APRIL  2021
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“Humility in leadership does not imply the absence of ego or ambition. Rather, humble leaders are better able to channel their ambition back into the organization, rather than use it for personal gain.” - Dr. Robert Hogan

Recently, I have been intrigued by the quality of “humility” and much that I have read has changed the way I view this important leadership trait. We may think that a humble person is intentionally “small”, meek, or holds a low self-image. Though countless examples of leaders around me, I have learned that the exact opposite is true. Confidence and humility co-exist in great leaders.

A humble leader is one with supreme grounded confidence - an authentically strong sense of self that is rooted in experience. Through that self-awareness, a humble leader knows who they are and how they lead.

With grounded confidence, a humble leader recognizes the strengths of others, and elevates those contributions for the betterment of the organization. They do not need to compete with, take away from, or overshadow those in their circle. They are confident in who they are and help build confidence in others as well.

Leaders with humility are more open to collaborative efforts to advance a shared vision, understanding that co-created ideas and solutions have a better chance of successful implementation. They are well-equipped to ask for help and make it safe for others, too. A culture of learning and self-development is important to leaders with humility, who also build cultures of openness, trust, and appreciation.

I see a common thread of humility woven through our Leadership Montana network of alumni. Across Montana, you are leading in all the ways mentioned above.

My list of great leaders with grounded confidence and humility is far too long to include in it’s entirety. They range from Amy in Kalispell to Leslie in Sidney. Aaron in Helena to Kelly in Red Lodge. Debbie in Havre to Sharon in Lame Deer. Barb in Bozeman to Stephen in Glendive. Hatton in Missoula to Marci in Billings. Countless examples fill my head and heart and make me so proud to be a part of this community of confidently humble leaders who are building a better Montana together

Who is a humble leader that you admire? I encourage you to tell them why you admire and appreciate them. You might just make their day.  

Be well and lead well,

Chantel M. Schieffer
President & CEO
Class of 2010, Masters 2019

Please join us Thursday, May 6th - Friday, May 7th from 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm for a Day of Giving for Leadership Montana. 

You do not need to live in these communities to donate, but these are the five giving days we are participating in.

Give Big Gallatin Valley -
Give Great Falls -
Greater Helena Gives - 
Missoula Gives
Yellowstone Valley Gives -

This year has been challenging and thanks to the generous support of so many, Leadership Montana has continued to provide much-needed programming but we still need your support. We invite you to join us in making a donation to Leadership Montana on May 6th and 7th during a 24-hour day of giving. Your donation will help us build programs so that we can continue to support the leadership needs of our alumni and our state. 

This year, thanks to the generosity of generous donors including Carmen McSpadden, Kristy Buckley, and The Williamson Family Fund, all donations will be matched up to $5,000. Your $25 donation will become $50, $100 becomes $200, $500 to $1,000. Help us reach our goal of $15,000 through this great match!


Thanks to our Giving Day partners, each donation will be entered to win a Giving Day package including a pair of Bedrock Sandals, a Mystery Ranch backpack, and a local growler with a fill. Five total packages will be awarded, one for each community giving day!

Everyone who donates $100 or more will be entered to win a private dinner for ten in Headframe Spirits' Barrel Warehouse. Owners John and Courtney McKee as well as Distiller, Reade Huddleston, will be there to provide your party a catered dinner, cocktails, wine and exclusive whiskey tasting straight from the barrels! Each guest will also take home a bottle of their own.

Leadership Montana’s annual Celebrate Montana event is going virtual again! We hope you will join us for an evening with fellow alumni and friends celebrating honored guests, the graduating 2021 Flagship class, and an opportunity to reconnect with your own classmates.

This year with your early registration you will receive a $25 gift certificate to one of ten LMT alumni businesses - you choose your favorite! 

Join us to celebrate the recipients of our annual awards - Alumni Service Award, Alumni Leadership Award, and the Tom Scott Excellence in Leadership Award. 

You won’t want to miss the silent auction including exclusive items and experiences from all corners of Montana.

The special event is one of the highlights of the year as we gather to celebrate our participants, alumni, and the great state we call home. We hope you can join us this year virtually!

CLICK here to register


Cami Skinner, Sidney- Class of 2015
Interviewed by Mike Worden, Helena, Class of 2018

It was with sincerity, enthusiasm, appreciation and pride that Cami spoke of her Leadership Montana experience and her love for Montana.  Growing up on a farm/ranch in northeast Montana, Cami learned the great lessons of life, that hard work is required for success and the value of family and happiness cannot be measured. 

Montana is home for Cami, she graduated from the University of Montana in Business Management and Communications and began her career with General Electric (GE) in their Capital Division.  This required her to travel a great deal, keeping her from her home, friends and family.  Cami was able to return to the University of Montana, earning her MBA and married her college sweetheart. 

Cami and her husband, the principal of Fairview High School, reside in Sidney and are very involved in the community.  Cami is the Operations Manager of the Seitz Insurance Agency.  This position requires Cami to wear many hats, overseeing the operations of the insurance agency, providing human resources advice and guidance and ensuring the employees are engaged and productive. 

In her spare time, Cami continues to work on the ranch she grew up on, visiting and working with family and friends.  She enjoys taking both yoga and cooking classes and daily walks with her husband, Jon, and their goldendoodle, Molly. 

It was difficult at first for Cami to decide on only one favorite memory of her Leadership Montana experience.  She named off several that were impactful and memorable, such as…the whole experience, commuting each month with classmates, getting to know her classmates and developing lifelong friendships.  However, Cami’s favorite memory of her Leadership Montana Experience is the class visit to Sidney the place she calls home.  The ability to show off ‘her town’ was an awesome experience.

Being a person of integrity, high morals and ethics and having a sense of care and concern for others, Cami’s experience in Leadership Montana heightened her awareness and effectiveness in the qualities and standards she holds for herself and others.  The idea of Gracious Space and Inviting the Stranger have had significant impacts on the way she interacts with others, practicing the ‘listen, learn and lead’ proposition and the value of taking a step back with the intent to learn, not only to respond.

According to Cami, the Leadership Montana experience is of significant importance to all Montanan's as it builds a bridge for inclusion and diversity, politically, economically and socially through the practice of Gracious Space.  It can be seen, even from a distance, when others practice the art of graciousness, inclusion and diversity, leaning in and learning.  The impact can be seen in our communities across the state and Cami is intentional in employing civility in her dialogue and practicing what she has learned in Leadership Montana and from her classmates of the Dream Team of 2015. 

It is about giving back and paying forward.

Cami will be joining the Leadership Montana Board of Governors in July 2021. 

Active Alumni Membership Dues

Our annual Active Alumni Membership Dues Campaign launched in February. We are 75% towards our goal.  Can you help us meet or exceed our goal?

The Class of 2019 continues to hold the lead for the class competition, 68% of the Class of 2019 have paid their Active Alumni Dues! 

We are grateful to our Alumni that have renewed their commitment to building a better Montana. 

Class of 2021 - Your dues are current for 2021. We look forward to you joining the campaign in 2022. 

CLICK here to renew Active Alumni Membership
CLICK here for help with the Alumni Portal
Thank you to these Alumni that have paid their 2021 Active Alumni Membership Dues between
March 25 - April 28, 2021. 

Alumni Dues with Honors
Jim Bliss 2010,
M 2019
Jo Ann Eder 2008
Stephen Clawson 2005
Anne Hughes 2012
Jim Lehner 2009
Kathy Brown 2006
Clifford Kipp 2020
Karen Miller (Baumgart) 2020

Alumni Dues and Pay It Forward
Alan Satterlee 2017

Alumni Dues Plus
Courtney McKee 2019,
M 2020
Scott Kesler 2020
Jake Feddes 2017
Zachary Adkins 2013,
M 2020
Viktoryia Fosjord 2006
Tara Mastel 2007
Stephanie Uter 2020
Dave Glaser 2012
Chuck Winn 2015,
M 2019

Alumni Dues
Nick Pancheau 2019
Kathy Schlepp 2006
Dana Toole 2018
Diane Conti 2019
Keith Cron 2017
Shalon Hastings 2020
Leslie Messer 2008,
M 2020
VickiLynn Terpstra 2019
Jon Herz 2020
Brad Doll 2020
Darrell Hirsch 2020
Fran Albrecht 2020
Heidi Duncan 2016
Jeff Guengerich 2016
Alumni Dues
Andy Hunthausen 2010
Aaron Pratt 2017,
M 2020
Dax Schieffer 2009
Tom Shellenberg 2007
Cindy Trimp 2018
Jean Curtiss 2006
Mark Macek 2018
Sean Becker 2011
Dale Bickell 2011
Todd Buchanan 2005
Don Chery 2017
Amy Coseo 2017,
M 2019
Aimee Grmoljez 2012
Eric Halverson 2016,
M 2019
Chris Kukulski 2014
Julie Seedhouse 2010
Christopher Dahl 2016
Alisa Schneider 2018
Howard Skjervem 2010
Shawn Thomas 2018
Kali Wicks 2016
Samuel Williams 2010
Jennifer Fritz 2014
Marissa McDonough 2014
Svein Newman 2016
Jennifer Cloutier 2019
Andrew Metroka 2017
Alan Ruby 2018
Walt Shaw 2017
Brian D. Brown 2011
Kris Carpenter 2018, M 2019
Cathy Frank 2013
Lisa Kelley 2018
Jeffrey Roth 2015
Billie Ruff 2008
John Cech 2006
Jane Moe 2016
Mike Kadas 2005
Vincent Kalafat 2018
William Jones 2009
“I want my entire team to experience Leadership Montana. Can we do that?” 
Yes, you can! 

In 2020, nearly 1,000 Montanans participated in a Leadership Montana training through their company or community. With three main workshops to offer, we can help you build a culture of leadership in your organization. 
CLICK here to learn more about workshops


As a nonprofit organization, Leadership Montana depends on the generosity of our sponsors and donors to support our programs. Our sincere gratitude this month goes out to YOU! Individual donations are essential to our organization today and moving forward. So thank you to all the Monthly donors, Leadership Circle donors, yearly donors, and donors who give when asked, for your generous and continued support of Leadership Montana!

If you are interested in learning about donation opportunities with Leadership Montana, let us know.

VIRTUAL EVENTS - Opportunities to Listen, Learn and Build Connection

May 3 - 7 Celebrate Agriculture Week
Join us as we celebrate education during the first week of May.  Follow along on social media and our website as we highlight Montana agriculture leaders including our alumni and sponsors.

May 6 & 7 Montana Giving Days. Join us next week in supporting Leadership Montana as five communities in Montana will be holding a 24-hour day of Giving
BillingsBozemanGreat FallsHelena, and Missoula.

June 15 6:00 PM Celebrate Montana virtually. Our annual gala celebration will be held virtually again this year. Save the date to join with alumni, graduating class members, sponsors, and friends as we come together to celebrate all that is great about our state and organization. 

Save the Date: September 23-24, The Confluence, White Sulpher Springs. Registration will open in May. Alumni that are current on 2021 Dues will have early opportunity to register. We expect this event with a max attendance of 50 to sell out quick. 

Save the Date: December 1-2, 2021. Men's and Women's Leadership Forums.  Alumni that are current on 2021 Dues will have early opportunity to register.


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