Anya Petersen-Frey
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I thrive on innovative thinking and surrounding myself with dynamic people who are willing to step outside the proverbial box and try new things.

Current Position

Director, Small Business Development Center; Chief Creative Strategist, Summerland Publishing

Montana State University; Summerland Publishing





Specialty Areas
  • Entrepreneur/Business Owner
  • Human Resources
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Trailblazer

problem solving, innovation (creativity implemented), critical thinking, various computer software skills including Adobe Creative Cloud and learning management systems

More Information:

Leadership Experience

I define a leader as one who guides, motivates and can inspire others to move together to complete a goal.  The leader seeks to make the team, the individual, thrive and does not seek personal glory.  This has been my pattern since I started teaching fitness classes when I was 18 years old and learned the power, if that is the right term, of helping others succeed.  Since then I have served as a financial analyst with a Fortune 500 company guiding teams to understanding how to move forward successfully and led a non-profit that worked to improve access to health care to become a respected entity that brought together the CEO’s of competing health care organization. Throughout my career I have worked with business owners, academic organizations, and local government and non-profit organizations to work together for success.  Today I am still the ‘quiet’ leader who enjoys working  behind the scenes to be a part of the process that guides individuals and communities to thrive  – I do this as an instructor, consultant, and, well, leader of various community and business projects.

How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse

I love learning and meeting dynamic individuals who bring new ideas and ways of doing things to their personal lives and work.  I am open to participating with PowerHouse as needed and connecting with like-minded women, and men, in Montana.