2022 Be Bold UND Women in Leadership Summit
This conference will provide a thought-provoking discussion regarding women in leadership and inspire us all to be bold and find our own personal brand.
A panel discussion of distinguished UND alumnae and distinguished leaders will kickoff the morning and be followed by a keynote presentation delivered by Tammy J. Miller, Chief Operating Officer, Governor’s Office State of North Dakota.
Mary Fischer, Director of Sponsorships, UnitedHealth Group
Mary Fischer is Director of Sponsorships for UnitedHealth Group. In her role, Mary is responsible for developing and leveraging strategic partnerships to facilitate business growth and brand advancement. She has provided strategic oversight for hundreds of sponsorships and enjoys being able to combine her love of sports with her business expertise.
Mary serves on the board of Sports Minneapolis and has served on the alumni board of the University of North Dakota School of Business s. In addition, she mentors UND students and is an avid cyclist. She earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from the University of North Dakota and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.
Meloney Linder, VP of Marketing & Communications, UND
Meloney Linder is an accomplished higher education administrator with broad experience in marketing, brand, and operations recognized for making positive organizational impact. Experience in marketing and communication, information technology services, academic technology and web services, and facilities. With over 25 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing and brand management for private and public entities including higher education and has a proven history of building strong teams and improving performance.
Linder currently serves as the Vice President for Marketing and Communications at the University of North Dakota.
Prior to joining the University of North Dakota, Linder was the Associate Dean and Chief Communications Officer at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin School of Business and Vice President of Institutional Advancement at The University of Texas at Brownsville responsibilities of internal and external marketing and communication as well as philanthropy, and held many marketing positions within private sector prior to moving into higher education.
Meghan Compton, Chief Clinic Operations Officer, Altru Health System
Meghan Compton serves as Chief Clinic Operations Officer, overseeing all clinical
operations, legal affairs, risk management, as well as leading legislative advocacy
efforts. Prior to her role as Chief Clinic Operations Officer, Ms. Compton served
as Chief Legal Officer at Altru Health System, Patient Safety Coordinator at Altru
Health System, and an attorney in private practice.
Ms. Compton has served in significant industry and public service leadership roles throughout her career. She has served on Valley Senior Living’s board of directors, Edgewood Senior Living board of directors, Greater Grand Forks Downtown Development Association board of directors and is currently on the Greater Grand Forks Economic Development Corporation board of directors, the Chamber of Commerce board and Grand Forks Foundation for Education board.
Most recently, Ms. Compton accepted and completed the Next Generation Leadership fellowship through the American Hospital Association as a fellow. Ms. Compton received her undergraduate degree in 2006 and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of North Dakota in 2010.
Sally Miskavige, Vice President, Opp Construction
Sally is from Grand Forks and went to UND graduating in Accounting & Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Graphic Arts, Fine Art & Photography. While at UND she completed four internships – Deloitte twice as an audit intern, Acme Electric as their first Graphic Design Intern & Opp Construction as a Photography Intern. Sally also had the opportunity to take part in three study abroad trips. Sally traveled to Australia – once for a semester and once for a spring break photography trip & London for a business spring break trip.
After College, Sally obtained her CPA & went into a role as Human Resource Manager at Opp Construction where she is now Vice President, this is a family business in Grand Forks with 200 employees that performs heavy/civil and landscaping federal, commercial & residential work around the region.
Sally co-founded, TAG – The Art of Giving, which has sold over $1,000,000 in regional art & raised nearly $300,000 for local charities. She has served on the board of (in historical order) Grand Forks Republican Women, North Dakota Museum of Art, Northern Occupational Safety & Health, North Dakota Associated General Contractors (where she served as the second female president in its 70 year history).
Tammy J. Miller, Chief Operating Officer, Governors Office State of North Dakota
Tammy Miller joined Team ND on April 1, 2020 as Chief Operating Officer. She works with the Governor and 20 cabinet agency leaders to reinvent government and enhance the experience for citizens of North Dakota and team members. She also served as a co-leader of the state’s Unified Command COVID-19 Mission.
Previously, Miller served as CEO and board chair since 2006 at Fargo-based Border States Electric, the seventh-largest electrical distributor in North America. She joined the employee-owned company in 1981 as the Accounting Manager and served in a variety of roles, with increasing responsibility before becoming CEO. Under Miller’s leadership, Border States Electric grew from under $500 million in annual sales to nearly $2.5 billion. She continues to serve as board chair.
A native of Brocket, N.D., Tammy earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM). Miller is a Certified Public Accountant and early in her career spent eight years in public accounting.
Tammy and her husband, Craig Palmer, make their home in Fargo and Mandan, North Dakota. They also own three Daily Dose restaurants in Arizona. In her spare time, Tammy loves to run, read, travel, and volunteer.