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General Membership Meetings 

Our luncheon meeting is held 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
the 2nd Wednesday of each month at
DoubleTree, 100 Madison St., Missoula


June 8, 2016

Installation of New Officers


The Fiscal Year for MBN will end on June 30th.  Installation of New Officers will take place at the General Meeting on June 8th.  This is an exciting time, as President Elect, Kim Kinsinger, will transition to President of MBN and President Elect-Elect, Tracy Worley, will transition into the President Elect role.


In addition, the June meeting is also the time for the Membership to recognize the entire Synergy Board and Symposium Committee, for all of the hard work they have done on behalf of MBN, throughout the past year.  Please join us in acknowledging this dynamic team of businesswomen who give so much, and show your support and appreciation.


And of course, bring your business cards and let’s NETWORK!!


MBN will take a summer break for July and August, and resume in September.  The first General Membership Meeting will be scheduled for Wednesday, September 14th.


May 11, 2016

Want the fun Tribal Networking pdf from this meeting?

The month of May is a very special to MBN, as we recognize and award a very special businesswoman in our community.


Every year MBN awards a member with the “MBN Businesswoman of the Year”. This award recognizes MBN women who excel by promoting professional excellence for women, being an outstanding personal or business leader, promoting participation in MBN and participating in community, civic or other charitable organizations.


In addition to the presentation of this award at the May General Meeting, there will be an extended networking opportunity for members.


With the overwhelming responses from the Round Table Discussions in March and the recent survey results, be prepared for some new upcoming surprises and a fresh feel for MBN!

Bring your business cards and let’s NETWORK!

April 13, 2016

Rachele Clark

MAEd, PHR, SHRM-CP, MBTI (5/2016)

So you’re ready to hire an employee?


Description: How do you leverage employee relationships to positively impact your ROI? What are the best practices when starting to hire employees?  Learn and practice a “whole person” approach to business leadership in order to optimize your employee relations.
Business name: ROI at Work
Business description: Greater return on investment starts with great employees. ROI specializes in supporting strategic HR and leadership development needs of Montana’s small businesses.   

Why do you invest in employees? You have a growth mindset for your business and are seeking a return on your investment (ROI) from employee performance. I have been helping business leaders obtain ROI of employee performance for over 15 years by employing a whole person HR and training approach. It’s not about your business product, it’s about value and service to mind, body, and spirit. Employees will treat customers as they are treated; resulting in 20% growth or decline of business. 

Although I have lived in several different states, Montana has always been home. I graduated from Florence high school and U of M (BA in Ed). I have directed and served as a HR business partner for semi-conductor manufactures, construction, health plans, and medical groups. I’m specialized in the L&D of Palliative/Hospice health care providers. I’ve also served as an executive coach to the C-suite, owners, Sr. Medical Officers, and middle management. The results my partners enjoy are doubled business growth; new, successful national markets and greater employee morale. 

After returning to Missoula, I decided to take my career in a new direction as a consultant. I utilize my skills to partner small business owners. What I have learned from local business leaders is the inability to budget for a full-time HR Business Partner even though they have all of the liability of larger businesses with recruitment, retention, and performance. ROI at Work fills this gap for small businesses. 

In my spare time, my fiancé, Jason, and I are also growing our business acumen by launching Missoula’s first indoor dog park, Wagg’n. Most people buy a house with a yard for their beloved pet, we decided to build a dog park for our Olive. We enjoy Montana to the fullest with camping, fishing, hiking and skiing. 

I joined MBN to learn from and share ideas with like-minded, driven businesswomen who are innovatively growing and changing the local economy.

March 9, 2016
Focus on MBN!

  • We will have a Round Table Discussion and extended networking opportunities.
  • We will also vote on the MBN By-Law Updates, please Review Our By-Laws and be ready.
  • And we will vote on the President-Elect for 2016-2017 MBN year. Nominated is Tracy Worley. 
Want MBN to be Awesome?! 

Please take a moment to
tell us what you think

(take the survey link went here) 

Time to Review and Approve the
MBN By-Laws!

Please be prepared for the vote at the March Luncheon.

February 2016

Beth Jaffe

Love and Authenticity in a Tech Crazy World


Are you ready to look at some “techie” tools for developing better client relationships? Or maybe you’d like to hear some stories about Missoula’s secret black list of naughty non-profits? Knowing what not to do is potentially more important than knowing exactly what you need to be doing to succeed.


Part important business skills, part entertainment, and of course, part relationship building; this month’s presentation will weave threads of various web and tech related subjects into a thought provoking gathering for anyone building a career in Montana.


Biography - Beth Jaffe of Cedar Mountain Software is very shy about writing bios and tends to break all standards when faced with the task of promoting herself. She likes hiding behind the accomplishments of her children, her husband, and her company, but in all honesty she's proud of the fact that she’s been kicked out of her family home, shunned out of a religion, banned from a book club, asked to NOT attend the playgroup she started, and removed from her position as state representative of a national adoption organization. Most recently she lost her admin rights to the Concerned United Birthparents website and facebook page. Since well behaved women rarely make history, mild mannered Beth Jaffe may well be on her way to something big or maybe even SUPER.


January 13, 2016

Dr. Anthony Lambert

Do These Genes Make My Butt Look Big
According to the Food Research and Action Center two-thirds of the adults in the United States are overweight. Now Americans everywhere are turning to weight loss supplements and by-pass surgeries; however, some still believe genetics is the cause of their distress.
The obesity crisis today is largely the result of individuals taking in more calories than they can burn off in a day. As a result, not only are people loosing self-confidence, they are also increasing their risk of many weight related diseases. In the past, our ancestors had to expend a high amount of energy to get food and now, we don’t even have to step foot out of a vehicle, easily having over 2,000 calories at our fingertips. Studies show that obesity is indeed linked to the number of high calorie fast food restaurants available, so our environment definitely plays a role. 
Come share some time with me while we shed light on the environmental factors that play a role in obesity and chronic illness. 

ANTHONY LAMBERT, D.C. and his wife Stephanie own and operate Lambert Family Chiropractic, a family wellness chiropractic office dedicated to inspiring families toward optimal health and wellness through natural chiropractic care. . Lambert Family Chiropractic has been serving the Missoula population for 9 years. In those years, Dr. Anthony has been voted best chiropractor 8 years straight.
As a health provider, business owner and father of three, he understands the courage it takes to be healthy and happy. His personal experience has created a passion toward educating families on how to Get Well and Live Well.

December 9, 2015

Cris Jensen
Cris Jensen, Director of the Missoula International Airport, was born and raised in Nevada. He attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and received a degree in Aviation Business Administration. Mr Jensen worked at the Reno/ Tahoe International Airport as the first Noise Abatement Coordinator and an Operations Officer before going to the Elko Regional Airport as Director.
For nearly a decade, Mr. Jensen has been the Director of the Missoula International Airport and serves on many boards, including Past President of Destination Missoula. He is also an accredited Airport Executive by the American Association of Airport Executives.
Cris has been a licensed pilot since 1982, and he has received the Nevada State Commendation Medal and voted Airport Executive of the Year by the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. He has twin boys who are 20 and a little girl who is 12.

November 11, 2015

Kristi Govertson

Igniting Influence:  The Art of Strategic Storytelling for Impact and Profit
What is the shortest route to building memorable brand and positioning yourself as the prominent expert in your field? 
Being able to share a well-crafted, heart-centered, strategic story.  

You are unique, and how you got to where you are now is a singular journey that no one else has traveled but you. However, to communicate and leverage that journey for maximum impact (and profit) requires mastering an art form that has been around since the dawn of humans, and yet is a learned skill so often overlooked in our entrepreneurial development.  During this interactive talk you will:
Learn why storytelling is fundamental to building a lasting business
Examine the basics structures needed to craft an engaging personal story 
Determine how to access and share authentically without losing impact
Craft your own strategic story!

Kristi is a professional speaker, trainer, publisher, and best selling author who is passionate about seeing people tap into their own natural talents to achieve maximum impact in their lives and business.  Specializing in relationship marketing and presentation coaching, Kristi believes the foundation to building a solid brand and powerful platform is a combination of audacious action, authentic connection, and mastering the art of strategic communication. 

October 14, 2015

Judy Preston

Courageous Conversations at Work (and Home!)

Would you like to learn…
How to solve problems and build relationships using honest and direct communication? Together we can!
We tend to avoid difficult conversations, whether it is addressing a broken promise or dealing with an under-performing or disruptive employee.  Learn how to view and skillfully address difficult conversations as opportunities to improve relationships, productivity and teamwork.  
Judy Preston is the owner of Skill Builders, specializing in motivating and inspiring leaders to build lasting success. Judy has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana and over 20 years of experience in Business Management, including Coaching, Training, Facilitating, Human Resources and Operations.  Judy’s down-to-earth and warm demeanor is a perfect complement to her coaching and training services.

September 9, 2015

Amanda Read


Marketers Are Communicators, So Act Like It


Description:  Regardless if marketing is in your job title or not it is an integral part of every business. Your daily actions communicate a message about our business to your customers or potential customers.  Consumers are looking for personal, relevant information about your brand.  We will take an in depth look at how you can shift your focus from "selling" to consumers to communicating with consumers and meeting them where they are.  


Amanda Read founded Read Mobile Marketing in 2008 to help businesses communicate the way their customers do.  Amanda knows the importance of marketing being communication rather than selling.  As a mobile strategist, Amanda, focuses on high engagement mobile campaigns that integrate cross channel marketing to make the best possible experience for the consumer.  She believes the best mobile campaigns happen when you pair the best mobile platform with the experience and expertise it takes to avoid mistakes, all while increasing the return on investment from your marketing dollars.