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Women’s Leadership Program Raises over $38,000 for Local Organizations

2014 Day of Giving

The “Day of Giving” for participants of Center for Technology & Business’ Women’s Leadership Program is all about giving back. The women are each given $100 in seed money and challenged to grow the funds in a philanthropic challenge for their local communities. This year the 31 women in Bismarck/Mandan and Minot had just seven weeks to find a cause and determine the best way to make a difference.

On May 9 many of the women headed out to deliver their surprise donations to a variety of organizations. Recipients included Carrie’s Kids, Theo Art School, Charles Hall Youth Services, Bismarck/Mandan Parkinson’s Disease Group, Dakota Zoo, Dakota Medical Foundation Lend a Hand Initiative, and The Welcome Table. So far the groups have raised over $38,542.25 in cash and in-kind donations to area organizations. Many participants have also pledged long-term personal assistance to the organizations through volunteering.

Six women in the Bismarck area will continue to assist Carrie Grosz of Carrie’s Kids through various efforts intended to support the expansion of the organization to serve more local children and teens who are at risk or experiencing homelessness. All eleven of the Women’s Leadership Program participants in Minot have decided to help The Welcome Table with polishing their business plan and holding a second fundraising project called “Great. Big. Zumba.” The Welcome Table serves as a one-stop shop for families who need assistance by providing food, shelter, basic health care, and social workers.

“It is unbelievable how many visionaries we had participate this year.” stated Deb Eslinger, executive director of Center for Technology & Business. “Each year I’m more amazed by the goals and ambitions of our women leaders and their desire to give back to their communities in bigger and bigger ways. These are outstanding women that have extremely big hearts and the mind set to make great things happen. I’m so proud of each and every one of them.” said Eslinger.

The Women’s Leadership Program is an intense 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 graduation luncheons where participants will hear keynote speaker Marci Narum from Leaving Impressions discuss how to get beyond your comfort zone when you learn to “kick the can’t.” The public is welcome to attend (Minot June 12 and Bismarck June 19), more information is available at

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.”