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We are thrilled to announce two new virtual Lessons in Leadership events in partnership with Colene Elridge, Owner & Chief Coach, Be More Consulting and CoachColene.com

Colene Elridge is a results-oriented success coach with nearly 15 years of experience in human resources, training, government and entrepreneurship. This Owner of Be More Consulting is known as Coach Colene. She is respected for her passion to make workplaces better, happier and more productive, “I’ve spent more than 10 years thinking about what makes work environments tick and how we can create extraordinary leaders and engaging workplaces,” says Colene. “I want to change the way people think about Life, Leadership, and Work through focused coaching, workshops and training.”

Each session is $25 and includes facilitation and workbook

Registration is limited – sign up today via the link on each title

Friday, November 13 1:00 – 4:00 PM Building Trust in Organizations 

Fundamentally, trust is the cornerstone for everything you’d like your organization to be now and for everything you’d like it to become in the future. Trust forms the foundation for effective communication, employee retention, and employee motivation and contribution of discretionary energy, the extra effort that people voluntarily invest in work. When trust exists in an organization or in a relationship, almost everything else is easier and more comfortable to achieve.


Participants will leave with a personal action plan on steps they can take to build and/or rebuild trust.


Participants should be able to:
· Define trust
· Build trust through behaviors of sincerity, care, abilities, and results
· Communicate to rebuild trust
· Create a personal action plan to increase trust with self and others

Thursday, January 21 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Creating a Culture of Inclusion 

Business Need:
Employee engagement depends upon the organization’s ability to foster a culture of inclusion. Creating an inclusive environment allows us to take advantage of different points of view, leverage the power of difference, and sustain a workplace where everyone can contribute to his or her fullest potential.

Course Description:
This workshop helps employees understand what diversity and inclusion are and why they are critical to accomplishing the mission. Participants will be introduced to concepts that allow them to explore their own unique differences, as well as unconscious biases and how they show up in workplace behaviors. They will develop a working definition of diversity and how it applies to the organization, examine the language of diversity, and suggest ways to be more inclusive in communication.

Course Objectives:
• Identify changes in the workplace and how they impact us
• Analyze how your personal lenses influence your interpersonal skills and behavior at work
• Learn how to avoid behaviors that can create a culture of exclusion
• Learn how to avoid collusive behavior in the workplace
• Develop organizational strategies that support shifting towards a culture of inclusion



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

Alumni in Action

July 5, 2017

Mike O’Neill

July 5, 2017

Donna Erwin

July 5, 2017

Josh Vincent

Classroom Reflection

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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