Leadership Montana alumni in action: Crystal Beaty, Class of 2015
A smiling woman in a blue button-up shirt with crossed arms leans back in front of a capitol building
Melissa Shannon
January 31, 2018
A smiling woman with short blonde hair wearing classes in a tan and white suit jacket
Peg Wherry
March 30, 2018
A smiling woman with long hair in front of a gray background


Crystal Beaty, Class of 2015

As interviewed by Jason Euell, Class of 2017, Development Committee MemberA smiling woman with long hair in front of a gray background

Tell us about you… what do you do, where do you live, family life.

Originally from Seattle, WA. Currently living in Bozeman, MT. Married with 2 daughters – one 10 years old and one 20 months. Husband is a finish carpenter. She is the Senior Director of Development (fundraising) for MontanaPBS. Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. Loves outdoor opportunities in Montana including camping, hiking, golfing and mountain biking.

Tell us about a favorite memory from your Leadership Montana Class?

Being from the large city of Seattle, her strongest memories of LM class of 15 (Dream Team) came from visits to small rural Montana communities in Havre and Sidney. Havre included visits to the Rocky Boy Reservation, learning about the hi-line communities along the BNSF railway, and MSU-Northern’s diesel mechanics program. Sidney included information about the Bakken, the process of fracking and the effect of the oil boom in Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota. She appreciated learning about these small communities and their unique struggles to survive and grow.

What has been the strongest impact that Leadership Montana has made on your life, professionally or personally?

Leadership Montana came at a time of personal cross-roads for Crystal. She was just finishing up a divorce from a long-term difficult relationship. She had also met someone (now her husband), but was struggling with the decision of starting a new relationship so quickly. The classroom conversations provided a unique opportunity to open up and share very personal details of her life. The process created a strong bonding experience. She left feeling more confident in herself. She was empowered with a greater feeling of self-worth. This added feeling of “capability” stretched to both her personal and professional life.

What do you see as the role for Leadership Montana in our state?

The role of LM is education and awareness of the issues facing Montana (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) and developing an engaged group of individuals with an “open mind and open heart”. LM prepares individuals for future leadership roles, both in the private and public sectors, with the ability to thoughtfully and purposely deeply listen to all parties involved (Gracious Space).

Finally, tell us what you appreciate most about Montana.

Crystal sees Montana as a “safe” place to live and raise a family. Montana is welcome. Montana is a small close knit community with a wealth of beauty and outdoor opportunities and a wonderful quality of life.

Alumni Portal