SD CEO and Coeur-Wharf partner on leadership program for women

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, February 24, 2016/Categories: 2016

Women in Leadership graduates and presenters 2015

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University in partnership with Coeur-Wharf, presents the third annual Women in Leadership Series: Focusing on the Future 2016.

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

The series will begin Wednesday, May 18, with follow-up sessions on May 19, June 15, June 16, June 29, and the graduation will be held Friday, Oct. 21 at the SD CEO Women's Business Conference in Deadwood. Seating for this series is limited, and registration is available at or by calling 605-642-6435. Cost of the entire series is $249 by April 1st.

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."

Participants will be exposed to topics including: emotional intelligence budgeting global ethics weathering change de-escalating verbal conflict project management and others.

"This program has given me the support I need to create balance, make smarter decisions, and I've been encouraged through networking with other female leaders," says Sarah Carlson, executive director, Homestake Opera House and graduate of the 2015 Women in Leadership series.

"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 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 & 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. Meg Manke, Human Resources & Training Manager, Coeur-Wharf Lorie Vega, Deputy Director, Force Support Squadron, Ellsworth AFB Jessica Castleberry, owner, Little Nest Preschool and Andrea Bakeberg, assistant director, SD CEO.

Registration includes the entire Leadership Series and the SD CEO's 6th Annual Women's Business Conference Friday, Oct. 21. Late registration is $299. Seating is limited for this series. Partial scholarships and CEU's 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' 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.

For more information contact: Andrea Bakeberg, S.D. Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO), 1200 University St. Unit 9511, Spearfish, SD  57799-9511, Phone: 605-642-6435,

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