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.
2018 SME Women in Business ®
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Sioux Falls Convention Center
Keynote Speaker: Taya Kyle
Agenda for the day:
Noon – 5 pm Marketplace & Trade Fair
1 pm & 3 pm Afternoon Seminar Sessions
Sponsors: Gold level: Wellmark, First PREMIER Bank / PREMIER Bankcard, Sanford Health, Silver Level: Midco, Wireless World, Avera, Gunderson’s Inkind Sponsors: KELO TV, Midwest Radio Group
Women of Excellence Sponsor: Principal Financial
5 pm Doors open for evening session
6 pm Welcome & Dinner
Women of Excellence Awards
Keynote Address : Taya Kyle
Taya Kyle is the widow of late U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, commonly known as the American Sniper after the title of his New York Times Best Selling memoir of the same title. After the book was made into Academy Award winning film directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Bradley Cooper, Taya publised her New York Times bestselling memoir “American Wife”. With humor and vulnerability, Taya recounts the tremendous highs and lows in her unpredictable life as the wife and now widow of an American hero. Following the murder of her husband Chris Kyle, Taya founded the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF) where she volunteers her time as Executive Director. The foundation continues Chris Kyle’s legacy serving God, country and family. Taya resides in Texas where she is first and foremost a woman after God’s heart and a mother of two children. She is a public speaker inspiriing others to find light in the midst of darkness. Taya continues to be a contributor on TV in the midst of darkness. Taya continues to be a contributor on TV networks, is a passionate author with new books coming out in 2018 and 2019, and is currently working on two other television projects.