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For more information or questions, please contact Sarah Wannarka at 605.681.8341 or swannarka@embe.org.

Information, and application, for the Class of 2021 will become available on May 5.

The focus of the Women’s Leadership Program is to utilize the personal experiences and skills of area leaders to educate and inspire women. During the program participants will develop a personal development plan that includes personal and professional goals and their plan to achieve them.

A mentor will be matched with each participant after the sessions are completed. The mentor will help guide and support her protege through the implementation of her personal development plan. Applicants should be interested in progressing to the next level of personal and professional development.

Class Size: 25
Cost: $600 plus applicable tax and a $35 non-refundable application fee.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 30 by 5 pm.


  • Notification of Program Participation – Friday, July 16, 2021 by 5 pm
  • Retreat – Friday, September 17, 2021 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Strengths Based Leadership – Thursday, October 7, 2021  4 – 9 pm
  • Leading Authentically – Monday, October 25, 2021 4 – 9 pm
  • Inclusive Leadership – Tuesday, November 30, 2021 4 – 9 pm
  • Negotiating Through Crucial Conversations–Tuesday, January 11, 2022 4 – 9 pm
  • Your Community Connection–Tuesday, February 1, 2022 4 – 9 pm
  • Mentor Match/Social – Thursday, February 24, 2022 5:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Mentor Relationship February 2022 – February 2023
  • Putting It All In Place – Thursday, March 10, 2022 4 – 9 pm
  • 49th Annual Tribute to Women – April 21, 2022 – 7 pm
  • Facilitated Discussion w/Mentor and Mentee – May 2022
  • Program Graduation – September 2022

If you have a passion for the development of others and want to extend a hand to those who will follow, we invite you to apply to become a mentor in the Women’s Leadership Program. This is a once-a-month minimum commitment for a 12-month period running February 2022 to February 2023.

Click here to apply to become a mentor


“I’ve since learned that pushing myself to have confidence in my capabilities is where the magic lies.


“I am so grateful for my experience with EmBe’s Women’s Leadership Program. I went into it with gusto, not only looking forward to building new relationships with strong women in the community, but also the opportunity to discover my best self. That being said, I was not prepared for just how meaningful that exploration would be! It’s been an incredible journey. I was nearly uncomfortable at times analyzing my strengths, but I’ve since learned that pushing myself to have confidence in my capabilities is where the magic lies. Why wouldn’t I have conviction in my talents? Why shouldn’t I be proud of my ideas? I know this now because of the program and have grown a genuine interest in the opportunities that are surely abound in this community. EmBe’s Women’s Leadership Program is only the beginning, and I look forward to giving back to an organization and group of women who have renewed within me a sense of self and an overall awareness of what’s possible. What a joyful experience!”

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