Professional Leaders Conference

October 15 – 18, 2018

The Village in Olympic Valley

Dean’s Meeting – October 15-16
Women’s Retreat – October 15-16
Professional Leaders Conference – October 16-18

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Registration support for Women’s Retreat, Dean’s Gathering or Professional Leaders Conference:
Contact Laurie Gaumer or 650.590.0980

 Speaker: Praire Rose Seminole

Prairie Rose Seminole is a citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes of ND, descendent of the Sahnish/Arikara, Northern Cheyenne and Lakota Nations. She served on the Fargo Human Relations Commission in Fargo from 2001 to 2010, serving as Chairperson from ‘07-‘10. She has held faculty appointments with the Tri-College NEW Leadership Institute since 2005 and is a trainer with Wellstone Action and VoteRunLead, national organizations that train candidates, campaign workers and activists.

She has been involved with ND state politics since 2006 and leading the ND Native Vote since 2012. Seminole recently concluded a three year term on the Midwest advisory council to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and was the former cultural advisor to Sanford Health One Care initiative. Awards and recognition include being named the White Shield ND, Arikara Woman of the Year in 2013, a ND Center for Technology and Business Leading Lady in 2015, Bush Foundation Native Nation Rebuilder in 2015, and a Salzburg Global Fellow in 2016 and 2017.

Currently Prairie Rose Seminole serves as the American Indian Alaska Native Program Director for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Serving American Indian, Alaska Native communities around the United States as an educator, and advocate, deconstructing colonial systems of oppression.

PLC Women’s Retreat: Leading from Our Narrative

Who we are as women leaders brings its own narrative; one of beauty, hope, struggle, tears, and joy. Some experiences are unique to us, and others fit a pattern of what it means to be both a woman and a leader in the church. Regardless of your (and our) story, what does it mean to lead from it? How does our story both break and heal us? How does it affect the work we do and the relationships we have?

During the PLC, we’ll be hearing about omitted narratives. Here, we’ll start with our own. After sharing our own stories, Prairie Rose Seminole (the main speaker for the PLC) will be sharing hers. She’ll then talk about how our stories influence our leadership, work, and service, and finally give us some tools and ideas on leading well out of those stories.

We’ll start with fellowship at 3PM on Monday, the 15th and have our first session at 4:00. Just before lunch on the 16th we’ll end with worship, so you’ll have that afternoon to do whatever is most renewing to you before the PLC starts that evening. We hope to have you with us!


A limited number of scholarships are available. If you are a first call pastor, a person of color, or a person whose primary language is other than English, please email your scholarship request by September 14 to Pr. Kathryn Gulbranson or call 650.590.0980 ext 103