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SDBA 2018 Lead Strong - Women in Banking - Sioux Falls
Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls South
5300 S Grand Cir
Sioux Falls, SD 57108

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Tuesday, October 02, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM CDT
Category: SDBA Events


OCTOBER 2, 2018


The SDBA's first one-day conference for women in banking.

LEAD STRONG: Women in Banking is designed to encourage, support and inspire women to succeed in the workplace. This event will benefit all levels of staff interested in the enhancement and career growth of women in South Dakota banking.

Conference is now full! "Register Now" to be put on our waitlist!


Attire: The suggested attire is business casual. Bring a sweater or jacket as meeting room temperatures vary.

Special Food Requests: If you have a special food request, contact Halley Lee at [email protected] or 605.224.1653.

Questions: Contact the SDBA at 605.224.1653 or 800.726.7322 or visit www.sdba.com.


$175 per person if registering 1 - 4 people and $150 per 5th person and up (includes conference, lunch, breaks and reception)

MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2018

Service Project

Dress for Success’ mission is “to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and life.”

The SDBA will be collecting donations of clean, gently-used professional clothing. Your fabulous suits and other professional apparel could provide another woman with confidence to enter or return to the workplace, make a great first impression and land a job that could change her life. Drop off your donation during the conference and be entered to win a door prize.

Clothing Accepted:

  • Interview appropriate suits
  • Professional separates including blouses, slacks, skirts, dresses, blazers, jackets and dress coats
  • Work appropriate shoes, jewelry, scarves and handbags
  • Trouser socks in black, gray, blue and brown
  • Camisoles (especially L - XL sizes)
  • Maternity clothes


Thank you to our conference sponsors:

  • American Bankers Association
  • Bank Midwest
  • Bell Bank
  • Dacotah Bank
  • Eide Bailly LLP
  • First Bank & Trust
  • First Interstate Bank
  • Rivers Edge Bank

5:30 - 7:00 PM Connecting Point: If you are in Sioux Falls the night before the conference, stop by Garden C to connect with old friends and make some new ones.

TUESDAY, OCT. 2, 2018

9:00 AM Welcome

9:00 - 10:00 AM Fierce Female Leadership: Dr. Suzi Kalsow, 
“What gets talked about in an organization and how it gets talked about determines what will happen. Or won’t happen,” said Susan Scott, founder of Fierce, Inc. This session will be an introduction to the basics of Fierce Conversations training: three transformational ideas, seven principles, coaching conversation, confrontation conversation, team conversation and delegation conversation. “When you think of a fierce conversation, think of passion, integrity, authenticity, collaboration. Think cultural transformation. Think leadership.”

10:00 - 10:30 AM Networking Break

10:30 - 11:30 AM Personal Branding: Laurie Knudson, Independent Contractor, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Personal branding is a 21st century leadership requirement, and if you don’t guide and cultivate it yourself, it will be defined for you. It is not about self-promotion and social media, but rather the journey of defining yourself as a leader. This session will help you define your brand based on your authentic leadership, so you can create the total experience of what people can expect from you.

11:30 - 12:30 PM Self Confidence: Why it’s Important and How to Find It: 
What does confidence look like? Perhaps we have an image of someone who exudes confidence or makes us believe they have it all together. Is confidence an important quality and how do you achieve it?

12:30 - 1:15 PM Lunch & Learn: SDBA Opportunities
Did you know that the South Dakota Bankers Association has been around longer than the state of South Dakota? The SDBA was established in 1884 as the professional and trade association for South Dakota’s financial services industry. Learn what the Association has to offer you...and what you may have to offer the Association.

1:15 - 2:00 PM TED Talks

  • Be Bold, Be Brave, Bust Perfectionism: Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, Dakota State University, Madison, S.D.
    Women are only 11 percent of the cybersecurity field. We can do better! Fear, uncertainty and doubt can discourage girls from pursing this field. This talk will discuss how girls need to be bold, brave and bust perfectionism to be successful in cybersecurity.
  • What’s Wrong With Them? The Importance of Diversity: Dr. Susan Kalsow, Bank Midwest, Arnolds Park, Iowa
    Do you find yourself amazed at times how some people look at the world, work and life the way they do? It just seems wrong! If you often think it, and sometimes say it, this session is for you. We will introduce how The Effectiveness Institute uses people skills training to help us understand ourselves and others better to create a happier and more productive personal and professional life.

2:00 - 3:00 PM Trying Again, and Again, Can Pay Big Dividends: Laurie Stewart, ABA Vice Chairman and President/CEO, Sound Community Bank, Seattle, Wa.
Laurie Stewart will share her story and describe why trying again, and again, can pay big dividends. Her session will also include some practical career tips and traps, as well as the role of advocacy and how it can help be a career enhancement and have a positive impact on the banking industry. At the end of Stewart’s presentation, she hopes attendees will be inspired and empowered, or at the very least have a few amusing moments of connection with other women.

3:00 - 3:30 PM Networking Break

3:30 - 4:30 PM LEAD STRONG: Women In Banking Panel moderated by Laurie Stewart

  • Jodi Eich, Chief Operations Officer, Rivers Edge Bank, Parker, S.D.
  • Marcia Honomichl,  former President, Commercial State Bank, Wager, S.D., and 2008 - 2009 SDBA Chair
  • Melissa Hood, SVP/Operations Officer, Black Hills Community Bank, Rapid City, S.D.
  • Kathy Thorson, Community Banking President, MetaBank, Sioux Falls, S.D.

4:00 - 4:30 PM Wrap Up/Feedback



Dr. Susan Kalsow is vice president of learning and development at Bank Midwest, headquartered in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Kalsow began her career as a middle school teacher and coach, which led to jobs as a curriculum director and regional education consultant. Her next move was to higher education. She made the move to the banking industry three years ago and is passionate about workplace culture and leadership training.

Laurie Knutson works with area nonprofits in a variety of leadership and organizational development capacities as an independent contractor. She most recently served 11 years as the CEO of EmBe, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering women and families, and has a 30-year history of working and volunteering in the Sioux Falls community in a variety of leadership roles, including director at First Bank & Trust. 

Dusty Pinske is a business banker for First Interstate Bank covering the South Dakota market. Her passion for building successful teams and inspiring others has been integral to her successful banking career. Pinske has held many positions with First Interstate Bank. In her current role, she travels throughout the region to help with improving the client experience, staff coaching, training and business development.

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky is associate professor of digital forensics at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., and coordinator of the masters of science in cyber defense at DSU. Podhradsky has a strong passion for increasing gender diversity in cybersecurity and is PI and camp director for GenCyber: Girls in CybHER Security held at DSU. She was the recipient of the EmBe 2017 “Young Woman of Achievement.”

Laurie Stewart is president /CEO of Sound Community Bank in Seattle, Wa. In 2017, she was one of nine community bankers invited to the White House for a listening session with the President. Stewart is vice chair of the American Bankers Association and will serve as chair elect and chair over the next three years. She has been recognized in the Most Powerful Women in Banking’s “Women to Watch” category three times.



Hilton Garden Inn South: Address: 5300 S Grand Circle, Sioux Falls, S.D. Phone: 605-444-4500

A block of rooms has been a reserved for the evening of Monday, Oct. 1. The rate is $129 per room. Please contact the hotel to make your reservation by Sept. 10, when the block will be released.

Contact: Halley Lee @ 605.224.1653