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Leading Ladies Luncheons to Celebrate Women’s History Month


Two luncheons honoring women who have made an impact on the history of North Dakota will be held in Fargo and Bismarck in March. Center for Technology & Business, which operates the ND Women’s Business Center, is hosting the luncheons featuring women panelists representing a variety of historic roles in the state.

The Fargo luncheon will be held on March 20 from 11:30-1:00pm at the Holiday Inn of Fargo. Panelists include: Mikey Hoeven, Former First Lady of North Dakota; Tara Holt, Founder of Center for Technology & Business; Lt. Colonel Teresa Luthi McDonough, Chief of Staff/Wing Executive Officer of North Dakota Air National Guard; Karen Stoker, Owner of Hotel Donaldson; and Sister Thomas Welder, President Emerita at University of Mary.

The Bismarck luncheon will be held on March 27 from 11:30-1:00pm at Lady J’s (Bismarck Municipal Golf Club). Panelists include: Lt. Colonel Davina French, Government Affairs Officer for the North Dakota National Guard; Senator Heidi Heitkamp, U.S. Senator for North Dakota; Tara Holt, Founder of Center for Technology & Business; Twila Martin Kekahbah, First Tribal Chairwoman in the History of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa; and Sister Thomas Welder, President Emerita at University of Mary. The panel will be moderated by Marci Narum of KXMB TV.

The intent of the luncheons is to create a very intimate experience with audience participation and open discussion among the panelists about their experiences as women leaders of varying backgrounds. “We have women representing education, private sector, non profit, tribal, political and military leadership roles. This is truly a unique experience to celebrate the accomplishments of women from all walks of life in North Dakota. Our hope is to inspire other women to believe that they too can make a difference in the lives of others.” Explained Center for Technology & Business Executive Director, Deb Eslinger.

The events are open to the public and everyone is invited to attend, those in attendance will also be reminded that the celebration includes them and their own personal achievements. For more information and to purchase tickets visit General admission pricing is $35.

About Center for Technology & Business: Created in 1999, Center for Technology & Business operates the ND Women’s Business Center. CTB also provides computer training and technical assistance to businesses and individuals across the State of North Dakota. CTB’s mission is “building North Dakota’s economic future through leadership, technology, and women’s business development.”