35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program

Application Deadline – Sunday, September 30

2019 Application Requirements and Process

• Any woman living or working in Cass or Clay Counties age 23-35 is welcome to apply.
• Handwritten, late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
• Prior to selection, a narrowed group of candidates will be contacted to participate in a face to face interview.
• Applicants will be notified in writing, informing them whether or not they have been selected to participate in the 2019 program.
• Selected participants commit to a $500 tuition cost. A limited amount of partial scholarships are available upon request.
• If selected for the 2019 program, participants are expected to attend all six session dates (8am-5pm), on the first Thursday of each month from January to June.For any questions, please email Tiffany McShane at tmcshane@unitedwaycassclay.org or call 701-237-5050.


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 2018!

Marqelle Albrecht, Healing Touch Chiropractic
Tasha Barrett, Park Co. Realtors
Merideth Bell, Sun Electric
Katie Bertsch, Ohnstad Twichell, P.C.
Sydney Boschert, Swanson Health Products
Chelsea Burns, Michael J. Burns Architects | Cho.Be. Art & Design
Sarah Busse, Border States Electric
Emily Carrow, Discovery Benefits
Shelby Cochran, dogIDs
Emily Finley, Rustic Oaks
Alexandra  Floersch, Bell Bank
Robyn Gatz, Bergseth Brothers
Kendra Goette, Preference Employment Solutions
Carrie Gress, Cass County Sherrif's Office
Erin Hagen, Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter
Ashley Halvorson, Conmy Feste Ltd.
Chelsea Hanson, Flag Family Media
Brandi Hedin, Dawson Insurance
Mindy Hogness, Doosan Bobcat
Sara Lau, Catholic Health Initiatives
Kayla Leier, U.S. Bank
Lindsey Little, Heritage Homes
Allie Morth, CoreLink Administrative Solutions
Brittany Olson, Fargo Public Schools
Amanda Pieters, Concordia College
Lisa Richter, North Dakota State University
Nicole Rousar, BlackRidgeBANK
Casey Sanders, YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties
Michelle Schumacher, Microsoft
Puja Sharma-Husmann, Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Karla Wolford, EHP CrossFit and Elevate Human Potential
Becky Torkelson, Scheels
Alyssa Walker, Probitas Promotions
Meredith Williams, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
Teri Winkelman, Essentia Health


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

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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, Swanson Health Products