Amy has more than a decade of nonprofit and fundraising experience as a CEO and Director of Development with expertise in the planned giving arena.
Director, Montana Office of Gift Planning
Planned Giving expertise, nonprofit management, government affairs, and communications
How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse
As a mentor
What motivates and inspires you?
I am particularly inspired by people who overcome insurmountable odds to go on and lead productive, thoughtful lives.
I am personally motivated by challenges/opportunities to find a way to do things better and more authentically every day.
Who are your personal ‘Sheroes’/Female Role-Models?
It is pretty personal for me. My great-grandmothers, my grandmother, my mom, my sisters, and my daughter are my heroes and are such great role models for me. My ancestors remind me how easy I have it, my sisters support me, and my daughter shows me a unique perspective for moving forward.
My coworkers are the ultimate “Sheroes” creating a work/life balance all while kicking butt and making a difference in the community of Montana. We have lost loved ones, had health scares and deployed relatives to the Middle East and still…we thrive!
I admire any woman in leadership because I know what it takes to get there and what it takes to keep going!
On a grander scale, I love Maya Angelou for her inspiration, Jane Austen for picking up a pen and every suffragette for paving the way for all of us.
What technology/literature/art/seminars/ideas do you love, and recommend to others?
Putting my whole life into one outlook calendar…sticky notes have a way of getting lost!
Putting up motivational quotes around you that speak to you on a deep level, and change them often as your needs change.
I have a book titled, “The Importance of Living” – it is a Chinese book, and I have no idea what it is about, but the title speaks volumes to me…it also makes me laugh that I haven’t read it. Humor is important too!
My work is pretty specialized so I won’t bore you with the nerdy things I read and webinars I love but I will say that there is always something new to learn and always a way to look at something old with new eyes.
In my next great adventure (when I retire) I am going to be an artist (in my own eyes not necessarily in anyone else’s!). My grandfather was a western bronze artist…I may follow in his footsteps or I may just throw paint on a canvas and see what it looks like.
How do you reboot?
A good book and/or binge watching historical documentaries.
What is your biggest accomplishment, so far?
I have a few I am particularly happy about like playing a role in the creation of Martin Luther King Day in Montana, successfully lobbying the Montana Legislature to establish the school breakfast program, making the Montana History Textbook available in every classroom in Montana and securing millions of dollars in endowed philanthropic funds for the benefit of Montana for forever!
What is the biggest career risk you’ve ever taken?
Twice in my career I have left good jobs that just weren’t a good fit for me to take on different positions with a cut in pay that resulted in greater fulfillment and; shortly thereafter, greater pay.
Key takeaway…don’t stay in a job just for the paycheck!
What is the ‘lasting legacy’ you hope to leave?
What really gets me up every morning is working with charitable Montanans every day to create lasting philanthropic legacies for this place I love! I may not personally have millions of dollars to give, but I will have a part in securing hundreds of millions of dollars for Montana and its people. This place matters greatly to me!
Words of wisdom you want to share with Montana women?
I don’t think we should expect life to be easy, but we should expect it to be fulfilling. Do something that has meaning to you, and not what others tell you has meaning. Leverage your talents minimize your weaknesses and own your own mistakes…with humor!