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

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Categories: 2015








           The 2014 graduates of Women in Leadership: Focusing on the Futre.



The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University in partnership with Goldcorp-Wharf Resources, presents the second annual Women in Leadership Series: Focusing on the Future 2015.

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

The two day intensive will be held Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21 at the University Center-Rapid City from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Follow up sessions are scheduled for: June July August and September, with the series concluding at the Women&rsquos Business Conference in Deadwood October 23.  

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."

Graduates from the 2014 Women in Leadership Class have been quick to offer praises for the series: "This series helped me realize the need to step outside my box and pursue new opportunities for personal and professional growth and development," said Jeanne Hanson, assistant director for BHSU Facilities Services.  Kay Stambaugh, office manager at RCS Construction agreed and said, "Through this program I have been able to get out of my comfort zone. It&rsquos been a wonderful experience."

Organizers of the series encourage women in all stages of their career to complete this leadership training. "This series has taught me, as a young adult, how to present myself in a professional and mature way," says Ava Sauter, gallery and events manager for Matthews Opera House. Stephany Valkenburg, marketing director for NeighborWorks DakotaHome Resources added, "Working with all these amazing women has taught me that leaders come in all different forms."

"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. Helen Usera, Aspiring Business Consulting, LLC Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences at BHSU Dr. Wei Song, associate professor of marketing at BHSU Ms. Anna Tudela, VP, Regulatory Affairs &amp Corporate Secretary, Goldcorp Inc. Dr. Barbara Looney, assistant professor of management at BHSU Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, associate professor of mass communication at BHSU Dr. Pat Simpson, dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at BHSU Ms. Laura Prosser, assistant professor of accounting at BHSU Ms. Abby Olson, Goldcorp-Wharf Resources and Ms. Meg Manke, Goldcorp-Wharf Resources.

Register online at or by phone at (605) 642-6435. Early registration ends Tuesday, April 14 and is $269, which includes the entire Leadership Series and the SD CEO&rsquos 5th Annual Women&rsquos Business Conference Friday, Oct. 23. Late registration is $299. Seating is limited for this series and registration closes Wed., May 6. 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-14-W-0018. 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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