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Executive Director of NDTO kicks off Strom Executive Briefing Series

Sat Mar 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Mr. Dean Gorder, executive director of the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO), kicked off the 2014 Strom Executive Briefing Series on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the DSU Student Center.

The NDTO was created to increase North Dakota’s footprint in international markets. Through conferences, trade missions to numerous areas of the world, hosting trade missions from other countries to North Dakota, and assisting individual companies, the Trade Office has played a key role in the rapid expansion of exports from our state. On Tuesday, Gorder drew from his experience at NDTO, as well as his prior experience in the areas of manufacturing, agriculture, aviation, and education, to share his thoughts leadership.

Debora Dragseth, professor of business at Dickinson State said, “The presentation focused not only on the exceptional advances that North Dakota is making in international trade, but also on Dean’s insight into the characteristics of effective leadership: courage, intelligence, honesty, commitment and the ability to delegate. He led the audience on a fascinating tour of world leaders while integrating his experiences in countries as varied as Ghana, Russia and China.”

The Strom Executive Series is a set of five programs on leadership and is an opportunity for local leaders to engage in meaningful and relevant ongoing professional development The series continues with the next session scheduled for Tuesday morning, March 4. Mr. Mel Nelson, president and CEO of Executive Management Systems will be speaking on emotional intelligence and successful team building.

To learn more about the Strom Center or for more information on upcoming events contact The Strom Center at 701-483-2326 or visit the website at