2015 W2 Conference

May 28, 2015
Best Western GranTree Inn Plus
Bozeman, Montana

Presented by the Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship (JJCBE), Women's Circle of Excellence (WCOE), Prospera Business Network, and the Montana Women's Business Center

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Conference Schedule:

  • 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
  • 8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. Group Presentation with Ris Higgins, Leadership Outfitters
  • 9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Exhibitor Break and Networking
  • 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Breakout Presentations
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Luncheon with Presentation by Carmen McSpadden, MSU Leadership Institute + Presentation of the 2015 Mentor Award
  • 12:45 - 1:00 p.m. Exhibitor Break and Networking
  • 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  Group Presentation with Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer, Hopa Mountain
  • 2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Exhibitor Break and Networking
  • 2:45 - 4: 00 p.m. Keynote Presentation with Karen Stewart Brown
  • 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Discovering Your Passion and Leading the Way
Ris Higgins, Leadership Outfitters

Team Building - Breakout session Option 1 (click here: PPT presentation, Handout)
Managing Conflict: Your survival guide to successful negotiation and conflict resolution
Dr. Virginia Bratton, MSU Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship

Marketing - Breakout session Option 2 (click here: PPT presentation, Handout)
Creating a Strategy for Online Marketing Success
Amy Schumann and Marciela Ross, West Paw Design

Three Keys to Connecting, Cultivating, and Strengthening Relationships
Carmen McSpadden, MSU Leadership Institute

Productively Channeling Your Passion and Achieving Goals Together
Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer, Hopa Mountain

Keynote Presentation: Finding Passion, Staying Passionate and Being Inspired
Karen Stewart Brown

FEATURING KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Karen Stewart Brown, Designer and Entrepreneur, Stewart+Brown
Karen co-founded Stewart+Brown, along with her husband Howard Brown, in 2002 and oversees all design and production activities. Their company is a pioneer of modern ethical fashion that applies sustainable practices to create apparel that enables women to feel beautiful on the inside and out. In 2015, Karen co-founded FUTUREADI®–a next generation creative agency focused on engineering sustainable solutions for complex design problems. Prior to Stewart+Brown, Karen was Sr. Designer at Patagonia and J.Crew.

CPA CPE Credits available: 7.8

Click here for the Registration Brochure

2015 Conference Sponsors

2015 Conference Sponsors

Signature Sponsorship Level

Montana Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program logo

Hosting Sponsorship Level

MSU Blackstone LaunchPad logo


Blue Cross Blue Shield

CenturyLink logo

Northwestern Energy Community Works Logo

Advertising Sponsorship Level

 Distinctly Montana Logo

Montana Parent Magazine Logo


Printing Sponsorship Level

Networking Sponsorship Level

Bozeman Deaconess Logo


CTA Architects logo


First Security Bank logo

Tow Haul Logo

Breakout Sponsorship Level






Speaker Gift Sponsor