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New Class Chosen As Leaders in Eastern ND

Women’s Leadership Program Participants Announced

The North Dakota Women’s Business Center is pleased to bring its long awaited Women’s Leadership Program to Eastern North Dakota. After careful deliberation, Center for Technology & Business (CTB) has announced the first class of selected participants for the 2015 CTB Women’s Leadership Program to be held in the Fargo community. Participants were chosen from a pool of applicants submitted by outstanding women in the region that are ready to challenge themselves and their communities. 

  • Rachel Asleson - Reach Partners
  • Lisa Benz - North Dakota State University
  • Alyson Bjornstad - Bell State Bank & Trust
  • Mary Bommersbach - Results4U Promotions LLC
  • Ruth Buffalo Zarazua - North Dakota State University
  • Shelly Carlson - Aasen Carlson, Inc.
  • Jami Dean - Body of Grace Yoga
  • Melissa Eiter - Noridian Healthcare Solutions
  • Chelsey Fenske - CHI Friendship, Inc.
  • Bethany Foyt - The Partner Channel
  • Jessica Kluck - Gate City Bank
  • Amanda Lane - Discovery Benefits 
  • Shelly Larson - Avenue Right
  • LeAnn Mouw - Essentia Health St. Mary’s
  • Rochelle Roesler - CP Realty
  • Courtney Schaff - Red River Women’s Clinic/ND Women in Need Fund
  • Connie Smallarz - Self Employed
  • Becky Walen - Bell State Bank & Trust

The Women’s Leadership Program is an exceptional six-month program dedicated to building a culture of women empowering women in North Dakota. Expansion of the program to the greater Fargo area has been made possible through a Bush Foundation Leadership Network Grant with the goal of increasing leadership skills for women of all backgrounds in four core areas – personal leadership, professional leadership, community leadership and health leadership.

The newly selected participants are joining a statewide network of highly motivated and forward thinking women that are making a difference all across North Dakota. To date, program participants have raised over $148,000 in cash and in-kind donations for organizations in their communities. After six months of coursework, the public will be invited to join participants at a graduation ceremony on December 9, more information to follow.

Center for Technology & Business is dedicated to building North Dakota’s economic future through leadership, technology and women’s business development. For more information on the Women's Leadership Program, visit