Last Year's Academies

Maximizing Organizational Impact

with Lu Setnicka

Founder of Setnicka Consulting

1:00- 3:00 PM, WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2

Creating a Business Vision to Deepen Employee Engagement

Taking the time to articulate an accurate and inspiring vision for your organization usually leads to business effectiveness. Unfortunately, often, due to the fast pace of the current business climate or entrepreneurial enthusiasm, this critical step is overlooked. This workshop will discuss the meaning of vision, mission, and values and will take the time to interactively pencil them out with the companies and individuals in the room. From there, we will spend time going over questions an organization can pose itself to drive deeper engagement and inspiration. This is a participative workshop; come prepared to discuss and exchange ideas and new insights.


Understanding How Our Brain and Mindset Unleash Our Potential

with Carlos R. Arce

Organizational at Elation

1:00- 3:00 PM, WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2

Today more than ever, we understand how our thinking drives our performance in everything we do.  Whether its innovation, creativity, problem solving or any other desired outcome, our ability to tap into our best thinking has everything to do with our success.

So, what do we really know about our brains and our own mindset? Are we aware of when our thinking is serving us to get the outcomes we want and when its not?  In those situations when we’re not getting the results we want, are we aware of the options we have to think about something differently?

We’ve learned more about the human brain in the last 20 years than we’ve known since the beginning of time. How can we leverage the amazing advancements from neuroscience and mindset research to unleash our true abilities? This workshop will provide attendees new insights and valuable tools to more effectively collaborate, innovate and create. Come learn a more powerful way to think!  

Zero Waste Solutions for a Strong Social and Environmental Bottom Line

with Katie Deuel

Executive Director at Home Resource

1:00- 3:00 PM, WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2

Take your business beyond a 2% donation to charity. Whether you are starting a business or improving an existing one, Zero Waste provides a framework to green your business and support your community. This interactive workshop will teach you what Zero Waste is, why it’s an international movement, and how taking simple steps to reduce waste can build your credibility, increase social capital, empower employees, reduce climate impacts, support a sustainable economy, and even save you money. 

Katie Deuel is the Executive Director at Home ReSource, a triple bottom line, non-profit building materials reuse center with a retail store and deconstruction operations in Missoula, MT.  Katie has Master's degrees in Environmental Science and Social Work and has worked in diverse jobs from outdoor education to wildlife conservation to divorce mediation. Though she came to entrepreneurship later in life, she finds the challenges and opportunities of using business to change the world for the better to be one of the best experiences of her life.

Three Magic Questions to Help Transform Your Impact and Bottomline

with HollY Truitt

co-founder spectrum

1:00- 3:00 pM, WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2

Holly Truitt, Director, co-founded spectrUM in 2006 and was recently named one of The Missoulian’s “20 under 40” for her efforts to relocate the museum to the heart of downtown Missoula in 2013.

Within her role at spectrUM, she co-directs education, outreach, and diversity for the Montana National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and serves as co-PI on the Big Sky Brain Project, a collaborative project with UM’s Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience.

In 2013-2014, Holly completed a fellowship with the Noyce Leadership Institute, which supports museum leaders working to engage their communities in science. She holds an MS in environmental studies and a BA in anthropology from the University of Montana, where she has also taught courses in the Department of Communication Studies.

In this workshop, you will explore how to transform your impact and bottomline through radical co-creation and design with your community.

Startup Fundamentals

with Paul Gladen

Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at the university of Montana

9:00- 11:00 AM, WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2 

How to develop and validate startup ideas that the world wants!

Paul Gladen is Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana, a program that help students, alumni, faculty and staff explore entrepreneurship. He is co-founder of Muzeview, a research and consulting business based in Missoula and co-founder of the Hellgate Venture Network, a networking group for Montana entrepreneurs. Paul is also a founding team member of the Montana Code School. Paul is the 2016 Montana Ambassador Educator of the Year.

A native of England, Paul has an MA in Mathematics from Oxford University and an MBA from Manchester Business School. He spent the first 14 years of his career working for Arthur Andersen, one of the world’s largest accounting and consulting firms. He has lived and worked in London, New York, Rome, Dublin & Chicago moving to Missoula in 2008.

Networking Etiquette: Scoring the Nonverbal Advantage

with Dr. David Firth

Professor of Management Information Systems at the University of Montana

9:00- 11:00 AM, WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2

Almost 90% of what we say is non-verbal.  A good friend of mine when asked at lunch about the interviews she was conducting that day said "oh, I know in the first 10 seconds whether I want to hire the person...I spend the next 30 minutes just validating that decision."  The youngest partner ever at the Big 4 firm KPMG when asked about what made him successful answered "I can walk into a meeting and immediately know which way to take what I am going to say." Almost 70% of clients leave their consulting firm due to the actions of just one consultant.  How would you like to learn about being on the right side of all this non-verbal body language stuff?  Dr. David Firth has talked on the topic of body language internationally and has a focus on making things fun, interesting and applicable.


Improve through Improv: Better Listening for Better Business

with John Howard & Mike calucchia

Founders of Creative Energy

9:00- 11:00 AM, Wednesday, Aug. 2

Using improv exercises, this workshop will introduce members into how integral communication skills are in order to achieve goals with a team. CreativeEnergy exercises introduce participants to team work and collaboration. Participants will self reflect on real-world, business and professional applications of improvisation and how it can benefit you, the workplace, and beyond.  This workshop will equip you with the ability to say "yes, and," understanding of culture and employee engagement, as well as a sense of courage to take risks and the resilience to fail. Creative Energy helps to create a connected workplace atmosphere and strives to develop human potential. 

Generations Collide! Creating a Culture to Attract and Retain Great Employees from Every Generation

with Dr. Theresa Floyd

Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Montana

9:00- 11:00 AM, Wednesday, Aug. 2

The Millennial generation has received a lot of attention in recent years for the ways their work and career priorities differ from previous generations' priorities. In this workshop, we'll have a lively discussion about the myths and truths regarding Millennials, GenXrs, Baby Boomers, and the next generation, often called iGen. We'll collaborate to generate strategies for facilitating a company culture - including recruitment and section practices, training and development, and mentoring plans - that will help your organization attract and retain great employees from every generation. This is a participative workshop; come prepared to discuss and exchange ideas and new insights.