The Women of Influence Summit

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
8:00am - 4:00pm + Happy Hour Celebration beginning at 4:00pm
Gorecki Event Center, College of Saint Benedict

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’re designed to be.

You. You have influence. You are influence. Influence is the power to change or affect someone or something. This power causes change without directly forcing it to happen. Influence is natural, organic, and daily you are surrounded by it. As a woman, your influence happens in pockets, or it can spread like wildfire in both your personal and professional life. Are you aware of the power you wield? The change you can impart? The influencer you are?

The Women of Influence Summit will be an opportunity to give your influence a name, to identify what makes your power special. Imagine being surrounded by hundreds of women looking to learn the same thing about their individual influence. Imagine the ignition in that room, on that day. This is not an event. This is a movement. Events are a stationary, solitary occurrence. Movements are an act of moving people or things and carry on … and on.

Your influence deserves carrying on.

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Join us Thursday, September 21, 2017 for the Women of Influence Summit.

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Speaker Videos


  • Registration

    7:00am – 8:00am

  • Morning Sessions

    8:00am – 11:00am

  • Lunch & Panel

    11:30am – 1:00pm

  • Afternoon Sessions

    1:00pm – 4:00pm

  • Celebration (Happy Hour)

    4:00pm – 5:00pm

General Sessions


Dawn Zimmerman

CEO, The Write Advantage
Breakthrough: Why Boundaries Matter

Mary Bruno

Owner, Bruno Press
Adaptability is My Superpower


Local Women Leaders

Breakout Speakers


Becky Estby

Senior Vice President of HR & Organizational Development, Coborn’s
Love & Respect in the Workplace

Jen Lamb-Randolph

General Manager and Corporate Trainer, The Buckle Inc.
Misfits to Marvelous

Sarah Noble

Director of Operations, Northwestern Mutual
Perfectionism: A Different Perspective

Kelly Radi

Author, Owner of Radi to Write
Unleash Your Inner Wonder Woman

Dr. Julie Johnson

Regional Medical Director, HealthPartners Medical Group
Turn Surviving Into Thriving

Ceena Idicula Johnson

Attorney, Quinlivan & Hughes
Identity Crisis: Finding Yourself in a World that Labels You

Summit Testimonials

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.

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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.

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Michelle Kiley

Owner of Community Concepts

It was the first time I had ever been in a room filled with hundreds of diverse and influential women. I didn't know what to expect when I arrived at the Summit. In search of guidance and inspiration, I selected sessions that spoke to the challenges I was facing as a mid-career professional, serving Central Minnesota.

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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.

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Sara Thompson

Star Stylist Stella & Dot

When I first heard about the Women of Influence Summit I was intrigued but hesitant to attend because I would be going alone and feared that 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.

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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.

Influencing Sponsor

Miller Auto & Marine JF Kruse Jewelers Park Plaza Bank Marco Northwestern Mutual Dalylily Salon Quinlivan & Hughes

Media Sponsor

Attending Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

Summit 2016 Highlights


The beautiful and inspirational Gorecki Center tucked into the campus of the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. The conference center offers state-of-the-art technology and onsite support. Amenities include two lobbies, a fireplace, an outdoor patio, and endless windows sure to fuel the influence.

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