9th Annual Women's Business Conference Friday, 

October 19, 2018 

The Lodge at Deadwood

The 9th Annual Women’s Business Conference will be held at The Lodge at Deadwood on Friday, October 19, 2018.

This conference is a way to bring together women from across the state for a day filled with professional development and networking opportunities. The focus of the 2018 Women’s Business Conference is leading from the inside out. This conference will empower you, regardless of your role within your organization, to lead from where you are.

SD CEO believes successful individuals create successful businesses. Whether you are a frontline employee, a CEO or a business owner, this event will provide inspiration and fresh ideas to propel you and your company to the next level.

WBC 2018 Sponsor Logos-Recovered


Meet Our Entrepreneurial Speakers


 Cadey Reisner 

Cadey Reisner Weddings

 Cadey Reisner is a wife, mom, entrepreneur and girl boss. She has successfully owned and operated Cadey Reisner Weddings for over 10 years, photographing over 30 weddings a year. Cadey has also received the “Best of Weddings” award by The Knot Magazine four years in a row and her work has been nationally published. Cadey advocates for girl bosses alike and is the keeper of all things real and authentic.


Shannon Riter Osborn 

RO Investigation and Research

 Shannon Riter Osborn is a dedicated advocate in our legal system. After 15 years with the Division of Criminal Investigation, she founded RO Investigation and Research, LLC and conducts criminal defense investigations for state and federal defendants. She furthers her commitment through serving monthly as a board member of the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles. Shannon finds tremendous purpose through passionately assisting in her clients’ defense, devoting time for meetings with inmates and pardon applicants, and supporting other women entrepreneurs and leaders. 

 JuliAnna Stern 

Still Massage & Yoga Studio

 JuliAnna Stern is a hands-on, passionate entrepreneur. She has run her own massage therapy business in the small community of Webster, SD for  nearly eight years. This busy mom added the title of yoga instructor in April of 2018 and redesigned her space into Webster’s first yoga studio,  which is thriving, having yoga students ranging from four years old to 85 years old. JuliAnna has a heart to help her clients feel better both physically and emotionally. She has always envisioned great things for her community including female entrepreneurship, special retail events and pushing to offer bigger, better amenities for a smaller community. JuliAnna received the 2018 Aberdeen American News Enterprising Women in  Business award this year. 


 Tyneal Thorp

 All In One Event CenterAll In One Salon

Tyneal Thorp is a ‘one of a kind’ type of gal! Her optimistic visions of the future, nourish her entrepreneurial spirit, as she endlessly, gives each week her ‘all.’ She owns “All In One ‘Salon & Spa’” for 12 years now and is an active cosmetologist and massage therapist. Four years ago, she established “All In One ‘Event Center’” and enjoys providing this venue in the Black Hills along with catering services. Rest assured, this will not be all she does in the near future. There’s many more ideas and dreams to pursue for this hard-working enthusiast!

 Emily Wheeler

 Wheeler Event Management 


 Emily Wheeler started Wheeler Event Management, which produces the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon events, Run Crazy Horse Events, and the Black Hills Back 40 Mountain Bike Race in 2009.  The events bring approximately 4500 participants to the Black Hills annually.  Emily has been able to mix her passion for distance running,  volunteerism, trail advocacy, and entrepreneurial spirit into her perfect career. 


 Tara Wilcox

Black Hills Works  

 Tara Wilcox has a passion for non-profit leadership and community collaboration.  With this motivation, she aims to help people discover their purpose, develop rapport, and feel empowered to act in ways that move themselves and our community forward.  She has served Black Hills Works for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Engagement & Events.  She is a graduate of Black Hills State University, National Leadership Institute, Leadership Rapid City, and SDCEO Women in Leadership.  Her other affiliations include the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Black Hills Area Council Cub Scouts, Our Camp Inc., and Toastmasters International.   


9TH Annual Women’s Business Conference

October 19, 2018

The Lodge in Deadwood


8:00-9:00      Registration - Business Showcase Opens

9:00              Welcome & Introductions: Michelle Kane, Director, SD CEO

9:15-10:45    “Taking Action:How to be your own Superhero” - Krystal Covington, Social Enterprise Expert & TEDx Presenter

10:45-11:15  Break: Sponsored by Rose Group International   Business Showcase/Visit Exhibitors

11:15-12:00  Entrepreneurial Spirit – South Dakota Success Stories   

Facilitator: Tara Wilcox, Director of Engagement & Events, Black Hills Works Foundation

Speakers: Shannon Riter Osborn, RO Investigation and Research, LLC

   Emily Wheeler, Wheeler Event Management

JuliAnna Stern, Still Massage Therapy & Yoga Studio

Cadey Reisner, Cadey Reisner Weddings

Tyneal Thorp, All In One Salon; All In One Event Center

12:00-12:30  Break: Business Showcase/Visit Exhibitors –Lunch Set up

12:30-1:05    Lunch/Networking

1:05-1:25      2018 Women In Leadership: Focus on the Future

1:25-2:10      “The Self-Care Secret to a Creative and Productive Life”-Krystal Covington, Social Enterprise Expert & TEDx Presenter

2:10-2:30      Break: Business Showcase/Visit Exhibitors Gather Winners

2:30-3:00      A Conversation between Renegades about Re inventing, Rebranding and Re dreaming Panel -Amy Jo Martin, New York Times Best Selling Author,” Renegades Write the Rules” and Podcaster, “Why Not Now?” and Emily Costopoulos, Emily Costopoulos Photography & Design and Podcaster, “Stand To Serve”

3:00-3:45   "Empowerment in the Workplace: Actively Celebrating our Success”- Krystal Covington, Social Enterprise Expert & TEDx Presenter

3:45             Closing /Door Prizes


Social Immediately following conference



  • Akela Spa
  • BankWest
  • BHSU School of Business
  • Black Hills Energy
  • Black Stone Lodge
  • Booth Society Inc.
  • EASW
  • Edward Jones
  • First Interstate Bank 
  • GenPro Energy Solutions
  • Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons
  • Green Oven Bakery & Crepe Cafe
  • HealthSource Chiropractic
  • HighMark Credit Union 
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Joyfully Bloomed Boutique
  • Ketel Thorstenson
  • Kristina Baker Photography
  • Kitchen & Bath Showcase
  • Lenores
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer
  • Lorie Eichert Empowerment Studios
  • LuLaRoe
  • National Mutual Benefit
  • Norwex
  • Organo Gold
  • Paparazzi Accessories
  • Pioneer Bank and Trust
  • Project Solutions/ SDDOT
  • Riddle's Jewerly
  • Rose Group International
  • Rushmore Mall
  • Shaviq Design
  • Scheels
  • SDSU Extension Community Vitality
  • Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce
  • The OWN
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Ventana

Exhibitor Information:

  • Set-up - Thursday, October 18th from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM OR Friday, October 19 th from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
  • Event Time: Doors open at 8:00 AM. The event is from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
  • Exhibitor tables are 6’ with linens and skirting.
  • Cost: $200 (booth with one event registration) or $320 (booth with two event registrations)


Grand Prize ($490 value)

2018 Women’s Business Conference

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 ($290 value)

Deluxe accommodations and a gift basket with a shirt from The Lodge gift shop, a bottle of wine, and Chubby Chipmunk Chocolates



 Get ready to power up and take action with keynote speaker, Krystal Covington, Social   Enterprise Expert & TEDx Presenter as she weaves in stories, tips and strategies to be more influential and powerful in moments that matter in the workplace and life.

 Krystal's topics include:


 The key to success in any moment is taking action even when it’s hard. Discover why  overcoming discomfort and taking action are the real keys to success and tactics for being  more influential and powerful in the moments that matter.


 We often praise others for being “movers and shakers,” constantly pounding the pavement  to forward their goals, but science is finding that the true movement makers are often those who know the value of slowing down, creating moments of clarity, and caring for their own well-being and health. Learn to become more creative and productive in work and life by prioritizing self-care and  personal wellness.


 Women are often trained to be modest and to celebrate team accomplishments over personal wins. Learning to self-promote without sounding like we’re shamelessly bragging is a skill  that can lead to financial growth and  new business opportunities. Celebrating our success also inspires other women to follow in our footsteps and create new accomplishments in their own path as well.


 Krystal Covington is the CEO and Founder of Women of Denver, a social enterprise membership organization with over 1,000 members hosting over 50 events per year. She creates spaces for women to increase their business acumen, sharpen their leadership skills  and connect with other high-achieving women.


A Conversation between Renegades about Reinventing, Rebranding and Redreaming Panel 

Amy Jo Martin, New York Times Best Selling Author,” Renegades Write the Rules” and Podcaster, “Why Not Now?” and Emily Costopoulos, Emily Costopoulos Photography & Design and Podcaster, “Stand To Serve” join forces and share what it means to create your own 9 to 5. 



Amy Jo Martin is the author of New York Times best-seller Renegades Write the Rules, and host of the acclaimed Why Not Now? podcast. As a young female building her career in the NBA and other male-centric industries, Amy Jo has developed a passion for helping women thrive in business leadership. She enjoys angel investing in other female entrepreneurs so they can reach their full potential. Amy Jo has worked closely with world-renowned brands such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Hilton Worldwide, Shaquille O’Neal and Nike to successfully humanize their online presence. Her motto: humans connect with humans, not logos. She has a social media following of more than a 1 million people and was named the third most powerful woman on Twitter by Forbes.






 Emily Costopoulos is an engineer who retired from the comfy, stable 9-5 job to pursue her passions as an entrepreneur, podcaster and community leader. She hosts the podcast Stand to Serve that focuses on how entrepreneurs stand up to serve their local community in a big way. Since moving to the Black Hills, Emily has developed a passion for helping entrepreneurs and professionals in small towns think bigger about their businesses and their impact. She works with individuals on expanding their digital reach, strategic creative content creation and is getting ready to launch the Stand: a place where entrepreneurs and professionals in the Northern Hills can learn, grow and connect in a bigger way. The Stand is an innovative co-working space and will be located on Main Street Sturgis and is currently open for early membership enrollment.