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Mentoring, Inspiring, Networking, and Educating...

The MSU JJCBE Women’s Circle of Excellence mission is to enhance and enrich the lives of our women alumnae, associates and friends by opening doors for mentoring and networking while creating educating and inspiring opportunities for women by women. 


Thank you to everyone who attended or contributed to the conference! 

The Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship Women's Circle of Excellence invites you to join us for the 9th Annual WCOE Conference. This event captures the meaning of being a woman in today’s business world and is designed to help you achieve continued success, both professionally and personally. 

The full day conference will take place on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at MSU's Jabs Hall, and will include educational and inspirational sessions to provide you with the specific tools that will help you to grow and push your boundaries. We will also honor an outstanding woman mentor from the community and are bringing back a Pecha Kucha session that you don't want to miss! Join us afterwards for a networking social with silent auction to benefit women student scholarship.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Conference Agenda and Registration

The WCOE Conference is a full-day conference scheduled to begin at 8am with check-in and  continental breakfast, followed by the conference welcome and sessions starting at 8:30am. The day will wrap up with a networking social ending at 4:30pm. We hope you will join us! 

Early bird registration of $89 is available through April 15th; Regular registration is $99. Conference fees include educational session materials, limited parking, lunch, networking social, and more!  6.8 CEU and CPE credits available.

(attendees are responsible for ensuring credit acceptance by their professional organizations)


2017 Keynote Speaker 

Frances Cole Jones

Frances Cole Jones is the author of "How to Wow: Proven Strategies for Selling Your (Brilliant) Self in any Situation", "The Wow Factor: The 33 Things You Must (and Must Not) Do to Guarantee Your Edge in Today’s Business World" and "Wow Your Way Into the Job of Your Dreams". She also has an app called “Interview Wow”. Her blog www.francescolejones.com/blog was voted one of the top 100 websites for women by Forbes.com. In 2014, Speaking.com voted her a top 5 speaker in Communication.

Frances has appeared on ABC, Fox, and the Hallmark Channel. She is a body language expert for The Insider, a business etiquette expert for Demand Media’s eHow video series, and a job interview expert for About.com. Frances is also the President of Cole Media Management, a media training company focused on cultivating clients’ inherent strengths to develop more powerful communication skills. Cole Media Management clients have appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose, CNN, C-Span, Top Chef, Project Runway and others.  Get a sneak peek and view her Ted Talk here. 


A key component to of the WCOE Conference is women sharing their stories and wisdom with women. Please consider being a 2017 WCOE PK presenter and share on theme of "I Wish I Had Known".  

Outstanding Woman Mentor Award 

The Outstanding Woman Mentor Award honors a woman in the business community who has demonstrated strong leadership and has donated time, inspiration, expertise and friendship to others. As a result of her act of mentorship, she has impacted other woman in her community, by encouraging personal and professional growth and helping them to achieve excellence. 


For sponsorship and registration information contact Anna at anna.reardon@montana.edu or 406-994-6195.

2017 Conference Sponsors 


Hosting Sponsorship Level

   northwestern energy logo

   blue cross blue shield logo

 Lunch Sponsorship Level

 Foundant Logo


 Breakfast Sponsorship Level

 first security bank


Printing Sponsorship Level


Networking Sponsorship Level

 Thrivent Financial

Break Sponsorship Level

  amatics logo            northwestern energy logo

Supporter Sponsorship Level

Kandi Davis                Jackie Sather

    Bozeman Health Logo          Right At Home Logo

Auction Item Donors

Bequet Confections
Bisl Food
Bridger Animal Nutrition
Chris Bauer
Christie Johnson
Deb Brugman Photography
Dry Hills Distillery
Element Hotel
Gallatin Valley Mall
Headframe Spirits
Lynn Chase Massage
MSU Bookstore
MSU Office of the President
Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply
Mystery Ranch
Neva Kelly
Open Range
Owenhouse Ace Hardware
Penny Walker - Mary Kay Cosmetics
Rocky Mountain Gardening
Sacajawea Hotel
Sage Spa
Simplicity’s Playbook
Vixen Blow Dry Salon
Walla Walla Organics
Yellowstone Zipline


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Brief History

The MSU JJCBE Women’s Circle of Excellence (the Circle) was created in the fall of 2006 based on the vision of Jackie Sather and Micki Munro.  A group of alumnae and administrative employees of the CoB were brought together to form the Core Committee of the Circle. In the spring of 2007, the Core Committee hosted the Circle’s first event, a graduation celebration for the graduating seniors and masters women of the CoB where they were congratulated on this significant achievement by local JJCBE alumnae. 

The Core Committee brought the first annual Women’s Circle of Excellence conference, a two-day event held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman, Montana on April 17th and 18th, 2008. This also coincided with the 115th anniversary of the College of Business. The theme of the conference was “Links of a Lifetime," which promoted the existing bonds between alumnae and friends and fostered opportunities to establish new ones.

This conference featured national and local speakers who presented inspirational and educational sessions and events, as well as mentoring and networking opportunities.  These two days featured presentations capturing the true meaning of being a woman in today’s busy world, while sharing the pride that comes from being linked by the common thread of graduating from the same institute in business.

In 2011, the WCOE collaborated with Prospera Business Network and the Women’s Business Center to host the first W2 Conference, offered every other year, as a town and gown partnership.

Women's Circle of Excellence Newsletter:
October 2009 - Issue I
December 2009 - Issue II
January 2010 - Issue III
February 2010 - Issue IV
March 2010 - Issue V
April 2010 - Issue VI


Previous Events Highlights and Pictures:
2008 Inaugural Women's Circle of Excellence Event
2009 Women's Circle of Excellence Event
2010 Women's Circle of Excellence Event
2011 Event: W2 The Women to Women Conference
2012 Women's Circle of Excellence Event
2013 Event: W2 The Women to Women Conference
2014 WCOE Conference
2015 Event: W2 The Women to Women Conference
2016 WCOE Conference