The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO), will host the Second Annual “From High Heels to High Places Conference” in Rapid City Oct. 26. The conference will be held at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a keynote presentation by Kathrine Switzer, breakout sessions, a networking lunch, guest presenters, and exhibitors.

Hosted by the Black Hills State University School of Business, Switzer will kick off the morning with her keynote presentation, “Going the Distance in Business and Life.” Switzer, also well-known as Marathon Woman, was the first female to officially run the Boston Marathon in 1967, where she was physically attacked and nearly ejected from the race by the event director.

After making huge social changes throughout her life, Switzer is now an Emmy-Award winning TV commentator, author, and inductee into the National Women’s Hall of Fame as of Oct. 1, 2011. Participants will hear her tell her rollicking and inspiring personal story to learn how you can succeed even in the toughest economic climate. She will demonstrate how fear can free you, how to turn negatives into opportunities, how to become bolder by being bold, and how to find inspired solutions even in tough times.

Guest presenters and breakout sessions will feature influential community leaders such as Linda Rabe, Priscilla Romkema, Tonya Johnson, and Ginny Wood Nelson. Presentations include Separating Emotion and Logic, The Savvy Businesswoman, Personal Branding, and Negotiation and Conflict Management.

Register online at www.BHSU.edu/SDCEO or by phone at (605) 642-6435. Early registration ends Oct. 12 and is $90, which includes lunch, a resource program, and gift bags. Late registration is $105 and does not include insertion of registrants’ information into the resource program.

The SD CEO is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), and is part of a network of more than 175 centers nationwide established through the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership. While services are available to all those interested in entrepreneurship, there is a special emphasis on women, women veterans, Native Americans, the socially and/or economically disadvantaged, and youth entrepreneurs.