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.

024 SME Women in Business®

The Women in Business®  event includes 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.

2024 SME Women in Business Event Brochure

Breaking Barriers

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Doors open at 11:00am
Event 11:30am – 9:00pm
Sioux Falls Convention Center

Purchase your tickets here: 2024 SME Women in Business Tickets

Tickets are $100 with tables of 10 available for $1,000.

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

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

  • Seminars and workshops where you can expect to learn from industry experts, decision-makers, influencers, executives, and leaders from various fields.
  • Experience rooms that 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, Amelia Rose Earhart.


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Amelia Rose Earhart, namesake to the famed Amelia Mary Earhart who attempted to fly around the world in 1937, is the youngest woman to fly around the world in a single engine aircraft. In 2014, Amelia flew a Pilatus PC12-NG 28,000 miles, crossing the equator six times, through fourteen countries to complete a circumnavigation of the globe.

Her parents, sharing the Earhart surname, wanted their daughter to have a name that would inspire her to live a life of passion and adventure.

Amelia is the President of the Fly With Amelia Foundation, a non-profit organization that grants flight-training scholarships to young women, aged sixteen to eighteen. The Fly With Amelia Foundation also fosters aviation and aerospace opportunities for people of all ages through aviation-based educational STEM opportunities, in partnership with Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, CO.

Amelia has been a passionate aviatrix since her first flight lesson at the age of twenty-one, a seeker of all things adventurous and is an accomplished public speaker, spending the last 8 years working as a television news anchor, covering breaking news, traffic and weather in Denver and Los Angeles. Amelia was given the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award in 2013 and in 2014 was named by the Jaycees as one of the “Top Ten Young Americans”.

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