Upcoming Events

Navigating Negotiations: Clearing the Hurdles to Make the Ask

Ayana Ledford

This wage negotiation workshop, “Navigating Negotiation: Clearing the Hurdles to Make the Ask” will be held on September 14th at 8:30 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. in Montana State University’s SUB Ballrooms 233/235.

“Ayana will help the MSU and Bozeman community learn how to overcome the wage negotiation hurdles that are present in the workplace, especially for women,” said Carmen McSpadden, Director of the MSU Leadership Institute and a lead sponsor. “A priority for our community is the cultivation of confidence among college-aged women when it comes to asking for what you are worth.”

Ayana Ledford is the co-founding executive director of PROGRESS, which has a vision of pursuing gender equity and fostering positive societal change for all women and girls through education, partnerships and research. Ledford has worked in Central West Africa as a health education instructor, recently serving on the Athena Awards host committee, and was a founding member of the Sankofa Fund of Southwest Pennsylvania.

Ledford has conducted over 100 presentations to enhance PROGRESS’s mission statement of improving society by empowering girls and women through the art of negotiation.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for the general public. Space is limited and provides a more intimate environment with Ledford.

Ledford’s appearance is sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of Montana, the MSU Leadership Institute, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Associated Students of Montana State University, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success, the College of Engineering, the College of Health, Education and Human Development, the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, the College of Nursing, the Department of Political Science and the Women’s Center.

This event is held in conjunction with the Leadership Institute’s 20th anniversary celebration. The Institute continues to fulfill their mission of ‘inspiring MSU students to become leaders who serve as catalysts for positive change’ through hosting world-class speakers and leadership workshops. Notable past speakers include Sir Ken Robinson, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Maya Angelou and Condoleezza Rice, among many others.


Leadership Institute Celebrates 20th Anniversary

For the past 20 years, the MSU Leadership Institute has proudly supported leadership development for MSU students. The Leadership Institute’s mission is ‘to inspire MSU students to become leaders who serve as catalysts for positive change.’ The Leadership Institute has been honoring that mission through facilitating leadership trainings, workshops, film series, special events and hosting world-renowned speakers.

Established in 1997 by the Associated Students of Montana State University to support leadership development for students, the MSU Leadership Institute aims to work on a system-wide basis to provide, coordinate, plan and organize leadership advancement opportunities. Past events include the Khumbu Climbing Center fundraiser, where the Leadership Institute raised $48,000 in an evening, the MSU Leadership Summit, an overnight leadership retreat and lectures from Sir Ken Robinson, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Salman Rushdie, Maya Angelou and Condoleezza Rice.

Come join the MSU Leadership Institute this year as we celebrate the past 20 years of leadership excellence and plan the next 20 years.


Want to get Involved?

Come stop by the office and say “Hi.” We are located in the SUB, room 187. 



Leadership Staff with Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou with the Leadership Institute.

Founded in 1997 by the Associated Students of Montana State University to provide leadership opportunities and inspiration to students, the MSU Leadership Institute offers answers, resources, and connections for the future leaders of business, government, and education. Acting as a catalyst to the awakening of students' natural leadership skills, communication abilities, and creativity, the Institute empowers students to do more.

The Leadership Institute will lead Montana forward by generating further student involvement through increased leadership connections, trainings, film series, dynamic lunch discussions, and quality keynote speakers. Students will be constantly challenged to think deeper about their current leadership roles and their future impact. By leveraging powerful ideas into action, the Leadership Institute provides an environment for growing student leadership innovations.


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