Empowering Montana Women: The 8th Annual Montana Women's Leadership Conference on International Women's Day

by Hannah Olson

Mark your calendars for March 8, 2024, as the Junior League of Billings proudly presents the 8th Annual Montana Women's Leadership Conference. This transformative event is designed to inspire and empower women throughout the state, unfolding on the significant occasion of International Women's Day. Themed: "Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges" this year's conference strives to cultivate mindful leadership across personal, professional, and community realms. Join us for a day of dynamic discussions, insightful presentations, and transformative workshops led by trailblazing women making substantial contributions across Montana.

Vision for the Conference

The vision of the Montana Women's Leadership Conference is to equip women with the tools to become mindful leaders within their communities. Committed to showcasing diverse speakers and accomplished role models, the Junior League of Billings will facilitate workshops providing practical insights applicable to businesses, homes, and community organizations.

Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges

The theme "Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges" encapsulates the essence of the 2024 conference. Women from all walks of life in Montana are invited to immerse themselves in a day dedicated to dismantling barriers and forging connections that strengthen our communities. The conference will highlight the achievements of women who have overcome challenges, emphasizing the importance of building bridges toward a more inclusive and supportive future.

Seize the Opportunity

Do not miss the chance to be part of this empowering experience. Join us at the Montana Women's Leadership Conference on Friday, March 8, with a cocktail kickoff event on the evening of Thursday, March 7, all hosted at the historic Northern Hotel in downtown Billings. For out-of-town attendees, a block of reserved rooms awaits – book yours now!

Explore booths hosted by local businesses and organizations to raise awareness and provide services related to women-owned businesses and groups making a difference in and around Billings. Hosts gain admission to the conference, providing an opportunity to connect with women from across the state.

The 8th Annual Montana Women's Leadership Conference aligns with International Women's Day this year, promising a day of empowerment, enlightenment, and inspiration. Whether you seek career growth, aim to make a community impact, or simply want to connect with like-minded women, this conference caters to all. Secure your spot today, embrace the theme of "Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges" and be part of a transformative experience leaving a lasting impact on your personal and professional journey.

Inspirational Speakers from Across the State

The conference features an impressive lineup of speakers from various corners of Montana, leaders in their respective fields. They will share experiences, expertise, and insights, offering diverse perspectives. With multiple sessions available, participants can tailor their experience to align with their interests and goals.

Our amazing line up of speakers covers a variety of inspirational, educational, and impactful topics! Check out the list here:

  • ALANI BANKHEAD:  Special Agent/Lieutenant Colonel/Leadership Coach; Helena, Montana.  SPEAKING TOPIC: "Identifying Your Leadership Style/Elevating and Inspiring Women to Let Go of Fear and Achieve Their Highest Potential"
  • RACHEL BONNER: Vice President-Investments/Singer, Actor, Speaker; Billings, Montana. SPEAKING TOPIC: "Dumb Questions Change the World"
  • MADELEINE R. GRIGGS:  Personal development coach, workshop facilitator and public speaker; Flathead Valley, MT. SPEAKING TOPIC: "How to Overcome Burnout and Perfectionism by Establishing Boundaries and Redefining Success"
  • DALLAS KNIGHT:  Army Combat Veteran, Intelligence Analyst, Human Trafficking Hunter, Corporate VP, mother, author; Billings, Montana. SPEAKING TOPIC: "From Battlefield to Boardroom: Building Bridges of Resilience"
  • ONNIE MICHALSKY:  Licensed Therapist/Life Coach; Billings, Montana. SPEAKING TOPIC: "How to Quiet Your Inner Mean Girl and Start Talking to Yourself with Kindness and Compassion"
  • CHANTEL OAKLEY:  Certified Health Coach; Billings, Montana. SPEAKING TOPIC: "Conquering the Mental Game and Building Resilience"
  • KIRA PERTUIT:  Grief Specialist & Educator Success Factor; Billings, Montana.  SPEAKING TOPIC: "Grievership:  Empowering Through Grief"
  • CHANTEL SCHIEFFER:  Founder/CEO of True North Leadership, Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator/MBT/Practitioner/DISC Analyst; Helena, Montana.  SPEAKING TOPIC: "How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable"
  • MELANIE SCHWARZ:  CEO and Co-Founder of UpStream Strategy Partners; consultant author, and speaker in the field of substance use disorder and mental health care; Billings, Montana.  SPEAKING TOPIC: "Empathy as a Leadership Trait and Workforce Impact of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders, and Life Jackets"
  • AMANDA STONEROCK:  CEO and Co-Founder of Stonerock Business Solutions, LLC; Billings, Montana.  SPEAKING TOPIC: "Funding Development, Starting with the End in Mind"
  • JAVON WING:  Mindset Transformation/Life Coach, Speaker, Grant Writer, Owner of Inspired Life (Personal and Professional Development Coaching Services); Rocky Boy, Montana.  SPEAKING TOPIC: "Mindful Communication and Mindful Leadership"

Learn more about the Montana Women's Conference and get your tickets here!  You don't want to miss out on this amazing time!

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