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Greater Fargo Area Women Chosen As Leaders for 2018

Women’s Leadership Program Participants Announced


For Release
June 29, 2018


For more information, contact:
Laiken Aune, Marketing Coordinator
Center for Technology & Business

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 fourth class of the Women’s Leadership Program to be held in the Greater Fargo community. Participants were chosen from a pool of applicants submitted by outstanding women in the community looking to connect, grow, and pay it forward through a challenging and inspiring experience.

Steph Asheim - Danielson Legal, LLC

Ann Babolian - Rasmussen College

Tracie Barnes - Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

Kari Bloomquist - Bell Bank

Lindsey Cernik - Border States Electric

Cara Christenson - BNG Team

Shelley Dittberner - Noridian Healthcare Solutions

Tina Ehrichs - Discovery Benefits

Sue Estenson - Infinite Leap

Amanda Even - Dress for Success Red River Valley

Jana Lefor - Freedom Resource Center

Hannah Joy LeTexier - Alzheimer’s Association

Amy Longtin - Tharaldson Hospitality Management

Charlotte Magnuson - Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

Kristin Mathiason - Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

Megan Rose Rieger - Cargill

Lyn Telford - Essentia Health

Serap Vatansever - Clifford Hall III

Crystal Vold - Diversified Crop Insurance Services

Shelby Wessels - Starion 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 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, program participants have raised nearly $270,000 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 5, 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