Event Information

Rural Women on the Western Edge is a two-day event at Dickinson State University in Dickinson North Dakota. The event is designed to provide practical, inspirational, and developmental opportunities for rural women.  Networking and connecting with others is a critical component to building strong communities.  Both the Friday night and Saturday events are designed to foster connection among community members.

Theme:  Blazers and Blue Jeans: Empowering and connecting women with resources and information to inspire leadership and help build strong communities.

Dates:   March 22-23, 2019

Location:  Dickinson State University, Dickinson ND

Coordinator: Betsy Murphy | 701-483-2181 | betsy.murphy@dickinsonstate.edu

Event Fee: Event is $35 per registrant. 


Click here to register for the event. 


Click here to download the full schedule. 

Friday, March 22, 2019 

5:00 p.m. Registration (Wienbergen Gym)

6:00 p.m. | Light meal, Welcome and Elizabeth Shipstead

Join us for an evening reception and be inspired by keynote speaker Elizabeth Shipstead at 7 p.m.  Shipstead is from Northeastern Montana where she farms with her husband and two little daughters. They raise peas, wheat, canola and cattle.  She is the founder of The Rural Sisterhood  and facilitates a Rural Sister Community Facebook Group. She is passionate about helping rural women build their own connections.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 

Each of us is a leader in our own circle. The sessions of the day are designed to inspire you and equip you with information to lead in your home and in your community. The event will feature two keynote speakers and a series of twelve breakout sessions. Attendees can customize their learning experience.  The speakers will focus on leadership, building strong communities, and challenges faced by women in rural areas. Breakout sessions will focus on connecting rural women with resources, empowering women to lead, and project based learning opportunities.  In addition, there will be a vendor fair throughout the conference providing resource information for social services, insurance, estate planning, creative income opportunities, and banking.  Lunch is provided and will feature Watford City singer, songwriter, writer and photographer Jessie Veeder.

7:30 a.m. | Registration  (May Hall Stickney Auditorium)

8:00 a.m. | Welcome  (Stickney Auditorium)

8:40 a.m. | Morning Classes Begin

9:00 a.m. | Vendor Show Begins 

11:15 a.m. | Lunch Wienbergen Gym

12:30 p.m. | Afternoon Classes Begin

3:15 p.m. | Closing with Jesse Veeder (Stickney Auditorium)

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Ramada by Wyndham in Dickinson. You can call 701-483-5600 and mention the Dickinson State University Rural Women’s Conference to receive a discounted rate of $69/night. Book by March 1.

Event Partners

Dickinson State University – Organizer

Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau- Community Partner

The Bush Foundation - Financial Support