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3rd Annual SOAR Conference

November 10, 12 and 17, 2021

SOAR is a women’s virtual business conference. It is also a mindset, an action plan, and a community geared at supporting women business owners, entrepreneurs, and leaders in our region take steps to make incredible things happen. In its third year, the SOAR Conference will continue to be a fully online experience to learn and connect as we reflect on lessons learned from the past year, celebrate resiliency, and move forward together.

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This year the SOAR Conference will include expert speakers, engaging panels, skill building sessions, peer networking, and actionable resources delivered online over three days in manageable 3-hour time commitments.

Day 1: Leadership – Activate Your Inner Wonderwoman
Wednesday, November 10 (9AM – 12PM Central Time)        
Day 2: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: A Welcoming Community Empowers Growth and It’s Good for Business
Friday, November 12 (9AM – 12PM Central Time)      
Day 3: Finance: Strength in Numbers
Wednesday, November 17 (9AM – 12PM Central Time)       

All registrants will have access to a catalog of the resources, event recordings, and a digital networking space beyond the event. AND – this year’s conference is completely FREE of charge.

New This Year

Register by October 25 for exclusive access to a virtual pre-conference session with the entrepreneur and owner of Tastefully Simple, Jill Blashack Strahan!

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Back by popular demand, Strahan is a top female entrepreneur, author and professional speaker who has inspired thousands across the country, sharing her riveting stories and memorable lessons.

In 1995 Jill launched Tastefully Simple in a shed, offering high quality, easy-to-prepare foods. Although rocked by tragedy, Strahan grew Tastefully Simple to a $113 million company within eight years. Recognized as an exceptional CEO, she has earned numerous awards for her achievements and unique philosophies.

People connect with Jill’s charismatic and down-to-earth nature and, more importantly, they learn how to think differently, and understand their immense, transformative power.

Conference Keynotes

Activate Your Inner Wonder Woman! with Kelly Radi

Day 1

Activate Your Inner Wonder Woman! with Kelly Radi

You encounter passionate, intelligent, fascinating women every single day. These women may not wear tiaras to work, but they get stuff done. They are employees, wives, sisters, daughters, caretakers, volunteers, mothers, partners, bosses and lovers. They are real women—awesome and inspiring women—with stories to share. They are YOU. 

Kelly will discuss POWER, where you find it, how you keep it, and how you channel it for greater good. She will help you identify your own superpowers and challenge you to take action. You’ll leave with a stronger sense of self-awareness and the confidence to face your fears and conquer your challenges. Learn how to activate your inner superhero and watch the awesome impact it has on your life!         

Kelly Radi is an award-winning author, power-speaker, and Wonder Woman fan.  

Developing an Equity Leadership Identity Lens: Starting with Addressing Unconscious Bias with Dr. Naomi R. Taylor

Day 2

Developing an Equity Leadership Identity Lens: Starting with Addressing Unconscious Bias with Dr. Naomi R. Taylor

Everyone has a role and responsibility in ensuring equitable outcomes in their workplace. It starts with the individual and then the collective to make changes. This keynote will provide a safe space to explore what it means to have equity leadership as a part of their identity while providing practice into identifying unconscious bias that may be hindering our effectiveness.  

Dr. Naomi R. Taylor is a social justice & racial equity educator, researcher, and author. 

The DAMN Plan To Cash Flow With Confidence with Kim Nagle

Day 3

The DAMN Plan To Cash Flow With Confidence with Kim Nagle

In business, it’s cash flow or die. Knowing your numbers reduces stress, increases creativity, and productivity. Simply put, when there is no cash you focus on money and when you have cash you can focus on your mission.  In Kim’s keynote, you will learn how to do business by the numbers and get paid your value. 

Kim Nagle a best selling author, keynote speaker and business coach.  

Local Entrepreneur Panelists

Each day local entrepreneurs will join a panel following the keynote to discuss their experience with the topic of each day, lessons they have learned and what they wish they would have known.

Day 1

Jenni Smude

Smude’s

Stephanie Ferguson

Momentum Center

Yana Stockman

Transitions Life Coach

Day 2

Sarah Agaton Howes

Heart Berry

Sonja Simpson

Ionis Solution

Day 3

Shannon Cornelius

Yellow Bike Coffee

Casey Gromer

The She Suite Boutique

Sarah Barrett

Barrett Pet Food Innovations

Learn With Us and Be Inspired!

Women’s Business Alliance

The SOAR Conference is hosted by the Women’s Business Alliance (WBA), which is a program of the Entrepreneur Fund that provides specialized advising, training, networking, and access to capital for women entrepreneurs across 17 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The WBA is dedicated to supporting women at every stage of their small business journey, as well as providing opportunities for professional growth. It is run by women for women who understand the unique challenge of women entrepreneurship.

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Sandi Larson

Director of Women’s Business Alliance – North

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Sandi Voigt

Director of Women’s Business Alliance – Central

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The Women’s Business Alliance Central and North are both certified Women’s Business Centers through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) represent a successful public-private partnership between the SBA and non-profit entrepreneurial development organizations across the country.

The SOAR Conference is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Women’s Business Alliance is a program of the Entrepreneur Fund, funded in part through an agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Entrepreneur Fund does not discriminate in providing services to people based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, family status, physical or mental disabilities. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities and with limited English proficiency are available on request. Make a request at least 2 weeks in advance by contacting the Entrepreneur Fund at 218-623-5747 or info@entrepreneurfund.org. The Entrepreneur Fund is an equal opportunity employer, lender and service provider.

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