September Luncheon

Welcome back!  September is the start of our third year of and Black Hills Leadership luncheons. Kick-starting this season is Lieutenant Peter Ragnone of the Rapid City Police Department.

Pete was born and raised in Flint, Michigan where he consumed volumes of water which explains the obvious. He is a fisherman and hockey player but not good enough at either to make a living so he pursued “Plan B.” Pete has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan and a Master of the Arts in Political Science from the University of South Dakota. He is in his 14th year teaching as an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice and Philosophy at the University of South Dakota and Black Hills State University and 25th year at the Rapid City Police Department. Pete is currently the Special Operations Lieutenant of the Rapid City Police Department, recently he lead the accreditation team of the department was awarded the Meritorious Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation with Excellence in Baltimore, Maryland. He will be retiring this fall and plans on spending his days improving his fishing and hockey skills. Oh yea, and he was a member of the amazing Leadership Rapid City class that organized Summer Nights. The title of his speech is: “Leading Change, Philosophically Speaking”

Please join us on September 21st at 11:30 AM at the The Rushmore Hotel (formerly called Adoba). To reserve your seat, please RSVP online.  Tickets are just $20, and you can pay online by following the link above.  While you can pay at the door, we will have limited walk-in seats available on the day of the event.

 

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April Luncheon

The Black Hills Leadership luncheon in April will feature Renee Parker, Executive Director of United Way of the Black Hills.

Renee Parker has been a resident of Rapid City since 1953. She attended school at General Beadle and Knollwood Elementary, North Junior High, and graduated from Rapid City Central High School in 1971. She attended South Dakota State University and Black Hills State University. Parker has served as the Executive Director of United Way of the Black Hills, since 1993, serving communities throughout the Black Hills area. In 2015 $2,409,000 was raised to help 55 local non-profit organizations.

Please join us on April 20th at 11:30 AM at the The Rushmore Hotel (formerly called Adoba).

We are very grateful for our sponsors of this event.  If you are interested in sponsoring a monthly luncheon, please see a member of the board or email BlackHillsLeadership@gmail.com.

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March Luncheon

The Black Hills Leadership luncheon in March will feature Col. Gentry Boswell, Commander of Ellsworth Air Force Base.


Col. Gentry Boswell is commander of the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., the largest B-1 combat wing in the U.S. Air Force, with 27 aircraft and more than 3,800 military and civilian members. Colonel Boswell received his commission in 1991 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Delta State University, Miss. His assignments encompass operational tours in the B-1B, RC-135 and E-6B, as well as, joint operational and staff duty. He has served as an instructor and evaluator in all three weapons systems. Colonel Boswell’s joint assignments include two tours at U.S. Strategic Command.

Please join us on March 16th at 11:30 AM at the Adoba Hotel.

We are very grateful for our sponsors of this event.  If you are interested in sponsoring a monthly luncheon, please see a member of the board or email BlackHillsLeadership@gmail.com.

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February Luncheon

Jason Salamun is the Vice President of Operations at Black Hills Credit Union, a leading regional financial institution serving over 60,000 members across South Dakota. He spends his days doing what he enjoys most: developing talent, designing strategies, and executing awesome ideas.

Jason draws from a wide range of experiences including serving in the U.S. Air Force, guiding Organizational Development and Branding at a Fortune 500 company, and leading an award-winning team of Training and Development professionals at BHFCU.

Fueled by a desire to make a positive impact in our community, Jason has been involved in numerous civic, charitable, and ministry initiatives including serving on the Board of Directors for Leadership Rapid City, launching and leading a church community, and even walking in red high heels to fight domestic violence. Most of all, he’s a proud family man who is grateful to call the beautiful Black Hills his home.

Jason’s diverse background and bold personality has provided him the opportunity to speak to a wide variety of audiences as a trainer, facilitator, and storyteller. In his talk, “Every Last Drop” Jason will inspire and challenge leaders to get the most out of their life and leadership. Please join us on February 17th at 11:30 AM at the Adoba Hotel.

Please RSVP online to reserve your seat and lunch for this great leadership event.  Tickets are just $20, and you can pay online by following the link above.  While you can pay at the door, we will have limited walk-in seats available on the day of the event.

We are very grateful for our sponsors of this event.  If you are interested in sponsoring a monthly luncheon, please see a member of the board or email BlackHillsLeadership@gmail.com.

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January Luncheon

Welcome in 2016 with leaders from our own community! Kicking off 2016 is Brad Saathoff, CEO of Black Hills Works. Brad Saathoff came to the human services field after a career in the retail business world and was inspired by the work that employees with disabilities provided to the workplaces he supervised.
Brad has been with Black Hills Works and BH Services in Rapid City since 2002 where he has put to work his business background to obtain outcomes for people with disabilities in all areas of their lives, including employment, community living skills, day habilitation and recreation, and health outcomes.
Black Hills Works and BH Services is the fourth largest non- government employer in Rapid City with the scope of the organization being woven into the Rapid City community fabric in thousands of ways through the workforce of over 540 people they employ and the over 600 people with disabilities they support. Brad will be our featured speaker on January 20th at 11:30 AM at the Adoba Hotel.

Please RSVP online to reserve your seat and lunch for this great leadership event.  Tickets are just $20, and you can pay online by following the link above.  While you can pay at the door, we will have limited walk-in seats available on the day of the event.

We are very grateful for our sponsors of this event.  If you are interested in sponsoring a monthly luncheon, please see a member of the board or email BlackHillsLeadership@gmail.com.

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December Luncheon

Laura Schad is the Program Information Coordinator with Partnership With Native Americans, serving 60 tribal communities in the Northern Plains and Southwest. Since returning to South Dakota 25 years ago, her employment focus has been working in organizations serving American Indian populations in the Black Hills and throughout the United States. Laura will be our featured speaker on December 16th at 11:30 AM at the Adoba Hotel.

Please RSVP online to reserve your seat and lunch for this great leadership event.  Tickets are just $20, and you can pay online by following the link above.  While you can pay at the door, we will have limited walk-in seats available on the day of the event.

We are very grateful for our sponsors of this event.  If you are interested in sponsoring a monthly luncheon, please see a member of the board or email BlackHillsLeadership@gmail.com.

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November Luncheon

Linda Rabe is the President and CEO of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, and will be the featured speaker for our November luncheon. Linda has held the position of President and CEO since December 1, 2007, was the Chamber’s Vice President for 12 years, and prior to that she was the Convention Sales Director for the Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau, a division of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce, for 5 years. She worked in the insurance industry in Rapid City for ten years before coming to the Chamber of Commerce. Please join us on November 18th at 11:30 AM at the Adoba Hotel.

Please RSVP online to reserve your seat and lunch for this great leadership event.  Tickets are just $20, and you can pay online by following the link above.  While you can pay at the door, we will have limited walk-in seats available on the day of the event.

We are very grateful for our sponsors of this event.  If you are interested in sponsoring a monthly luncheon, please see a member of the board or email BlackHillsLeadership@gmail.com.

Sponsored by: