WHO WE ARE
Leadership Montana is the premier leadership development program and alumni organization in our state.
About Leadership Montana
Through our unique educational programming, we gather some of the most accomplished minds to deeply discuss current issues facing Montana. At the same time, participants enhance their own leadership skills through our curriculum, Leading in Montana, designed specifically around our class members’ interests and needs.
Once participants complete the program, they join our esteemed alumni network consisting of the state’s most influential professionals. With an increased awareness and a commitment to service, our alumni shape Montana’s future with enhanced leadership skills and a deepened knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing Montana.
Leadership Montana also provides training for the citizenry of our state through special programs and events like our annual signature event, The Confluence, and the Lessons in Leadership speakers series.
Honored and treasured alumna Barbara Braided Hair
Learning from alumni.
Learning from community leaders.
Leadership Montana exists to develop leaders committed to building a better Montana through knowledge, collaboration, and civility.
Our Leadership Team
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Board of Governors
Kelly Cresswell (2006, Masters 2022)
Executive Director, Reach Higher Montana
Debbie Vandeberg (Class of 2005)
Chris Warden (2006, Masters 2020)
Vice President of Technology, Washington Companies
Leonard Malin (2014, Masters 2019)
Barb Cestero (Class of 2015, Masters 2020)
Regional Senior Manager, The Wilderness Society
Alumni Committee Chair
Anthony (Tony) Flynn (Class of 2015, Masters 2022)
Supervisor – Credit, Collections and Remittance, Northwestern Energy
Darrell Hirsch (2020)
Commercial Loan Manager, First Interstate Bank
Anne Hughes (2012, Masters 2022)
Chief Operating Officer, Missoula County
Julie Jenkinson (2015, Masters 2020)
Vice President, Montana State Fund
Misty Kuhl (Class of 2019)
Director of Indian Affairs, State of Montana
Ariel Overstreet-Adkins (2013)
Attorney, Bluebird Law and Public Affairs
Development Committee Chair
Aaron Pratt (2017, Masters 2020)
Loan Officer, Big Sky Economic Development
Major Robinson (Class of 2006)
Redstone Project Development and Sage and Oats Trading Post
Camila (Cami) Skinner (Class of 2015)
Operations Manager, Seitz Insurance Agency
Sarah Swanson (2017)
Chief of Staff, Office of Public Instruction
A spirit and a setting where we invite the “stranger” and learn in public.
Gracious Space is an integral aspect of Leadership Montana curriculum. For Montana to move forward we need to know how to learn the perspective of all groups so we can all continue to live and thrive in the last best place. The Gracious Space curriculum developed by the Center for Ethical Leadership in Seattle, WA, is a framework to work better together around critical issues. Gracious Space creates a container that can hold your hardest conversations and most challenging issues. Gracious Space is most powerful and most needed when conflict is present.
Want to learn more about Gracious Space? Would you like to introduce Gracious Space to your business or organization? You can contact the Leadership Montana office or one of the Leadership Montana Alumni that have been certified as Gracious Space facilitators.