At our annual Celebrate Montana dinner in April, our Board Chair Amy Kellogg ('13) addressed the sell-out crowd with inspiration, humor, and imagination. Amy’s words touched everyone in the room as illustrated by the standing ovation she received. I want to share her inspiration with all of you here. As Amy’s term as Chair of the Board of Governors comes to a close, I extend my sincerest gratitude for her fierce leadership, constant inspiration, and lifelong friendship. Magic, do you believe? I do.
First it was Dorothy’s ruby slippers which not only were sparkling but had tremendous magic in them. Later it was Harry Potter and his friends – it was magic that brought together a cast of characters from all walks of life to Hogwarts and beyond. Then five years ago I found a different magic - a magic that has touched everyone in this room - be it directly or indirectly. That magic is Leadership Montana.
That Magic starts when we meet as a class for the first time in Big Sky... and despite our internal voices saying “what am I doing here”. It’s like someone spreads some pixie dust and we slowly begin to get to know 40+ folks who we never knew before and start to open our minds and hearts. Now it doesn’t always happen for all of us in Big Sky... sometimes it takes a few sessions, but eventually the magic of Leadership Montana finds each of us.
Leadership Montana’s strength is due to generous individuals, corporations, and foundations who believe in our mission of developing leaders committed to building a better Montana. These partners are deeply connected to our work and success.
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Class of 2009
Board of Governors Member
Jamie Doggett is a cattle rancher who grew up around Ringling and Harlowton. She attended Montana State University with a degree in History. She taught high school English, but never history because she says she didn’t have a basketball or football degree. She and her husband Jock have worked their cattle and land 25 miles west of White Sulphur Spring together for over thirty years. She calls it “Paradise.”
Doggett’s appreciation of her home and the people who live in Meagher County led her to serve her neighbors as Meagher County Commissioner for twelve years. She was active in county, state and national efforts to improve infrastructure, health care and voting rights.
Jamie’s passion for Montana’s history and the stories of its people led her to become an advocate for the humanities in 1989 when she was appointed by then Governor Stan Stephens to the Montana Committee for the Humanities (now Humanities Montana). She was subsequently re-appointed for two additional terms by Governor Marc Racicot and served for a total of twelve years, chairing the board for three of those years. She was elected to the board of directors for the Federation of State Humanities Councils in 1996 and was chair for 4 years. In 2006 she was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the US Senate to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. President Obama also nominated her to the same position in 2016, but the Senate failed to confirm the appointment
Her favorite Montana book is Heart Earth, Ivan Doig’s moving portrait of his mother Bernetta, based on letters he found long after her death. She noted that it is the only book she read that made her cry. It tells the familiar story of a Montana family struggling with geographical, financial, and intergenerational problems. Jamie and Jock live in the Camas house featured in Doig’s This House of Sky.
For Jamie, the impact of Leadership Montana is the extended web of people it creates around the state and across the country. When Doggett was injured in a car crash in 2010, her former leadership classmates arranged for two giant coolers of prepared meals to be delivered, along with a $500 donation to a local nonprofit of her choice. “I was in shock,” she remembers, “lying in my temporary living-room-bedroom, watching that FedEx truck come up to the house.” Adding to the circle of generosity, when classmate Dax Schieffer announced his marriage to Chantel, it was Jamie and a classmate of Chantel’s who organized the collective gift of a lifetime membership in the MSU alumni association.
“That’s the power of it,” she says “everyone in Montana has a story. Leadership Montana is the gracious space place where they get to share that story.”
SPONSOR OF THE MONTH
This month we are featuring NorthWestern Energy as our Sponsor of the Month. As a Palladium level sponsor, NorthWestern Energy has been an integral part of Leadership Montana’s founding and success over the last 15 years. Through their Community Works program, NorthWestern Energy provides support of nonprofit organizations in which the company operates.
Heather Bellamy (LMT 2018) says this of her work as Community Relations Manager: “Our goal is to be a leading corporate citizen in each of the diverse communities we serve. Last year, our Community Works Fund contributed more than $2.1 million in economic development, charitable donations and community sponsorships. We are invested fully in the community spirit that connects us in common purpose.”
Our gratitude to CEO Bob Rowe and to the many Leadership Montana alumni who are proud to work for NorthWestern Energy. Your partnership means the world to us.
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.