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LMT Live is a new and quickly formed program designed to help keep LMT alumni connected during a challenging time in our world. Many are isolated, working from home, and generally disconnected from our communities. We are here to help us all connect, listen, learn, and lead. Since March 18, we have held more than 30 virtual learning opportunities enjoyed by hundreds of Montanans.

This special series of LMT Live celebrates Tom Scott, founder of Leadership Montana, and brings ten lessons we all could use right now.

Tom Scott believed in something he called Intentional Civility which included the ten concepts below. Each lesson is taught by Leadership Montana alumni and open to anyone. Thursdays from 11 AM – 12 PM. Sign up for one or all!


September 17: “Listen Deeply” hosted by Courtney McKee 2019, M 2020

September 24: “Be Honest” hosted by Jen Hensley 2016, M 2019

October 1: “Smile” hosted by Amy Kellogg 2013, M 2020

October 8: “Have Concern for Others” hosted by Leonard Malin 2014, M 2019

October 15: “Be Consistent” hosted by Jen Davis 2008

October 22: “Empower Others” hosted by Anne Hughes 2012

October 29: “Be Passionate” hosted by Chris Warden 2006, M 2020

November 5: “Show Respect” hosted by Aaron Pratt 2017, M 2020

November 12: Disagree without Being Disagreeable” hosted by Chantel Schieffer 2010, M 2019

November 19: “Show Gratitude” hosted by Brenda Peterson 2008, M 2019


October 16, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Coffee Connections

October 21, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Class of 2014 – State of the World Conversation

October 23, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Coffee Connections

October 26, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM All Class Open: State of the World conversation

October 30, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Coffee Connections

November 6, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Coffee Connections

November 13, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Coffee Connections

November 17, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Virtual Town Hall

COVID-19 and LMT

In March 2020, Montana and the world was hit with a global pandemic, COVID-19. In April, Montana government ordered all citizens to “Stay at Home” unless serving in an essential role in our health care system or other professional position. Businesses were closed across the state until we began a phased re-opening in May.

How Leadership Montana adapts amid COVID-19

Leadership Montana provides a critical service to community, civic, and business leaders. We connect leaders across the state and assist in collaborative efforts to strengthen Montana. We provide our robust and diverse network of leaders with resources and support as they individually respond to the challenges presented to us today.

Our services and programs have been interrupted during this time as in-person meetings and gatherings are restricted. In order to meet the needs of our constituents, we have pivoted to continuing providing our services through online formats. We continue to connect leaders across the state to provide vital support and resources for them to continue leading their communities and businesses during this time of uncertainty and crisis.

Our Response to COVID-19

Our COVID-19 response includes providing constituents across Montana with trainings and conversations on the following selection of topic areas through new programming called LMT Live:

  • Suicide Prevention
  • Crisis Communication
  • Federal Budget and Stimulus Opportunities
  • Human Trafficking Awareness
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Coping with Stress
  • Situational Leadership
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Dare to Lead Training
  • Coffee Connections
  • Intentional Civility
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Montana

Our Blog

June 1, 2017
Leadership Montana Blog: Connection a Message from Chantel Schieffer


April 30, 2017
Leadership Montana Blog: Celebrate a message from Chantel Schieffer


March 30, 2017
Leadership Montana Blog: Change a Message from Chantel Schieffer


February 5, 2017
Leadership Montana Blog: Conflict a Message from Chantel Schieffer


Alumni in Action

February 27, 2018
A smiling woman with long hair in front of a gray background

Crystal Beaty

January 31, 2018
A smiling woman in a blue button-up shirt with crossed arms leans back in front of a capitol building

Melissa Shannon

December 30, 2017
A smiling man in suit and red-patterned tie in front of green leaves

Ryan Hughes

Classroom Reflection

November 30, 2017

Dusty Eaton

October 31, 2017
A smiling woman with short red hair

Kris Carpenter

September 30, 2017
A smiling blonde woman leans forward in navy blue blazer with bird pin on her lapel

Charlene Porslid

Alumni Awards

Alumni Service Award

The Leadership Montana Alumni Service Award recognizes and promotes alumni service to support the Leadership Montana program and/or alumni activities. The award recognizes a Leadership Montana Alumnus who has used his or her leadership skills, knowledge, and resources to benefit Leadership Montana.


2020 – Jim Bliss
2019 – Heather Collins
2018 – John Carmody
2017 – Chad Lippert
2016 – Carmen McSpadden
2015 – Mike O’Neill

Alumni Leadership Award

The Leadership Montana Alumni Leadership Award recognizes and promotes community involvement. The award recognizes a Leadership Montana Alumnus who has had a significant impact at the local or state level, demonstrates outstanding leadership in keeping with and expanding the Leadership Montana philosophy in his or her community or the state, and serves as an example of leadership for others.


2020 – Courtney McKee
2019 – Jen Hensley
2018 – Michael Sanderson
2017 – Eric Hyyppa
2016 – Duane Ankney
2015 – Barbara Braided Hair

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