Spring 2024

Changemakers in Healthcare: Inspiring Community Through Empowerment

Registration is free and open to the public.

The MSU Leadership Institute presents “Changemakers in Healthcare: Inspiring Community Through Empowerment”. This panel discussion, to be held on April 8th at 6 pm in Inspiration Hall, will focus on local
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changemakers in the healthcare field. Panelists will share their journeys and give insights into what it takes to
 create a profound impact in one’s community. Whether aspiring healthcare professionals or community members, participants will leave with leadership insights to inform their own journey and how they can empower positive change.

The panel will be moderated by MSU’s Dr. Sara Rushing, professor of political science, and will feature local leaders Stephanie McDowell, Executive Director of Bridgercare, Dr. Sally Moyce, Founder and Director of Proyecto Salud, Barla Beaudoin, Future WWAMI Med Student, and Sam Mitchell, Continuity care physician.
This panel will be a fantastic opportunity for students and community members alike to hear from some outstanding local leaders in healthcare, and how we can continue moving the field forward and continue developing our own leadership skills.



Feb 22: The Humor Habit with Paul Osincup

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the humor habit with paul osincup open to all februery 22

This interactive workshop will focus on how to utilize the power of humor to enhance one’s well-being, resilience, and leadership skills. This 90 minute workshop will take place February 22nd in Ballroom A of the MSU Strand Union Building, starting at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm. Followed by a reception. 

The workshop facilitator, Paul Osincup, is a Humor Strategist, Author, and Speaker who helps people create more connected, productive, and intentionally positive places to work. Paul’s global mission for workplace happiness has provided him the opportunity to work with hundreds of organizations like Google, Discover, The Harvard Kennedy School of Leadership, and the U.S. Army. With a background in higher education leadership and administration, in his previous professional life, Paul served as an Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Director of Conflict Resolution, and taught graduate courses on communication and leadership. He’s been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education for his work in restorative justice and served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug, and Violence Prevention.

Despite the serious nature of his work, Paul’s also been a “Jack of all Jokes” since grade school. After building a successful side hustle in stand-up and improv comedy, he developed a nerdy obsession about the power of humor to enhance well-being, resilience, and leadership. This obsession led Paul to the presidency – the presidency of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor, an international organization dedicated to the study and application of humor to improve health and human performance.

Registration is open to ALL!tinyurl.com/humorhabitatMSU 

For more information and details on how to register, please visit montana.edu/leadership, call 406-994-7275 or email [email protected]

Feb 28: Sorry not Sorry: Communicating with Confidence Workshop

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Sorry not sorry comunicating with confidance workshop for women february 28 at 4:30pm

This workshop focuses on the themes of confidence and efficiency through public speaking.  Under the expert guidance of professional speaking coach Lori Addicks, this workshop empowers women to enhance their public communication skills, enabling them to articulate themselves with greater efficiency and confidence. 

Join us on February 28th in Gaines Hall Room 143 from 4:30-6:00pm for an interactive 90 minute workshop including complimentary snacks and drinks. Participants will get to practice a strong tone of voice while public speaking with confident body language tips.  

Lori Addicks, CEO of Larkspur Group, has presented on this topic at multiple sold-out women’s conferences. As a workshop, Lori shares strategies for overcoming speech habits, and improving voice and body language, all of which can undermine our effectivenes


s in advancing our careers and/or our business results. Addicks incorporates opportunities for participants to practice strategies to overcome and tackle communication challenges in the classroom or the workplace. 

Mar 2-3: Winter Leadership Summit - Mind Over Matter


This student-centered, overnight retreat is meant to help students build skills related to mindfulness, intention,

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 and focus while having fun and connecting with their peers.

The summit, to be held March 2nd-3rd in the Gallatin Mountains, will include interactive workshops, a keynote speaker, and outdoor skill-building activities including snowshoeing, sledding, fort building, and other team-building exercises.Participants will receive lodging, meals, transportation and materials.

The keynote speaker, Sasha Dingle, is a professional skier turned meditation teacher, and the founder and director of Mountain Mind Project. She has spent her lifetime training her mind and body. Sasha has competed at the highest level of skiing and mountain biking, winning the Freeskiing World Tour and competing on the Freeride World Tour and Enduro World Series. 

Registration is open for MSU students only and costs $15, which covers attendance, transportation, lodging and meals. Scholarships are available. For more information and details on how to register, please visit montana.edu/leadership or call 406-994-7275.

Mar 27: Tell Me More: Tips to Confidently Engage in High Pressure Conversations

Registration is required for this FREE workshop

Wednesday, March 27 Tell Me More: Tips to Confidently Engage in High Pressure Conversations  Join us for an evening of open dialogue and meaningful discussions on Wednesday, March 27 at 4:30 PM in Strand Union Building - Ballroom A.

Dr. Deidre Combs will bring insight into 4 tips to combat high pressure conversations and help us practice these skills in moderated group discussions.

Keynote Speaker and Facilitator Dr. Deidre Combs is an author and renowned conflict coach who will teach students, staff, and faculty four hacks to improve conversational skills in high pressure situations and get more comfortable when addressing hard and sensitive topics. Attendees will discover actionable steps to help become better communicators no matter the topic or setting, bridge ideological divisions, and foster a campus community where every voice is heard.

Dr. Deidre Combs brings over 30 years of experience as a highly skilled executive coach, leadership consultant, instructor, and principal of Combs & Company, Inc. Through guiding hundreds of corporate, government, and non-profit clients, Dr. Combs has developed unique, multicultural coaching and training processes based on her doctoral research. For the past 15 years, Combs has taught over 5,000 US state department-selected international fellows inclusive leadership strategies and conflict resolution. She is the author of three published books on cross-cultural approaches to overcoming personal and professional challenges and has also taught for Columbia University's Teachers College, Naropa University and through the Montana State University's Honors and Leadership Fellows departments and Office of International Programs.