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.

2023 Women in Business®

The Women in Business®  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.

 Make Someday Today

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
12:00pm – 9:00pm
Sioux Falls Convention Center

2023 Women in Business Schedule of Events

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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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, Kim Lear.


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Empowerment Lounge:   

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Kim Lear is a cutting-edge researcher, trend spotter, storyteller, speaker, writer & Founder. Lear provides break-though, highly-customized research and action-driven advice on emerging cultural trends to prepare organizations and communities for the workforce and marketplace of the future.

Kim is known for her ability to use a mix of data, storytelling, humor, and actionable takeaways to discuss the trends that most impact the bottom line of organizations. A renowned generational sociologist, Kim is founder and content director of research consultancy, Inlay Insights. With a deep understanding of millennial and Gen Z trends and generational dynamics, she is an authority on the emerging cultural shifts set to revolutionize how organizations, communities, and educational institutions engage employees, consumers, residents, and students.

Previously, Kim was the content director at a research firm dedicated to generational and Millennials trends. Her undergrad research is around Baby Boomers and longevity. Her post-grad work is around Millennials, Gen Z, and social media networks.

A researcher to the very core, Kim employs eye-opening statistics to accentuate her points and mixes them with stories and case studies to make her message come alive. She is a sought-after expert and has been featured on NPR as well as national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, USA Today, TIME Magazine and more. Kim is currently in her fifth year of a longitudinal study on leadership. Kim has keynoted for some of the most renowned companies in the world. She has received rave reviews from FORTUNE 500 clients such as American Express, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, Disney, General Mills, LinkedIn, Mastercard, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual and more. Kim has written whitepapers on the topics of generational wealth transfer in the finance sector, retirement trends in the hospitality industry, and Gen Z’s impact on higher education.

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