Women in Leadership Development

Kickoff Event Agenda

11 a.m. – Check in & Shop

Noon – Lunch

1 p.m. – Keynote

2 p.m. – Women in Ag Panel

3 p.m. – Tours

WILD stands for Women in Leadership Development. The program aims to empower women to become active leaders within their own communities. Whether that’s running for a position on a cooperative or local board or simply becoming more involved in an organization, we believe women’s voices are an integral part of any community and deserve to be elevated and spotlighted!

Register now for our new Empower You program!

A yearlong journey to activate emerging leadership qualities in women.


Heather McDougall, a national speaker, entrepreneur and filmmaker, will be facilitating Empower You! through NDFU’s Women in Leadership Development (WILD) program. The goal is for every participant to tap into their “zone of genius” and experience the power of a dream come alive when backed by a room full of empowered women leaders.

The program consists of the kickoff session on Sept. 30 in Nome, a series of six Zoom sessions, and fun “meet-up” group events that will be held in various locations throughout the year. Zoom session topics include:

  • Activate Your Vision
  • Moving Through Barriers – Mind, Body, Action
  • First, Next, Celebrate – Finding Momentum
  • Vocal Breakthrough – How to Unlock Your Uniqueness
  • Growth & Audience Activation – Marketing Foundations
  • Funding Your Dream

The site for the kickoff event is the historic schoolhouse in Nome. The venue has a story of its own, taking root in 2018 when two remarkable women set out to restore the building to its former glory in the form of a fiber arts retreat center, event center and boutique hotel. Cost of the event is $30.

Registration opens at 11 a.m. with coffee, mimosas and shopping vendors. After lunch, participants will be inspired by McDougall’s keynote address and women panelists (Carly Rott, Abbey Quandt and Barb Thoreson), who will share their background and passion for agriculture and rural communities. Cally Peterson, editor of the North Dakota Living magazine, will moderate the panel. Tours of the Dakota Fiber Mill, Bear Creek Felting and Shepherd Industries Store will also be held to close out the day.

The first 20 women who sign up to participate in the Zoom sessions will receive a free WILD wellbeing kit by mail. Anyone unable to make the kickoff event can still participate in the Zoom sessions and group meet-ups by contacting Jane Opdahl at jopdahl@ndfu.org.