TUESDAY APRIL 29, 2014, SIOUX FALLS CONVENTION CENTER IS THE NEXT SME WOMEN IN BUSINESS EVENT!
Contracted evening Keynote speaker for the 2014 SME Women in Business event is America Ferrera.
America Ferrera was born on April 18, 1984, in Los Angeles, California. Of Honduran descent, Ferrera was raised in the San Fernando Valley. She signed with a talent agency at 16 and attended the University of Southern California. She made her film debut in Real Women Have Curves, earning the Jury Award for Best Actress at Sundance and landed the starring role in the ABC series Ugly Betty in 2006.
Actress America Georgine Ferrera was born on April 18, 1984, in Los Angeles, California. Of Honduran descent, Ferrera and her five siblings were raised by her mother in the San Fernando Valley. She began acting in local productions at age 7 and signed with a small talent agency at 16. Between auditions, Ferrera attended the University of Southern California, where she graduated with a degree in Theater and International
In 2001, Ferrera made her film debut in Real Women Have Curves, earning the Jury Award for Best Actress at the Sundance Film Festival. After several guest appearances on television and performances in such films as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Lords of Dogtown, Ferrera landed the starring role in the hit ABC dramedy Ugly Betty in 2006.
Ferrera was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Woodland Hills. She started acting at age eight, performing for school plays and community theaters. She went to George Ellery Hale Middle School and El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills where she played a small role in a school production of "Hamlet". From that experience she knew that she wanted to be a performer, and then she joined more school plays and community theater in Los Angeles. Her mom helped a lot for her career by driving Ferrera to perform since she saw the dedication in the struggling actress.
In July 2002, she made her first TV movie appearance on "Gotta Kick It Up" for the Disney Channel and she made her feature film debut on the indie sleeper hit "Real Woman Have Curves". Just like her siblings, Ferrera also paid extra attention to her education. She took International Relations in University of Southern California, and also studied in the American University Washington Semester Program in autumn 2004. Ferrera followed her success in acting when she played on "Touched by an Angel" and films "The
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" as well as "Lords of Dogtown". The young actress eventually received a 2005 Movie Line Breakthrough award in late 2005 after she appeared in the off Broadway play "Dog Sees God: Confession of a Teenage Blockhead" while she was attending New York University in 2006.
Continuing her success, she played as Betty Suarez in "Ugly Betty" in 2006, an adaption from a novel titled "Betty La Fea" in which she portrays an ugly woman. Ferrera must wear old fashion clothes, curly hair and make up to make her ugly. She said, "It's definitely a costume. I wear a wig, I wear braces and glasses and exaggerated clothing, and I also bush up my eyebrows. But unfortunately, it only takes me an hour to get into costume, so I'm only an hour away from Ugly Betty myself!" For her role in "Ugly Betty", she won the 2007 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television series- Comedy or Musical, and has beaten other big nominees such as Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mary-Louise Parker. In January 2007, she won the prestigious Screen Actor Guild Award for Best Female Actor in a Comedy series for the same role. She also starred in and executive produced the poignant short film "Muertas".
Ferrera has been in relationship with Ryan Piers Williams since they were in college. William is an aspiring film director from Texas and was an assistant director of Steven Soderbergh in 2007. They first met while working on his student film at USC. She said, ''He makes me very happy. There's nothing more valuable than having someone in your
life who reminds you who you are, and he does that. I love that we don't need to be together, but that we want to. That was a really hard lesson for me to learn in high school. Finding and having a boyfriend in high school was the thing that made a girl feel worthy. In a good relationship, you can live without them, but when they are there, it's because you want them to be. I think that's a great lesson for girls. You have to love yourself before anyone else can really love you. I think that's the only real truth that I know."
HISTORY OF 2013 WOMEN IN BUSINESS EVENT
Businesses that participated in the SME Women in Business Style Show on April 30, 2013 included:
Reggio Imports - Mitchell, SD
Bella Boutique - Sioux Falls, SD
Savvy - Sioux Falls, SD
Tote-Ally Gorgeous - Sioux Falls, SD
AMaVO - Sioux Falls, SD
Go Casual - Sioux Falls, SD
Bohme - Sioux Falls, SD
Lillian's - Sioux Falls, SD
Chelsea's Boutique - Sioux Falls, SD
Threads - Sioux Falls, SD
Posh - Sioux Falls, SD
Younkers - Sioux Falls, SD
2013 RAFFLE PRIZE WINNERS
# 1 Tick Tock = Steph Alexander
# 2 Decor & More = Nancy Garry
# 3 Bling = Lori Bunger
# 4 Home & Office = Sandy Dieleman
# 5 Fit for a Queen = Patty Peters
# 6 Family Fun = Judy Berndt
# 7 All About Sports = Derry Anderson
# 8 Year Full of Fun = Shel Schipper
Highlights About the April 30, 2013 Event
SME Sioux Falls is happy to announce they have contracted Elizabeth Smart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Smart_kidnapping) as their keynote speaker for the 2013 SME Women in Business event.
The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002 and her captors had controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003 after being held prisoner for 9 months. Through this traumatic experience Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and National legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which lead to conviction. Elizabeth is currently involved in the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation”, and she has helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions. Elizabeth is also a News Correspondent for ABC News.
Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery has motivated and continues to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. Emphasizing the vigilance of everyday people in finding missing children and the belief that there is always hope and we can never stop searching for each and every missing child. Two years ago, Elizabeth worked with the Department of Justice and four other recovered young adults in creating a survivors guide, entitled – “You're Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” This guide is meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences to not give up and know that there is life after tragic events.
Elizabeth’s example and life now is a daily demonstration that there really is life after a tragic event. Her speech not only tells her story, but also discusses topics such as overcoming extreme adversity and not allowing your past to dictate your life's future.
Elizabeth is studying music at Brigham Young University with an emphasis on harp performance.
SME Women in Business is a premier event in the Sioux Empire community and invites business women thoughout the area and state to join us to learn, network, be inspired and laugh. The afternoon features break out sessions with topics everyone will enjoy; the evening is filled with great food and a nationally renowned speaker. If you are looking for fresh insight into business, and maybe a few new thoughts that could change your outlook, come to the SME Women in Business event!
Trade Fair booths will be available for vendors and sell quickly. Booths registered before the 1st of January will get a $25 discount on the booth price. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 605-336-5626. Tickets are already selling and we'd be happy to hold a ticket or table for you. Call the listed number to reserve yours.
Major Sponsors confirmed for the event are:
A & B Business
Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield of SD
First PREMIER / PREMIER Bankcard
The Diamond Room
Luxury Auto Mall of Sioux Falls
Afternoon Breakout Sessions:
3:00 pm Bobbie Staten
A Motivational Humorist
Bobbie Staten bases her presentations on a paradoxical foundation: graduate health degrees combined with a healthy and sometimes irreverent sense of humor about people and the lives they lead. In her witty way, she manages to have audiences laugh through topics of wellness, happiness, life and stress management, customer service, and people skills.
Bobbie began her career as a nurse and has held positions of head nurse, nursing supervisor, and psychiatric nursing instructor. She opened a nursing practice in 1988 to help others caught up in the "I can't" mode, where she helped thousands reach their personal health goals. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Health from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Bobbie's natural humor emerged while speaking before groups and as a result, more and more groups began asking Bobbie to appear as an after-dinner humorist. Bobbie has a message ... one of finding balance in life. The message is simple and as old as time...If you have your health and your family, you just about have it all. So lighten up. Take your work, but not yourself, so seriously!
Bobbie has been speaking professionally since 1986 and pursues this full time. She has earned the Certified Speaking Professional credential of the National Speakers Association. During her nursing career, Bobbie joined Sigma Theta Tau (the National Scholastic Nursing Honor Society), and the American Nurses Association. She lives in the beautiful South in a 130 year old farmhouse with her husband, 7 spoiled-rotten dogs and an occasional mouse.
1:30 pm Lisa Schultz & Nycole Nibbe
"Strategies for Dressing for Success"
Lisa Schultz and Nycole Nibbe from Tote-Ally Gorgeous Boutique will be present to present an informative session on how to dress for work by interchanging a limited number of pieces of clothing and adding all kinds of great accessories.
Women in Business "Women of Excellence" Awards
Sales and Marketing Executives, Inc. of Sioux Falls (SME) is seeking nominations for its annual Women of Excellence Awards which will be given at the 2013 SME Women in Business® event in April. The awards celebrate women in the greater Sioux Falls area who influence the lives of other women with their integrity and accomplishments.
For the 15th year, exceptional women from the Sioux Falls area will be recognized at the SME Women in Business® event, April 30, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Nominees must be women who live or work within 100 miles of Sioux Falls. Categories include Women Breaking Barriers, Young Women of Excellence and Women Mentoring Women and Women Working Through the Decades.
Nominate a Woman of Excellence. Nominations must be postmarked by April 3, 2013. For more information about the Women of Excellence awards or the SME Women in Business® event, contact the SME office at 605-336-5626. You may use the link provided, or print the form below and attach it with your nomination.
Lots of great photos from the 2012 event at: http://www.facebook.com/smesiouxfalls