35 Under 35: Nicolette Bresnahan, Vice President of Events and Programs, FMWF Chamber of Commerce

Written by: Brady Drake

Tell us about yourself. Tell us who you are and what you do.

Hi there, I’m Nicolette. I grew up on a farm just outside of Valley City, ND. Even though I am a small-town gal at heart, I also thoroughly enjoy being within a stone’s throw of an iced americano and a poke bowl. I moved to the FM area to finish school, which I did through the University of Mary’s Fargo campus, and earned a degree in Business Communications. My life is made better by the company of my husband, Patrick, our two lovely daughters Banks and Indy, and our cats, Helen and Arthur. When I have a free moment, I love spending time with my friends doing just about anything. I also enjoy being outside, shopping with my mom, trying to keep plants alive, and the occasional craft project.

In the professional realm, I oversee all events and programs at the FMWF Chamber, a role that keeps me engaged and excited. Some of these include Voices of Vision, ChamberChoice Awards, Women Connect, Leadership FMWF, and many more. There is never a dull moment at The Chamber!

Who are some people who have been influential in your journey and why? Who inspires you?

My hardworking and supportive parents have been the most influential figures in my journey. Their dedication, resilience, and unwavering support have shaped my values and inspired me to strive for excellence in all aspects of life.

What drives you?

What drives me is the desire to make a positive impact in the community. I am motivated by the opportunity to contribute to meaningful change and enhance the well-being of those around me.

What do you think can be improved in our business community?

Improving access to affordable childcare services would greatly benefit our business community by supporting working parents and promoting a more inclusive and balanced workforce.

What are some important life lessons you have learned?

I’ve learned that embracing differences is crucial. Being different isn’t bad; it’s an opportunity to appreciate diverse perspectives, cultivate empathy, and foster a richer understanding of the world.

What are some of your favorite things to do in our community?

I had an intern once who said there was nothing to do in Fargo. So I, very quickly, wrote her a five-page bucket list of unique things she must do/try in the FMWF area. Maddi, if you are reading this, can I get a copy of that?

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I envision myself actively pursuing opportunities for personal and professional growth while contributing meaningfully to endeavors that align with my passions and values.

What are you hoping to gain from the United Way 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program?

I am hoping to leave a better leader, learn something new about myself, and make some friendships!

What are your passions outside of work?

Hygge—creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.

Tell us about 1-2 books, podcasts, or professional development experiences that have changed the way you view leadership.

“Radical Candor” by Kim Scott—this book speaks on the principle of communication in the workplace, emphasizing the importance of both caring personally and challenging directly. This concept encourages leaders to find the right balance between showing genuine care for their team members and providing direct and honest feedback. I think this is essential for building trust and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

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Brady is the Editorial Director at Spotlight Media in Fargo, ND.