Volunteer businesses needed for donation sites for MSU “Executive Closet” summer clothing drive!

BPW is partnering with the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success at MSU to collect professional clothing for, and provide assistance for, the MSU Executive Closet event. Each year in the fall, MSU hosts this wonderful program to provide students with the opportunity to acquire free professional clothing along with tips for how to pair outfits and dress for success – giving students the resources and tools to dress professionally for career fairs, interviews and their first jobs out of college!  Students are able to select and keep a complete professional outfit from a selection of donated clothing.

Some BPW members businesses helped out last year by hosting a bin at their storefront or office as a donation/clothing drop off location. Other individual BPW members helped set up and facilitate the fall clothing giveaway event. Thanks so much to those who participated last year for your help!

We would like to increase our support this year and are calling for volunteers to help in the following areas:

Be a Clothing Donation Host Site

We are looking for host sites who would be willing to act as a drop-off location for donations:

  • A collection bin and signage will be provided to you. 
  • Donations will be collected from your site on a regular basis as determined by you and the collection team from MSU’s Sigma Nu fraternity (but usually every 2 weeks depending on volume)
  • The Clothing Drive will start in mid-June and run until August 23, 2019

Help Prep and Staff the Executive Closet on September 17

If you are not able to be a host site, but would like to assist in other ways, please consider:

  • Help sort donations 1-2 times this summer (dates and times tbd)
  • Help set up the event on Monday, September 16, 2019 4 p.m. – ???
  • Provide clothing assistance to students the day of the event, Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please contact BPW President Melissa Herron at president@bozemanbpw.org if you have questions or would like to sign up to be a clothing donation site and/or help out!

Thank you,

Melissa Herron
2019 BBPW President


Erin MCormick
Associate Director
MSU Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success

 Calling All Writers – 2019 “Get Published” Conference

An Announcement from BPW Member, Lynn Kinnaman – author, writing instructor at MSU/Gallatin College, and owner of Works by Design, LLC:

Are you a writer, looking for tips to break through block, stay motivated, energize your writing, and prepare your manuscript for publication?  Join us for the 2019 “Get Published” Conference! Suitable for fiction and nonfiction writers.

Saturday, June 15th, 8am-5:30pm at the C’mon Inn in Bozeman, with lunch included.

*Cost is $119 early bird registration through May 31st! Regular price $130 for tickets purchased after May 31st.  Seating is limited, registrations can be made online here:  Register

The first 10 people to register will be entered into a drawing to win a one-on-one consultation for one hour with Becca Syme a writing coach, author, and founder of the popular Write Better-Faster course.

Chris Syme, the founder of CKSyme Media Group, will explain how the book marketing landscape has changed and how you can spend less money and get better results. She is an industry expert with over 20 years of experience.

Becca Syme is a USA Today Bestselling fiction author and writing coach. She has taken thousands of writers through the process of getting unstuck, being productive, and learning how to stand out.

Troy Kechely is an author known for his powerful descriptions and his exceptional ability to put the reader into the story. He will share how he does it and how to get authenticity in your writing.

Danica Winters is a bestselling author who has won multiple awards. She’s experienced in traditional, hybrid, and self-publishing and will share how to prepare and present your manuscript professionally.

Lynn Kinnaman will talk about writing the memoir – how to tell your story and why you should do it – even if you never intend to publish or even share it!



 Travel with Women’s Delegation to Cuba this spring!

An announcement from BPW Member Jan Strout & the US Women and Cuba Collaboration:

2019 Women’s Delegation to Cuba
Advancing Women’s Health and Human Rights
May 3-12, 2019 ~ in Santiago de Cuba & Havana!

You are invited to join the U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration on our 2019 Delegation!  Our educational program serves as an opportunity to learn from and exchange with Cuban women grassroots and national leaders while offering us other cultural perspectives and best practices about relevant critical issues facing the U.S.  This People-to-People Licensed Delegation will provide insights into the reality of the lives of Cuban women and girls as well as how Cuba’s political and economic systems grounded on a commitment to human rights for all shape this reality.  We are seeking U.S. women with a diverse array of experiences and backgrounds to participate in our Delegation.

Trip Co-Leaders Jan Strout and Lauren Gette-King are both Instructors at Montana State University and intrepid travelers to Cuba and Latin America.  They have lead numerous Delegations to Cuba and the Americas and are co-founders of women’s human rights campaigns, Cuba solidarity, peace and justice organizations locally and nationally with a focus on gender, racial, economic justice and the politics of sexuality.

EARLY PRIORITY DEADLINE TO APPLY for discount is on or before Friday, March 8, 2019

Final Deadline with full price due is March 25th.

Email for our Application package with details and pricing:   2019womensdelegation@gmail.com

 You’re Invited! Retirement Celebration for long-time BPW member, Darla Joyner (Career Transitions)

An announcement from Career Transitions:

Career Transitions would like to thank Darla Joyner for her 24 years of service as Executive Director. 

Please join us in celebrating her retirement!

Thursday, February 28, 2019
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Holiday Inn & Suites Express Belgrade
309 E Madison Ave
Belgrade, MT 59714
Light hors d’oeuvres provided

Please RSVP to ct@careertransitions.com or 406-388-6701.

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 Approaching Equal Pay Day: Hear Lilly Ledbetter’s Story in this week’s Beautifully Equipped podcast

An announcement from 2018 BPW Grant Recipient, Beautifully Equipped:

National Equal Pay Day, the day which marks the average extra time into the current year that women have to work in order to gain the same earnings their male counterparts earned by the end of last year, will be recognized on April 10th, 2019.

The importance of equal pay isn’t just about annual salary, it’s much bigger than that.

It’s about how income impacts every aspect of life; how to raise a family, which bills to pay (or which ones to sacrifice), and the ability to be able to support oneself later in life. It’s long term.  Women are disproportionately impacted in all of these areas compared to their male peers, due to the persistent disparity in pay by gender.

As we approach equal pay day, we would like to recognize and share this interview with Lilly Ledbetter, an icon and change-maker in the area of equal pay for our time.

She’s known best for her fight against Goodyear’s biased pay practices, which resulted in Obama passing the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. (Side note: It has since been revoked by the Trump Administration). To date, Lilly has not been compensated for her losses in pay compared to what her male counterparts at Goodyear earned for doing the same work.

Listen to Lilly’s story and stay inspired to keep the fight for equal pay alive. It’s up to all of us to request fair wages upfront and to take action within our own communities.