In this episode, Eric visits with Chris Warden, VP of Technology for Washington Companies, about leading through change, how thoughtful leaders communicate with authenticity, and the foundation of great dialogues. As the current Chair of Leadership Montana’s Board of Governors, we are inspired every day by Chris’s insights on life and leadership.
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Eric, a graduate of Leadership Montana Class of 2016 and Masters Class 2019, leads this project with an unmatched curiosity and thirst for learning how each interviewee leans into leading. Eric magically brings to life the story underneath the words and weaves together a series that perfectly illustrates the meaning and value of listening deeply. Originally from Billings, Eric currently resides in Missoula where he serves as the Communications and Development Administrator for Partnership Health Center.
Chris is the Vice President of Technology for Washington Companies, a shared service organization that provides business services to the Washington Companies, a group of privately held companies owned by industrialist Dennis R. Washington. He is responsible for helping simplify, standardize and source common business functions and for providing each company with strategic advice on how to best use technology to improve the business.
Born and raised in Great Falls, Chris is a graduate of the University of Montana with a degree in Business Administration. Prior to the Washington Companies, Chris worked for fifteen years in Silicon Valley for companies in the semiconductor, software, consulting and venture capital industries.
He is married to Lori Warden and has two boys, Finn and Ash. They all happily live in Missoula.