10th Annual Women's Business Conference

Friday, October 18, 2019 

The Lodge at Deadwood


The 2019 keynote speaker is Jennifer Pharr Davis. National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Jennifer has trekked over 14,000 miles of long-distance trails over six continents. In 2011, she covered the 2,185 mile Appalachian Trail (the “A.T.”) in forty-six days, eleven hours and twenty minutes, maintaining a remarkable average of forty-seven miles per day. By doing this, she claimed the overall (male or female) fastest known time on the ‘A.T” and became the first woman to set the mark. Jennifer has written five books and has been featured in the New York Times, Outside, Trail Runner, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and the Washington Post. She’s also a business owner with her husband, a community leader and a mom.

“Celebrating our 10th year helping women across the state launch new ventures and grow their businesses and careers, we wanted to focus on adventure and what that can mean in the workplace,” says Michelle Kane, SD CEO Director. “Jennifer is going to share stories of her extraordinary experiences all over the world which will result in actionable steps we can take to find the life explorer in all of us – both personally and professionally.”

This year, the focus of the Women’s Business Conference will be taking charge of your professional development and creating a seat at the table … even if you are not sure where to get started or where you should go next.


The conference will speak to women in all phases of their career – from early career to seasoned professionals. Jennifer will lead two sessions. The first will include defining your focus and path, communicating clearly and setting boundaries AND staying adaptable in any environment.  The second session will discuss creative problem solving, teamwork, resiliency and work-life balance. While she shares stories of her worldwide hiking adventures and experiences, she will provide tips and tools for success that can be implemented immediately. 

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Gold Sponsors

US Bank

Regional Health Logo

The Local Logo

The lodge at Deadwood

Scheels logo

First Interstate Bank logo


Meet Our Entrepreneurial Speakers

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Scheels - $450 value

Hydro Flask Hydration Back Pack that we will be filling with hiking items:

  • 21oz Hydro flask
  • Trekking Poles
  • ENO Hammock
  • ENO Hammock straps
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sun Bum Lotion
  • Black Hills Cap and T-shirt
  • Black Hills Sticker
  • Scheels $50 gift Card

Akela Spa and The Lodge at Deadwood - $500 value

  • Akela Spa - $200 value
  • 30 minute Signature Power Lift Mini Facial
  • 30 minute Mindful Pedicure; Haircut with Style
  • 2 full day passes to the Akela Garden

The Lodge at Deadwood - $300 value

  • Deluxe accommodations
  • Gift basket with a shirt from The Lodge gift shop, a bottle of wine, Chubby Chipmunk Chocolates and 2 Lodge coffee mugs

Jennifer Pharr Davis is a lover of long trails and good stories and a true Renaissance woman. Thanks As a hiker, she has covered tens of thousands of miles on every continent but Antarctica. In 2011, she hiked 47 miles a day for 46 straight days to set the "fastest known time" on the Appalachian Trail. She also backpacked 550 miles while pregnant with her daughter and hiked 1,200 miles while nursing her son.

At age 24, Jennifer founded Blue Ridge Hiking Company to make trails accessible to hikers of all ages, genders, and ability levels. Her company is 11 years old, includes two locations, and takes over 1,500 people on hikes each year. Jennifer has authored seven books and written articles for the New York Times, Outside and Backpacker. In 2012, she was named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Jennifer lives in Asheville with her husband Brew, their daughter Charley and son Gus.


Keynote Topics

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Diamond Sponsors

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