EmBe has accepted participants for its 17-month 2019 Women’s Leadership Program beginning January of 2019. With more than 200 past participants, the 2019 class benefits from eight years of programming experience and community involvement. The applicants for the program represent a broad range of career paths and are chosen by committee to ensure that in addition to the leadership education, the connections that are made throughout the 17-month program will also enhance all the attendee’s experience.

Erin Bosch, Director of Women’s Programming said, “The focus of the Women’s Leadership Program is to use the personal experiences and skills of volunteer mentors to educate and inspire the participants. During a retreat and six sessions, the participants will develop a development plan that includes personal and professional goals and ways to achieve them. In May, a mentor will be matched with the participant to support and guide her through the implementation of her plan during the next year.”

The 2019 class of participants for the Women’s Leadership Program are:

Ellen Arens, Software Test Supervisor at Raven Industries

Megan Backer, Universal Banking Officer at First Bank and Trust

Carrie Biever, Senior Accountant at The First National Bank in Sioux Falls

Samantha Bucknell, Special Events Coordinator at EmBe

Stephanie Burt, Mortgage Loan Partner at Reliabank Mortgage

Terra Bylander, Risk Management Specialist/Trainer at Howalt McDowell Insurance

Sara Damjanovic, Owner of Floret Cakery

Allison Dvorak, Project Architect at TSP, Inc.

Ashley Gibson, Contract Analyst at Avera McKennan

Lindsey Hauger, Assistant Administrator at Pioneer Memorial Hospital and Health Services

Kristin Hayward, Manager of Advocacy & Development at Planned Parenthood

Arin Knudtson, Chief Financial Officer at Journey Group Co.

Stephanie Krumvieda, Project Manager at Blend Interactive, Inc.

Morgan Hauck Larson, Director of Communications at Lemonly

Colette Manning, Senior Executive Director, Marketing at Sanford Health

Kelly Marshall, Job Analysis & Ergonomics Specialist at Risk Administration Services

Rachael Meyerink, Neonatal Dietitian at Sanford Health

Hilairee Mosier, Marketing Manager at Avera Health

Christina Oey, Development Director at Feeding South Dakota

Dr. Ashley M. Pfaff, Owner/Chiropractic Physician at Dr. Ashley Family Chiropractic

Julie Prairie, Owner/Photographer at Julie Prairie Photography

Brittany Reith, Marketing Content Specialist at Midco

Katie Shuck, Instructor and Blog Author at CybHER

Leah Sideras, Advisor, Business Controls Administration at Meta Payment Systems

Jackie Swanstrom, Director of Governance and Executive Support at Girl Scouts -Dakota Horizons

Adrianne Jo Turner, Receptionist at Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun

Carly Uthe, Community Relations Multi-Media Specialist at Sioux Falls School District

Sarah Van Voorst, Police Officer with the Sioux Falls Police Department

Andrea Vetos, Regional Manager at Silverstar Car Wash

Amanda Wermers, Owner/Operator at Game Chest

“The Women’s Leadership Program gathers together people who are planning the next phase in their personal and professional lives. We help them map their mountain top and reach those goals,” said Karen Lundquist, CEO of EmBe. “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has participated to provide support and resources to continue to make this ground-breaking program possible.”


For more information on either program go to www.embe.org/leadership or contact Erin Bosch, Director of Women’s Programming, at EmBe (605) 610-0665.  An outline is available online www.embe.org/leadership with information on the January retreat and six sessions.

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