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Women's Leadership Program

The Women’s Leadership Program is an exceptional six month program dedicated to expanding the personal, pro­fessional, community, and health leadership skills for women of all ages. Participants gain hands on experience through leadership exercises and a philanthropy project.


Women's Leadership Program - Greater Fargo Area

Applications are closed for 2018 Greater Fargo Area.


Women's Leadership Program - Bismarck/Mandan

Applications are open for 2019 Bismarck/Mandan area.


Women's Leadership Program - Minot

Applications are open for 2019 Minot area.


No matter your age, industry or past leadership experience - WLP is ready to challenge and inspire you to advance your leadership skills.

Join a statewide network of highly motivated and forward thinking women while making a difference all across North Dakota.

Participants learn from top leaders in their community and each other on how to:

  • tackle adversity and challenges
  • build confidence
  • polish negotiation skills
  • take risks
  • build influence
  • instill trust
  • and so much more!

Most importantly, participants discover how to step outside their comfort zone to achieve growth and success.

Past graduates received top professional promotions, joined boards, pursued advanced degrees, started businesses, became mentors, and increased volunteerism and philanthropic efforts while making lasting connections.

"I would like potential applicants of WLP to know WLP is worth every minute and every penny. Consider the time and money an investment in yourself, personally and professionally." - Tracey Miller, 2014 BisMan WLP Graduate

"Because of WLP I've developed leadership skills, self-confidence, how to work well with others, how to conquer fears, and how to grow as a business owner." - Kayla Cote, 2015 Minot WLP Graduate

Session One - Leadership: Gain exceptional leadership skills by building a strong foundation of the fundamentals of leadership in personal, professional, community and health that will provide a solid basis of success for the upcoming sessions. 

Session Two - Personal Leadership: Maximize your personal leadership by learning to communicate and negotiate as a leader, focusing on your passion and learning to take risks. This session addresses personal leadership challenges and focuses on awareness, influence and communication strategies to be your best.

Session Three - Community Leadership: Learn how and why to get involved and what it takes to lead with purpose. This session explores mentorship, commitment to society, and how to earn your place as a community leader.

Session Four - Professional Leadership: Develop a demand for your professional worth by enhancing your personal brand, advancing your professional skills sets, and becoming more efficient by learning to ask for help and when to delegate. This session shows you not how to move up the ladder but how to create your own ladder to success.

Session Five - Health Leadership: Create a system for a healthy mind, healthy body and healthy balance of career and family responsibilities. This session will examine lifestyle choices that overcome challenges to leading a healthy and productive life.

Session Six - Leadership Wrap Up: The final session of training will include discussion within fellow participants and guest speakers on women’s leadership as well as a local woman business owner. This session will help you identify ways to take what you have learned over the past six months and move forward with becoming a top notch leader.


Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors and Partners!

Founding Partner (Bismarck/Mandan and Minot) - Michelle J. Wall, Dale Carnegie Business Group North Dakota

Supporting Partners - North Dakota Department of Commerce and U.S. Small Business Administration

Program Sponsor (Bismarck/Mandan and Minot) - Bush Foundation

Program Sponsors (Fargo) - Bush Foundation 

Room Sponsors (Bismarck/Mandan) - Great River Energy and National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC)

Room Sponsor (Fargo) - Dakota Business Lending


Meet the Graduates!