Women's Business Conference-Aberdeen | 2021

Women's Business Conference-Aberdeen

March 25, 2021

The Dakota Event Center 

Entrepreneur Power Up

Heather Beaner

Heather Beaner
Retired U.S. Air Force Lawyer and Farmer
waldi@nvc.net
Moderator
Mellette, SD

Lieutenant Colonel Heather Beaner is a retired United States Air Force attorney and a farmer near Mellette in northeastern South Dakota.  After serving as a military attorney on active duty for 12 years, she transferred to the Reserves in 2011 and moved home to take over her father’s 2,300 acre farming operation.  While her husband has a full-time non-farm job in town, Heather manages the corn and soybean farm, conducts the input buying and grain marketing, does all the planting and harvesting, and tries to keep up with their 4-year-old son.  She is also an active volunteer, including serving on the board of directors at the regional domestic violence shelter, delegate for the local grain cooperative, American Legion and Auxiliary leadership, and her church worship coordinator.




Stacie Suedkamp

Stacie Suedkamp
Fig Tales

figtales@gmail.com
Flandreau, SD

Stacie Suedkamp creates custom desserts and enchanting stories. She turned a hobby and love for baked goods into her full-time sugar cookie business, Fig Tales. With a background in sales, marketing and training combined with a family history of hard work she doubled down on her strengths and works her dream job. She firmly believes you are one Google search away from learning any new skill. In addition to baking beautiful cookies, she’s a phenomenal idea generator and connector of people.









Carly Pochop

Carly Pochop
Colorful Creations Art Studio

carly@thecolorfulcreations.com
Aberdeen, SD

Carly Pochop was an elementary Art Teacher in the Aberdeen School District for two years. She studied Art Education in college for five years at Minnesota State University Moorhead and specialized in Ceramics. Though she loved teaching kids, the idea of making her dreams become her reality couldn't wait any longer and here is why: In March of 2015, she found out her sister has breast cancer and five months later dad was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. They are very close and the news of this ignited a fire in her soul. See here is the thing, there is no family history and Carly’s sister is only 38 and her dad is 62. She looked at her life and realized she needed to start listening to that little voice inside her head. You know, the voice that tells you to do something. The voice that says "Wow, that would be cool if..." Well that little voice had been talking to Carly for over a year and a half, and it was time she started to listen. Only one month after her sister’s diagnosis, Carly started Colorful Creations. By starting this, she vowed to help those in need. She may not be able to help medically, but Carly’s promise is to put a smile on your face and help you create a masterpiece you never thought possible. Life is too short not to smile and embrace every single moment. Not waiting for the future, but embracing the current. That is Carly’s mission. To give back. This is an amazing community filled with remarkable people and everyone has a story, no matter how big or small. We are all unique and need to celebrate that.


Kathy Meland

Kathy Meland, 
KM Consulting
katmel62291@gmail.com
Wallace, SD

Kathy Meland started her own consulting firm, KM Consulting, LLC to assist farmers/ranchers with preparing and understanding the financial side of their business. She also manages their own farm finances and has been actively involved in all phases of its operation during the past 30 years. Kathy considers raising their children and working together as a family her most valuable career. Her past experience included such roles as a bank examiner, credit analyst, commodity broker, and farm management instructor. Kathy started her own venture in 2017 with the intention of having a "side-line" business but it has grown over a short period of time as there is a greater focus on the financial aspect of farm operations.


Susan Evans

Susan Evans
NebTray
Aberdeen, SD

Susan is a registered occupational therapist who has worked variety of settings during her twenty-eight year career. The last twenty years, of which have been in the home health arena. During this time, Susan discovered that a lack of medication adherence leads to poor functional performance, declining general health and an increase in re-hospitalizations. Susan would arrive at the patient’s home to do therapy only to find that their oxygen saturation levels were low and they were short of breath at rest due to poor adherence to their breathing treatments. Susan would then need to cancel occupational therapy and at times send patients to the emergency room for assessment. To combat this problem, Susan developed a rudimentary nebulizer medication organizer made out of shoebox tops. Susan found that once the nebulizer medications were placed in the organizer, patients could easily follow the daily medication program. Thus the NebTray was formed.


 Executive Power Up

The way we do business is constantly changing at an accelerating pace. Technology, culture, as well as client, customers and employee expectations require us to think differently when it comes to how we show up every day, how we deliver products and services and how we plan for the future of work. Staying on top of our game can be challenging. Join executives in banking, labor and law as we learn how each of these woman embraces change in response to challenges in her own industry and career.


Kae McNeil

Kae McNeil
Assistant Vice President, U.S. Bank, Wealth Management
Moderator
kae.mcneil@usbank.com

Kae is a graduate of South Dakota State University, a SCORE volunteer who mentors new and existing businesses and is on the Board of Directors for the SCORE branch in Aberdeen, The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity Advisory board and South Dakota Education Access Foundation. Kae has volunteer experience on a number of community boards such as, Aberdeen Development Corporation, Chamber of Commerce, NSU Foundation, Education Assistance Corporation and Avera St. Luke’s Home/Hospice to name a few. Kae has previous job experience with SD Job Service, Mutual of Omaha-Claims Center and Avera St. Luke’s. Since 2003 Kae works at U.S. Bank as an Assistant Vice President in Wealth Management with a passion to help customers meet their financial goals.





Kim Dorsett

Kimberly Dorsett
Partner, Richardson Law Firm

kdorsett@rwwsh.com

Kimberly graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Dakota in 1992, and Order of the Coif from DePaul University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois in 1999. Prior to joining the Richardson Law Firm in 2009, Kimberly had been practicing law with Harvey Oliver and Carlyle Richards since moving to Aberdeen in 1999. During that time, she also served as the Brown County State’s Attorney for six years and a Special Assistant United States’ Attorney for three years under US Attorneys Marty Jackley and Brendan Johnson. Kimberly has volunteer experience on a number of boards, including the YMCA of Aberdeen, East River Legal Services, and the Bethlehem Lutheran Foundation Board. Kimberly’s practice areas include employment law, business law, general civil defense litigation, estate planning, and workplace investigations. Kimberly and her husband Marshall have a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Taryn.






Marcia Hultman

Marcia Hultman
Department Secretary, Department of Labor & Regulation

605.773.5395

Marcia Hultman was appointed Cabinet Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation by Governor Dennis Daugaard in 2014 and reappointed by Governor Kristi Noem in 2019. Prior, she had served in various DLR leadership roles for 17 years. Throughout her career, Hultman has been involved in the delivery of workforce training, employment, adult education and literacy, and unemployment insurance services, as well as state specific wage and hour, workers’ compensation, and human rights programs. Hultman received a bachelor’s degree from Black Hills State University and completed the Council of State Government Henry Toll Leadership program in 2016.






8:00 AM REGISTRATION, NETWORKING & BUSINESS SHOWCASE

Visit Exhibitors & Sign Up for Door Prizes

9:00 AM WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

Michelle Kane, Director, SD CEO

WELCOME TO ABERDEEN

Travis Schaunaman, Mayor of Aberdeen

WELCOME & REMARKS

Dr. Tim Downs, President, Northern State University

9:15 AM DEFINING THE PATH

In a world that wants women to do everything well, it is imperative that we discover a narrow path where we can excel. We can define these individual pathways through personal and professional exploration, setting boundaries and communicating clearly, and by choosing habits of change over struggles of control. Learn to embrace the power–and freedom-that comes from naming your vision and claiming your direction.

Jennifer Pharr Davis, Keynote Speaker

10:30 AM NETWORKING BREAK

Sponsored by Northern State University

Visit Exhibitors & Sign Up for Door Prizes

11:00 AM ENTREPRENEUR POWER UP

Join executives in banking, labor and law as we learn how each of these woman embraces change in response to challenges in her own industry and career.

Lt. Col Heather Beaner, Moderator, Retired U.S. Air Force Lawyer & Farmer, Mellette

Stacie Suedkamp, Fig Tales, Flandreau

Carly Pochop, Colorful Creations, Aberdeen

11:20 AM EXECUTIVE POWER UP

The way we do business is constantly changing at an accelerating pace. Technology, culture, as well as client, customers and employee expectations, require us to think differently when it comes to how we show up every day, how we deliver products and services and how we plan for the future of work. Staying on top of our game can be challenging. Join executives in banking, labor and law as we learn how each of these women embraces change in response to challenges in her own industry and career.

Kae McNeil, Moderator, Assistant Vice President, U.S. Bank Wealth Management

Kimberly Dorsett, Partner, Richardson Law Firm

Marcia Hultman, Department Secretary, South Dakota Department of Labor & Registration

NOON LUNCH / NETWORKING BREAK

Visit Exhibitors & Sign Up for Door Prizes

1:00 PM ENERGY RENEWAL & INSPIRING HOPE

Presentation Sisters & Presentation People

1:10 PM ENTREPRENEUR POWER UP

Lt. Col Heather Beaner, Moderator, Retired U.S. Air Force Lawyer & Farmer, Mellette

Kathy Meland, KM Consulting, Wallace

Susan Evans, NebTrayAberdeen

1:30 PM SPEED NETWORKING

Dawn WilliamsReemployment Assistance Labor Program Administrator, Department of Labor & Regulation

2:00 PM NETWORKING BREAK

Sponsored by Dakota Dreamers Foundation

Visit Exhibitors & Sign Up for Door Prizes

2:30 PM GOING TO THE DISTANCE

Failure is not a mistake. It is an inherent part of any adventure. Taking on challenges can improve your creative problem-solving skills and need for teamwork and delegation. Find ways to explore your potential, maximize your performance, and find the balance of what is possible in the short term versus what is beneficial in the long term.

Jennifer Pharr Davis, Keynote Speaker

3:30 PM ENTERPRISING WOMAN IN BUSINESS AWARD

Sponsored & Presented by Aberdeen American News

3:45 PM CLOSING & DOOR PRIZES

Grand Prizes

Avera Health

Building Forever Families-Adoption & Family Services

Conklin Clinic

CorTrust Bank

Dacotah Bank

Dakota Dreamers

Donna Mae's Place

East River Electric Cooperative

Eide Bailly

Grow South Dakota

Insurance Plus

Marketing2Connect

Mattress By Appointment Hub City

Northern State University

Presentation Sisters

Project Solutions

Ruby Ribbon

Sanford Health

Shine Hair and Lash Boutique 

U.S. SBA

VBOC 

 

 

 

Gold Sponsors

Avera logo

Dakota Event Center logo

HALO Branded Solutions logo

Insurance Plus logo

Sanford Aberdeen Logo

Presentation Sisters Logo

Presentation US BANK Logo

Silver Sponsors

Agtegra logo

Dakotah Bank logo

Dakota Resources logo

Donna Mae logo

Eide Bailly Logo

GROW SD Logo

Great Western Bank Logo

Northern Electric Logo

SURF Logo

Diamond and Platinum Sponsors

American Aberdeen News logo

Dakota Broadcastingy logo

Dakota Dreamers logo

Keloland Logo

NSU Logo

Meet Jennifer Pharr Davis


Jennifer Pharr outdoors

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Jennifer Pharr Davis is a lover of long trails and good stories. As a record-breaking long-distance hiker, she has covered over 14,000 miles on every continent but Antarctica. In 2011, she hiked 47 miles a day for 46 straight days to become the first women to set the "Fastest Known Time (FKT)" on the Appalachian Trail. She also backpacked 550 miles while pregnant with her daughter and hiked 1,200 miles while nursing her son. Her story and her life are one of perseverance and commitment.

At age 24, Jennifer founded Blue Ridge Hiking Company in North Carolina 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 TimesRunning Times and National Parks TravelerJennifer lives in Asheville, NC with her husband Brew, their daughter Charley and son Gus.

Through two dynamic sessions, Jennifer will weave together her trials on the trail and what she has learned along the way of her many adventures. Attendees will be empowered and inspired and leave with a new toolbox of ideas to take back to their workplace or business.


Keynote Topics

Defining the Path

In a world that wants women to do everything well, it is imperative that we discover a narrow path where we can excel. We can define these individual pathways through personal and professional exploration, setting boundaries and communicating clearly, and by choosing habits of change over struggles of control. Learn to embrace the power–and freedom-that comes from naming your vision and claiming your direction.

Going the Distance

Failure is not a mistake. It is an inherent part of any adventure. Taking on challenges can improve your creative problem solving skills and need for teamwork and delegation. Find ways to explore your potential, maximize your performance, and find the balance of what is possible in the short term versus what is beneficial in the long term. 

Jennifer outside


Learn more about Jennifer’s books,   company, and her story.

Jennifer will have signed books for sale at the conference.

Due to the evolving situation around the COVID-19, we have decided to RESCHEDULE the 3rd Annual Women’s Business Conference originally scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2020 and then moved to Thursday, August 19, 2020 at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen.

We have over 200 registrations and 25 exhibitor booths signed-up and while we were so looking forward to another powerful conference, the health and well-being of our attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors is our first priority.

The new scheduled date is Thursday, March 25, 2021 at the same venue, The Dakota Event Center Aberdeen, SD AND with the same keynote speaker, Jennifer Pharr Davis! All tickets purchased for the original March 26, 2020 conference will be applied to the March 25, 2021 date. For those that have registered, please check your email for more information.

We are truly grateful for your continued support during these unprecedented times. Thank you!

RESCHEDULED!

3rd Annual Women's Business Conference-Aberdeen

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The Dakota Event Center


Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 25, 2021, for the 3rd Annual Women's Business Conference at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen!

We know that March 2021 seems like a long way off but it will be here before we know it! We look forward to a powerful and impactful day of learning, inspiration, and networking.

We've got a couple tricks up our sleeve as well with some "conference attendee" only networking events and training opportunities available over the next few months. Our goal is to help you connect with others and start building your professional and personal growth path NOW.

If you have already purchased your ticket or exhibitor booth for the postponed 2020 event, you are already in! Keep an eye on your email for more information in the next two weeks.

ANY questions in the meantime, please contact Michelle Kane at michelle.kane@bhsu.edu.


Our keynote speaker is Jennifer Pharr Davis. As a 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.

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.

The refreshed focus of the Women’s Business Conference will be taking charge of your professional career 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.

There will also be a host of local leaders, business owners, and mentors sharing their stories. And a great line-up of exhibitors offering both products and services which you'll be getting a chance to get to know on our event Facebook page over the next few months. This is the time to stand together. We will see you on March 25, 2021!

Register Now!

Exhibitors