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EmBe Announces Tribute to Women Winners

May 20th, 2020|Categories: Tribute to Women|

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 [...]

Tribute to Women Sponsor Spotlight: Sanford

May 14th, 2020|Categories: Tribute to Women|

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 [...]

Tribute to Women Sponsor Spotlight: Sammons Financial Group

May 14th, 2020|Categories: Tribute to Women|

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 [...]

Tribute to Women Lead Sponsor Spotlight: Avera

May 14th, 2020|Categories: Tribute to Women|

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 [...]

EmBe announces 2020 Tribute to Women nominees

April 16th, 2020|Categories: EmBe News, Impact, Tribute to Women|

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 [...]

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

April 14th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

EmBe Wants to Help You Help Others

April 9th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

EmBe CEO Departure Announcement

April 1st, 2020|Categories: EmBe News|

 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 [...]

Spinsters Rewind

March 26th, 2020|Categories: Empowerment, Impact, Spinster Program|

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 [...]

Are you out of work due to COVID-19?

March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

What can you do if you are out of work due to COVID-19? You may qualify for South Dakota Reemployment Assistance. The below graphic shows which cases generally will qualify for RA benefits and which circumstances will likely not qualify. The Department of Labor assesses each person's case individually. To apply for RA benefits, apply online at or call (605) 626-3179. For more information from the Department of Labor regarding [...]

EmBe Program Scheduling Changes

March 12th, 2020|Categories: EmBe News|

*UPDATED MAY 21, 2020* At the heart of our mission is serving all of you and we place your health and safety at the top of our priorities. Preventing the spread of COVID 19 is guiding all of our processes and procedures ss we prepare to phase in in-person offerings. Please see below for the latest updates. If you have any questions, please contact us at Childcare and [...]

EmBe precautions and COVID-19

March 11th, 2020|Categories: EmBe News|

Sioux Falls, SD (March 11, 2020) - EmBe is proud to serve the community and place your health and safety at the top of our priorities. With this in mind, we have been carefully following recommendations from state and federal officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and illnesses like the flu. We continue to remind our staff of ways to avoid spreading disease, such as increased hand [...]

2019 – 2020 FIRST LEGO League Championship Standings

February 6th, 2020|Categories: EmBe News, FIRST LEGO League, Youth|

February 1, 2020 (Sioux Falls, SD) - Thirty-one teams descended on the Augustana University Elmen center to pit their robots and presentation skills against one another in a fury of fun, craziness, and Coopertition®.  It was the 2019 - 2020 CITY SHAPER® FIRST® LEGO® League Championship for South Dakota, and the competition was fantastic! Each of these teams competed at a Qualifier earlier in the season.  They scored well enough [...]

Making a positive impact with Angela Schoffelman

February 4th, 2020|Categories: In Her Shoes, Partnership, Women|

Avera’s commitment to making a positive impact shows in its partnership with EmBe Dress for Success Sioux Falls. As one of South Dakota’s largest employers, Avera invites Dress for Success Sioux Falls clients to job shadow and encourages them to ask questions and even apply for open positions. “Avera couldn’t do the work that it does without community organizations like EmBe’s Dress for Success Sioux Falls and the wonderful [...]

The History of FIRST LEGO League in South Dakota

January 16th, 2020|Categories: FIRST LEGO League, Partnership, Youth|

In 2008, Dr. Alan Swanson brought FIRST LEGO League to South Dakota, gathering a group of interested educators and science lovers to be coaches for what he thought would be 4 – 5 teams. A graduate of MIT, Dr. Swanson worked for many years at BAE Systems in New Hampshire – the birthplace of FIRST and FIRST LEGO League. He recognized the need for a program in South Dakota [...]

In Her Shoes Client Spotlight: Regina Stough

January 16th, 2020|Categories: Impact, In Her Shoes, Women, Women to the Workforce|

What do you know about EmBe Dress for Success Sioux Falls? “EmBe Dress for Success is more than clothes,” program alumna Regina Stough gleefully shared. “EmBe Dress for Success Sioux Falls helps women of all ages, all walks of life. The programs are set up to help you succeed,” Regina said. When Regina came to EmBe Dress for Success Sioux Falls, she was in her second year of an [...]

EmBe Vehicle Fund Drive

January 13th, 2020|Categories: Childcare, EmBe News, School Age Care, Youth|

Sioux Falls (January 13, 2020) -- Friday, December 13th held true to its reputation for EmBe, when two vans and a bus were disabled in the parking lot at EmBe South, just off of 69th and Louise in Sioux Falls. EmBe uses the vehicles to safely carry children on field trips, to transport them to EmBe for care, and to support programs like FIRST LEGO League, Girls on the [...]

Tribute to Women Nomination FAQ’s

January 10th, 2020|Categories: Tribute to Women, Women|

Tribute to Women Nomination FAQ's Who can submit a Tribute nomination? Any individual, corporation, agency, civic organization, school, place of worship should lift up a deserving woman. In addition, the Embeliever award is is open to ANY individual or organization that fits Tribute criteria. EmBe staff and their families may not submit a nomination. Can multiple people nominate someone? Yes. We suggest you work together to submit a single [...]

Meet In Her Shoes Client Speakers Amber & Laura Metzger

January 9th, 2020|Categories: Impact, In Her Shoes, Women|

Amber Metzger and Laura Metzger credit EmBe Dress for Success Sioux Falls with helping them pave their paths to success. “At EmBe Dress for Success Sioux Falls, I can always reach out to get the support that I need, when I need it,” Amber Metzger said. Amber and her sister Laura, also a client, will be featured speakers at the In Her Shoes Empowerment Breakfast on Thursday, February 6 [...]

Welcome In Her Shoes Emcee Vanessa Gomez

December 11th, 2019|Categories: Dress for Success, In Her Shoes, Women|

We are excited to announce Vanessa Gomez, Weeknight Anchor and Reporter for KSFY, as our emcee for the 2020 In Her Shoes Empowerment Breakfast benefiting Dress for Success Sioux Falls. Dress for Success Sioux Falls has impacted 2,290 women since 2013 by providing opportunities and services that can provide a network of support for women to enter or return to the workforce. All Dress for Success Sioux Falls services [...]

EmBe Announces 2020 Women’s Leadership Program Participants

December 9th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Women's Leadership Program|

Sioux Falls, SD (December 9, 2019) - In preparation for its ninth year, EmBe has accepted 30 participants for the Women’s Leadership Program. Beginning in January, these women embark on a 17-month program with the intent to develop and deliver on a personal development program. Informational sessions, exercise and assessments, a retreat, and a broad range of presenters and panels are all part of the course which is updated [...]

FIRST LEGO League Teams Compete in the Rapid City Qualifiers

December 9th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, FIRST LEGO League, Youth|

Rapid City, SD (December 9, 2019) – Last Saturday, 20 teams met at East Middle School in Rapid City to share their research to compete with their robots and have fun! This was the second Qualifier for the 2019-2020 CITY SHAPER challenge. This tournament was hosted by South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, The Rapid City Public Schools and EmBe. Taking home awards Champions- Team #41881 Ranger Robotics Robot [...]

Shop for a Cause at JuLiana’s Boutique

November 29th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Impact, Women|

This Giving Tuesday, EmBe is partnering up with a number of organizations to shine a light on empowerment in Sioux Falls and beyond. One partnership is with JuLiana’s Boutique in Downtown Sioux Falls. Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, customers at JuLiana’s will shop for a cause, with 10% of proceeds benefitting EmBe Women’s Programs. “We're excited about working with EmBe to shine a light on women's programs. Working [...]

FIRST LEGO League Teams Compete in the Qualifier

November 25th, 2019|Categories: FIRST LEGO League, Impact, Uncategorized|

Sioux Falls, SD (November 25, 2019) - Last Saturday, November 23 EmBe and POET hosted the first FIRST® LEGO® League Qualifier of the 2019-2020 Season. This season's challenge is CITY SHAPER, focusing on the challenges humans face as we build and maintain cities in the future. Eighteen teams met to share their research, compete with their robots and of course have fun! Congratulations to every team that competed, we [...]

Kori Meredith named EmBe Volunteer of the Year

November 7th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, Girls on the Run, Impact, Let Me Run|

Impact. Dedication. Heart for service. These words describe Kori Meredith, EmBe’s 2018 Distinguished Volunteer of the Year. Kori, a third grade teacher at Spearfish Creekside Elementary, has organized Girls on the Run at her school since 2016.  Girls on the Run provides 3rd-5th grade girls with opportunities to learn about being their most joyful, healthy and best selves. None of it would be possible without Kori’s work to bring [...]

EmBe Opens Doors to Girls and STEAM

September 26th, 2019|Categories: Girls Maker Day, Youth|

EmBe is hosting Girls Maker Day Saturday, September 28, for a free, hands-on experience with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math.) “We know that children love exploring and figuring out how the world works,” said Stacy Stahl, Executive Director of Youth Programs at EmBe. “But we see the number of children – especially girls – who are interested in science start to drop as early as second grade. [...]

EmBe announces 2019 Aberdeen Leadership Program participants

September 26th, 2019|Categories: Women, Women's Leadership Program|

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - September 25, 2019 - In cooperation with the State Board of Nursing, EmBe has accepted participants for the 12-month 2019 Aberdeen Nursing Leadership class beginning in September. As the fourth cohort, the 2019 class will follow a proven curriculum designed to empower healthcare leaders by developing leadership skills that deliver community impact. The participants represent healthcare in the region, and will benefit from connections [...]

Experiencing Nurturing Networks

September 16th, 2019|Categories: Empowerment, Impact, Women, Women's Leadership Program|Tags: , , |

EmBe gathered representatives of nearly a dozen workplace networks to share their insights about women supporting each other at work. These 40 women represented a range of careers, experiences and levels of leadership, ultimately answering a resounding “yes” when asked if additional meetings should be convened. Led by Erin Bosch, Executive Director of Women’s Programming at EmBe, the World Café-style conversation harvested perspectives about the benefits of women networking [...]

Let Me Run, A Volunteer Story

July 9th, 2019|Categories: Let Me Run, Youth|

THE IMPACT OF VOLUNTEERING EmBe, which was the YWCA when I first came across the work of the organization, was a valuable tool in helping out my family. I am a mom of two teenage boys and at one point in my life, I was a mom of two elementary aged boys. We utilized a lot of programming offered at the facility, not just as parents of children, but also [...]

Preschool Partnership with Sioux Falls Hope Coalition

June 13th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, Partnership, Preschool|

EmBe begins preschool partnership with Sioux Falls Hope Coalition EmBe is honored to join forces with the Sioux Falls Hope Coalition alongside six additional major partners, in a collaboration to bring affordable preschool education to everyone in the Sioux Falls area. EmBe serves nearly 1,000 children through childcare for infants through elementary school, providing enrichment and the security of safe, reliable child care for working families. South Dakota is one [...]

FIRST LEGO League Teams Compete Internationally

May 30th, 2019|Categories: FIRST LEGO League, Youth|Tags: , , , |

The Fantastic Five at the World Festival The Fantastic Five traveled to the FIRST® Championship and World Festival in Detroit.  Arriving on April 24th, the teams witnessed the latest science and technology on display. "The Innovation Fair was cool. We got to hold a de-cellularized human heart, learn about deep brain stimulation, and have a conversation with a robot that could read team t-shirts." One of their favorite parts [...]

EmBe adds FIRST® LEGO® League Junior!

May 30th, 2019|Categories: FIRST LEGO League, Youth|Tags: , , , |

Do you have an imaginative LEGO-fanatic? Is there an elementary school student at your house who needs to practice teamwork skills? Know any kids who aren't interested in sports? Do you have a kid who just needs a place to belong? EmBe is bringing FIRST® LEGO® League Junior to South Dakota! Designed to bring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) principals to participants aged 6-10, FIRST LEGO League Junior [...]

Brookings Cross Country Runner Awards EmBe Grant through Gatorade

May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Youth|Tags: , |

Ellie Abraham received her award and presented her gift to EmBe's Executive Director for Youth Programs, Stacy Stahl at Brookings High School's Athletic Awards.   South Dakota State Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year, Ellie Abraham, awarded EmBe with a $1000 grant to help accomplish our mission to empower women and families to enrich lives. Abraham is a junior at Brookings High School. It's her second time [...]

FIRST® LEGO® League building Fun in 2019-2020 season

May 7th, 2019|Categories: FIRST LEGO League, Youth|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Junior Themes have been released. Registration is now open! Register Here At the FIRST World Festival in Houston, TX, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and LEGO Education released the themes for the 2019-2020 FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Lego League Junior seasons. The new theme for FLL is called City Shaper. Logo for FLL Season [...]

EmBe 2019 Tribute to Women Honorees

April 19th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, Tribute to Women, Women|Tags: , , |

On Thursday evening, April 18, 2019 nearly 900 people gathered at the Sioux Falls Convention Center to celebrate people whose work supports women in our region. From 74 nominees, winners were selected in nine categories, including the EmBeliever category which is open to women, men and organizations. The foundation of Tribute began with the Leader Luncheon in 1973, a vision of Sylvia Henkin and Marlene Billion. Since then, there [...]

Sponsor Spotlight: The Convention Center

April 10th, 2019|Categories: Tribute to Women|

Content submitted by the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The Sioux Falls Convention Center has been a proud EmBe partner since 2015. When we began working together for the In Her Shoes empowerment breakfast that year, the event used just one Exhibit Hall. Now, five years later EmBe has doubled their attendance, expanding into both of our Exhibit Halls. Working with EmBe has always been a pleasure, and we can’t wait [...]

Jennifer Hoesing Named EmBe’s Chief Development Officer

March 18th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, Staff Spotlight|

EmBe is announcing that Jennifer Smith Hoesing has joined the organization as their Chief Development Officer. She began her role on February 4, 2019. Hoesing is leading the development function, defining strategy and direction at a pivotal time, as EmBe plans for its 100th anniversary in 2021. "Jennifer brings incredible energy and passion to our work serving women and families in our community," said Karen Lundquist, EmBe's CEO. "Her [...]

Celebrate International Women’s Day: #YourHourHerPower

March 8th, 2019|Categories: Empowerment, Impact, Women|Tags: , , , , , |

This International Women's Day, Dress for Success is raising awareness for the services they provide women across the globe. International Women's Day is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world and calls for gender parity. Dress for Success worldwide has answered that call by supporting more than 1 million women on the journey to financial independence. More than 1,500 women have been served [...]

Meet Our Twos Teacher: Miss Zhenya

March 7th, 2019|Categories: Childcare, EmBe News, Staff Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , , |

Classical music drifts through the halls at EmBe Downtown. If you follow those notes to their origin, you’ll find yourself in the Twos - a bright, lively room full of culture and thoughtfulness. And at the heart of it is Miss Zhenya Lukyanova, the lead teahcer and person responsible for creating such a unique learning environment. Her Time At EmBe Miss Zhenya has been with EmBe since April 2013. [...]

EmBe Announces Nominees for 46th Annual Tribute to Women

March 6th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Tribute to Women, Women|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Seventy-four  women, men and businesses have been nominated for the 46th Tribute to Women celebration. The event, which serves as EmBe’s premier fundraiser, honors the achievements of women in the community and recognizes women, men and businesses that show a commitment to empowering women and families. The honorees were nominated in one of the following categories: Business Achievement, Banking & Finance, Government & Law, Healthcare & STEM, Community Service, [...]

FIRST® LEGO® League Teams Prepare for International Competition

March 4th, 2019|Categories: FIRST LEGO League, Youth|Tags: , |

The competition season for FIRST® LEGO® League is over. Over 440 area students competed during the 2018-2019 INTO-ORBIT season in this dynamic STEM program that is a signature program of EmBe. They built and programmed their robot to complete missions. They researched and presented their innovative solution. They received their medals and trophies. They danced and had fun. However, most of those 66 teams have now finished their season. [...]

LEGOS and Bib #1

March 3rd, 2019|Categories: CEO Column, EmBe 5K, EmBe News, Empowerment, Youth|Tags: , , , , |

Like good South Dakotans, we have been leaning into the wind, continuing our work and play through the drifts and flows of our snowy landscape. Although I enjoy the winter’s beauty, I also noticed some signs of spring in the activities of our staff and our wonderful volunteers. One of the best signs of spring? We’ve opened registration for our summer camp programs, most with multiple sessions. Our camps [...]

Washington HS Student Awards EmBe Grant Through Gatorade

February 27th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Impact, Youth|Tags: , , , |

Lily received her award and presented EmBe representatives with their gift at before one of her games. Sioux Falls native and South Dakota Volleyball Gatorade State Player of the Year, Lily Bartling, awarded EmBe with a $1,000 grant to help accomplish our mission to empower women and families to enrich lives. Sports participation has seen a double-digit decline over the past decade, largely due to tighter budgets [...]

Grant Benefits EmBe Youth Programs

February 27th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Impact, Youth|Tags: , , |

EmBe received a grant from the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Council of $3,600 to support scholarships for girls to participate in Girls on the Run at Hayward and Lowell Elementaries in our spring 2018 season and Terry Redlin Elementary in our fall 2018 season. The Council's Initiative is to promote philanthropy "for youth - by youth" and their purpose is to enable their students to make [...]

FIRST LEGO League Makes Technology Accessible and Fun

February 24th, 2019|Categories: CEO Column, EmBe News, FIRST LEGO League, Youth|Tags: , , , , |

FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology As part of leading EmBe, I get to experience the impactful programs that fulfill our mission firsthand. Early on Saturday, February 2nd, I had my first taste of the state competition for FIRST® LEGO® League. The combination of robots, funny hats and coopertition© brought teams from across the state to Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The numbers tell a [...]

Nominate a Ground Breaker for Tribute to Women

February 20th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Tribute to Women, Women|Tags: , , , , , , |

Now in it's 46th year, EmBe's Tribute to Women celebration recognizes the incredible work that women make in our community. Early in the history of these awards, Government and Law were considered "non-traditional" industries for women. But as more and more women enter law or a life of public service, these ground breaking women have made practicing law and serving in all levels of government a place for women. [...]

Nominate a Change Maker for Tribute to Women

February 20th, 2019|Categories: Empowerment, Tribute to Women, Women|Tags: , , , , , , |

We live in incredibly generous community and our 2018 Tribute to Women Community Service honoree is an example of that. Her dedication to causes outside of her work illustrate the kindness and empathy that so many in our community radiate outward. In 2018, our Community Service Award winner was Lori Murray from Avera Health. We invite you hear from Lori's nominator why she was so deserving of this honor, [...]

Nominate an Achiever for Tribute to Women

February 19th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Tribute to Women|Tags: , , , , |

One of the broadest categories at EmBe's Tribute to Women celebration is Business Achievement. Women from across different industries are lifted up for their work making strides in marketing, small businesses, corporate savvy, nonprofit leadership and more. Time and time again, the women in this category are bringing their unique perspective and style to the business world. In 2018, our Business Achievement winner was Carrie Biondi with Lawrence & [...]

Engage Your Imagination with Dramatic Play

February 19th, 2019|Categories: Childcare, School Age Care|Tags: , , , , , |

In the Dramatic Play Area children take on different roles and recreate real-life experiences. They use props and make-believe to deepen their understanding about the world they live in. The ability to pretend is very important to your child’s development. Children who know how to make believe develop a good vocabulary, which is important for reading. They learn to cooperate with others and solve problems, and are able to [...]

Nominate an Innovator for Tribute to Women

February 19th, 2019|Categories: Empowerment, Impact, Tribute to Women, Women|Tags: , , , , , |

Now in it's 46th year, EmBe's Tribute to Women celebration recognizes the incredible work that women make in our community. The finance industry has a rich history in Sioux Falls and every year we recognize a woman who helps strengthen the integrity and trust bestowed to those in the finance industry. In 2018, our Banking & Finance honroee was Marcy Crawford with Citi. We invite you hear from Marcy's [...]

Nominate a Believer for Tribute to Women

February 18th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Impact, Tribute to Women|

Now in it's 46th year, EmBe's Tribute to Women celebration recognizes the incredible work that women make in our community. We also recognize an individual or business that lives out EmBe's mission of empowering women and families to enrich lives through our EmBeliever award. This category is open to men, women and businesses. In 2018, our winner was Pat McAdaragh with Midco. Pat's leadership has been thoughtful and intentional [...]

2019 FIRST LEGO League State Tournament Showcases Talent

February 18th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, FIRST LEGO League, Impact, Youth|Tags: , , , |

Team members from Surge during one of their robot runs. On a chilly Saturday morning this month,  FIRST Lego League teams were checking in by 7:30 am. "When Life Gives you Llamas", "Surge", "Hill City Robotics" and the "Fabulous Five" were just a few of the teams that came together to race robots, present solutions to problems generated by long space voyages, and compete in core values challenges. [...]

Nominate a Visionary for Tribute to Women

February 15th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Tribute to Women, Women|Tags: , , , , |

Now in it's 46th year, EmBe's Tribute to Women celebration recognizes the incredible work that women make in our community. In a community full of innovation, the women nominated in Healthcare and STEM are making incredible strides that advance our society forward. In 2018, our Healthcare & STEM winner was Dr. Allison Suttle with Sanford Health. We invite you hear from Allison's nominator why she was so deserving of [...]

Nominate an Educator for Tribute to Women

February 14th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Tribute to Women, Women|Tags: , , , |

Now in it's 46th year, EmBe's Tribute to Women celebration recognizes the incredible work that women make in our community. Women who dedicate their lives to the arts and education enrich our communities with knowledge and beauty. Their dedication to building brighter futures and a more beautiful world is invaluable. In 2018, our Humanities & Education winner was Tina Lenz with Sioux Falls Lutheran School. We invite you hear [...]

After School Day at the Capitol

February 11th, 2019|Categories: EmBe News, School Age Care, Youth|Tags: , , , |

The South Dakota School-Age Care Alliance and South Dakota Afterschool Network hosted Afterschool Day at the Capitol on February 6. As part of the program, the FIRST LEGO League First Place Champion traveled to Pierre to share their presentation and talk to our legislators.  The team When Life Gives You Llamas from O’Gorman Junior High School in Sioux Falls, SD, presented to the Democratic Caucus and was part of [...]

Nominate a Young Leader for Tribute to Women

February 8th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Now in it's 46th year, EmBe's Tribute to Women celebration recognizes the incredible work that women make in our community. One of the most popular categories every year is Young Woman of Achievement. With so many young women who are doing great things across all industries in our community, the category is always a "who's who". In 2018, our Young Woman of Achievement winner was Sarah McGuire with American [...]

See Us Movement Celebrates One Year

February 8th, 2019|Categories: Empowerment, Staff Spotlight, Women|Tags: , |

EmBe is a proud sponsor of the See Us movement. “It was time to fight for something I am passionate about. I feel like female empowerment is looked down upon by many people, and I wanted to fight for the women that aren’t willing to speak up, while also creating a platform for women that do want to come forward,” said Courtney Place, Augustana University senior volleyball player and [...]

Nominate a Mentor for Tribute to Women

February 4th, 2019|Categories: Empowerment, Tribute to Women, Women|Tags: , , , , |

Now in it's 46th year, EmBe's Tribute to Women celebration recognizes the incredible work that women make in our community. One of the greatest roles we celebrate through the awards is that of mentor. We know that when others extend a hand back, our paths are made clearer. In 2018, our Sylvia Henkin Mentoring Award winner was Jan Haugen-Rogers with Sanford Health. We invite you hear from Jan's nominator [...]

Warm up with winter volunteer opportunities

January 24th, 2019|Categories: Dress for Success, EmBe News, Empowerment, Impact, Women, Youth|Tags: , , , , |

That weary winter feeling is a real thing this time of year. The holidays are over and it is COLD. A great way to break-up the monotony of this long winter stretch is to volunteer! We’ve got some easy, rewarding volunteer opportunities at EmBe. FIRST LEGO League Greeter Our state championship tournament for FIRST LEGO League is February 2 and we need a few more friendly faces. We need [...]

EmBe Kids Enjoy Intergenerational Activities

January 17th, 2019|Categories: Childcare|Tags: , , , , , |

Little voices and laughter echo through the halls at Trailridge, the Senior Living Community located down the street from EmBe South. Those “little voices” are preschoolers who have the opportunity to build relationship with older adults and participate in fun activities. Some of the past events include crafts, story time and bounce house fun for the children. In 2019, classes will participate in several activities with Trailridge including a [...]

Meet In Her Shoes Emcee Beth Jensen

January 14th, 2019|Categories: Dress for Success, Empowerment, In Her Shoes, Women|

We are excited to announce Beth Jensen, News Director of KELOLAND News, as our emcee for the 2019 In Her Shoes Empowerment Breakfast benefiting our Dress for Success Sioux Falls program. Learn more about Beth below and get your tickets or a table today. News Director Beth Jensen came to KELO in 1996. Beth spent time as a reporter and then a producer before becoming executive producer in 2001. [...]

Meet In Her Shoes Keynote Speaker Meredith Walker

January 8th, 2019|Categories: Dress for Success, Empowerment, In Her Shoes, Women|Tags: , , , , |

With being a month out from our In Her Shoes Empowerment Breakfast on Feb 7, we're thrilled to welcome our 2019 keynote speaker, Meredith Walker. Learn more about Meredith in her bio below and don't forget to grab your tickets or a table to the premier empowerment event of 2019! Meet Meredith Walker Meredith Walker is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, an online community [...]

2019 Women’s Leadership Program Participants Announced

December 12th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Women, Women's Leadership Program|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Turkey Tom Teaches Kids to Give Back

December 10th, 2018|Categories: Childcare, EmBe News, Impact|Tags: , , , , |

Our annual "Tom the Turkey" food drive was a great success! This fun activity teaches our EmBe kids about giving back at an early age while raising important donations for Feeding South Dakota. This year, we raised 419 pounds of food! For every item of food the child donated, they got to color a feather to add to our turkey! As you can see, we had two very colorful [...]

EmBe Hosts Conversation Around Work-Life Balance

November 29th, 2018|Categories: Empowerment, Women|Tags: , |

Earlier this month, EmBe held a session of its In Dialogue series focused on work-life balance. A hot topic with women, the conversation covered balancing the best of who you are at home, work and in the community. Small groups shared ideas and a panel of local leaders shared ways to become more efficient, how and when to confidently say no and creative opportunities for self-care. Participant Takeaways "Balance is a [...]

EmBe participating in South Dakota Gives on Giving Tuesday

November 20th, 2018|Categories: Aquatics, Childcare, Dress for Success, EmBe News, School Age Care, Women, Youth|Tags: , , , , , , , |

First comes Black Friday, then Small Business Saturday followed by Cyber Monday. But at EmBe our favorite day is Giving Tuesday. Started as a day for consumers take a break from holiday shopping and do some holiday giving instead. EmBe has been participating in Giving Tuesday events for several years. This year, EmBe is participating in South Dakota Day of Giving on Giving Tuesday. For the first time ever, [...]

EmBe Bringing Babysitting Camp to Mitchell

November 19th, 2018|Categories: Mitchell, School Age Care, Youth|Tags: , , , |

After years of honing and perfecting their popular Babysitting Camp, EmBe is bringing their program to Mitchell for the first time. The camp will take place December 27 at LB Williams school. EmBe uses the national curriculum from "Smart Kids: Babysitting 101" to guide campers on being an entrepreneur, developing people skills, and building confidence! Babysitting is needed more now than in the past due to more parents working outside [...]

Volleyball Program Builds Confidence

November 19th, 2018|Categories: Youth|Tags: , , |

Twice a year, EmBe conducts a ten-week volleyball program for children in grades 3 through 6. The league is broken into two divisions - 3rd and 4th grades and 5th and 6th grades. We believe in positively influencing youth through athletics that build confidence and quality friendships. Parent and Coach Raves! Our program is well-respected in the community and we love the feedback coaches and parents share with us [...]

Cold Weather Doesn’t Stop Determined Kids

November 15th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Youth|

While lots of people were posted up in cozy clothes on couches last Sunday afternoon, more than 700 Girls on the Run, Heart and Sole and Let Me Run participants were crossing the finish line of a 5K.  The bitter cold couldn’t stop the determined kids from accomplishing their season-long goal. We’ll be sharing a few more in depth stories about amazing kids in the coming weeks. In the [...]

2018 Election Proves Historic for Women

November 7th, 2018|Categories: Empowerment, Women|Tags: , , , |

A record number of women were elected in yesterday’s midterm elections. From governorships to congressional races, women won in important races in South Dakota and across the country. In Congress At least 98 women won house races last night (some races are still pending), beating the previous record of 85 congresswomen. The women elected include the youngest woman ever elected and the first Native American and Muslim women ever [...]

Teaching Babysitters Essential Skills

October 30th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Youth|Tags: , , , |

Finding a skilled babysitter you can trust can be a challenge for parents. At EmBe, we teach nearly 100 kids the ins and outs of being good babysitters (and budding entrepreneurs)! EmBe's Youth Development Program Coordinator, Jennifer Swenson, went on KELOLAND Living last week to share tips on what to look for in a babysitter and what you can expect to learn in our Babysitting Camp.We're holding a winter break [...]

Meredith Walker to headline 6th Annual In Her Shoes Empowerment Breakfast

October 30th, 2018|Categories: Dress for Success, Empowerment, Women|

Meredith Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, will be the keynote speaker at EmBe’s 6th Annual In Her Shoes Empowerment Breakfast on Thursday, February 7 from 7:30am–9:00am. In addition to Walker, the event will feature a compelling story of one local woman who will share her journey of strength and empowerment. The event proceeds benefit EmBe’s signature program, Dress for Success Sioux Falls, which encourages [...]

Effectively Disciplining Your Children

October 25th, 2018|Categories: Childcare, EmBe News|Tags: , |

Our staff not only serve as great resources for the women and families we serve but they are full of knowledge they share with the community. This week, our Director of Childcare Services LaToria Horan stopped by KELOLAND Living to talk about disciplining your children. If you're interested in enrolling your child in childcare or preschool at EmBe, inquire about openings by contacting us at [...]

New polling shows America is for afterschool

October 25th, 2018|Categories: Childcare, School Age Care, Youth|Tags: , , |

By NIKKI YAMASHIRO Posted: Oct 22, 2018 THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED AT AFTERSCHOOLALLIANCE.ORG Just in time for Lights On Afterschool, the only national rally celebrating afterschool, a new national poll is out that shows strong public support for afterschool. Nearly 9 in 10 adults (89 percent) agree that afterschool programs are important to their community, with bipartisan and nationwide support for afterschool programs cutting across party lines as well as geographic regions. Among Democrats, [...]

Lights On Afterschool Celebrates 19th Anniversary

October 24th, 2018|Categories: Childcare, School Age Care, Youth|Tags: , , |

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year. The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to [...]

Three Generations of Leadership

October 22nd, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Women|Tags: , |

Ellen Hamilton (left) and Judy Hamilton (right) sit together in Judy's Sioux Falls home, holding a photo of Helen Jacobson (Hudson), Judy's mother. All three Hamilton women have served on the EmBe (formerly the YWCA) Board of Directors. A spirit of giving and community support is just one of the commonalities between Ellen, Judy and Helen. Another is their years of service on the EmBe board. And [...]

EmBe launches new website

October 11th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Mitchell|

For the past year, work has been going on behind-the-scenes on a new website at EmBe. The new website launched last month, so chance are, you've been here already! While our previous website was new technology when it came around eight years ago, technology has changed and how we view websites have changed. The biggest change you'll notice is that the website is now mobile device friendly. We knew [...]

Women’s Leadership Program Has Big Impact

October 9th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Women, Women's Leadership Program|Tags: , , |

Since it’s inception in 2011, EmBe’s Women’s Leadership Program has led more than 200 women reach their greatest potential. This incredible program, facilitates the development of emerging female professionals by utilizing the experiences and skills of established community leaders; to extend a hand-up to the women who will follow. We are currently accepting applications for the 2019 class of EmBe’s Women’s Leadership Program with the deadline to apply being [...]

EmBe Announces New CEO

October 9th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Staff Spotlight|

SIOUX FALLS (Oct. 9, 2018)— Today, the EmBe Board of Directors is proud to announce that Karen Lundquist has been named the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Lundquist will begin her new role October 24. Lundquist, of Sioux Falls, has 20  plus years of experience in leadership roles in  a broad range of organizations, and has most recently worked as an executive for the Amputee Coalition, the largest non-profit [...]

EmBe employee uses CPR to save a life

October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Childcare, Empowerment, Impact|Tags: , , |

When Brittany Lee went to Wal-Mart to pick up formula this summer – a fairly routine errand, little did she know that she would leave Wal-Mart with formula and a story of the time she saved a life. As Brittany headed into Wal-Mart that day, she noticed a group of people standing around a man in the parking lot. As she approached, she heard the people gathered asking each [...]

Meet Miss Sarah

September 21st, 2018|Categories: Childcare, Empowerment, Staff Spotlight|

We want you to get to know the great childcare workers we have at EmBe. Childcare jobs are essential to a strong workforce and the people that care for our kids are doing amazing work. Name: Sarah Watts Site Location: South  Years of Service: 6 years What's the best part of working at EmBe? I love working at EmBe because of all the wonderful children and the supportive parents. [...]

Finn’s Story

September 6th, 2018|Categories: Aquatics|

Finn was born 15 weeks early and weighed just 1lb 12oz. He spent the first 98 days of his life in the NICU. Because of his early birth, Finn has fine and gross motor delays and Reactive Airway Disease (RAD). Finn saw physical and occupational therapists from the time he was six months old until he was 4.5 years old. At first, his therapies were in-home and then they [...]

Parenting Class with the Parent Connection!

September 6th, 2018|Categories: Childcare|

EmBe is proud to be partnering with the South Dakota Parent Connection on this five week series on Understanding the Social and Emotional Development of Children. Session topics will include: -The Development of Social Skills -Red Flags and Warning Signs: How Do I Know If Behavior is Typical?  -Strategies and Discussions in Dealing With Difficult Behavior -Understanding Risk: Disabilities That Impact Behavior -Keeping the Lines of Communication Open This series is [...]

Little Time, Big Impact

September 6th, 2018|Categories: Dress for Success, Impact, Women|

Since 2013, Dress for Success Sioux Falls has been empowering women in our community. By clothing them with interview outfits and mentoring them through job searching, Dress for Success treats their clients with dignity and respect and helps them to recognize their important role in society. Dress for Success recently became part of the EmBe family because the two visions align: To empower women and their families. To support [...]

Swimming Builds Confidence

August 7th, 2018|Categories: Aquatics|Tags: , , |

Fall swim lessons start soon at EmBe. As we enter the cooler months, now is the time to enroll your family in one of the organization’s many aquatic programs available this season. EmBe uses the American Red Cross for swimming and water safety training, with an emphasis on drowning prevention and the best in swim instruction. Classes include parent to child — as young as age 6 months are [...]

EmBe Honors Nine at the 45th Annual Tribute to Women Celebration

April 19th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Tribute to Women, Women|

Last night at the Washington Pavilion, EmBe recognized 52 women and men for the annual Tribute to Women event that celebrates the rich history of recognizing the achievements of exceptional individuals throughout the community. The following were honored for their achievements: Banking & Finance - Marcy Crawford, Citi Business Achievement - Carrie Biondi, Lawrence & Schiller Community Service - Lori Murray, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center EmBeliever [...]

Five Great Reasons to Coach Kids!

April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Impact, Youth|

Three of EmBe’s signature after-school programs will begin in March, and they are in need of volunteers like you! Girls on the Run is an activity-based, positive youth development program for grades 3 through 5, and over 1,500 girls participate in Sioux Falls each year. This bi-annual program teaches life skills, inspires confidence and promotes positive health while preparing the girls to run in a celebratory 5K at the end [...]

EmBe announces nominees for 45th Annual Tribute to Women celebration

March 18th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Tribute to Women, Women|

Fifty-two women, men and businesses have been nominated for the 45th Tribute to Women celebration. The event, which serves as EmBe’s premier fundraiser, honors the achievements of women in the community and recognizes men, women and businesses that show a commitment to empowering women and families. The honorees were nominated in one of the following categories: Business Achievement, Banking & Finance, Government & Law, Healthcare & STEM, Community Service, [...]

You Empowered Sarah

March 16th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Impact, Women, Women's Leadership Program|Tags: |

Sarah Rhea Werner left her full-time day job a little over a year ago to start her own business. She’s a writer. She runs two successful podcasts. She writes a column about podcasting for Forbes magazine. She does public speaking and workshops. She consults on marketing and branding. She supports herself doing things that she loves. Sarah seems to have it all figured out. But in 2014, Sarah didn’t have [...]

You Empowered Jackie

March 15th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Impact, Women|

Jackie’s story is an unlikely one. A single mother of two, Jackie found herself out of work. This led to some financial hardship, including an outstanding balance to her daughter’s childcare center - EmBe. One day, feeling frustrated by her search for a new job, Jackie received a phone call from EmBe looking to collect on Jackie’s outstanding childcare balance. While it started out as what might be considered [...]

FIRST® LEGO® League teams move on to nationals

February 1st, 2018|Categories: FIRST LEGO League, Youth|

Over 350 children have enjoyed building and programming their LEGO Mindstorm robots and learning about the interactions between humans and animals during the past season’s FIRST® LEGO® League Animal AlliesSM theme. Fifty-six teams of 9 to 14 year olds were coached by over 130 volunteers. Qualifying competitions were held in Rapid City and Sioux Falls. During the qualifiers, the teams presented their innovative solutions to problems which occur when [...]

Nominate someone today for Tribute to Women!

January 1st, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Tribute to Women, Women|

EmBe’s Tribute to Women will celebrate its 45th event this spring, honoring the incredible legacies and achievements in our community. Awards are given out based on nominations sent to EmBe, and winners are not announced until the event. You can send in your nominations through Feb. 23. “When I see nominations open up, I immediately work on thinking of a woman who should be recognized,” says Lucy Albers, senior marketing [...]

Staff Spotlight: Stacy Stahl

December 27th, 2017|Categories: Staff Spotlight|

“Look at what I can be.” You might wonder if that’s Stacy Stahl’s personal mantra or if it’s the underlying theme to the programs she directs at EmBe. The real answer is that it is both. As the Youth Development Director, Stacy has repeatedly shown what she, and her programs can be, by taking on new challenges and roles in her 11 years at EmBe. Before coming to EmBe, [...]

Staff Spotlight: Nancy Fallon

November 27th, 2017|Categories: Staff Spotlight|

“Did I tell you I was a singer too?” With a smile and a sly look in her eye, she pulls out her phone and starts to play a song. It’s a jazzy rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow sung by a strong alto voice and accompanied by piano. By this point, it shouldn’t be a surprise that our Director of School Age Care (SAC), Nancy Fallon, has another [...]

YWCA Mitchell and EmBe to Merge

September 1st, 2017|Categories: EmBe News, Mitchell|

The YWCA Mitchell Board of Directors is casting a new vision to better serve the Mitchell area community by merging together with Sioux Falls based nonprofit, EmBe.  The YWCA of Mitchell has served the community for 97 years, and together with EmBe, has a vision for serving women and families in the community for many more years to come. “We saw an opportunity to give our organization a stronger, [...]

Dress for Success Sioux Falls continues to empower

February 27th, 2017|Categories: Dress for Success, Women|

The last year at Dress for Success Sioux Falls has been remarkable. We are settled into our new building on West 18th Street and are serving more women than ever. In 2016, we served 367 women. In the first quarter of 2017, we have served almost 120 and our projections for the year end keep rising. Our signature programs Women to the Workforce (a nine week workforce development program) [...]

Staff Spotlight: Erin Bosch

November 27th, 2016|Categories: Staff Spotlight, Women's Leadership Program|Tags: |

“Back then we called it bossy, now we call it good leadership skills.” Erin Bosch, Director of Women’s Leadership and Executive Director of Dress for Success Sioux Falls, laughs as she recalls the labels she faced as a strong-willed and empowered young girl. Those same traits that Erin had as a kid, mixed with her ability to take risks and always learn something from them, have set the tone [...]

Programs foster donor growth

September 27th, 2016|Categories: EmBe News, Impact, Women's Leadership Program|Tags: |

EmBe’s continued growth is rooted in programming. Whether it’s the addition of a new school site for our Girls on the Run program, the addition of our Girls’ Makers Day event to expose more girls to STEAM career fields, or the expansion of our Women’s Leadership Program to Rapid City, our programs and the people that champion them, make our growth possible. As this programming continues to grow, we [...]

Aquatics Campaign is Opportunity to Connect to Memories

January 15th, 2016|Categories: Aquatics, Impact|

Aquatics Campaign is Opportunity to Connect to Memories  For almost 60 years the pool at EmBe has been providing memories and experiences for many throughout our community. It is the pool where some of our community leaders learned to swim and where their children and now grandchildren are learning to swim.  It’s the pool that has been training competitive swimmers, lifeguards, instructors, and at one time, even trained synchronized [...]

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