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, educational sessions, and an evening program featuring the Women of Excellence Awards and inspiring keynote speakers. Past speakers include Erin Brockovich, 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.

 From Dreaming to Doing

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
12:00pm – 9:00pm
Sioux Falls Convention Center

If you would prefer to be invoiced for your tickets, fill out this form: WIB Ticket Order Form

The Women in Business Event is the one of the region’s largest professional, educational, development, and celebratory events highlighting women.


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Dress for Success Donation Drive Bulk Donation Guide

This year’s event is designed to propel women forward.  

  • Additional seminars and workshops have been added where you can expect to learn from industry experts, decision-makers, influencers, executives, and leaders from various fields.
  • Experience rooms will focus on connecting, building key skills, and having fun.
  • The trade fair will feature local businesses showcasing their services.
  • The evening program will feature the Women on Excellence awards and keynote speaker, Cheryl Strayed.



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Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, the New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, and the novel Torch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Strayed’s books have been translated into nearly forty languages around the world and have been adapted for both the screen and the stage. The Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of Wild stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl’s mother, Bobbi. Tiny Beautiful Things was adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, who also starred in the role of Sugar/Cheryl. The play was directed by Thomas Kail and debuted at The Public Theater in New York City. Strayed is the host of the New York Times hit podcast, Sugar Calling and also Dear Sugars, which she co-hosted with Steve Almond. Her essays have been published in The Best American Essays, The New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Sun, Tin House, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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