The latest news from Leadership Montana… January, 2004 – Applications for the Class of 2004-2005 Available February 15 !

“Leadership is a matter of how to be, not how to do it.”

Frances Hesselbein

Welcome to Leadership Montana!

Applications for the Class of 2004-2005 Available February 15 !

Thank you for your interest in Leadership Montana. This is a update on our activities, following the January meeting of our statewide Organizing Committee. This was the third meeting of this hard-working group and their progress is remarkable. There have been now three formal meetings of the Organizing Committee, and the fourth scheduled for March 8-9 in Butte.

The first Organizing Committee meeting was held at First Interstate Bank in Billings on September 29-30. The following meeting was held November 10-11 in Helena on the campus of Carroll College, and the third meeting was hosted by the University of Montana in Missoula on January 12-13.

The entire Leadership Montana team would like to thank and recognize these supporters for their role in making these meetings a success.

In Billings…

First Interstate BancSystem

In Helena…

The Helena Independent Record

The Montana Chamber of Commerce

Carroll College


In Missoula…

The University of Montana School of Business Administration

Washington Corporations

Please visit and review the list of distinguished members of the Organizing and Steering Committees.

**We also like to thank the members of our Leadership Team. Please take a look at the Leadership Team here and at These businesses organizations and individuals each contributed of at least $5,000 to support the launch of the Leadership Montana initiative.


In recent meetings, the Organizing Committee established dates and locations for the Leadership Montana 2004-2005 program. The full schedule will be released February 15. The program’s first year will include seven sessions in seven different Montana communities, including a two-day Retreat, a visit to the 2005 Legislature and a Board of Regents meeting. Each session will include a powerful, interactive discussion of Trusteeship, “The Inner Work of the Leader”, and the opportunity to make wonderful new lifelong friends from all over Montana.

The Leadership Montana program will begin September 8-10, and conclude with graduation May 11-13, 2005. The Class of 04-05 will be a powerful new network of friends and colleagues with a passion for Montana and a willingness to provide much needed leadership across the state with collaboration, trust and perseverance.

“It takes more than words to create this force, it takes leadership. There should be no more complaining about the status quo, only efforts to change it.”

Rep. Jesse Laslovich, state representative from Anaconda, on what it takes to become actively involved in creating change.



The Participant Selection Committee has recommended that the 40-participants in the Leadership Montana program be chosen to ensure that the diversity of Montana is represented in our class participants. The Leadership Montana Participant Selection Application will be available February 15 with the selection process beginning April 1. The 2004-2005 class of Leadership Montana will be announced June 1, 2004. Applications will be available at or by writing to the address below.


Leadership Montana Organizing Committee members have responded to requests for speaking engagements throughout Montana. Recent programs have included the Billings Rotary Club, Havre Chamber of Commerce Annual Luncheon, the Young President’s Organization meeting in Helena, Montana Society of Association Executives in Helena and the Missoula Economic Development Corporation in Missoula. If you are interested in one of our Leaders speaking to your organization, please let us know!

There are many ways to support the Leadership Montana program.

Become a Leadership Team member!

Become a participant!

Spread the word!

Please watch the Leadership Montana website, for updates, and information about application for the Class of 2004-2005. For more information, drop us a note at . or write:

Leadership Montana

P.O. Box 1373

Billings, Montana 59103

“These are hard times in which a genius would wish to live. Great necessities call forth great leaders.”

Abigail Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson in 1790

Leadership Montana is sponsored by The Montana Chamber Foundation, a 501-c-3 organization.

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