SD CEO and Goldcorp-Wharf Resources partner on a new leadership program for women

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, April 4, 2014/Categories: 2014

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University in partnership with Goldcorp-Wharf Resources, presents the inaugural Women in Leadership Series: Focusing on the Future.

This professional development opportunity offers women from diversified industries the unique opportunity to increase their leadership skills, develop leadership strategies, and enhance their leadership styles.

The kick-off event will be held Wednesday, June 11 at the University Center-Rapid City from

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Four mini-sessions will follow: July 9 Aug. 13 Sept. 10 and Oct. 8 with the series concluding at the SD CEO&rsquos 5th Annual Women&rsquos Business Conference Friday, Oct. 24.

According to Helen Merriman, director of the SD CEO, "The Women in Leadership Series is the foundation for developing lifelong leadership skills. From novice to advanced, participants will apply their understanding and insights the moment they leave the leadership sessions."

Abby Olson, Wharf Mine controller, said this leadership partnership between Goldcorp-Wharf Mine and SD CEO is more than fitting as Goldcorp has their own internal program directed toward women finding their voice and place in the corporate industry.

"Goldcorp-Wharf Mine is committed to training, developing and mentoring women. By partnering with the SD CEO, it allows Wharf to help women understand essential leadership skills, build strong partnerships in the communities in which we operate, and provide mentoring relationships to foster professional growth," said Olson.

"What an opportunity for all of us women to connect, enhance our skills, and get to know one another to support our important work in the State of South Dakota," says Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, associate professor of mass communication at BHSU, who served as the facilitator for development of the curriculum for the Women in Leadership Series.

Presenters at the leadership series include highly accomplished business professionals, BHSU professors and administrators, as well as guest appearances by local and international leaders.

Presenters include: Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences Dr. Pat Simpson, dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Dr. Barbara Looney, assistant professor of management Dr. Wei Song, associate professor of marketing Ms. Laura Prosser, assistant professor of accounting Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, associate professor of mass communication Dr. Rachel Headley, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) liaison for BHSU and these highly accomplished business professionals: Ms. Linda Rabe Dr. Helen Usera Ms. Abby Olson Ms. Meg Manke Ms. Anna Tudela Ms. Kitty Kinsman and Ms. Sue Konstant.

Register online at or by phone at (605) 642-6435. Early registration ends Friday, May 9 and is $269, which includes the entire Leadership Series and the SD CEO&rsquos 5th Annual Women&rsquos Business Conference Friday, Oct. 24. Late registration is $299.  Partial scholarships are available.  

The SD CEO is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of any of the components or participants&rsquo opinions, products or services. SD CEO operates under Cooperative Agreement SBAHQ-13-W-0034. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. All SBA programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Accommodation will be provided to clients with Limited English Proficiency when requested in advance.

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