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Hillary was born and raised in Three Forks on her family’s farm. The Folkvord family is a three generation farming family in Montana, who started Wheat Montana in 1987.
Hillary attended Montana State University on a Women’s Golf Scholarship, and studied Political Science and Spanish. During her 4-years at Montana State University, Hillary worked on various political campaigns, interned in Washington D.C. for the Senate Finance Committee, and studied abroad in Spain. After her undergraduate studies, Hillary attended Daniel’s College of Business at the University of Denver, receiving a MBA in Entrepreneurship and Marketing.
Hillary is and has been involved in many organizations around the state, she graduated from the Leadership Montana Class of 2012, serves on the Eagle Mount Board, serves on the Three Forks Chamber of Commerce Board, was the Chairman for the Joe Foss Institute Annual Event, and is an active member in the Young Professional Organization in Bozeman.
How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse
To be a mentor.
What motivates and inspires you?
My daughter continues to inspire me to create a better Montana for her and other young women.
Who are your personal ‘Sheroes’/Female Role-Models?
It may be clique, but Sheryl Sandberg really paved the way for women in leadership roles. I love her quote, “I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy, to be told instead she has great leadership skills.” Story of my life!
What technology/literature/art/seminars/ideas do you love, and recommend to others?
I love podcasts! I drive a lot back and forth to our hotel in Three Forks, and it’s the best way for me to gain information, while being entertained. My favorites: The Influencer Podcast, Him & Her Podcast, Entre Leadership, and That’s So Retrograde.
How do you reboot?
Traveling with my family. I try to put the phone down and be present and explore new places. Traveling to beautiful places inspires me to start new projects and create new content.
What is your biggest accomplishment, so far?
My one-year-old daughter Olivia Larue : )
What is the biggest career risk you’ve ever taken?
Starting my blog. It’s a very vulnerable place to put yourself and your life on the internet. You open yourself up to a lot of criticism. People are not always going to agree with you, or like you or anything you’re about…and that’s ok. When you speak from your heart and soul and share what you truly love, all those noises in the background start to become much quieter We’re all here for something greater than ourselves and once you tap into that power, you become unstoppable!
What is the ‘lasting legacy’ you hope to leave?
She was humble and kind
Words of wisdom you want to share with Montanan women?
Don’t trade in your authenticity for approval; your authentic self is your best self.