The WomEn's Leadership Forum

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn
7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

"Leading through Change"

DCR Chamber is pleased to announce the WomEn's Leadership Forum on March 8, 2018. The event will connect professionals like yourself while enriching your personal and professional lives. Last year's forum featured a marketplace full of products and services to enhance your personal and professional lives.

Janee Harteau, Keynote Speaker
"Leading through Crisis"

Janeé Harteau, now retired Minneapolis Chief of Police, is no stranger to controversy and crisis, having led the Minneapolis Police Department through transformational change during some of the most politically charged, and turbulent times in recent history. Harteau worked her way through the ranks to be named the first female chief in Minneapolis' history and one of Fortune magazine's list of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders.

Panel, Women in the Workplace
"Navigating Challenges"

In the current environment of heightened women’s rights discussions, we are proud to have a panel of women to discuss such topics, as well as workplace dynamics, effective communication, and to help navigate through challenges. ‚Äč

Melissa DeLay, TruPerception

Crafting and delivering the right messages to prospective customers, referral sources or business partners can be tricky. Melissa is an experts at message design and delivery techniques that are guaranteed to strengthen reputation, inspire change and create brand ambassadors.

Karin Nelsen, Minnesota Vikings
Karin Nelsen joined the Minnesota Vikings as Vice President of Legal & Human Resources in 2016 after 18 years with Cargill.  In her current role, Karin oversees the Legal, Human Resources and Social Impact Departments at the Vikings.

Lin Nelson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Director of Legislative Affairs & Chief Lobbyist at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN.

Marketplace offers businesses the opportunity to advertise their business and sell their products and services. Nearly 200 forum attendees have the chance to visit the Marketplace.  As an Exhibitor you will receive an exclusive opportunity to sell your business products and/or services as well as company recognition on DCR Chamber The WomEn’s Leadership Forum event page.
Marketplace Vendor Application


We want to invite you to sponsor our event this year! This outstanding event is attended by approximately 200 influential business women from various companies throughout the metro area. A sponsorship is a perfect opportunity for you to expand your network, enhance your visibility and develop new business relationships. Let DCR Chamber assist you in maximizing your company’s profile and brand at this invaluable Forum! 
Click here to see our sponsorship opportunities. 

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!





Affinity Plus Credit Union
Dakota Electric Association
Gateway Bank
Home Federal
Minnesota Energy Resources
Superior Service Center
Thomson Reuters
Wings Financial Credit Union
Xcel Energy
Yankee Eye Clinic
Nothing Bundt Cakes



At this year’s WomEn’s Leadership Forum, the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation will be awarding four, $500 scholarships to female seniors attending a local high school in the area.

Submission Deadline:  February 15, 2018.  Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than February 23, 2018 and should plan to attend the WomEn’s Leadership Forum on the afternoon of Thursday, March 8, 2018. 
2018 Scholarship Application 


Interested in viewing pictures from last year's WomEn’s Leadership Forum? Click here 



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