The MSU Leadership Institute strives to host a number of multifaceted programs that offer participants the opportunity to engage in leadership training through a variety of activities. Our special programs are so much more than a mere lecture or training. We aim to make each one different and engaging in new and exciting ways. At our special programs, participants will find new perspectives and insight into what it is to be a leader.


Professional Development Event

Ed Tate to deliver life-changing professional workshop

Saturday, January 20th from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM in the SUB Ballrooms

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Toastmaster Leadership Institute and MSU Leadership Institute to host World Champion Speaker, Ed Tate

Are you ready to jump start the new year with a world class trainer, learning how to get YES to your requests while leading others in achieving your professional and personal goals? Want to harness the power of storytelling to more effectively influence others? Toastmasters Leadership Institute and the MSU Leadership Institute are sponsoring a professional development conference at the MSU Strand Union Building Ballrooms Saturday, January 20th 2018 from 9:30am to 4pm. Fortune 500 coach and Toastmasters World Champion Speaker Ed Tate from Las Vegas, Nevada is the keynote speaker. NBC Montana News Anchor Orlinda Worthington, Great Falls speaker Rich Breiner, Helena’s comedian Garret Garrels and 15 other trainers from across Montana will be presenting. Tickets are available online here 

While an executive in the computer industry, Ed Tate sold more than $500 million in products, and co-created two businesses that produced more than 1.25 Billion in revenues. Ed is a consummate storyteller and YouTube celebrity who finds a life lesson in every story. Ed will deliver three of his most popular presentations in person:


  • Get Yes! To Your Requests! How to Influence Without Authority
  • The Story Finder: How to Create New Stories in Minutes
  • Manage Things, Lead People. Leadership Lessons Learned the Hard Way





Past Events

Improv Night: An evening of energy and excitement, where humor spurs new personal insights!

On October 30, 2017, the Leadership Institute led members of the MSU community in a fast-paced, fun-packed evening of improv. Attendees laughed their way through the depths of leadership, communication, and teambuilding. 

Fall 2017 Special Programs Improv Night

Leadership Improv Night from 2014. Participants watch as facilitators lead them through an improv exercise.

Your Vote, Your Voice, Your Future: The Power of the Voter in 2016

Students and representatives from both major parties participated in “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Future: The Power of the Voter in 2016," a pre-election debate focusing on the Nov. 8 presidential, congressional and gubernatorial elections. Montana State University political science professor David Parker moderated the panel discussion.

David Parker photo

MSU Leadership Institute Open House

Open House

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
12:00 - 1:30 PM in MSU SUB 187
Free and open to the public

Join us for free food, games, and prizes! The open house will provide students, staff, and other faculty the opportunity to meet MSU Leadership Institute staff and learn about upcoming programming and opportunities for involvement.

We are here to help students uncover and pursue their passions, develop and cultivate leadership skills, and ultimately find their path beyond the classroom. As a resource for students, by students, we understand the need to deliver programming that is relatable and engaging for the diverse mindsets and backgrounds we have on campus.

Come learn about who we are, what we do, and most importantly, what we can do for YOU!

This leadership program is sponsored by:

Student Organization Leadership Conference 

Student Organization Leadership Conference

October 3rd
10 AM-5 PM, Strand Union Building
Register by Sept. 28, at 

Join us for the inaugural Student Organization Leadership Conference on October 3rd, 2015. This is a one day experience created for student leaders of Registered Student Organizations at MSU and will provide student leaders, new and experienced alike, with the tools and knowledge to successfully lead their organizations and utilize the available resources provided on campus.  This year's theme will be “Find Your Roar."  This conference is hosted by the Office of Activities & Engagement, in partnership with the Leadership Institute. 


This leadership program is sponsored by: