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Minot Women Leaders Raise Nearly $15,000 for Community

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MINOT – May 16 was a “Day of Giving” for participants of the Center for Technology & Business (CTB) Women’s Leadership Program (WLP). Armed with $100 in seed money each, the women were tasked to grow the funds in a philanthropic project of their choice for the local Minot community. They broke off into smaller teams and had six weeks to find a cause and determine the best way to give back.

With a variety of causes and individual skillsets, each team took a different approach and used their own unique methods to pay-it-forward in the community.

Amber Derr and Jodi Wright organized a wine cork pull to benefit the Minot YWCA, while Courtney Pardon and Shelby Ring hosted Zumba for the Zoo to raise funds for Roosevelt Park Zoo’s new three-phase cat enclosure. Alana Erickson and Connie Wilson rallied behind Minot Public School Foundation and Stop Before You Send, an educational program that raises awareness about the dangers and consequences of inappropriate phone use and messaging, with specific emphasis on the sending, receiving, and forwarding of sexually explicit images and videos.  Another duo, Sara Radomski and Jennifer Mattson, worked to secure monetary donations for Rugby Park Board to purchase new benches for public outdoor spaces.

Michelle Phillips, KayLee Bourquin, and Candace Brekke launched “Fuel the Fight,” in an effort to provide the monetary resources necessary for Trinity Cancer Center to offer gas cards to patients who have to travel to Minot from rural communities for treatment. The women raised $11,040 by May 16, with more donations to be expected. Additionally, work has begun to set up an endowment fund to provide the means for gas cards in subsequent years.

Each project brought awareness and necessary financial support to local organizations and those they serve. In total, the groups gave $14,801.41 in cash donations and in-kind contributions to area organizations.

“Since 2012, the Women’s Leadership Program has raised nearly $270,000 of cash and in-kind donations for organizations across the state. I’m extremely proud and impressed with what these women are able to do for their communities in such a short amount of time.” Stated Deidre Hillman, Program Director of North Dakota Women’s Business Center (ND WBC), a program of CTB. “The ripple effect each project has is inspiring year-after-year. The pending endowment fund at Trinity Cancer Center is a perfect example. Because of these women, local cancer patients will rest easier knowing their fuel is paid for.”

The Women’s Leadership Program is a six-month program dedicated to expanding the professional, personal, community, and health leadership skills for women of all ages. The program will wrap up with a luncheon and graduation ceremony on June 21. The public is invited to attend and can purchase tickets to the luncheon at or call 701-223-0707.

Center for Technology & Business (CTB) operates the North Dakota Women’s Business Center (ND WBC), which is part of a national network of more than 100 centers offering one-on-one business counseling, training, networking, workshops, technical assistance, and mentoring to women entrepreneurs on many business development topics, including but not limited to business startup, financial management, marketing, and procurement. Specific ND WBC programming opportunities include the Women’s Leadership Program, the Women’s Business Summit, the North Dakota Woman Owned Business Certification, and the North Dakota Leading Ladies Luncheons.