proud I am of these 32 amazing women. The Women’s Leadership Program is all about inspiring women to step up and lead. I have no doubt that these women will continue to be outstanding leaders for North Dakota and will go on to inspire others with their tremendous accomplishments. I’m so proud of each and every one of them for stepping out of their comfort zones and giving so much back to North Dakota, not only in the dollars raised but in their enthusiasm and passion for making their communities better,” stated Deb Eslinger, executive director of Center for Technology & Business.

The Women’s Leadership Program is an intense six month program dedicated to expanding the professional, personal, community and health leadership skills for women of all ages. Each of the programs will wrap up with a graduation luncheon that is open to the public. The Bismarck luncheon will take place on June 13 at the Kelly Inn with keynote speaker LaVonn Steiner, president of EXCEL Leadership in Bismarck. The Minot luncheon will take place on June 27 at the Grand International with keynote speaker Jodee Bock, owner of Bock’s Office Transformational Consulting out of Minot. For more information and to purchase tickets to either luncheon visit or call 701-223-0707.

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.