Off to Helena – Leadership Montana

Leadership MontanaLast winter I became interested in Leadership Montana. It looked as though the program would provide me with good opportunities to learn more about Montana – business, politics, the environment, hone my leadership skills, and network with others with similar interests. I applied for and was accepted into the program, and in September of 2014 I headed to Big Sky for our first session.

Here’s how Leadership Montana explains their program:

At the heart of Leadership Montana is an eight month program of personal leadership development, networking, and education about Montana issues. Each of the seven sessions focuses on business and policy education, addressing the many facets of Montana’s diverse interests:

  • Agriculture
  • Natural Resources
  • Education
  • Tourism & Recreation
  • Energy
  • Small Business
  • Health Care

To date, Leadership Montana has over 400 graduates, including alumni who serve in the State Legislature, are appointees on the Governor’s cabinet, serve on the Board of Regents, are CEOs and Executive Directors of small and large businesses and non-profit organizations, and serve on numerous community boards.

We gathered in Helena a few weeks ago for our fourth session. The agenda was amazing, including meetings with Governor Bullock, legislators, Supreme Court Justices, and local entrepreneurs, touring the Federal Reserve Bank and class sessions on leadership skills.  I can’t wait to see what is in store for us in Butte America in February.

My experience with Leadership Montana so far has been remarkable – the networking and leadership training are tremendous – and for a budding business like Skill Builders, the experience is invaluable.  I am learning so much about Montana communities and issues.  And I love my classmates in the Dream Team of 2015!  These people are amazing and wonderful leaders from all over the state.  I highly recommend the program to anyone in a leadership position for the education and growth opportunity.

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