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.
In this fourth edition of the S.E.A. Change series we feature Susan Hay Patrick, CEO of United Way of Missoula. Susan is a renowned leader in Western Montana and she has a lot to say about many of the challenges facing our region, especially when it comes to the pillars of her organization – education, income, and health. We discuss how these issues affect women and mothers and the persistent challenge of hidden homelessness.
Dave Franke is a Principal at Franke & Company and the son of Bill Franke, founder of Indigo Partners. In 2016 the Franke family made the single largest gift in University of Montana history, naming both the WA Franke College of Forestry and Conservation as well as the Franke Global Leadership initiative.
Dave’s work involves finding places where the family can invest to create both impact and access and you’ll hear those two themes throughout the conversation. We discuss the concept of philanthropic investing and how it differs from the traditional charitable giving model. Dave cites some compelling reasons to invest in higher education, reasons that certainly resonate with me and likely many of you.
Adam Wolf is the founder and Chief Scientist at Arable Labs, a firm that brings data science to agriculture. Arable produces a set of sensors and a suite of software and analysis services that allow farmers to make data-informed decisions. Our conversation ranges from the role data plays in both industrial as well as small-scale agriculture, to how anyone who eats can “come into integrity” with their consumption choices.
Anne Helen Petersen is a Senior Culture Writer at Buzzfeed News, based in Missoula, MT. She earned her Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Texas and is the author of two books – “Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Women” and “Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema.” Anne’s reporting covers an incredibly wide range of topics, but her recent focus on millennial burnout is the focal point of this conversation. We also discuss how burnout affects men and women differently, as well as her experience in academia, and her observations of the goings-on here at the University of Montana.
Joe Anderson might just be the most interesting man on earth, and the conversation we had on this episode of A New Angle is that sort that gives you hope in our society’s ability to solve seemingly intractable problems. After a long and varied career in both law and rock & roll, Joe returned to his native Montana and landed with Reflex Protect, the creators of a non-lethal self-defense spray. Their amazing product can both save lives and get people engaged in a conversation about safety and self-defense that they were previously unwilling to entertain.