Episode 16: Mary Stranahan - Leadership Montana
Episode 15: Chris Warden
May 13, 2021
Episode 17: Jim Bliss
June 16, 2021


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Episode 16: Mary Stranahan

In this episode, Eric travels to Arlee, MT to talk with Dr. Mary Stranahan. They talk about Mary’s work as a rural physician on the Flathead reservation, her vision as founder of both The High Stakes Foundation and Good Works Ventures, and her thoughts on the racism she witnessed in the 60s compared to what she sees today.

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Eric Halverson


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.


Mary Stranahan


Mary Stranahan is the founder of Goodworks Ventures and the High Stakes Foundation. As a result of attending a Play Big Session about a decade ago, she made the decision to leverage her resources to support the people making a positive change in Montana. Her focus is on triple bottom line investments in the for profit arena and rural economic development, leadership development and environmental policy issues in the nonprofit arena. A passionate lover of place, she has a wicked backspin on her tennis game.