Women of Influence Summit

Thursday, September 21, 2023

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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 21, 2023
Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Location: The Park Event Center, 500 Division St., Waite Park, MN 56387

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Leadership isn’t confined to a title, a position or a job description. It’s a mindset, an attitude, and a way of life. It’s about stepping up and taking responsibility for yourself and the people around you. It’s not about having all the answers or being perfect; it’s about being willing to learn, grow, and live by example. It requires courage, vulnerability, and a willingness to take risks. 

All too often we look at the leaders around us and think…  if only I had the right education… the right role… the right experience then I would be able to lead. We believe that when we finally reach the right age, the right level of success, or the right season in life we’ll magically be able to rid ourselves of self doubt and be able to leave our mark. 

But the truth is, leadership is a choice you make, not a place you sit. Leadership is about recognizing the power of your influence and the importance of your actions, no matter how small they may seem. 

When you embrace this mindset, you begin to lead where you are. You start to see opportunities for growth and change in every situation, and you begin to approach challenges with a sense of purpose and determination. Leading where you are requires you to be intentional in your actions, to stay true to your values, and to inspire and uplift those around you. 

At the 2023 Women of Influence Summit we’ll explore leadership lessons from real women just like you who have asked themselves those same questions. Through dynamic speakers, interactive activities, and networking opportunities, we’ll learn how to tap into our own leadership potential and use it to create positive change in our lives, workplaces, and beyond. Together we’ll we’ll be inspired to lead with purpose and make a difference right where we are. 

2023 Schedule


 8:00 – 9:00 am

Morning Sessions

9:00am – 12:00am



Afternoon Sessions

12:45pm – 4:00pm

2023 Keynote Speakers

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Laurie Butz

President and CEO of Capital Credit Union

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Donella Westphal

Owner of Jules’ Bistro

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Mattie Murrey Tegels

Speech Pathologist, Public Speaker
and Ghost Writer

2023 Video Speakers

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Miranda Novak

Assistant Director for Instructional Technology
at the College of Saint Benedict
and Saint John’s University

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Eunice Adjei

Director of Multicultural Services at
St. Cloud Financial Credit Union

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Judy Whitlock

Retired Health Care Professional

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Fiona Lee

Student at Southeastern University

2023 Panel Discussion

Join us for a captivating panel discussion at the 2023 Women of Influence Summit as we delve deeper into the idea that leadership is choice you make, not a place you sit. Hear from our inspirational keynote speakers and a guest speaker from our community partner as they share their experiences and wisdom on embracing leadership as a mindset and a way of life. 

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Kristen Miller

Guest Panelist
CHRO, Blattner Company

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. 

2023 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