Leading Ladies Luncheon - Bismarck

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Ramkota

800 S 3rd St

Bismarck, ND 58504

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The North Dakota Women's Business Center is celebrating Women's History Month with a panel that features five of North Dakota's leading ladies. Join us to learn from, connect with and be inspired by this network of visionary women.

Click here to learn more about Leading Ladies Luncheons.

Get your tickets by March 13th! Tickets will not be available at the door. Sorry, no refunds after March 13th.

**Table Sponsorships are available for $500 - tables seat 6. Interested parties may contact our office at info@trainingnd.com or 701-223-0707 for more information.

Doors open at 11:00 AM and lunch will be served at 11:30 AM.


Meet the 2019 Honorees


Sara Medalen

Sara Medalen has a goal of making the world a better place...one child at a time! As a reading and math interventionist at Sunnyside Elementary, the highest poverty elementary school in Minot, Sara strives to give students hope and the tools they need to achieve their dreams.

Her belief that change in society starts with children led to her developing a Girl Power Program at Sunnyside with goals of empowering girls to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others; and promoting global literacy for girls. Sara’s Books & Braids Program went viral and earned national recognition on many news platforms including the CBS National News. Sara is the Minot Education Association 2018-19 Teacher of the Year and nominee for LifeChanger of the Year. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and Deaf Education and a Master of Science Degree in Special Education from Minot State University. Sara loves her profession, and even more the students she teaches!


Danielle Ta'Sheena Finn

The Honorable Danielle Ta’Sheena Finn is from Porcupine/Bismarck, North Dakota. Danielle is Lakota, Dakota, Assiniboine, and Métis and is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Currently, Danielle serves as an Associate Judge for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Courts and the External Affairs Director for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Danielle obtained a Juris Doctorate Degree with high pro bono distinction from Arizona State University’s College of Law.

She's been awarded many accolades including, but not limited to: 2017 S.A.G.E Award –Spirited Activists Greening the Earth, 2016 one of “50 Faces of Indian Country” by Indian Country Today, 2016 “40 Under 40” by the National Center of American Indian Enterprise Development, and 2016 Miss Indian World. Lastly, Danielle has been featured in the book “Sioux Women: Traditionally Sacred” and several publications including Glamour Magazine, Marie Claire UK, The New York Times and CNN.


Dr. Laurel Vermillion

Dr. Laurel Vermillion, a recognized member of the Hunkpapa-Lakota peoples of the Standing Rock Reservation, serves as president of Sitting Bull College. She is married to her husband Duane, and together they have three children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

Dr. Vermillion is an alumna of Sitting Bull College (SBC). She began her higher education at SBC when it was known as Standing Rock Community College (SRCC). She received her baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education through an articulation agreement between Standing Rock Community College and the University of North Dakota (UND) in 1980.

During her 14 years as an elementary teacher for the Fort Yates, ND BIA Elementary School, she pursued and completed a Masters degree in Education Administration from UND. Soon after, she relocated to Marty, SD, and served as principal at the Marty Indian School before moving back to the Standing Rock Reservation. In 1995, she accepted the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs at Sitting Bull College and eventually became Vice President of Operations in 1999. During her seven years as Vice President of Operations at Sitting Bull College, she completed a doctorate degree in Higher Education - Teaching and Learning from the University of North Dakota.

Laurel is an active board member for numerous non-profit and community service groups, including the Standing Rock Education Consortium, Standing Rock Education Leaders, the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges (NDATC), Recruiting American Indian Nurses (RAIN) program, Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, Travois New Markets, American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and National Science Foundation-Education & Human Resources (NSF-EHR) Advisory Committee.


Jena Gullo

Jena Gullo is the Executive Director of MSA United Way, leading a $2.87 million dollar annual campaign to positively impact over 40,000 lives.

Prior to joining United Way, Jena worked with the homeless and mentally ill population as the director of a large mental health program and did mission work in developing countries for over 14 years. She's traveled to 35 countries. Last winter, Jena led the charge to open a homeless shelter for men, women, and children in the Bismarck area.

Jena has appeared on ABC's Primetime with Diane Sawyer; is a recipient of the “Outstanding Young Alum” award by her university, and was named “Outstanding Young North Dakotan”. She has been a foster parent since 2008.

A thrill-seeker, Jena has gone sky diving, bungee jumped off of Victoria Falls, and cheated death in Devil’s Pool. For fun, she enjoys horseback riding and long motorcycle rides to the Sturgis Bike Rally each year.


Susan E. Wefald

Former Public Service Commissioner Susan Wefald served on the North Dakota Public Service Commission for 16 years, starting in January 1993. Appointed by Governor Ed Schafer, Susan was then elected 3 times to the office, becoming the first woman to serve on the PSC. While on the Commission, Susan focused on the formation of regional electricity markets and the need for additional transmission in our region. She supported environmentally responsible energy development in North Dakota, and participated in siting the first wind farms in the state.

Prior to her appointment on the PSC, Susan served for four years as an elected member of the Bismarck Public School Board, including one year as president. She also served on the Bismarck Public Library Board of Trustees for six years. Susan was a licensed social worker and has worked as a certified consumer credit counselor. Susan has been an active Girl Scouting since she was seven years old.

Susan has a record of dedicated community service. From 2015 – 2018 she served as president of the Dakota Horizons Girl Scout Council. She recently served on the ND WWI Centennial Committee and presently serves on the ND Woman Suffrage Centennial Committee, the Board of Directors of Friends of the Rail Bridge and is a violinist in the Bismarck Mandan Symphony. She is the author of the books, Spectacular North Dakota Hikes – Bring the Dog, and Important Voices – North Dakota’s Women Elected State Officials Share Their Stories, 1893-2013, both published by the Institute for Regional Studies at NDSU. She is married to Robert O. Wefald, and has two grown daughters and one deceased son.



Lauren Kalberer

Lauren is joining us as our emcee for another year and we're so happy she's back! Lauren began her career with KX in 1997 while still in college and has done reporting, weather, sports, and has now been at the anchor desk for almost 18 years. She anchors the 5 PM, 6 PM and 10 PM News Monday thru Friday with her co-anchor, Chad Mira.
Lauren is a University of Mary graduate with a degree in communications with an emphasis on broadcasting. She is married with three children and in her spare time, she emcee’s special events and volunteers for non-profit organizations in the community.

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Bismarck, ND 58504

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