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Innovative Insights: Taking the Leap

Innovative Insights
Powered by First Bank & Trust
In partnership with the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship

Presents: Part 1- Taking the Leap
When: December 4, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Where: R Wine Bar
322 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103

Four entrepreneurs, four varied industries. All at different stages of growth. Ready to engage with you and share what they’ve learned on their journey towards success.

This is a TWO part event, with Part 1 focusing on collaborative conversation between the expert panel of entrepreneurs and you, the audience. Part 2 will be centered around follow-up and accountability. Attendees have the unique opportunity to follow-up with the panel on any challenges or triumphs they’ve encountered.

The Innovative Insights event will include audience participation. Questions to panelists are encouraged as they are there to share their knowledge and help guide attendees through different stages.

Panel Members include Melissa Johnson, Sarah Werner, Rebekah Scott, & Trisha Dohn.

Thadeus Giedd of the Zeal Center will serve as moderator.

No cost for this event made possible by First Bank & Trust!
Capacity limited to 40 eventbrite RSVP’s.


About Zeal:
The Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship is a business incubation center, coworking space, and programming nonprofit that supports business growth from start-up to scale-up. Zeal’s mission is to connect entrepreneurs, investors, professionals, subject matter experts, and others within a collaborative environment.

About First Bank & Trust:
First Bank & Trust is part of Fishback Financial Corporation, one of South Dakota’s largest privately- held bank holding companies with 23 locations in 18 communities in South Dakota and Minnesota. With over 600 employees, we all play a role in providing expert advice along with financial products and services that fit easily into your life. First Bank & Trust is proud to be employee-owned and dedicated to giving back in our communities.

Meet the Panel:

 Melissa Johnson is a writer who travels and a traveler who writes. She is the founder and CEO of Oh My Cupcakes and Oh My Word! A mother, an entrepreneur, and a Professional Encourager, Melissa believes in creating moments of delight for those around her.

 Sarah Rhea Werner is a professional writer, podcaster, and coach who loves to help creators find confidence and success. She is a contributor to Forbes and the founder of the Write Now podcast, which helps aspiring writers to find work/life balance while pursuing their creative passion. She is also the writer, editor, and executive producer of the hit audio drama Girl In Space. You can find Sarah at or on Twitter and Instagram at @SarahRheaWerner.

 From a company of 1 to a team of 20, Rebekah Scott has grown her organization, Rebekah Scott Designs, into a federally trademarked brand. Over the last 15 years, she has successfully employed work from home moms who help her provide exceptional quality, handmade purses and accessories that customers get to design themselves, all from the comfort of her home with her husband and four kiddos nearby. Rebekah’s entrepreneurial spirit flows naturally and contagiously from her heart and her message of encouragement can be heard regularly on her podcast called “The Encourager” and in her book, “Equipped to Execute: Guiding moms to joyfully impact family and business.”

Trisha Dohn is the owner and CEO of Well365, an independent corporate wellness company providing wellness services to companies of all sizes and in all industries. In less than 2 years, Trisha has grown her team from 1 to 10 employees and provides wellness services locally, regionally and nationally throughout 28 states and growing! Trisha is a graduate of the Zeal Accelerator program and a 2018 nominee for startup company of the year for Hey Sioux Falls. In addition to running her company, this past year Trisha served as a national corporate wellness spokesperson and traveled all across the United States on behalf of Fellowes Brands, a Chicago based company that provides products to enhance wellness and productivity in the workplace to include sit-stand workstations. Above all, Trisha is the proud wife and mom to 2 boys, ages 7 and 3.


A ticket must be obtained to attend! >> 

Capacity limited to 40 eventbrite RSVP’s. If you plan to attend please secure a ticket now.

Any questions can be fielded to  Thank You!

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