Erin Switalski on the vital work of Women’s Voices for the Earth

Women’s Voices for the Earth is a Missoula based national non-profit organization doing big things on a national scale. The group’s aim is to eliminate the use of harmful chemicals in a surprising and disturbing number of household products, particularly products used predominantly by women. We talk about WVO’s mission and strategy and how you can be more aware and get more involved

Eric Sprunk, Nike, Inc. COO, on Leadership, Opportunity and Coming Home

Eric Sprunk was the commencement speaker at this year’s University of Montana graduation ceremony. In today’s episode, we track Eric’s experience as an accounting student who graduated in from UM in 1986 though to his current position as head of Nike’s global operations. It’s an amazing story and along the way Eric has developed a powerful and inspiring set of leadership principles. He also has some important ideas about how to conceptualize and seize opportunity. Thanks for listening!

Clark Fork Coalition’s Karen Knutsen: What the River Needs

This week’s episode features my conversation with Karen Knutsen, Executive Director of the Clark Fork Coalition. Karen’s focused and dynamic leadership has lead the coalition to many critical achievements in its work to protect and restore the Clark Fork River watershed. We talk about the mission of the CFC and how she uses that mission as a guide for deciding what the CFC should do and initiatives it should say “no” to.

To learn more about the Clark Fork Coalition, visit

Joel Benenson – Chief Pollster and Strategist to Obama and Clinton

Joel Benenson is a premier political strategist and pollster. He’s the only Democratic pollster to have played a leading role in 3 winning presidential campaigns. He recently visited University of Montana to speak with our students about the Big Sky Poll project. Joel and I discuss the roll of polling, the problems associated with reporting on poll results, and how some things went wrong (for his candidate) in the 2016 election.

Joel is founder and CEO of The Benenson Strategy Group where he and his team serve as strategist and consultants to heads of state, domestic political leaders at all levels, Fortune 100 CEOs, and leaders of major advocacy and nonprofit institutions.

R2C’s Michelle Cardinal: CEO, Philanthropist, Activist

This week we feature Michelle Cardinal, CEO and Co-founder of the R2C Group, a digital marketing firm headquartered in Portland, OR. Michelle was recently on campus as this semester’s Gilkey Lecture Speaker. She used the opportunity to talk about the power of business to give back and do good. We talk about the important work she and her firm are doing to fight homelessness and we also discuss some interesting ideas on women in the workplace. Thanks for listening!

Michelle Huie & Stef Sample: A Case-Study in Coaching Success

In this episode we speak with Michelle Huie and Stef Sample. Michelle is founder of VIM&VIGR and Director of Marketing at Submittable, two important start-ups headquartered in Missoula. Stef is a serial Montana entrepreneur who owns and operates a broad portfolio of businesses. She is also a professional coach and coaches executives and entrepreneurs through the REWIRE platform. Stef coaches Michelle and today we dig into the dynamics of their relationship.