Innovation and Entrepreneurship Marketing and Operations Manager
- Design / Marketing
- Entrepreneur/Business Owner
Corporate Storytelling, Social Media Marketing, Web Design, Graphic Design, Video Production, and Entrepreneurship Consulting
I have worked in Missoula and at University of Montana (UM) in innovative, motivated teams to better those communities. In the community I have participated in various leadership groups and co-founded Women for the Web, a community organization focused on encouraging women to get involved in technology. At UM I started the UM Marketing Collective that serves as collaborative, educational group, I was a staff ambassador then served on the executive planning committee, and I have served on several innovation initiatives surrounding customer service and organizational engagement. Other than my work for the community and UM, I also have owned two of my own businesses and live for starting up.
How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse
In 7th grade I was voted most likely to be the first woman president. Though I’m not sure I’ll live up to those expectations, I have always felt a call to empower women to get in the game- no matter what game was being played. I still feel that call today, more than ever, and want women to engage in leadership, government, and business in order to make our communities (and the world) more socially and economically prosperous. I hope that my participation in PowerHouse can help other women to engage in leadership opportunities.
What motivates and inspires you?
The people of Montana motivate and inspire me everyday. I have the good fortune to meet with passionate entrepreneurs who are tackling big problems at home and in the world. Their work and energy is contagious. I get to work with economic stakeholders from across the state of Montana who are paving the way for entrepreneurs to be successful in order to generate more jobs for Montanans. What inspires me most is looking around at these people who work tirelessly for Montanans to have better futures and lives.
Who are your personal ‘Sheroes’/Female Role-Models?
When I was little, I would have said Lisa Leslie, first woman to dunk (shout out Lisa!). As I’ve aged, I look to women who are brave like the many women who used the #metoo movement as a platform to highlight inequality (Salma Hayek’s New York Times article is an awesome example); I look to women who are standing up for inequality, like Montana’s Jeanette Rankin who was not only the first woman to be admitted to Congress, but also instrumental in achieving the right to vote for women; and I look to women who are working on our behalf to better our human existence like Kathleen Williams. I think, regardless of your party allegiance, more women in office means more representation and diversity of thought and in such polarized times, we need diversity and civil discourse.
What technology/literature/art/seminars/ideas do you love, and recommend to others?
Podcast I’m listening to: How I Built This, Guy Raz
Book I’m reading: GRIT, Angela Duckworth
Ideas I love: Right now, I’m big on social entrepreneurs- entrepreneurs who are making a difference in the world while they are making profits and jobs. I appreciate this in the government as well, but I feel as though entrepreneurs can do more in less time as they create the structure around them rather than being confined and restricted by bureaucracy. I like dreamers.
Album of the Moment: The Bug Collector, Haley Heynderickx
How do you reboot?
I have found that with small children, being able to find serenity and peace are difficult. So, when I can create those opportunities to be at home alone, in the woods alone, or connect to myself quietly, I feel reenergized and centered. I have been a TM (transcendental meditation) meditator for about 10 years which helps me tune out superfluous distractions throughout the day. Also, I relish hiking whenever I can create the opportunity in the morning before work and on the weekends.
What is your biggest accomplishment, so far?
Personally, my family has been my biggest accomplishment. Parenting is really hard no matter if you’re working or staying at home. As a working parent, I struggle between time, priorities, sharing enough of myself. At the same time, I know how awesome these kids are and I honestly hope I am raising the next presidents of the United States (they are four years apart so they could share consecutive terms I think?!)
Professionally, I love that I brought a group of community and university members together to create Last Best Conference (LBCon). It has been an incredible journey and experiment that I hope will continue to put Missoula on the map for fun and creativity.
What is the biggest career risk you’ve ever taken?
I changed careers at a time when I was going through a rough patch emotionally. I was in a professional program and working full time while my son was 18 months old, and I knew the job opportunity would be more challenging than my current, comfortable circumstances. I barely had the energy to pull together an application, but I’m so glad I did otherwise I wouldn’t be doing what I am now. It’s one of those moments where I knew the change would be super difficult and I knew the odds were stacked against me, but it may have been one of the most pivotal changes in my life.
What is the ‘lasting legacy’ you hope to leave?
I hope that my legacy stands for supporting women to be successful in what they do so they can go on to hire more women and help them be successful in what they do. The more financial success women gain, the more women can continue to support important issues that matter to women whether it be women’s healthcare, supporting families, education, and beyond.
Words of wisdom you want to share with Montanan women?
Love thy neighbor! The more we can shed some of our competitive, insecure, standoffish facades, the more we can connect on a human level to better each other and the state we all cherish. Support each other, experiment with each other, and grow with each other. Start with a smile and see where it takes you.