Sioux Falls Area
Chamber of Commerce
Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network
Sioux Falls YPN
Mar 20
Mar 20
YPN NCAA Basketball Night
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sanford Pentagon
Mar 22
Mar 22
YPN March Off the Clock
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM McNally's Irish Pub
Mar 29
Mar 29
YPN Community Connections Tour: Sanford Imagenetics
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM Sanford Imagenetics
Apr 03
Apr 03
YPN Social Action Team Meeting
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Chamber of Commerce
Apr 04
Apr 04
YPN Morning Buzz
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Coffea Roasterie and Espresso Bar
Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

Mentoring Program


How the Program Works

There will be a limited number of participants selected. Selected participants will be matched with an appropriate group of no more than 5 people, based on interest and availability. Each group will meet monthly throughout the year at a time determined by the group.

Cost to participate is $99, which includes all materials. You will be invoiced once you are selected and have agreed to participate. There is no application fee. This program is open to YPN members only.

Program Expectations

  • Come prepared! Use this program as an opportunity to invest in yourself.
  • Attend monthly sessions! Your group is relying on you to help facilitate their growth. Don´t let others (or yourself!) down.
  • Be open and willing to share! Mentoring means learning from someone´s experiences, and true growth can happen when we´re present and engaged.

The application period is now closed. Contact Lauren Fosheim with any questions by calling 373-2009 or emailing

Meet the Mentors

Tara Allen

Allen Edge Real Estate Team | Keller Williams Realty

Tara grew up in Watertown, SD and attended school at University of Sioux Falls, where she earned a Bachelor´s degree in Business Administration. She lives in Sioux Falls with her husband Nic and daughter Jayda (2). She is the ambitious founder and leader of The Allen Edge Real Estate Team. Tara has built a top real estate team in Sioux Falls. She has a strong passion for learning, goal setting, & motivating & challenging others.

Tara defines mentoring as someone who stretches your mind to think bigger and encourages you to do more. Mentors are great at asking the right questions and raise you up.

Nick Bentele

Business Banker| The First National Bank in Sioux Falls

Nick grew up in Sioux Falls and attended Augustana, where he earned a degree in Business Administration, Spanish and Modern Foreign Languages. He also obtained his MBA from the University of South Dakota. Nick currently lives in Sioux Falls with his wife Sara and their son Jason. He enjoys fly-fishing, camping, traveling, golf, running, reading and volunteering.

Nick hopes to be able to use his strengths to help other people. "I´ve been fortunate in my own life to be surrounded by successful, loving and encouraging people and I´ve been the beneficiary of their willingness to press into my life." Nick hopes that the mentor program provides an avenue to leave a lasting imprint and influence others.

Dan Menke

Controller | Pride Neon

Dan, born and raised in Sioux Falls, graduated from Minnesota State Mankato with a degree in Finance. He lives in Sioux Falls with his wife Ashley and their two kids Grace (2) and Will (9 months). His passions are his family, faith and the outdoors.

"I think a strength of mine is doing things on purpose. There´s not much that happens in a day that I didn´t plan out and that I don´t see as some part of the bigger plan." When Dan thinks about what mentoring looks like to him, he sees it as a relationship between likeminded people looking to grow. "Mentors can be professional or personal, and continual and purposeful growth is a key factor to anyone´s success. I think a good mentoring relationship helps that process."

Amber Schwiesow

Director of Business Operations | Midco

Amber oversees the business engineering team and works on quality and process improvement endeavors. Amber is a graduate of the University of Iowa (International Studies, Spanish and Portuguese) and the University of Sioux Falls (MBA).

In her spare time, Amber enjoys traveling, scuba diving, backpacking and cooking. She is an avid runner and health enthusiast, and is currently training to run the Fargo Marathon and Grandma´s Marathon in Duluth, and well as the Chicago Marathon for the third time. Amber is actively involved in the community through the Sioux Falls Young Professional Network, Girls on the Run, Junior Achievement and The Academy of Finance.

For Amber, mentoring can come from anywhere. "Traditionally, you think of someone that is older and has more experience, but I find myself learning from such a wide range of people." She thinks of mentoring as the ability to be inspired to be better, to look at things differently, and to grow from the knowledge of someone else.