Women Leading Montana Conference

Sunday, October 20

Pre-registration. Take this opportunity to pick up your packet and meet some new friends


Monday, October 21

8:00am Settle in & enjoy a light breakfast 

8:30am Welcome from the Steering Committee Conversation & Group Introductions

9:30am – 9:45am Break

9:45am – 11:30am Gracious Space Workshop.

This collaborative leadership model will help you work better with your teams at work, at home, and in the community.

11:30am – 12:30pm Keynote Speaker & Lunch – Dorothy Bradley: Collaboration Challenges and Rewards

As a citizen legislator and community leader, Dorothy Bradley has spent most of her life working for the people of Montana. At age 23 she was elected as the only woman in the Montana House of Representatives and has proven herself to be an independent leader who is not afraid to address hard problems.

12:30pm - 12:45pm Break

1:00pm – 3:00pm Leadership Training with Ris Higgins, Leadership Outfitters.

Ris Higgins is an executive coach and innovative thought leader who has been working with leaders and their teams for more than 40 years. She joined her husband, Joe, in their coaching company in 1993 to guide leaders in behavioral change through an approach they describe as relevant, inspiring, and profound. Since then, she has accumulated over 4,500 hours of coaching, outfitting her clients with the tools and practices to engage in extraordinary leadership. Ris’s coaching focus is based on real life applications, not theory. She blends her coaching education with her personal experiences as a corporate leader, government manager, author, entrepreneur, and business owner. Clients appreciate her transforming questions that help them capture insights, achieve breakthroughs, add value, and get results. Bottom line—her personal mission is to make a difference. And she does.

3:00pm – 3:15pm Break

 3:15pm – 4:30pm Issues Discussion.

This facilitated panel will highlight issues facing women in leadership today.

4:30pm – 5:45pm Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres & cocktail hour

6:00pm – 7:30pm Improv & Leadership: An Interactive Workshop with Erica Towe. 

What better way to end our day together than laughing and learning. Improvisation is known to be a useful and fun tool in developing our leadership skills. Through this laugh-a-minute workshop, we will dig into practical skills that we can use every day. 

Women Leading Montana Award Ceremony. Nominations are now open for our second annual WLMA.



Tuesday, October 22

7:30am – 8:00am - Morning Movement Activity

8:00am – 8:30am - Light Breakfast & Table Conversations

8:30am – 9:00am – Introduction of Engaging Exchange Speakers

Meet our selection of amazing leaders and pick three to engage with in meaningful, connective conversation in a small group setting.

9:00am – Noon – Engaging Exchanges

 Noon – 1:00pm – Lunch and Creating Community with 100 Strong

100 Strong Billings was established to harness the creative and charitable energy of local women of all ages as we strive to improve the quality of life for women and children.

1:00pm – 3:00pm – Inspired Storytelling.

This is your opportunity to share your amazing story. After this facilitated workshop, you will have the ability, skills, and knowledge to tell your story in a captivating and motivating way.

3:00pm – 3:30pm Wrap up & Thank You!

Spa Room sponsored by Sanctuary – an Aveda Concept Salon, will be available both days offering various spa services during the conference.