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2024 SDBA Lead Strong: Women In Banking Conference
Wednesday, September 25, 2024, 5:30 PM to Thursday, September 26, 2024, 4:00 PM CDT
Category: SDBA Events

2024 SDBA Lead Strong: Women In Banking Conference

September 25-26, 2024

Sioux Falls Convention Center | 1201 Northwest Avenue | Sioux Falls, SD

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Thank you, sponsors!





September 25-26, 2024

Sioux Falls Convention Center
1201 N. West Ave. | Sioux Falls, SD

Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center
1211 North West Ave. | Sioux Falls, SD
Phone: 605.331.0100
Room Rate: $149 | Cut Off: 8/26/24

Other Nearby Hotels:
Holiday Inn & Suites
2040 West Russell Street | Sioux Falls, SD
Phone: 605.331.2040

Lead Strong: Women in Banking is an annual gathering that celebrates and empowers women in the financial industry. Join us for an engaging and enlightening event that focuses on the achievements, challenges, and opportunities for women in the world of banking. This conference provides a unique platform for networking, knowledge sharing and fostering meaningful connections among leading professionals in the field.


$240.00 now through August 14; $250.00 August 15 – September 26; $270.00 Onsight
Cancellation Policy: 100% refund if canceled September 11th or sooner; 75% if canceled September 12-15. No refund September 16th or later.


September 25

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. CDT | Connect and Celebrate: Networking Reception - Chef Dominique’s230 S. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, SD - Emails answered. CHECK. Phone calls returned. CHECK. Desk cleared off. CHECK. Your workday is behind you. Join us in downtown Sioux Falls to connect with colleagues, both old and new, and celebrate our time together. Grab a snack, a beverage and some good conversation and set your sights on tomorrow’s Lead Strong: Women in Banking event.

September 26

8:30 - 8:50 a.m. | Welcome

8:50 - 9:25 a.m. | Navigate, Elevate, Accelerate - Melissa Furman, President & Founder, Career Potential | Augusta, GA - Ladies, are you looking to maximize your success? As the workplace becomes more gender diverse, you may be faced with challenges as it relates to your career and professional success. This session will provide practical strategies and recommendations to help you navigate possible challenges while also elevating and accelerating your success.

9:25 - 10:00 a.m. | Connecting Point - Ready, set, MOVE! Take part in this fast-paced session where you can learn from your colleagues on a variety of topics. This facilitated session will provide an opportunity to share ideas, ask questions and learn from one another in a fun, relaxed environment.

10:00 - 10:05 a.m. | Sponsor Showcase

10:05 - 10:25 a.m. | Break

10:25 - 11:05 a.m. | Behind the Vault: Unveiling Personal Paths to Banking Success - Daniel D. Robb, President and CEO, Jonesburg State Bank | Jonesburg, MO - Join us for an engaging fireside chat with ABA Past Chair Dan Robb as he shares his captivating journey into the world of banking. From humble beginnings to becoming a distinguished leader in the industry, Dan will offer insights, anecdotes, and lessons learned from his career trajectory. Following Dan’s inspiring narrative, the session will transition into a dynamic panel discussion featuring our own bankers sharing their personal stories of their paths into banking.

11:05 - 11:25 a.m. | Navigating Grief in the Workplace - Natalie Eisenberg, CEO, Click Rain, Inc. | Sioux Falls, SD - Following the death of her mother in 2023, Natalie felt called to normalize the grief experience through the launch of In today’s presentation, Natalie will give an overview of what grieving people are up against and how we can best support them in the workplace.

11:25 - 11:35 a.m. | Break

11:35 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Breakouts

Executive Self Defense | Sensei Joe Herreman, Dynamic Martial Arts of Sioux Falls | Sioux Falls, SD
Sensei Joe Herreman is the founder and head instructor of Dynamic Martial Arts. With over 25 years of experience teaching martial arts in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area, Sensei Herreman holds a 6th Degree Black Belt in Bujin Ki Ryu Jujitsu, as well as instructor certifications in multiple other systems of martial arts. As a former high school teacher, he brings a unique approach to teaching martial arts and self-defense tactics, with a focus on situational awareness and proactive prevention strategies. 

Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? | Melissa Furman
As women navigate unique challenges in the workplace, self-awareness is a critical foundation to maximizing success. This interactive, engaging session will enhance self-awareness resulting in enhanced engagement, productivity, leadership, and goal achievement.

Stronger Together: Innovative Team Building Ideas and Techniques

Jenn Reecy, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls, Facilitator
Haley Grandpre, Dacotah Bank
Lyndsay Schreiber, Pioneer Bank & Trust
Bridget Benson, First Dakota National Bank
Julie Benedict, Security First Bank
Erika Klein, First Bank & Trust
Join us for a dynamic session packed with creative and effective team-building ideas to enhance collaboration, communication, and camaraderie in the workplace. Discover practical techniques to foster trust, boost morale, and cultivate a culture of teamwork that drives performance and success. Don’t miss this opportunity to revitalize your team dynamics and unlock the full potential of your workforce!

Um...What? Ohm Why? | Brandi Lewis, Consultant & Author/Trainer, Simple Be More | Midland, SD - If you struggle to slow your mind or to sit still or are questioning WHY you even should? Or if you have no idea WHAT the lotus position is…..? Or if all of the woo-woo meditation mindfulness amuses you…. Then this breakout session is meant for you. Join us for 40 minutes of tips, tricks and practical fun life changing mindful practices that can calm YOUR bankers body heart mind and soul!

12:15 - 1:10 p.m. | Lunch

1:15 - 2:05 p.m. | The Life Change...Not Life Balance - Aaron Davis, Speaker & Business Owner, Aaron Davis Presentations | Lincoln, NE - Google “work/life balance” and you will find over 100 million different entries regarding this myth! Balance is almost impossible to sustain for extended periods of time. It’s not about balance per se; it’s about daily picking your priority moments…those things you “do” have control over! During this thought-provoking and humorous presentation, Aaron will equip you with tips and tools that you can utilize immediately to help you in your own work-life challenge.

2:05 - 2:25 p.m. | From Me to We: Authentically Connecting with our Community - Derek Nolan, Marketing Director & Compliance Officer, Rivers Edge Bank | Marion, SD - Engagement in our communities is more than just getting involved. While it is essential for us to roll up our sleeves and contribute our time and talents, we can make an even bigger impact by fostering connections and relationships along the way. We will explore how to create authentic human connections with those around us and how that connection makes us all better and honestly, HAPPIER. Plus we are going to just down right have some fun together… let’s just say you should bring your best dance moves and be ready to share with others what makes you UNIQUELY you! 

2:25 - 2:30 p.m. | Sponsor Showcase

2:30 - 2:50 p.m. | Break

2:50 - 3:00 p.m. | Women of Impact Awards - The SDBA Women of Impact Award was established to celebrate South Dakota Bankers Association members who have made significant contributions and positive impacts in their organizations, communities and industry. Join us as we recognize 2024’s recipients.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Erica Sodos, Mentalist and Speaker | Westminster, CO - Let’s celebrate the magic that is YOU, a woman banker leading strong! Part performance, part motivation and a hundred percent fun and entertaining, Erica’s engaging presentation blends inspiring messages with incredible feats of mind reading and mentalism. Let’s face it, as a woman in a male dominated profession there are unique challenges. Erica Sodos, one of the few female mentalists in the world, understands this better than most. Her mind blowing and humorous keynote will empower you to question self-limiting narratives and connect to your power and leader within.

4:00 p.m.| Dismiss & drive home safe!


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


This year our service partner is “The 437 Project”. Each year over 48,000 people die in the United States by suicide. The Helpline Center is the only accredited suicide crisis center in the state of South Dakota. It serves thousands of people each year by organizing local agency volunteers and offering hope to individuals with thoughts of suicide. The 437 Project was born of a passion for bolstering both physical and mental wellness and the often-overlooked connection between the two. In 2024, The 437 Project will run 437 miles across the state of South Dakota, raising funds to support the Helpline Center.

Your donation to The 437 Project provides ongoing support to someone who has lost a family member or friend to suicide, connecting them with resources and support groups to navigate through the grieving process. Your contributions will also allow team members access to adequate training to ensure the skills necessary to identify those at risk of suicide and provide the lifesaving means to help. 

Help us support this worthy organization by wearing your favorite tennies! Running shoes, walking shoes, sparkly tennies, new tennies or well worn! You may even win a prize in the first-ever Women in Banking “Tennis Shoe Showcase” (and if you can say THAT three times fast, you get another prize!). 


Contact Halley Lee at [email protected] or 605.224.1653 with special requests by September 11.