S.E.A. Change #3: Brigitta Miranda-Freer

S.E.A. Change #3: Brigitta Miranda-Freer

Brigitta Miranda-Freer is the Executive Director of the Montana World Trade Center and the Director of Operations at MonTec. If you think that sounds like two jobs, well, you’re right. So we ask Brigitta how she does it all in this 3rd installment of the S.E.A. Change series. As a prominent leader in the Montana economy, Brigitta is known for getting things done. We talk about her experience leading two important organizations in the Montana economy and her perspective on gender equity in the workplace and on campus

S.E.A. Change #2: Christine Littig & Morgan Slemberger

S.E.A. Change #2: Christine Littig & Morgan Slemberger

In this second installment of the S.E.A. Change series, we catch up with two amazing women in the Missoula community. Christine Littig is a serial entrepreneur in the restaurant space, having opened the Old Post, the Red Bird and Bernice’s Bakery. Morgan Slemberger is the Associate Director of the Blackstone Lauchpad at the University of Montana and the leader of the Pursue Your Passions program. Christine serves on the board of Pursue Your Passions and in this conversation we explain that program, what it’s trying to accomplish and how we should assess its success.


Max Baucus, Sara Rinfret & Sam Panarella believe in service

Max Baucus, Sara Rinfret & Sam Panarella believe in service

The Max S. Baucus Institute at the University of Montana’s Alexander Blewett III School of Law is a one of a kind public service institution offering a one of a kind student experience. In this episode Professor of Law and Institute Director Sam Panarella and Professor and Director UM’s Masters in Public Administration program Sara Rinfret are joined by Montana’s legendary Max Baucus, former US Senator and Ambassador to China. We discuss why the Baucus Institute is uniquely positioned to create transformative learning experiences focused on public service.

Kim Shappee, Nicole Miller & Jen Euell on why they created Athena Pack

Kim Shappee, Nicole Miller & Jen Euell on why they created Athena Pack

Athena Pack is a leadership conference bringing together women in the Rocky Mountain West to learn, share, and grow. Founders Kim Shappee (RBC Financial), Nicole Hagerman-Miller (Biomimicry 3.8), and Jen Euell (Women’s Foundation of Montana) tell us why and how they joined forces to create a transformative event built around understanding personal story and making real connection.

The Ethics of Data-Driven Persuasion with John Chandler & Christopher Preston

The Ethics of Data-Driven Persuasion with John Chandler & Christopher Preston

Our digital footprints now influence nearly all of the information we see, making the question of ethics in business and marketing much more salient. To wrestle with this fraught topic, Justin enlists the help of two UM colleagues – Dr. John Chandler, marketing professor and data science practitioner, and Dr. Christopher Preston, philosophy professor and ethicist. Together they open up about thirty doors in a wide-ranging conversation.

Biologist John McCutcheon finds big ideas in tiny things

Biologist John McCutcheon finds big ideas in tiny things

University of Montana biologist John McCutcheon studies microbial genomics and symbiosis. In this week’s episode, John explains these fancy science terms and tells us why the work he and his colleagues are doing informs our basic understanding of life and evolution. Plus, he’s got some compelling things to say about being a professor.