Manager of a community of entrepreneurs, creatives and freelancers.
- Community Organizer
- Finding a Mentor
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Leadership Opportunities
Public Relations, Event Coordination, Business Development
- Assisted artists, makers, innovators and creators in growing their business utilizing the Made in Montana seal
- Developed brand strategies for state programs, an international agriculture company, business lounge
- Worked on a team to create ideas for the vibe & design of a coworking lounge, coming to fruition as C3 WorkLounge
How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse
I would love to get to know more professional women in the Missoula and surrounding areas who want to bounce ideas about their business, need information on resources available to them from state or local entities, or are interested in drinking wine and talking of ways to make our communities the best place to live, work and play!
What motivates and inspires you?
I’m motivated by knowing what I do may potentially have an impact on someone else’s life. That being so, I enjoy being a part of groups and organizations that enhance our communities by giving local entrepreneurs a place to belong and thrive. I like to help find creative ways to solve problems and be a part of bigger discussions and long-term solutions.
Who are your personal ‘Sheroes’/Female Role-Models?
I have been privileged to work amongst great entrepreneurs and businesswomen throughout my career. Leadership at the Department of Commerce and the team at Old Sawmill District have been great influences and mentors to me, as well as the members in the Made in Montana program and at the C3 WorkLounge. Too many to name individually!
What technology/literature/art/seminars/ideas do you love, and recommend to others?
I’m a big believer in being able to roll with the punches and laugh at yourself and the failures you may encounter. Amy Lyle’s books “We’re All A Mess, It’s OK: A collection of funny essays and one-liners about the struggles of everyday life” and “The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures: A funny memoir of missteps, inadequacies, and faux pas” give you perspective and humor for everyday struggles in life and business.
Mindful Meditation has also been great for me to really focus on being present and decompress. I enjoy alone time to focus myself in order to face challenges ahead of me.
How do you reboot?
A good beer with friends, hike in the mountains, or day at the hot springs is ideal for me.
What is your biggest accomplishment, so far?
My biggest accomplishment so far has been being a part of the team that designed and opened a co-working lounge in Missoula. It’s been great to have a place for entrepreneurs to gather and have the infrastructure to conduct their business and collaborate with each other. The space is a much-needed project for a town full of so many bright business-people!
What is the biggest career risk you’ve ever taken?
Quitting a job I really enjoyed and moving to Missoula. It was a hard decision, but one that has worked out very well for my career. I have found a position I am very passionate about, and that has led me in a direction I thoroughly enjoy every day. The Missoula community has been great at allowing me to expand my network and work with influential groups of people.
What is the ‘lasting legacy’ you hope to leave?
I hope to empower other women to have a voice, push boundaries, and not be afraid to be yourself. Find a career that allows you to have all those things.
Words of wisdom you want to share with Montanan women?
“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules and build a life you’re proud to live.” And of course – have fun!