EmBe accepting applicants for Women’s Leadership Program
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Owning your own business can slowly creep into every waking hour. Amanda Wermers owns Game Chest. She is also a graduate of the EmBe Women’s Leadership Program, which helped her put life into balance.
“Not to overextend myself. To have boundaries with my customers and with people who I’m working with, said Wermers.
She reset her priorities.
“It’s okay to take care of myself and not only is it okay but it’s absolutely necessary,” said Wermers.
Finding people who could relate was crucial.
“You feeling that loneliness when I first started my business and that’s why I applied for the program was in hopes of having some connection,” said Wermers.
The EmBe Women’s Leadership Program selects 25 people through a year-long journey. Stacy Stahl describes the value that far exceeds the $600 tuition.
“To empower women to develop and grow personally and professionally. There are about nine sessions, and then following that is a one-year relationship with a mentor sessions on how to be an authentic leader, a session on diversity, equity, and inclusion, the one coming up is a session on how to negotiate for yourself,” said Stahl.
EmBe CEO Kerri Tietgen began her time at the organization as a speaker on authenticity.
“You’re a really strong leader you need to know yourself first,” said Tietgen.
The program builds on individual strengths and is guided by a mentor.
“They put together a development plan for themselves and my job is just to walk alongside and guide them ask questions and really give them encouragement and life lessons that I’ve heard from others,” said Tietgen.
The bonds extend beyond graduation, continuing for years.
“Helped me in the moments when it’s very stressful as a business owner to make the next right decision,” said Wermers.
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