Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

Presenting Yourself Program in the Lakes Area

In 2010, The Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund spear-headed an educational endeavor to empower women in the Lakes Area called, Presenting Yourself. This annual, six part workshop series is taught by professional women from the community, offering a unique opportunity for participants to meet, interact, and learn from local pioneers who have been involved in the business world and are now willing to mentor others. Participants will learn how to create an effective cover letter and resume, techniques to successful interviewing, proper business etiquette, and networking skills. The Presenting Yourself series provided a forum for participants to see positive role models and build relationships, perhaps outside of the participant's socioeconomic class. The exposure to mentoring, networking, and internships will provide a competitive advantage in obtaining a job and becoming a stable member of a community. The relationships now established will lead to employment offers. The outcome of the culminating networking program is to provide a job, internship, or job shadowing opportunities for the women and assist them in succeeding professionally and personally.

Participants who complete the program will gain:

  1. Skills and networks to increase their ability to obtain an internship or employment
  2. Confidence and relationship with mentors
  3. The commitment to give back to other women through volunteering, sharing, knowledge and eventually becoming donors in their communities

2022 Presenting Yourself workshop Sessions

Session 1 - Presenting yourself professionally

February 9th - 6-8pm - Central Lakes College
This session focuses on the basics of handshakes, body language, eye contact, communication and business attire.

Session 2 - Presenting Yourself in a resume and Cover letter

February 23rd - 6-8pm - Central Lakes College
Members of the Lakes Area Human Resource Association will present on the how to’s of creating a resume and cover letter and helping to begin the process of creating your own resume.

Session 3 - Presenting yourself in an interview

March 9th - 6-8pm - Central Lakes College
Christina Landree from Pro Staff will cover interviewing best practices, handling difficult interview questions and overcoming the fears in interviewing.

Session 4 - Presenting Yourself at networking events

March 23rd - 6-8pm - Prairie Bay Restaurant
We will walk through a practice networking session at Prairie Bay Restaurant and cover everything from how to dress, what to say, how to order and basic table etiquette.

Session 5 - Shopping Night

April 6th - 6-8pm - Common Goods
An exclusive event at Common Goods designed to connect participants with business attire and have some fun and fashion! Each participant will receive $50 worth of professional clothing.

Session 6 - women Makes Waves Gala

April 13th - 6-8pm - Grandview Lodge: Norway Center
The Brainerd Women’s Fund annual event and fundraiser is a fun way to conclude our series! Community members from various industries attend as we honor a Woman Making Waves, grant to organizations that support women, and have a chance to practice your skills at a fun event!

Interested in participating in PRESENTING YOURSELF or learning more? CLICK HERE
GET INVOLVED - We are always looking to recruit fresh faces to our Presenting Yourself team. If you would like to join us as a mentor or presenter or if you know someone who may benefit from this program as a participant, please contact us by clicking here and completing the contact form at the bottom of the page.
SPONSOR A CANDIDATE FOR THIS PROGRAM - – The Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund invites you to sponsor a Presenting Yourself candidate or give to help with other projects benefiting women and children locally. If you would like to donate by making a gift via credit card, click here. If you'd like to mail in your contribute, send a check to BLACF, 406 W Washington Street, Suit #5, PMB 184, Brainerd MN 56401.