Tuesday, August 22
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Sanctuary Event Center, 670 Fourth Avenue North, Fargo.
In addition to the parking lot to the south of Sanctuary, the Roberts Commons Parking Garage is now open for use during Women Connect events! The address is 217 Roberts St. N. Levels 2-7 are available for hourly parking. Parking is free for the first two hours and weekdays after 5 p.m.
Gender diversity is good for all, especially when it comes to leadership positions for women in corporate America. Whether on a board of directors or in a public service role, women bring value to the table – and to their companies and communities.
Not only do women offer unique perspectives to various issues, but are a key demographic in the communities that businesses serve! Gone are the days of the “male, pale and stale” executive leadership. Today we know that organizations function best when they accurately represent their respective jurisdictions, and that a diverse board is better positioned to thrive in today’s global economy.
A recent study indicated that there is a substantial positive correlation between the presence of women in corporate leadership and company performance. In fact, companies in the index with strong female leadership generated a Return on Equity of 10.1% per year versus 7.4% for those without, according to the “Women on Boards” study performed by MSCI.
But how can we as women add substantial value and not just be the token woman for a checklist? Here, we’ll discuss how you can step up and serve confidently. We’ll discuss how to find opportunities in our own community, how to break into these roles and how to effect positive change once you’re there.
We’ll also hear from an expert panel of local women who have served on boards, who will share their stories and offer attendees a look inside their roles.
▪ Shara Fischer, chair of the City of Fargo Planning Commission
▪ Shannon Roers Jones, attorney at ROERS and State Representative District 46
▪ Michelle Lawson, Clay County Judge
▪ Susan Mathison, MD, Catalyst Medical Center
Moderated by: Lisa Borgen, VP of administration, American Crystal Sugar
Please consider bringing books to donate to the Jeremiah Program.
Chamber Members: $25 in advance | $30 at the door
Non-Members: $35 in advance | $40 at the door