Conference Agenda

8:00-8:30am       Check-In, Light Breakfast
8:30-8:40             Welcome 
8:40-9:35             “Sorry, Not Sorry: Communicating with Confidence”:  Lori Addicks|Larkspur Group
9:45-10:45           Break out Session I 
How to Build Your Personal Brand: Marissa McDonough|Live From the Laundry Room
Designing for Resilience: Lorca Smetana|MSU Leadership Development
Top 20 Apps that are Changing Business: Suzi Berget White|Montana Women's Business Center
11:00-12:00pm   Panel: Genuine Networking
       Hannah Bratterud|Multiplier Consulting Group, Claudia Krevat|Claudia's Mesa, Jen Schimbeno|Blackmore Group, LLC
12:15-1:00           Lunch
1:00-2:00             Breakout Session II
Let’s Talk Sales and How to Sell: Marissa McDonough|Live From the Laundry Room
Financial Fundamentals: Katie Pederson|Edward Jones
Grow and Develop Your Team with a Coach’s Approach: Karen Lum|K. Lum Consulting
2:05-2:15              Mentoring Award
2:15-3:45              "This Would Be Funny... If It Wasn’t Happening to Me!: How to Navigate the Future with
      Enthusiasm & Vigor":  Jody Urquhart | Speaker, Coach, Facilitator, Author
4:00-4:45              Networking Social and Silent Auction

Morning Group Speaker

Lori Addicks headshotLori Addicks, President of Larkspur Group, is a consultant, master facilitator, and executive coach specializing in leadership, organizational and team development, as well as multi-generational diversity. She has over 25 years of experience partnering with senior executives in North America, and 60 countries across Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America to translate business goals into value-added people strategies across the spectrum of talent management. With expertise in selection, assessment, performance management, and diversity, she specializes in getting the right people in the right job at the right time. She knows how to inspire people to get the desired results, especially during times of transition. Lori has worked across multiple         industries including retail, consumer products, real estate, manufacturing, media, and home health             care. Her clients, both global and domestic, include The Coca-Cola Company, Cox Enterprises, Apple           Inc., AT&T, and many more. 

Breakout Presenters 

Karen Lum headshotKaren Lum is the owner of K. Lum Consulting – as a “Business Co-Pilot”, Karen supports leaders who are growing or elevating their businesses and teams. Her services include one-on-one business coaching, facilitated planning sessions, employee training and program development & implementation. With 20 years of experience, her training clients include non-profit organizations, small and large businesses and several luxury service and high-end brands. As a business coach, Karen supports clients to gain perspective, heightened awareness and actionable steps to improve, scale and succeed.
Marissa McDonough headshotMarissa McDonough has been an entrepreneur for over 16 years and has built two successful businesses based in the Gallatin Valley.  Marissa is a busy mom of three girls and married to an even busier builder in the valley. Marissa has a Marketing Degree from the college of Business at MSU and loves any opportunity to speak with a group of women in the valley about business, goals, grit and so much more.

Katie Pederson headshotKatie Pederson began her career as a financial advisor with Edward Jones in 2010 and enjoys getting to know clients, their families, their fears and their dreams. After starting with Edward Jones in the Seattle area, she moved to Bozeman in 2013. Along with her active husband and kids, she is passionate about giving back to support trails, the library, and helping other business owners succeed. Katie volunteers on the Prospera Women's Business Advisory Board to help support businesses at all stages.

Lorca Smetana headshotLorca Smetana is an award-winning educator, consultant and inspirational speaker in leadership and human resilience development, helping people, businesses, schools and communities design for energy, creativity and compassion.  She is on the faculty of the Human Leadership Development Program at Montana State University, and holds an MA in International Studies.

Suzi Berget-White headshotSuzi Berget White is the Director of Montana Women’s Business Center. Her management, counseling and teaching styles are based on real life applications blending her business education with experiences as a business owner, fundraiser, human resource manager, public speaker and trainer. She has counseled over 600 female business owners throughout Montana and has created content for trainings that offer her clients transforming questions and tips that achieve breakthroughs, add value, and get results. 




 Hannah Braterrud headshotHannah Bratterud is the founder of Multiplier Consulting Group.As a learning consultant and sales coach, Hannah helps businesses achieve stronger sales results and build better teams by investing in their most important customers: their employees. Hannah is passionate about helping people grow by developing their skills and awareness and loves working with leaders on how to positively impact their teams. Applying her recent studies with the NeuroLeadership Institute, Hannah develops brain-based learning and coaching programs. 
Claudia Krevat headshotClaudia Krevat is a Colombian-born, Montana chef, event planner, and cooking instructor. Claudia’s approach to food is a mash-up of global inspirations using Montana-grown and raised ingredients. She cooks, teaches, plans, and produces condiments and seasonings out of her colorful business, Claudia’s Mesa, which brings a slice of Latin American, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean to Montana. She represents the Montana Organic Lentil growers of Timeless Foods since 2014 and is completing her first solo cookbook, Global Pulse. Learn more at

Jen Schimbeno headshotJen Schimbeno rarely meets a stranger.  She believes that there is always something to be learned from others if you are willing to listen. The art of listening and connecting with others has helped Jen to have a successful career in financial services for 10+ years. She is a wife, mom and a partner in two successful businesses.  Jen has always demonstrated the belief that if you really listen to those around you the impact you are able to provide becomes much greater!

Photo by Tyson Crinkle/Bright Side Montana




Workshop Agenda

8:00-8:10am       Check-In, Coffee and Pastries 
8:10-8:15             Welcome 

8:15-9:15             Keynote: "Getting What you Want and Wanting What You Get": Liz Marchi | Frontier Angel Fund

9:20-10:20           Breakout Session

Time Management: Michelle Haught|The Haught Spot
Visual Business Mapping: Karen Lum|K. Lum Consulting 

10:30-10:55        1:1 Business Coaching Session/Topic 1 - coaches preassigned based on partcipant's needs
11:00-11:25         1:1 Business Coaching Session/Topic 2 coaches preassigned based on partcipant's needs

11:30-12:15pm   Panel: Women Entrepreneurs in Action

Kara Gallinger| The Work Spot, Kristen Nichols| Once Upon a Child, Karoline Rose | KRose Cattle Company, KRose Marketing & Consulting, Brie Thompson| Olivelle and Mavens Market

12:20-12:30         Closing


Morning Speaker

Liz MarchiLiz Marchi Marchi is the founder of Frontier Angel Fund 2 and the Fund Coordinator for the Frontier Angel Fund, LLC, Montana’s first angel fund. These funds invest in early stage companies in Montana and the inland Pacific Northwest and pioneered a syndication strategy for rural markets.  She serves as Advisory Board Chair for the Flathead Beacon,  and

an equity financed community media enterprise in Northwest Montana.   She is a co-founder of Northfork Strategies. She serves on the Advisory Board of Next Frontier Capital and on the Board and Finance Committee of North Valley Hospital. Ms. Marchi has a background in legislative and public policy issues related to business growth and development at the state and federal levels.  She is a proven leader and relationship builder and has served as President of the Montana Ambassadors, President of the Hollins University Alumnae Association and as a Trustee of Hollins University.   She served as President and CEO for 7 years of Montana West Economic Development and the Flathead County Port Authority focusing on marketing, communications and access to capital for economic and entrepreneurial development. She served on the Advisory Board for the Montana Meth Project, the Governor’s Economic Development Advisory Council, The Montana World Trade Center, the Greater Polson Community Foundation and the Montana ACE Scholarship Foundation. She was honored by the MSU JJCBE and the Prospera Business Network as the Woman to Woman Mentor of the Year.  She served as one of the two first US State Department Professional Fellows to travel to Myanmar in 2014 to work with entrepreneurs. She resides with her husband Jon on a ranch outside of Polson, Montana where she sells natural, Montana raised, Wagyu (Kobe) beef.  

Breakout Presenters 

  Michelle HaughtMichelle Haught graduated from MSU with a B.S. Industrial and Management Engineering. She completed her MBA from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. For over half of her career she worked in engineering as a project manager, solutions developer, account manager, and supervisor. Eight years ago, Michelle started a business from home. From engineer to entrepreneur, her success and experience in efficiency, process improvement, and time management directly contributed to her success and ability to build a substantial business! With her three boys and husband of 16 years, Michelle resides in Bozeman, MT. She volunteers her time and resources to Tracy’s Sanctuary House, Kristi’s Heart Hugs, 100 Strong Gallatin Valley, Montana Ballet Company, and her son’s schools.     
Karen Lum headshotKaren Lum is the owner of K. Lum Consulting – as a “Business Co-Pilot”, Karen supports leaders who are growing or elevating their businesses and teams. Her services include one-on-one business coaching, facilitated planning sessions, employee training and program development & implementation. With 20 years of experience, her training clients include non-profit organizations, small and large businesses and several luxury service and high-end brands. As a business coach, Karen supports clients to gain perspective, heightened awareness and actionable steps to improve, scale and succeed.



Kara Gallinger headshotKara Gallinger is a Certified Public Accountant, experienced financial executive and consultant, and entrepreneur with years of accounting, finance, strategic and operational experiences. Following over a decade in public accounting and getting two personal entrepreneur ventures off the ground, Kara jumped into the world of tech startups in 2018. For her “day job” Kara most recently served as the VP of Finance & Operations for Bozeman-based healthcare tech startup, CrossTx, and will be officially joining Missoula-based startup LumenAd as Controller. A Montana native and graduate of MSU, Kara began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Denver, Colorado and upon relocating back to Montana joined Montana-based firm Anderson ZurMuehlen. Kara eventually transitioned into an operational role leading the marketing and business development function of the firm. During this time, Kara co-found a local bar/restaurant in 2016 and The Work Spot MT, a centralized (online) hub to help professionals more easily stay informed on, and connected to, Montana business in 2017. Kara is actively involved in both endeavors today.  

Kristen NicholsKristen Nichols is a Vice President, Converged Infrastructure at Oracle and has been at Oracle for the past 7.5 years and is also the Franchise Owner at Once Upon a Child in Bozeman as of October 2018. Kristen holds a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a MBA from Thunderbird, International School of Business. Kristen has been in Bozeman for 9 years and when not working, enjoys doing triathlons and spending time with her husband and 5 year old son.

KRose headshotKaroline Rose is passionate about helping small business owners define and achieve their individual version of success. For Karoline, success means leading a dedicated team in the pursuit to make life easier on entrepreneurs, side hustlers, and cattle ranchers. Karoline is the leader and heart of KRose. She prefers to spend her days in sale barns or on the ranch, but she’s a pro at working from anywhere and pours her heart into taking care of her clients. KRose Company offers a variety of services under two branches — KRose Cattle Company and KRose Marketing & Consulting. KRose Cattle helps ranchers sell their cattle in the most efficient and honest approach. KRose Marketing & Consulting provides service and training in design, consultation, content creation, digital marketing, and social media management.

  Brie ThompsonBrie Thompson, at the age of 22, co-found Olivelle, a specialty food retail store in Bozeman, MT. With a passion for customer service, taste for superior product quality, and endearing desire to grow and change, she has built Olivelle into a worldwide brand. Olivelle created a "Tap & Taste Oil & Vinegar Bar Concept" that can be found in over 60 stores across the US, a handful of stores in Canada, and most recently crossing the Atlantic into Oslo, Norway.In late 2018, Brie opened Mavens Market with a friend. The store features over 100 varieties of fresh cut cheese & charcuterie, bean to bar chocolates, fresh pasta from Italy, house made gelato, espresso, panini's and grilled cheese, and coming soon, a Wine Bar!