Strong Women Strong Connections

Our uplifting events feature women in your business community, offers insights and resources, and facilitates new business connections. Find one in your area.  

Communities thrive when women business owners succeed, and we know that business ownership can seem like a vast, overwhelming road at times. During Strong Women, Strong Connections, attendees can 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. Whether you own a business or support women business owners, we welcome you to attend! Bring your business cards, invite a friend, and get ready for this event designed to inspire and connect you with other strong women!

2024 Dates & Locations

All events are held from 8:30-10:00 AM. Tickets cost $25.

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Upcoming Event Speakers - Watford City


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 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 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 manages Door 204. She is married to Alan Haught, who works at NDDOT. They have a son, Sylas, aged 13. Lindsay graduated from Watford City High School and then attended the University of North Dakota. She later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography and Dance from Evergreen State College in Washington. Lindsay returned to Watford City and opened Meadowlark Dance Studio, her first business. She taught ballet and jazz to kids aged 2 to 18 and gained valuable experience as a business owner. Lindsay is active in the community, serving on the Chamber of Commerce and City Council. Since its opening in January 2016, Lindsay has managed Door 204 with a welcoming and inclusive approach. She and her team provide a safe space for everyone who walks through the doors, supporting and serving the community.

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!