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Minot Women Leaders Raise Over $6,000 For Community

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MINOT – Armed with $100 in seed money each, 11 women from the Center for Technology & Business Women’s Leadership Program (WLP) were given six weeks to see how much of an impact they could make on the local community through a Philanthropic Project they worked on in teams.  

On May 10 the groups ventured out to deliver the results of their projects, including cash and in-kind donations, to a variety of organizations.

This is the fifth year for the Women’s Leadership Program in Minot and each year participants come up with unique ways to make a difference locally. From grant writing to "Dine to Donate" partnerships with restaurants, each project brought awareness and much needed financial support to local organizations and those they serve.

Nancy Simpson, Shelly Bohl and Victoria Srey collected funds and food donations for The Lord's Cupboard which relies 100% on donations from the Minot community and various grants. The results of the women's project has supplied enough in donations to feed 568 people.

Phil Koapke and Denise Martin took a different approach with their project and got creative by hand making rope dog toys that were distributed along with promotional materials to raise awareness and create a better understanding about the needs of the Souris Valley Animal Shelter.

Additional recipients included Habitat for Humanity - Northern Lights Chapter, Minot High School Department of Technology and Engineering, and Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry. In total, the groups gave $6,138.81 in cash donations and in-kind contributions to area organizations plus many volunteer hours in addition to helping raise awareness for the causes.

Since 2013, the Women’s Leadership Program has raised almost $60,000 of cash and in-kind donations for the Minot community. “I’m always so impressed with what the women are able to accomplish in such a short amount of time.” Stated Deb Eslinger, executive director of Center for Technology & Business. “When we first introduce the project each year some participants are hesitant as they’ve never done something like this before but the personal transformations for them by the end of the six weeks is always remarkable.”

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 22. The public is invited to attend and can purchase tickets to the luncheon at 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.