Women of Influence Summit

Thursday, September 19, 2024

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Bringing Women Together to Unleash their Personal and Collective Influence

Join us for a one-day summit packed with inspiration, stories, connecting and real world practical tools for women. Come prepared to grow and leave with tools to expand your influence, follow your dreams and become all you are designed to be.

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2024
Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Location: The Park Event Center, 500 Division St., Waite Park, MN 56387

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Leading with Courage and Purpose

Confidence is one of the most referenced qualities of successful leaders and high performing professionals. It inspires trust, builds resilience, and fuels extraordinary achievements.

Despite knowing its significance, feeling confident often eludes us. We allow negative self-perception, past setbacks, and the relentless pursuit of perfection to hold us back. Comparison to others and fear of failure further contribute to a prevailing sense of inadequacy.

But here’s the thing; confidence is not bestowed upon a chosen few, it is a skill cultivated with courage and purpose. Much like a garden, confidence must be nurtured and tended to.

For confidence to thrive, we have to rise above our doubt, daring to step into action, fearless in the face of risk and unapologetic in the pursuit of our dreams. True confidence arises from the willingness to face the unknown, to reject the comfort of the familiar and embrace challenge. It’s through action, we plant the seeds of self-assurance and witness the blossoming of our potential.

At the 2024 Women of Influence Summit, we’ll leverage the power of storytelling and shared experience to discover how confidence grows by finding courage and choosing to act. Through insightful discussions, captivating speakers, and empowering activities, we’ll learn how to nurture confidence in ourselves and others. Together, we’ll sow the seeds of self-belief, and embrace the transformation that awaits.

2024 Schedule


 8:00 – 9:00 am

Morning Sessions

9:00am – 12:00am



Afternoon Sessions

12:45pm – 4:00pm

2024 Keynote Speakers

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Betts Theriot

Chief Culture Officer and Vice President of HR, McIlhenny Company

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Kristen Knox

CEO, Microbiologics

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Sarah Noble

Associate Advisor/Operations Coordinator, AIS Planning

Sara Thompson

Star Stylist Stella & Dot

When I first heard about the Women of Influence Summit I was intrigued by hesitant to attend because I would be going alone and feared I would be too self-conscious about not knowing anyone that I wouldn’t get much out of the experience. I did attend the Summit alone but I didn’t feel alone.

Karin Pauly

Owner, Bluestone Marketing and Bluestone Grill

The Women of Influence Summit is truly a life-changing event. I was awestruck by the power, vision and achievements of the speakers and attendees. I left inspired and confident I can achieve my dreams and do what I love.

Melissa Kelley

Owner/President of J.F. Kruse Jewelers

My experience at the 2016 Women of Influence Summit was truly exceptional, and unlike anything I have ever experienced at an event. The word “special” seems too simple to describe the day, but that’s what it was. There was an energy in the room all day that lifted my spirit and inspired me in every way. 

Lynn-Briggette Boerger

President, Colorful Concepts Painting

I am so glad I chose to attend the Women of Influence Summit! I found it to be influential, motivational, and exactly what I needed to inspire myself to take things to the next level. The breakout sessions were empowering and a great way to meet and hear other women’s stories. 

Sonja Gidlow

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communication, Greater St. Cloud Development Agency

In this age of 24/7 information, it is rare to have time for personal growth and contemplation. The Women of Influence Summit provided me the physical, intellectual and emotional space to reconnect with my desire to live intentionally. I was challenged, inspired and motivated by the speakers and women around me. 

2024 Summit Partners

Benefit from the exposure and inclusion of the area’s must attend women’s event. Showcase your support of Women of Influence and help create the positive, fostering atmosphere of professional development for women in your community. Highlight your brand and company by Partnering with Next Monday, so you can connect with the thought leaders, passionate advocates, and encourage the already influential who comprise our community.

Community Partner:

Blattner Company

Video Partner:

St. Cloud Financial Credit Union

Presenting Partner:

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