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, 280 local women have participated in the leadership program. The 9th annual program will begin in January 2017 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 2017!

Beth Althoff, Doosan Bobcat Inc.
Lindsay Arbach, Lindsay Kaye Photography
Sara Bakken, Flom Property Group - Keller Williams Inspire Realty
Mandie Begin, Wanzek Construction
Kelly Charbonneau, Sanford Health
Renee Charon, Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota
Nicole Collins, Bergstrom Eye and Laser Clinic
Michelle Draxten, Fargo Cass Public Health
Ashley Dyste, Network Center, INC.
Tamar Elias, US Bank
Katie Goehring Karn, Apex Physical Therapy & Wellness Center
Ashton Hansen, Allegro Group
Liz Johnson, Eide Bailly LLP
Jesika Jorgenson, Discovery Benefits
Heidi King, Minnesota State Community and Technical College: Moorhead
Jenna Kirschmann, Eventide
Elisha Knaeble, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
Susan Lensch, John Deere Electronic Solutions
Karri Mitchell, Microsoft
Katie Morisch, Clinical Supplies Management Holdings, Inc.
Natalie Murch, First State Bank of North Dakota
Yulia Murzaeva, Widmer Roel
Sarah Nikle, Edward Jones Investments
Kalie Olson, Integreon Managed Solutions
Danna Rademacher, Courts Plus Community Fitness, Fargo Park District
Kaarin Remmich, E.W. Wylie Corporation
Irina Sagert, Titan Machinery Inc.
Kelsey Smith, Western State Bank
Casey Steele, Square One Rental Kitchen & Love in the Oven Bakery
Lisa Svaleson Herman, Turf Tamers LLC
Rachel Thurs, Great North Insurance Services
Leah Trontvet, YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties
Katherine Tulibaski, North Dakota State University
Janice Tweet, Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
Jamie Wepking, Minnesota State University Moorhead


2018 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 interviews.
• Applicants will be notified in writing, informing them whether or not they have been selected to participate in the 2018 program.
• Selected participants commit to a $500 tuition cost. A limited amount of partial scholarships are available upon request.

If selected for the 2018 program, participants are expected to attend all six session dates (8am-5pm), on the first Thursday of each month from January to June.

CLICK HERE to view a brochure about the program and for more information.


Being a part of the 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program granted me the opportunity to meet and learn from inspiring leaders in our community. The program brought together professional women that empower one another to seize the opportunities and the courage to make a positive impact in our community, our organizations and in our personal lives. It not only strengthened my leadership skills but has given me the confidence to make a difference—all the while developing lasting relationships.

Kelsey Erbes, Eide Bailly Technology Consulting