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Elizabeth Gore to keynote
Chamber's Annual Meeting

Elizabeth Gore
Dell Technologies

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 111th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The featured speaker is Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at Dell Technologies and Emeritus Chair of the United Nations Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council.

Gore is ambassador for the importance of policies and practices that support and enable the growth of small business owners, including a particular emphasis on female entrepreneurs. She was recruited by Michael Dell to serve as the company's second-ever EIR, overseeing Dell's advocacy efforts to support global entrepreneurship. Gore is a firm believer that entrepreneurship is a mindset and will explain how large corporations can unlock hidden innovators within their organization and how smaller businesses can drive scaled success while retaining an entrepreneurial and innovative culture.

Gore was the first woman in her family to attend college and then went on to work at the United Nations, first as Vice President of Global Partnerships and later at the UN Foundation led by Ted Turner. She is a regular columnist for Inc., where she writes about the intersection of entrepreneurship, government, technology, and business. She was named by People as one of the top "100 Extraordinary Women," one of Fast Company's "Most Creative People in Business" and to Entrepreneur Magazine's list of "Women to Watch."

The theme for the evening is Building on a Great Foundation. The Annual Meeting will celebrate the successes of the past and share priorities for the coming year. The event also launches the one-year term of the incoming chair, Steve Van Buskirk, Director of Land Development at Van Buskirk Companies. Van Buskirk assumed the Chamber's top volunteer position Oct. 1, following 2016-17 Chair of the Board Dr. Dave Kapaska. Randell Beck, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center is serving as chair of the Annual Meeting. The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center is sponsoring this year's event.

Tickets are available for $85 per person or a table of ten for $850. For more information about tickets, contact Teresa Schreier at (605) 373-2050 or

Sioux Falls Area
Chamber of Commerce
111th Annual Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, Sioux Falls Convention Center

Featuring keynote speaker Elizabeth Gore,
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Dell Technologies

Social, 4:30 p.m.
Dinner, 6:30 p.m.
Program, 7:30 p.m.

Program includes:
• Introduction of the 2017-18 Chair of the Board
• Steve Van Buskirk, Van Buskirk Companies
• Recognition of retiring Board Members
• Announcement of the 2017 Bernie DeWald Award recipient
• Keynote presentation from innovator Elizabeth Gore

Tickets are $85 per person. Tables of ten may be reserved for $850. Order tickets online at or call (605) 336-1620.

Sponsored by the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

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