35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program


The purpose of the United Way 35 Under 35 Women's Leadership Program is to:

About the program

Six local women’s organizations, spearheaded by United Way of Cass-Clay, launched the first annual 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program in 2009. It is now a collaborative effort led by the United Way of Cass-Clay team. Since 2009, 350 local women have participated in the leadership program. The 11th annual program will begin in January 2019 and participants will meet monthly to focus on various issues pertinent to young leaders. Each session is led and presented by local leaders and includes training and discussion as well as goal-setting, communication, personal growth, board leadership, public speaking, conflict management, and several additional leadership topics.

Benefits to Participants & Employers 

Employers of United Way 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program participants benefit greatly from the experience.  Participants will:
• Connect with a diverse network of dynamic young women and local leaders
• Expand knowledge of the community and opportunities to serve in leadership positions
• Are energized, motivated and equipped to sharpen their skill set
• Gain confidence and skills to lead in current and future positions at their companies/organizations

Congratulations to the class of 2019!

Mallari Ackerman, Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau   
Jessica Anderson, Fargo Public Schools
Elissa Berg, U.S. Bank
Karen Berntson, Junior Achievement
Marie Buchli, Wells Fargo
Brittany Butler, Myriad Mobile
Ashley Eastwell, Doosan Bobcat Inc.
Heather Eken, South East Education Cooperative
Shauna Erickson, The Village Family Service Center
Amanda Even, Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership
Tessa Hand, Essentia Health
Megan Hills, Sanford Health
Amanda Huggett, Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce
Rayonna Hystead, GOLDMARK Property Management
Molly Johnson, Ameriprise Financial
Jocelyn Johnson, Discovery Benefits
Stacy Kemerling, Dawson Insurance A Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company
Kelsey Knutson, TNT Kid’s Fitness & Gymnastics
Larissa Kunde, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
Kelly Lauinger, Scheels
Laura Maeyaert, Edgewood Senior Living in Fargo
Meagan McDougall, High Point Networks
Alison Molony, Oxbow Country Club
Megan Myrdal, North Dakota State University
Sarah Nupdal, Bell Bank
Anamaria Olson, Bank of the West
Annika Perkins, Sundog
Courtney Posch, Border States Electric
Jessica Ridout, Microsoft
Hannah Savoy, dogIDs
Sonja Stang, PATH
Kristin Taffe, Eide Bailly LLP
Kacie Weber, CoreLink Administrative Solutions
Jesseca White-Tuton, City of Fargo
Julie Zimny, CrossFit Fargo

For any questions, please email Tiffany McShane at tmcshane@unitedwaycassclay.org or call 701-237-5050.

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Applications for the 2020 program will open fall of 2019.

2020 Application Requirements and Process


During my time in the 35-Under-35 program I have come to understand the importance of strong leadership within the community.  Leadership is crucial to our greater community as it drives change, inspires dreams and provides support for large community goals.  By working alongside the women in the 35-Under-35 program I have seen firsthand how leaders of the community are able to help drive the vision, direction, and mission for not only the organizations that they serve but also within the community they call home.

Leaders help provide mentorship opportunities and connections to local organizations of which make the greatest impact within the community. These leaders are the positive change makers in the community by seeing potential and inspiring others to work toward a common goal. They recognize that it is important not only to invest in those around them day to day, but also to give back their community and strive to make the greatest impact.

Sydney Boschert, Scheels