Strong Women | Watford City

Communities thrive when women business owners succeed, and we know that business ownership can seem like a vast, overwhelming road at times. During SWSC, attendees will engage with a panel of local business owners about their experiences in ownership, explore challenges and solutions, and make connections with peers and other business resources who can help them move forward on their business journey.

Not a business owner? That’s okay, too. Whether you own a business or support women business owners in another way, you’re welcome here! Chamber leaders, economic developers, community supporters, commercial lenders, etc., are all encouraged to attend. Bring your business cards and get ready for this event designed to inspire and connect you with other strong women!

What to Expect

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM | Registration
Registration is simple. We’ll scan your ticket when you arrive. Printed or virtual tickets are both accepted. After that, you’re free to grab your breakfast, some coffee, and a seat!

8:30 AM – 8:50 AM | Speed Networking
Do you feel awkward walking into a networking situation? Introducing yourself to new people can feel intimidating for some. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! This facilitated networking activity will take care of the awkward hello and wondering if you should shake hands, fist bump, or clink elbows post-pandemic.

8:50 AM – 9:50 AM | Panel Conversation
We’ve got a lot to cover, so the program will start promptly at 8:50 AM to leave room for questions and conversation. Feel free to enjoy your breakfast during the panel. We encourage audience participation, too. If you have a question for the panelist, raise your hand!

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM | That’s a Wrap!
We understand you’re all busy so we’ll get you back to your day at 10:00 AM. Unless you want to put it off a little longer, you’re welcome to stick around!


Jun 28 2024


8:30 am – 10:00 am


Watford City
First International Bank & Trust 100 N Main Street North Watford City, ND, 58854


  • Calli Thorne
    Calli Thorne

    Calli Thorne is a keynote speaker, global leadership trainer, mindset coach, and multi-business entrepreneur. She is married to her husband CJ and they have three young children. Calli grew up on her family’s farm and ranch in northwest North Dakota and today they operate multiple enterprises including a backgrounding feedlot, cow/calf operation, and sell beef directly to consumers.

    Calli is a certified member of the John Maxwell Leadership Team specializing in personal and professional development including conflict resolution, communication, mindset impact, and understanding behavioural styles. She also offers Mental Health First Aid certification classes and a variety of masterclasses that assist others in expanding their perspective to live life better. Calli created an online course titled “Finding YOU Discovering IT” and hosts multiple workshops and trainings throughout the year for her diverse audience.

  • Kordae Hayden
    Kordae Hayden

    Kordae is locally from Watford City and graduated from Watford City High School. She received both her Bachelor’s of Athletic Training and Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. Kordae returned home to her family’s 6th generation ranch in Watford City with a goal to open an outpatient clinic in her growing hometown community. She turned her dreams into reality and started Homestead Physical Therapy in 2023.

  • Beth Veeder
    Beth Veeder
    Meyers Department Store

    Beth Veeder has been owner of Meyers Department Store since 2011 and in 2016 purchased the building next to Meyers and opened a coffee shop which also rents private mailboxes and is the drop off for Fed Ex.

    Beth graduated from UND with a degree in Social Work. Prior to being a business owner, she worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer, a case worker at Families First, and a manager for Corvel Corporation which provided vocational rehabilitation services to injured workers in ND.

    Beth is married to Gene Veeder and has three daughters and five grandchildren.

  • Lindsay Veeder-Haught
    Lindsay Veeder-Haught
    Door 204

    Lindsay Veeder-Haught is the manager of Door 204. She is married to Alan Haught, who is a supervisor for the NDDOT and has a wonderful son Sylas age 13. Lindsay graduated from Watford City High School and went on to go to the University of North Dakota. She was privileged to take part in a program called integrated Studies which lead her to Olympia Washington in which she finished her studies at Evergreen State College. Lindsay graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree emphasizing in Photography and Dance.

    Lindsay moved back to Watford City and established the first Dance school in Watford City called the Meadowlark Dance Studio. This was her first business venture and she learned a lot about owning her own business as she taught ballet and jazz to kids from 2 to18.

    Lindsay is champion for the community and has served on the Chamber of Commerce and the City Council. She has been managing Door 204 since they opened in January of 2016. Door 204 started as a small coffee shop and Personal Mail Box Service to now an art gallery as well as a FED EX authorized shipment center. Lindsay along with all her employees welcome all who come through the doors with open arms and encourages a safe place. She continues to contribute to the community with support and service.

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