SME Women in Business®

In 1980, SME, Inc. of Sioux Falls began the acclaimed SME Women In Business ® event. The event was organized to honor area women who were leaving their mark on the business world. The event has evolved to include a trade fair, style show, evening meal, raffle, Women of Excellence Awards, and remarkable banquet featuring keynote speakers including Erin Brokovich, Jane Seymour, Mary Lou Retton, Lisa Ling, Betty Ann Waters, Elizabeth Smart, Hilary Farr and many others.

One of the greatest accomplishments for women in the organization was the election of the first female president, Karen Dunham, in 1987. Her leadership and expertise paved the way for women, not only in the organization, but also in the business world of the eighties.

To learn more about the SME Women in Business upcoming events, past events or to nominate a SME Woman of Excellence please use the links to the right.

2021 SME Women in Business®

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Sioux Falls Convention Center
Keynote Speaker:  Erin Brockovich

1:00pm – 5:00pm Afternoon Showcase

Afternoon Seminar Sessions brought to you by FranklinCovey.


Gold level:  First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard, MIDCOSanford HealthWellmark of South Dakota   

Silver Level:   Avera, 3 Degrees Sauna Studio, Gunderson’s, Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, Vance Thompson Vision/Kalon Medical Spa.

Media & Production  Sponsors:  KELOLAND Media Group, Midwest Communications Radio Group of Sioux Falls , Maddie Peschong, Pinnacle Productions 

Women of Excellence Sponsor:  Principal Financial Group 

5:00pm  Doors open for evening session
6:00pm  Welcome & Dinner

Women of Excellence Awards

Keynote Address :  Erin Brockovich

Say the name Erin Brockovich and you think, strong, tough and stubborn. Erin is all that and definitely more. She is a modern-day “David” who loves a good brawl with today’s “Goliaths”. She thrives on being the voice for those who don’t know how to yell. She is a rebel. She is a fighter. She is a mother. She is a woman. She is you and me.

It’s been over 15 years since Julia Roberts starred in the Oscar-winning tour de force, Erin Brockovich. The film turned an unknown legal researcher into a 20th-century icon by showcasing how her dogged persistence was the impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history. Since then, Erin hasn’t been resting on her laurels…she continues to fight hard and win big!

As President of Brockovich Research & Consulting, she is currently involved in numerous environmental projects worldwide. She has requests for her help in ground water contamination complaints in every state of the US, Australia, and other international hot spots. She is currently working on cases in California, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, and Missouri. She is a true American hero whose icon status and “stick-to-it-iveness” only fuels her determination to expose injustice and lend her voice to those who do not have one.

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