Women's Circle of Excellence

Mentoring, Inspiring, Networking, and Educating...

The MSU Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship (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.

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.

2014 WCOE Conference

May 8, 2014
Riverside Country Club
Bozeman, Montana

2014 WCOE Save the Date

Conference Schedule:

  • 11:00-12:00 pm      Registration (Sack lunch option on registration)
  • 12:00-12:15 pm      Welcome to Event, President Waded Cruzado
  • 12:15-1:15 pm        Group session - Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Increase your impact and image, Jessi Smith
  • 1:15-1:25 pm          Break
  • 1:25-2:25 pm         Group session - Harnessing the Power of Technology, Maclaren Latta
  • 2:30-3:30 pm          Group Panel - Learning From Experience
  • 3:30-3:45 pm          Mentor Award
  • 3:45-5:00 pm          Keynote - Authenticity: Being Your Best by Being True to Yourself, Tamra Chandler
  • 5:00-6:30 pm          Networking Game/Silent Auction/Hors d’oeuvres
        • Professional business portrait opportunity - Angie Solvie

Registration: $55
CPA CPE Credits will be available: 5.4

Optional Lunch ($12)- Please check the box on the registration form:
Chilled Smoked Chicken w/Orange-Curry Seasoned Vinaigrette,
Asparagus & Organic Greens, Wild rice & Quinoa salad with dried cranberries and roasted almonds


2014 Conference Sponsors
Sponsorship Opportunities: Conference Sponsorship Levels

Associate Sponsors

Anderson ZurMuehlen


Printing Support

P4 Marketing Group



American Bank

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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 Women's Circle of Excellence Event: W2
2012 Women's Circle of Excellence Event
2013 Women's Circle of Excellence Event: W2