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Bozeman Business & Professional Women

Bozeman BPW is a diverse group of over 150 professional women working to ensure that women in the Gallatin Valley have the tools to succeed. Our mission is to connect, educate, and celebrate Bozeman’s professional women. Our members come together for regular meetings where they pool their talents and resources to create innovated professional, educational, and networking opportunities for women. We honor local women who are making outstanding contributions to our community and helping women succeed.


Bozeman BPW is licensed by the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, a national organization that was founded in 1919 and remains one of this country’s largest organizations for working women.

BPW Foundation the first foundation and research center in America dedicated exclusively to the interests and advancement of working women.

History of the Bozeman Business & Professional Women

Bozeman BPW held its first meeting on September 18, 1930 in the Baxter Hotel. The 25 charter members envisioned an organization that would elevate standards for women, promote business and professional activities, and encourage a spirit of cooperation, fellowship and friendship among members. Over 80 years later, our mission remains true to this original vision.

Jessie Aiken was elected to be the first president, and many prominent women have been members over the years, including US Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin and many women Montana state legislators. Bozeman BPW has also participated in numerous important projects in its long history.

During the depression, Bozeman BPW members gave two hours of work weekly to unemployed women.  The first BPW educational scholarship was awarded to a Montana State University student in 1937. Early members also observed National Business and Professional Women’s Week each fall and named a Woman of the Year. 

Bozeman BPW, 1936

Photo: 1936 Membership (27 members gather in Gallatin Canyon)

Bozeman BPW, 2020

The BPW 2020 board of directors.
Bozeman BPW has over 100 active members.

Become involved with Bozeman Business & Professional Women:

If you would like to join a committee, or become a board member please email the committee member through the link on each individual’s name below.
 

You may view the minutes from our board meetings here:  Board Meeting Minutes and Board Policies

You can also contact us through our BPW Facebook Page.

Our mailing address is:
Bozeman BPW

Box 644

Bozeman, MT  59771-0644

You may also contact our president if you have any questions by emailing president@bozemanbpw.org.

2021 Bozeman BPW Board

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Rachel Krug, President & Co-Chair of Communications
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Anna Smoot, Honors Co-Chair
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Susan Fisher, Recording Secretary
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Tamara Gilham, Co-Chair of Membership
Julie Banuchie Bozeman BPW Communication Chair
Julie Banuchie, Co-Chair of Programs & Vice President 1, President Elect
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Kris Specht, Co-Chair of Communications
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Mary Howard, Co-Chair of Grants
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Melissa Herron, Co-Chair of Programs & Vice President 2, Co-Chair of Sponorship
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Allyson Weston, Co-Chair of Events
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Beth Monnin, Co-Chair of Honors
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Jody Seibert, Treasurer 2
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Anna Merchen, Co-Chairs of Programs
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Jessica Ludwig, Co-Chair of Events, Co-Chair of Sponsorship
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Jamie Rainey, Co-Chair of Grants
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Janice Hand, Treasurer 1

Bozeman BPW would like to thank our members Rachel KrugDeb Brugman, and Marissa Lambert for their Photography.