The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce is bringing back its Women's EDGE Speaker Series for a second year.

After a successful launch of the four-part series in 2020, the chamber is presenting four new speakers this year to Engage, Develop, Grow and Empower (that’s what EDGE stands for) women of all ages from the Detroit Lakes area.

Carrie Johnston, president of the local chamber, said last year’s attendees, “liked it so much we knew we needed to do it again.”

Starting March 10 with a virtual presentation by Rose McGee, “The Sweet Potato Comfort Pie Lady,” the series will continue into the fall with in-person Wednesday appearances by Jessie Veeder, Kelly Radi and Marcie Rendon.

Veeder is a writer, photographer, songwriter and singer who will talk about how to embrace life, especially through challenges, on June 16 at the City Park Bandshell.

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Radi, an author and trainer, will discuss how to boost your performance at work while empowering your personal life, on September 22 at Meadows on Lind.

And Rendon, a Native American poet, playwright and author, will empower women to use their inner strength, get up, get dressed, and do something every day, November 10 at the Holiday Inn.

All talks are from 3-5 p.m.

Johnston has described the Women’s EDGE Speaker Series as a way for local women to gather, connect, and build work and life skills, outside of the work environment. The chamber staff strives to find diverse speakers that appeal to a wide audience.

The series is a fundraiser for the chamber, and there is a cost to attend. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 218-847-9202, visit, or go to the chamber’s Facebook page.