2015-2016 Programs

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  • September 8, 2015 (Tuesday)

    5:00 Social
    Speaker: Teresa Bohnen, President, St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce
    Topic: “What’s new with the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce?”  Catch up on changes in opportunities and leadership St. Cloud area business women, as well as opportunities available at the new home for The Chamber.

  • October 20, 2015 (Tuesday)

    5:00-6:30 Registration and social; 6:30 Dinner; 7:00 Program; Banquet Room of the Courtyard Marriott; Plated dinner; Tickets $50.00 ($20.00 tax deductible)
    The first annual dinner/silent auction: Building Future Leaders One Student at a Time
    Speaker:  Mary Hinton, President of the College of St. Benedict and testimonies from students who have attended the National Conference for College Women Students Leaders (NCCWL). NCCWL has been held for 30 years and is designed to help students hone leader­ship skills. In 2015, the Branch sent one student from St Cloud State University, one student from the College of St benedict and one from the St Cloud Technical and Community College.

  • November 10, 2015 (Tuesday)

    5:00 Social
    Speaker: Lu Yuan, Teacher, Chinese Immersion Program, SD 742
    Topic: Lu will speak about her teaching in the K-8 Chinese Immersion Program at Madison Elementary and North Junior High. Her talk will include comparison of the education of girls in China where she grew up in China, and the US educational system. Lu received her BS degree in special education at SCSU.

  • December 12, 2015 (Saturday)

    9:00 Social (Note the beginning of the morning schedule)
    Holiday Party: Celebrate the holidays with a breakfast buffet and holiday entertainment by local performers.  The Branch’s traditional fundraiser Make It, Bake It and Take It will occur.

  • January 9, 2016 (Saturday)

    9:00 Social
    Speaker:  A representative from Perseverancia (The 2015 recipients of the Branch’s Community Grant program)
    Topic: Perseverancia, an organization which provides professional development opportunities to local women of color, will present on the project funded by our grant. Come hear about this organization and how our award impacted their development efforts.

  • February 13, 2016 (Saturday)

    9:00 Social
    Speaker: Debra Day Laxson, local author.
    Topic: The Grey Zone, a personal account of Deb’s experience of her husband’s end of life, especially the challenges in executing her husband’s health care directive.  Since writing The Grey Zone she has devoted her time to promoting conversations about end of life in the Honoring Choices program through the St. Cloud hospital. This talk is of special interest as women often are responsible for the end-of-life of their parents or husbands.

  • March 8, 2016 (Tuesday)

    5:00 Social (Note return to evening schedule.   Also the date of our annual meeting)
    Speaker: Melissa Kelley, owner J.F. Kruse Jewelers
    Topic: “Leading the family business.” Melissa started working in her father’s jewelry business while in high school. After earning a graduate gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America, she became sole owner of J.F. Kruse Jewelers.  Melissa will talk about her experiences as a young business woman in the St. Cloud area.

  • April 12, 2016 (Tuesday)

    5:00 Social
    Speaker: Ellyn L. Bartges, Ph.D., St. Cloud State University Equity & Affirmative Action Officer, AAAA Sr. CAAP, Title IX Coordinator, ATIXA and NACUA Certified
    Topic: “Title IX at SCSU.” Ellyn will talk about issues regarding Title IX at SCSU, including enforcement. Ellyn is a historian by training, with a special focus in the history of sport. This talk will be of special interest to those wanting to understand the importance of Title IX in the long term, both past and the future.

  • May 10, 2016 (Tuesday)

    5:00 Social
    Speaker: Dr. Angie Ausban, MD
    Topic: “The Epidemic of the Expanding Waistline: Obesity Incidence, causes and treatment.” Dr. Ausban is originally from Northern California and graduated from Mills College in Oakland with a degree in Chemis­try. She went on to graduate from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN and completed a combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. In addition to practicing Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Cent­raCare Clinic, she has a special interest in Wellness, specifically in working with adults and children to lose weight and improve their health.