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Dr. Cheryl Kandaras Chapman, P.E.

Buffalo Gals proudly presents the seventh speaker for Celebrate Our Legacy, 2016 International Women's Day Conference.

Cheryl is a registered engineer and President of MATRIX Consulting Group, Inc., an environmental, community and government relations consulting firm. She is also a member and serves on the Board of Directors for the SPECTRUM Group, a Washington, DC firm specializing in corporate business strategies on federal issues. She is currently Vice President of the Black Hills Council of the Girl Scouts, chair for the Calvary Lutheran Church Endowment Fund and member of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Academic Advisory Board. 
 
Chapman is serving her first 3-year term on the SD Rural Enterprise, Inc.
 
South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Cheryl ChapmanCheryl Chapman is the South Dakota Democratic PartyChair, elected in May 2009. She is a professional engineer and owns her own company Matrix Consulting, which specializes in all aspects of environmental planning.
 
Cheryl has a long political career, holding many appointed and elected posts, including:
Cheryl holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from South Dakota State University and B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and Mathematics and a Doctorate of Public Service from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She was awarded the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Secretary of the Navy during her tenure with the Department.
 
In the past few years she has been President of the Girls Scouts-Dakota Horizons; Chair, Western Dakota Tech Foundation Board; Chair, South Dakota Rural Enterprise; Chair, Calvary Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, Treasurer of Lifeways, member of the Black Hills Workshop Foundation, and member of the South Dakota School of Mines University Advisory Board.
 
Cheryl is married to Rapid City Alderman Malcom Chapman.

The March 4th International Women’s Day Celebration and Conference, hosted by the Buffalo Gals is a launch pad to initiate and invigorate a community conversation and collaboration with multiple community organizations, corporations, private businesses and dedicated individuals. Participants in this ground-breaking event will be inspired by a slate of speakers, and will be called upon to act as a force for change in our community, tackling the issues identified in breakout sessions. Your generous support in this inaugural event is crucial to build the foundation of this on-going mission of community involvement led by women with guts, grit and grace.

Why March 4th – March 4th is the only verb “march forth” in the calendar. We believe it is time for collaboration and want to make this date an action date!

As we kick off this new year —we are calling on our community to champion women. We are dedicating that mission as one of a top priority in 2016!

Celebrate Our Legacy is a community collaboration with women’s organizations and initiatives through the region. The Conference will include a ceremony honoring women veterans, Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Award presentation, 9 Dynamic speakers addressing our past, present and future, live entertainment by the renowned internationally acclaimed performer Orgena Rose, lunch, dinner and an evening concert, and a travel and accommodation to support women traveling from rural areas.

When you get 400 women in a room to connect, to share, to be inspired - something magical happens.

This is an event you do NOT want to miss!

We hope we can count on you to choose to champion women in 2016

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