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Women’s Business Center Brings Long Awaited Women’s Leadership Program to Eastern North Dakota


After four successful years in Bismarck/Mandan and three outstanding years in Minot, the Women’s Business Center is responding to public demand to bring the Women’s Leadership Program to eastern North Dakota and grow it’s statewide network of women leaders.

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.

Emphasizing these four core areas and accepting women of all ages, industries, backgrounds and leadership experience into the program creates a unique learning and networking opportunity that unites women leaders across the state.

Up to 20 applicants will be selected to participate in the program. Together, they will take the next steps in their leadership development journey through hands on exercises and a philanthropy challenge that equips them to become better well-rounded leaders in all aspects of their life.

The participants will connect with graduates and speakers from the existing programs in Bismarck and Minot as well as upcoming programs in Harvey, Dickinson and Fort Yates through a closed online community as well as an exclusive Women’s Leadership Summit for program alumni. The new Summit is also part of the expansion grant from the Bush Foundation and is designed to bring program alumni together from across the state. By connecting these leaders from various communities, a stronger and more cohesive environment is formed for women leaders across the state to work together on a grander scale.

Anyone interested in participating in the inaugural class of the Women’s Leadership Program located in the Fargo/Moorhead/West Fargo area is encouraged to apply online by June 1, 2015 at There are no residency requirements for participation.