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We are thrilled to welcome these remarkable leaders to our program with our two consecutive flagship classes. We are all excited for the year ahead and grateful for their enthusiastic participation.


Josh Pelczar – Big Sky Resort

Shannon Christensen – Cushing Terrell
Joe (Jose) Clifton – Native American Development Corporation/Billings Urban Indian Health and Wellness center
Kerri Crowe – Pinnacle Property of Montana
Kendra  Eaton – SCL Health – St Vincent
Shayne Frank – American Indian Consulting Services/ Native American Development Corporation
Erik Gothberg – Kampgrounds of America
Tim Guardipee – Native American Development Corporation
Doug Jensen – PayneWest Insurance
Jodi Jordan – First Interstate Bank
Kori Keller – The Ramsey Keller Memorial
Thom MacLean – Big Sky Economic Development
Dr. David Park – Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine
Angie Pollock – Department of the Interior, BLM
Laurie Smith – Billings Clinic

Jackie Atkins – American Simmental Association
Janelle Booth – Montana State University
Tate Chamberlin – I Am Interchange
Becky Edwards – Mountain Mamas
Ashley Flammond – Water & Environmental Technologies
Amanda Flohr – Wipfli LLP
Bryn Hagfors – D.A. Davidson Companies
Ben King – Best Practice Medicine
Molly Pickall – The Trust for Public Land
Jon Shafer – NorthWestern Energy
Jim Veltkamp – City of Bozeman
Emily Yost – Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply

Thomas Danial David – Drunk’n Miner Saloon/Copper Spirits Casino
Shannon LaTray – Montana Chemical Dependency Center

Jon Bennion – The Washington Companies

Randy Weimer – Sibanye-Stillwater

Roubie Younkin – Montana State University Extension

Samantha Brooks – Northwest Farm Credit Services
Charles Robison – Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association

Karena Bemis – Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel
Wayne Bunch – Montana State Fund
Barbara Chillcott – State of Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Laura Clark – Opportunity Bank of Montana
Amy Deitchler – Great West Engineering
Jenna Eisenhart – Shodair Children’s Hospital
Jana Garza – First Interstate Bank
Sara Groves – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MT
Marlee Iverson – Montana Department of Commerce
Tony King – Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation
Nate Kopp – Prickly Pear Land Trust
Ali Mandell – Anderson-ZurMuehlen
Jason Rittal – Montana Association of Counties
Kimberly Seligman – MT Chamber of Commerce
Jill-Marie Steeley – PureView Health Center
Katie Willcockson – MT Department of Commerce
Eric Sivers – Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Leslie Southworth – Montana Primary Care Association

Jess Melin – NextEra Energy Inc.

Jill Alban – Ahead by 11
Ellie Boldman – Montana Legislature
Molly Davidson – Morrison-Maierle, Inc.
Eric Franzon – Smart Data SEO
Dori Gilels – Damn Good Consulting LLC
Brad Hall – University of Montana
Adrienne Maxwell – Crowley Fleck PLLP
Mike Morelli – University of Montana
Sarah Richey – Five Valleys Land Trust
Nicole Smith – University of Montana
Jeff Smith – WGM Group
Jody Verity – Montana Rail Link
David Wall – Missoula County

Amy Tykeson – Tykeson Family Foundation

Amy O’Hoyt – AO & Co, LLC

Elaine Stedman – Boys & Girls Club of Richland County

Wendy McKamey – Legislator for the State of Montana

Keith Clawson – First Interstate Bank
Diane Conradi – Montana Access Project
Kacy Howard – Nate Chute Foundation



LMT Live: Powerful or Powerless – Are you enabling or disabling your team?
WHEN: Wednesday, February 16, 2022 12:00-1:30 PM
Online Event 

LMT Live: Leading through Change with Gerald Evans, Phd
WHEN: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 10:00-11:30 AM
Online Event 

LMT Live: What is your Leadership Philosophy?
WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 2022 11:00-12:30 PM
Online Event 


Montana Values- State of the World Conversation
WHEN: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 5:00-6:30 PM
Online Event 

Diversity and Belonging: Alumni State of the World conversation
WHEN: Tuesday, April 12, 2022 11:30-1:30 PM
Online Event 

Gracious Space in my life and on my team: Alumni State of the World
WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 5:00-6:30 PM
Online Event 

The Confluence returns with 2 smaller more intimate events. A gathering in White Sulphur Springs was held in September 2021 and the second will be held  in Red Lodge in March 2022.

We will explore challenges and opportunities facing Montana with a diverse group of leaders from business, education, government, nonprofits, health care, agriculture, and more.

WHEN: Sunday, March 13, 2022, 6:30 PM – Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 2:00 PM
WHERE: Red Lodge

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

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Classroom Reflection

Alumni Awards

Tom Scott Award for Excellence in Leadership

As Leadership Montana’s highest honor, this award is given by the Board of Governors to a person who has made substantial, significant, and lasting contributions to Leadership Montana. Current team members (board, staff, trainers) are not eligible for this award.


2021 – Lanny Hubbard
2020 – Brenda Peterson
2019 – Mike O’Neill
2018 – Chad Lippert
2017 – Bruce Whittenberg
2016 – Ron Sexton
2015 – Carol Donaldson
2014 – Tom Scott

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.


2021 – Eric Halverson
2020 – Jim Bliss
2019 – Inaugural Men’s Retreat Planning Committee
2018 – Heather Collins
2017 – John Carmody
2016 – Chad Lippert
2015 – Carmen McSpadden
2014 – Mike O’Neill

Barbara Braided Hair 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.


2021 – Marci McLean
2020 – Courtney McKee
2019 – Hatton Littman
2018 – Jen Hensley
2017 – Michael Sanderson
2016 – Eric Hyyppa
2015 – Duane Ankney
2014 – Barbara Braided Hair

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