Sheila Stearns is a Montana legend. Her list of important and difficult jobs in higher education is unparalleled: Montana’s longest-serving commissioner of higher education, interim chancellor of MSU-Billings, President of Wayne State College in Nebraska, provost and chancellor of UM Western, and – of course – President of the University of Montana. Now, she’s been tapped to chair Montana’s congressional redistricting commission. Is there anything Sheila can’t do?
Nora Saks is creator and host of the Richest Hill podcast on Montana Public Radio. Richest Hill is a deep exploration of Butte’s history and its ongoing relationship with mining. Our conversation explores that relationship’s complexity and the challenges Nora faced in reporting the authentic story. Nora earned her masters degree in environmental science and natural resource journalism at the University of Montana in 2018.
This week is #6 is the S.E.A. Change series, an interview with Jennifer Palmieri, Communications Director for the Hillary Clinton Campaign and Communications Director for the Obama White House. Jennifer’s recent book “Dear Madam President” is a powerful account of her experience in politics and a hopeful message for anyone looking to make change in the world.
Nick Checota arrived in Montana in 2012 and in that brief time he’s transformed Missoula’s music scene. Learn about Nick’s perspective on the entertainment business, his guiding principles for creating exceptional customer experiences and his plans to expand his business to new markets.
This week we learn all about a market that very likely befuddles many of you – childcare. We speak with Erica Mackey (co-founder & CEO) and Elke Govertsen (Chief Community Officer) of MyVillage, a Bozeman based start-up determined to fix a broken system for both parents and providers.
Owen Gue is the founder and president of The Cycling House, a Missoula business that epitomizes two of this podcast’s core themes –creativity and hustle. Owen made his passion for cycling his life’s work and there’s much to learn from his story, including important lessons about culture and growth.
In this fifth edition of the S.E.A. Change series, we host the pod’s first mother-daughter duo – Carol and Whitney Williams. Carol’s career in public service is legendary, serving more than a decade in the Montana State legislature, including time as the Senate’s first female majority and minority leader. Whitney followed the family tradition of service, serving as a high level staffer to Hillary Clinton during the Bill Clinton administration. In the years since she founded Williamsworks, an organization that guides some of the world’s most influential and important philanthropic endeavors.
Leigh Greenwood is the Forest Health Program Director for North America at The Nature Conservancy. Armed with a biology degree from Williams College, Leigh worked as a field researcher for several years before enrolling in the renowned Masters of Wildlife Biology program at the University of Montana. Leigh now works in policy and gets to think about things you perhaps never considered – like why it’s bad to move firewood and the complicated dynamics of wood pallet inspection. She makes these topics interesting and you’ll definitely learn a thing or two in this episode.
This week’s episode was recorded live at the recent innovateUM conference. InnovateUM brings together community leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers, researchers, students and more for an annual celebration of the incredible innovation happening within the University of Montana orbit. A New Angle recorded in front of a live audience for the first time, capturing two micro-panel conversations. The first features previous podcast guest Brigitta Miranda-Freer of the Montana World Trade Center and MonTEC, along with Nicole Rush of the Missoula Economic Partnership in a discussion of the Montana Bioscience Cluster. The second features another previous guest – Erin Switalski, now at the Headwaters Foundation – along with UM Professor of Social Work Ryan Tolleson-Knee in a conversation about early childhood education.
Doug Mitchell is the Executive Director of the Glacier National Park Conservancy. The Conservancy is dedicated preserving the park, educating current and future stewards of the park, and supporting world-class research that explores the park’s amazing ecosystems. In this conversation, we discuss why organizations like the Glacier National Park Conservancy are vital and how they fill critical gaps in funding for some of our most precious national treasures. We also explore how the organization sets priorities and makes decisions that affect the resource and all of our experiences with it.