EmBe announces 2019 Women’s Leadership participants

2018 participants of EmBe’s Women’s Leadership Program

Dec. 12, 2018

EmBe has accepted 29 participants for its 17-month Women’s Leadership Program beginning in January 2019.

The applicants for the program represent a broad range of career paths and are chosen by committee to ensure that in addition to the leadership education, the connections that are made throughout the 17-month program also will enhance all the attendee’s experience, according to a statement from EmBe.

More than 200 women have participated in the program in the past eight years.

“The focus of the Women’s Leadership Program is to use the personal experiences and skills of volunteer mentors to educate and inspire the participants,” said Erin Bosch, director of women’s programming. “During a retreat and six sessions, the participants will develop a development plan that includes personal and professional goals and ways to achieve them. In May, a mentor will be matched with the participant to support and guide her through the implementation of her plan during the next year.”

2019 class of participants

  • Ellen Arens, software test supervisor at Raven Industries
  • Megan Backer, universal banking officer at First Bank & Trust
  • Carrie Biever, senior accountant at The First National Bank in Sioux Falls
  • Samantha Bucknell, special events coordinator at EmBe
  • Stephanie Burt, mortgage loan partner at Reliabank Mortgage
  • Terra Bylander, risk management specialist/trainer at Howalt+McDowell Insurance
  • Sara Damjanovic, owner of Floret Cakery
  • Allison Dvorak, project architect at TSP Inc.
  • Ashley Gibson, contract analyst at Avera McKennan
  • Lindsey Hauger, assistant administrator at Pioneer Memorial Hospital and Health Services
  • Kristin Hayward, manager of advocacy and development at Planned Parenthood
  • Arin Knudtson, CFO at Journey Group Co.
  • Stephanie Krumvieda, project manager at Blend Interactive Inc.
  • Morgan Hauck Larson, director of communications at Lemonly
  • Colette Manning, senior executive director of marketing at Sanford Health
  • Kelly Marshall, job analysis and ergonomics specialist at Risk Administration Services
  • Rachael Meyerink, neonatal dietitian at Sanford Health
  • Hilairee Mosier, marketing manager at Avera Health
  • Christina Oey, development director at Feeding South Dakota
  • Ashley M. Pfaff, owner/chiropractic physician at Dr. Ashley Family Chiropractic
  • Julie Prairie, owner/photographer at Julie Prairie Photography
  • Brittany Reith, marketing content specialist at Midco
  • Katie Shuck, instructor and blog author at CybHER
  • Leah Sideras, adviser, business controls administration at Meta Payment Systems
  • Jackie Swanstrom, director of governance and executive support at Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons
  • Adrianne Jo Turner, receptionist at Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun
  • Carly Uthe, community relations multimedia specialist at the Sioux Falls School District
  • Sarah Van Voorst, police officer with the Sioux Falls Police Department
  • Andrea Vetos, regional manager at Silverstar Car Wash
  • Amanda Wermers, owner/operator at Game Chest

“The Women’s Leadership Program gathers together people who are planning the next phase in their personal and professional lives. We help them map their mountaintop and reach those goals,” said Karen Lundquist, CEO of EmBe. “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has participated to provide support and resources to continue to make this ground-breaking program possible.”


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EmBe announces 2019 Women’s Leadership participants

EmBe has accepted 29 participants for its 17-month 2019 Women’s Leadership Program beginning January of 2019.

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