Nearly 400 women gather for business conference

DEADWOOD, S.D. -Women from all over the state were at the Women’s Business Conference in Deadwood.

The conference started at 9 a.m. on Friday and went through the early evening. It was hosted by SD – CEO Women’s Business Center at The Lodge at Deadwood.

“The purpose is really to celebrate women in business and really focus on the successes that are happening. It’s here to encourage women to pursue a new business or to grow their business,” said Michelle Kae, with the business center.

Women learned how to be leaders in the workplace, business strategies, and tips on starting a business. Nearly 400 women were in attendance, networking and listening to speakers.

“We really want to move women forward because in South Dakota right now for every dollar a man makes, a woman makes 78 cents,” said Kane.

Keynote speaker Jen Pharr Davis started her hiking business when she was just 24 years old and was named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.

“It has certainly been very challenging, but it has also been liberating. I think especially because I value adventure and I value time outdoors. I’m now a mom of two young children and it really gives me the freedom to make my own schedule and prioritize my time,” said Pharr Davis.

There was also a panel of intrapreneurs. Intrapreneurs consist of people that may not own a business but are innovative and pioneer positive changes in the workplace.

“It’s creating a culture and maybe just being the one who decides to step forward. That’s what this kind of conference is about. It’s giving you confidence; it’s giving you the support that you need to make the first step towards making a change,” said Sarah Carlson, a panel member.

This was the tenth year the conference was, and it was open to all women looking to grow in their careers.

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