APRIL 2018
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Celebrating Leadership Montana

This past week, 200 Leadership Montana alumni, sponsors, friends, and classmates gathered to Celebrate Montana at our annual dinner in Billings. That celebration extended well beyond our geographical borders as Montana isn’t just where we live...Montana is who we are.

The spirit of Montana runs deep inside all of us. We are complex and strong…resilient and productive…hard working, hard playing, and sometimes a little wild.

Because that spirit of Montana is in each of us, we are drawn to Leadership Montana. 

For the last 15 years, Leadership Montana has developed leaders committed to building a better Montana and it is important that we pause often to celebrate each other and the remarkable successes of our first 15 years. 

We invite you to share with us your celebrations of Leadership Montana.

Who has impacted you? Help us celebrate those individuals by telling us your story. 

I can't wait to read your tributes. 

This week, nonprofit organizations around Montana will participate in the national day of giving - May 3-4. We join with hundreds of organizations working to make our communities even better places to live, work, and play. But we can't do it alone. 

As you consider the organizations you support this year, we hope that we're on your list. Visit our profile to learn more about this effort and show your support. 
It's here! The long awaited Masters Class...

This three-day, three session program will build on the Leadership Montana experience by using the internationally recognized curriculum “The Leadership Challenge”. 

Approaching leadership as a measurable, learnable, and teachable set of behaviors, The Leadership Challenge framework grew out of rigorous research that first began in 1982 when Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner set out to understand those times when leaders performed at their personal best. They conducted hundreds of interviews and reviewed hundreds of cases studies and survey questionnaires. What emerged were five fundamental practices common to extraordinary leadership achievements. Now known worldwide as the most practical model of leadership development, The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® continues to prove its effectiveness in cultivating and liberating the leadership potential in anyone—at any level, in any organization—who chooses to accept the challenge to lead.

This experience is limited to 24 Leadership Montana alumni who will be selected through a competitive process. 

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Join us as we welcome author and Gracious Space creator Patricia Hughes for a Lessons in Leadership discussion on civility. 
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Alumnus of the Month    

Chad 'Chip' Lippert
Class of 2009
Former Board of Governors Member
Tom Scott Award for Excellence in Leadership 2018 

The Leadership Montana Board of Governors has named Chad Lippert as the recipient of the 2018 Tom Scott Award for Excellence in Leadership.
The Tom Scott Award, named in honor of the founder of Leadership Montana, was created as the ultimate recognition for an individual who, through their actions, has demonstrated extraordinary leadership on issues affecting Leadership Montana, and these actions have led or will lead to the enhancement or sustainability of Leadership Montana.
Tom Scott had the vision to identify a significant need for leadership development within Montana for individuals of all political affiliations, all races, all creeds, all economic sectors, and all geographic regions.
Chad Lippert, a 2009 alumnus, not only has been an outstanding contributor to Leadership Montana, but is also highly accomplished in both the professional and personal aspects of his life. He joined D.A. Davidson in 1998 and has worked his way up to the position he holds currently – as Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor in Billings. He worked previously as an intern for the firm in Bozeman after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Business-Finance from Montana State University. He also has earned two prestigious professional credentials – as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a Certified Wealth Strategist® - and has tackled other professional education courses.
“Leadership Montana and the concept of Gracious Space was life changing for me,” Chad says. “The idea of seeking first to understand before trying to be understood opened up my heart and mind to others in a way I never had before.  Besides the life changing leadership concepts that were presented, the relationships that grew from this experience are precious ones that will last a lifetime.  I am so thankful for this program and what it means to the state of Montana and what it has meant to me.”
In 2016, Chad was honored with the Leadership Montana Alumni Service Award, in part for his strong contributions as a member of the Leadership Montana Board of Governors. He has been recognized as one of Billings’ “40 Under 40” list of young professionals.
A fourth-generation Montanan who was raised on a farm and ranch near Fort Benton, Chad has maintained a commitment to his home state that’s evident in an array of volunteer work. He serves on the MSU-Billings College of Business Advisory Board and has served on a number of local charitable boards including Billings Downtown Rotary Club. He teaches Sunday School at Faith Chapel and is a longtime youth sports coach. As a regular guest on the KTVQ Morning TV Show, he discusses financial planning topics. Chad and his wife, Chris, have four young children, Ty, Ella, Sally and Gwen. In their spare time, the family enjoys the outdoors and attending sporting events together.
“Chad spent countless hours working to improve the financial performance of Leadership Montana and was very successful in these efforts,” says Mike O’Neill, former Board of Governors chair. “In addition, Chad was not only instrumental in the formation and development of the Leadership Montana endowment, but he and his family have been leading contributors to this endowment fund which will benefit participants of this organization in perpetuity. Chad has been, and continues to be, a selfless contributor to the organization and it is time that the organization recognizes Chad for all of his contributions with the most prestigious award available to us."  

Congratulations, Chad! We are all so grateful for the contribution you made - and continue to make - for Leadership Montana and our great state. 

Class Reflection      

by Mike Worden, Helena  Class Elected Representative

Wow, what an adventure. I remember looking around the room in our first session at Big Sky and thought, “How is it possible that I am in a room with the best and brightest from the state of Montana?” I now realize that we weren’t the best and brightest.

Not because I really got to know all of you, but because I realized we all still had a lot to learn.

It was this adventure, that I had the privilege of taking with all of you, that I now know, without any doubt, that we are, the best and brightest of the state of Montana. We had many long days but somehow, Chantel, Anna, Jerry, Carmen and each of you, my classmates, made every session interesting and valuable. 

I am certain I speak for all of you, this experience has been an incredible journey for me, learning about, getting to know and becoming a friend to each of you. Some of you have changed jobs and careers, had children and hardships and some even learned they were related to other class members.

And we have shared those moments and our lives with each other. I am indebted to each of you for the gracious space and curious environment that each of you have contributed.
This, my friends, was a most excellent adventure. Thank you.


Sponsor of the Month

This month, we shine our spotlight on D.A. Davidson, a longtime Gold Level sponsor of Leadership Montana. As a founding partner, D.A. Davidson has been instrumental in providing our organization with financial support as well as knowledgeable and thoughtful participants, year after year. 

“Leadership Montana has so many positive effects for our headquarters state, and our company, that it would be hard to name just a few. Besides the myriad benefits that Leadership graduates experience as individuals, the program also benefits our state as a whole by developing leaders who understand the importance of engaging in civil dialogue, working together, and building a better tomorrow for us all. D.A. Davidson could not be prouder to support Leadership Montana.”
Jacquie Burchard
Vice President, Public Relations D.A. Davidson
Leadership Montana Class of 2009
Leadership Montana is a non-profit collaboration of leaders from business, labor, healthcare, higher education, non-profits and government coming together to form a strong partnership for the betterment of Montana.

Leadership Montana exists to develop leaders committed to building a better Montana through knowledge, collaboration and civility.
Montana Photos by The Wendt Agency 

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