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Celebrate Montana on June 7th!

Click here to view our Celebrate Montana Press Release for more information about this amazing day! For more information, you can see each individual event below.


We created a survey so YOU could tell us about your engagement with LMT and what you would like to see moving forward. We had 113 of you respond, WOW and THANK YOU! We will be sharing a summary report in the April newsletter and here on this page, stay tuned!

Important financial update!

Leadership Montana needs your help now to continue our mission.

Leadership Montana has a 20 – year commitment to leadership development and civil discourse across our state. In those 20 years, the Leadership Montana experience has made an important impact on our communities as we expanded programming with intense focus on our mission: building a better Montana through knowledge, collaboration, and civility! In these times of great division, we know our mission is as critical to Montana today as it was 20 years ago.

The past several years brought significant changes and challenges to our organization as well as an opportunity to do a deep review of our programming, commitments, and finances. At almost 1,000 alumni strong, we’ve reached more leaders in Montana, built opportunities for legislators to participate in Gracious Space and had dozens of important community conversations about issues confronting our communities and state.

During our review, we also identified emergent challenges in our financial condition that now call us to action. To date, we have reduced our annual expenses by 20% by closing physical offices, modifying service contracts, streamlining our program costs, and decreasing our staff. We do not take these decisions lightly. Our Board is giving at 100% and each one is increasing their annual giving this year.

We are asking you, our Leadership Montana family, to help us meet our goal by providing additional financial support this year. Our goal now through the end of our fiscal year, June 30th, is $1,000,000. Will you help us now to sustain the future of Leadership Montana?

Please join us in ensuring that Leadership Montana will continue to provide high quality programming and connections for alumni and our future leaders. Thank you in advance for your support! If you would like to connect, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We look forward to hearing from you.

Kelly Heaton-Executive Director, kelly@leadershipmontana.org, 406-270-4527    Aaron Pratt-Board Chair, aaronlpratt@gmail.com, 503-902-2414

There are three easy ways to give:

Preferred-no fees

Make checks payable to Leadership Montana and mail to:

PO Box 5155

Bozeman, MT 59717


Celebrate Montana!

Join fellow alumni and the Flagship and Masters Classes of 2024 at our annual event to celebrate graduation and our amazing organization! Dinner, music, photo booth, live and silent auction, fun games; a celebration of connection you don’t want to miss!

WHEN: Friday, June 7 2024, doors open at 5:30 PM & event begins at 6:00 PM

WHERE: The Wilma Theater at 131 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

COST: $125 per person, Reserve your spot here!

LMT Live: In Person, A Celebrate Montana Pre-Party!

Before we dive into the excitement of Celebrate Montana, we’re thrilled to invite you to a special pre-event gathering,
“LMT Live In Person.” For the first time, we’re hosting a ‘party before the party,’ exclusively for our LMT Dues Paying Members, who can secure their spot now with a recommendation donation of $24.00. The evening’s festivities will unfold at Tres Bonne, Missoula’s newest gem of a restaurant, known for its breathtaking ambiance. Prepare to indulge in an array of exquisite light hor d’oeuvres and enjoy access to a well-appointed bar.
This event isn’t just about great food and atmosphere; it’s an opportunity to be moved and inspired. You’ll hear a series of brief yet powerful stories from leaders dedicated to bringing a proposal to life just for you. Each presentation is crafted to spark thoughts on leadership, engagement, and the power of connection.
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to kick off Celebrate Montana with inspiration and camaraderie. RSVP now to secure your place at LMT Live In Person!
Interested in presenting at this event? Submit your proposal today: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CGBTHSR

WHEN: Friday, June 7 2024, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

WHERE: Tres Bonne at 101 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

COST: Active Alumni Membership & a recommended donation of $24, Reserve your spot here!

Flagship & Masters Class of 2024 Graduation

Join us to celebrate our Flagship & Masters Classes of 2024. Doors open at 12:30 PM, we hope to see you there!

WHEN: Friday, June 7 2024, doors open at 12:30 PM & event begins at 1:00 PM

WHERE: Missoula “Hell Gate” Elks Lodge 383 at 112 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802


Gracious Space Mastery

If you are interested in:

  • Deepening your practice of Gracious Space,
  • teaching this practice to others,
  • or using in a strategic way with your team, we invite you to consider training to be a certified facilitator.

Patricia Hughes offers mastery trainings in Seattle and virtually every year. In-person trainings are two days long, virtual courses occur in 4 separate multi-hour sessions. Several deliverables are required to complete the certification.

If you are interested in this training, please complete this interest form. For more information, please contact Hatton Littman at 406-600-6076 or hatton@leadershipmontana.org.

This training is available to alumni of the Leadership Montana Flagship programs.

New Executive Director


Leadership Montana is proud to announce the hiring of our next Executive Director, Kelly Heaton of Red Lodge. Kelly joined the team on June 1. 

Read more about Kelly here and connect with her by email kelly@leadershipmontana.org.


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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.


2023 – Chantel Schieffer
2023 – Dr. Gerald Evans
2022 – Amy Kellogg
2021 – Lanny Hubbard
2020 – Brenda Peterson
2019 – Mike O’Neill
2018 – Chad Lippert
2017 – Bruce Whittenberg
2016 – Ron Sexton
2015 – Mike Halligan
2014 – Carol Donaldson
2013 – Tom Scott

Mike O’Neill 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.


2023 – Indigenous Advisory Committee
2022 – Leslie Messer
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.


2023 – Juanita Vero
2022 – Chuck Winn
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