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EmBe Announces Tribute to Women Winners


Sioux Falls, SD (May 20, 2020) - Nine honorees were selected from fifty nominations on May 19 for EmBe’s 47th Tribute to Women awards. The event was held virtually on EmBe’s Facebook page. Tribute to Women is the longest-standing award honoring the achievements of women in the region. “Tribute lifts the good work being done in the community,” said Jennifer Smith Hoesing, EmBe’s Chief Development Officer. “It has never been more important to shine a light on the people who work to make our community strong and resilient.” Firmly rooted in its foundation as the YWCA’s Leadership Luncheon, Tribute to Women [...]

EmBe Announces Tribute to Women Winners2020-05-20T11:57:55-05:00

Tribute to Women Sponsor Spotlight: Sanford


Post Sponsored by Sanford. Stacy Wrightsman, Executive Director of Community Relations for Sanford Health “Good work, inspiring leadership, and positive momentum in our community doesn’t stop during a pandemic,” said Stacy Wrightsman, Executive Director of Community Relations for Sanford Health. “Tribute to Women gives these caring, intelligent, innovative, and remarkable individuals a platform to share their story and an opportunity to be celebrated.” Tribute to Women will go virtual on May 19 on EmBe’s Facebook page. Sanford Health is committed to being integrally involved in the health and wellbeing of families That includes support for EmBe programs, including Tribute [...]

Tribute to Women Sponsor Spotlight: Sanford2020-05-18T17:25:01-05:00

Tribute to Women Sponsor Spotlight: Sammons Financial Group


Post Sponsored by Sammons Financial Group. The connection between EmBe and Sammons Financial Group goes far beyond an institutional relationship where the institutions that share core values. There’s a personal connection that deepens the relationship. “Many Sammons Financial Group employees volunteer their time with EmBe, and others have even benefited from the organization’s programs and opportunities,” said Tami Daly, Manager of Financial Controls with Sammons Financial Group. Sammons Financial Group is once again supporting EmBe’s Tribute to Women event on May 19, demonstrating their support and commitment to women’s and families’ empowerment. “Recognizing and appreciating the impact these women have [...]

Tribute to Women Sponsor Spotlight: Sammons Financial Group2020-05-15T15:14:00-05:00

Tribute to Women Lead Sponsor Spotlight: Avera


Post Sponsored by Avera. This year’s Tribute to Women event is going virtual on May 19 at 7 pm. Amid the greatest public health challenge of the past 100 years, EmBe is still here working to lead, empower and inspire the community. By moving Tribute to Women online, we can safely honor and celebrate the nominees who contribute so much to our thriving community. Lead sponsor Avera shares a passion for those making a difference. “The nominees are outstanding individuals who give us tremendous examples to follow and inspire us to grow beyond who we are today,” said Lindsey Meyers, [...]

Tribute to Women Lead Sponsor Spotlight: Avera2020-05-15T08:45:13-05:00

Honoring Erin Bosch


Blazing a Trail at EmBe Since 2011 Since 2011, Erin Bosch has been a catalyst for positive change at EmBe. As Executive Director of Women’s Programs, she has led programming that has impacted the lives of hundreds of women in the region, advancing Women’s Leadership Program and Dress for Success Sioux Falls, just to name a few. Today marks the final day of Erin’s tenure at EmBe. Next week she begins a new chapter as a Senior [...]

Honoring Erin Bosch2020-04-22T14:34:18-05:00

EmBe announces 2020 Tribute to Women nominees


Fifty women and men have been nominated for EmBe’s 47th Tribute to Women awards. Tribute to Women is the longest-standing award honoring the achievements of women in the region. “Tribute uniquely celebrates the work people do to empower our community. Since its founding by Sylvia Henkin in the 1970s, more than 328 people have been honored by their peers. It is a perfect time to honor the work of women as our community comes together to fight the coronavirus pandemic,” said Anne Rieck McFarland, EmBe Interim CEO. The honorees were nominated in one of the following categories: Banking and Finance, [...]

EmBe announces 2020 Tribute to Women nominees2020-04-16T15:40:46-05:00

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Childcare & School Age Care During COVID-19 Crisis


Q: Will EmBe remain open if Governor Kristi Noem issues a shelter in place order for Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties? A:  Yes. EmBe Childcare and School Age Care programs are considered a part of essential services critical to maintaining the Infrastructure Workforce. Only the South Dakota Department of Health/Department of Social Services can close our building. Q: Will parents be notified if there is a positive case of COVID-19 of a staff member or child at EmBe? A: Maybe or maybe not. We take all direction from the SD Department of Health on who needs to be notified depending on [...]

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Childcare & School Age Care During COVID-19 Crisis2020-04-14T16:52:21-05:00

EmBe Wants to Help You Help Others


EmBe South Care EmBe School Age Care at our South location (3510 Ralph Rogers Road, Sioux Falls) is offering care from 7 am to 5:30 pm for all first responders. To enroll your child submit the Temporary School Age Care Enrollment.  After you enroll, information on our procedures will be sent to you. Weekly Fee:  $130 per child Breakfast, Lunch and Snack provided.  Daily Curriculum with Wi-Fi accessibility to help your child or children with homework.  Click here to learn more about 4 weeks - 2 years old care. Click here to learn more about EmBe Preschool. Click here [...]

EmBe Wants to Help You Help Others2020-04-20T16:39:21-05:00

EmBe CEO Departure Announcement


 EmBe CEO Departure Announcement During a time of transition and change, EmBe is announcing that Karen Lundquist, its Chief Executive Officer, will be leaving the organization in April. “Although we regret Karen’s departure, we have confidence in our senior leadership and the vision of our board to continue to deliver on our mission and the foundation we have built since 1921,” said Alex Halbach, EmBe’s Board President. “With a clear plan for interim leadership, our programming will continue to evolve to meet community needs.” The Board of Directors has appointed Anne Rieck McFarland as Interim CEO of the Organization while [...]

EmBe CEO Departure Announcement2020-04-01T13:38:43-05:00

Spinsters Rewind


1964 Senior Planners, Lynn James, Jan Lucas, Marcia Muller, Cheryl Ostegaard, Doris Tjaden, Laury Wilson, Becky Smith and Carol Christensen. The EmBe Spinsters Dance is an annual event that develops leadership skills among young people in the community. Participants from Sioux Falls’ high schools gather together to organize and execute a high school dance, all to benefit youth scholarships and programming needs. The Spinsters Dance began in the late 1930s as a “Sadie Hawkins” dance with proceeds benefitting the YWCA (now EmBe). Those who have participated throughout the decades regard Spinsters as iconic and unparalleled for the ways it [...]

Spinsters Rewind2020-03-26T11:45:25-05:00

Can you empower women and families with a donation?

The COVID-19 pandemic impacts our community more and more each day. Suspending program offerings and decreasing demand for childcare are impacting our organization. We ask you to consider a donation to EmBe so that we can respond to urgent community needs like childcare scholarships and employment resources. Click here to learn more about how you can help.

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Click here to learn more about EmBe’s Program Scheduling changes due to COVID-19.



While EmBe’s childcare operation is reopening with limited services on March 30, EmBe’s offices are closed.

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