35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program

Applications for the 2019 program will be available
September 2018. 

View and share the 35 Under 35 Brochure here 


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.
• Applications for the 2019 program will be available in September 2018.

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, 315 local women have participated in the leadership program. The 10th annual program will begin in January 2018 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.

Get Involved!

Find more opportunities to get involved with United Way and in the community HERE

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, Forum Communications Co.
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, Target
Allie Morth, CoreLink Administrative Solutions
Brittany Olson, Fargo Public Schools
Amanda Pieters, Concordia College
Lisa Richter, Sanford Health
Nicole Rousar, BlackRidgeBANK
Casey Sanders, YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties
Michelle Schumacher, Microsoft
Puja Sharma-Husmann, Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Karla Solum, 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.


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, Stoneridge Software