President & CEO
Core Values: Courage, Kindness, Adventure, Humor, Service, Connection
As President & CEO, Chantel Schieffer is the chief strategist and creator of connection for Leadership Montana. “Work hard, do good, and be kind” has been her motto over the past twenty-five years while making a career of building better communities through public service, private industry, and non-profit organizations.
A lifelong Montanan, Chantel knows the power of bringing people together in collaboration to advance our treasured state. Chantel’s passion for community extends to her volunteer work as she has served too many statewide and local organizations to name. Chantel currently serves as International Vice President for Alpha Omicron Pi women’s fraternity.
A student of leadership, Chantel is a graduate of Leadership Montana’s Class of 2010 and the inaugural Masters Class of 2019. She is currently studying Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the Kennedy School of Harvard. Chantel was honored internationally with the Alpha Omicron Pi Woman of Leadership Award in 2017 and in 2018 received the prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award. Chantel is a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, trained by Dr. Brené Brown in 2019, and also a certified Gracious Space facilitator.
For Chantel, her husband Dax, and their son Dax Michael, adventure is a family value. The trio can often be found playing outside, especially along the trails in their hometown of Helena.
Sound: Any moving water from a trickling stream to a raging ocean
Book: Love Your Enemies by Arthur C. Brooks
Holiday: New Year’s Day
Movie: The Big Lebowski
Song: Times Like These by Foo Fighters
Montana scene: Where East meets West. Rolling hills dotted with round bales and growing mountain ranges behind.