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Thanks to all of our 2017 Sponsors, and a special thank you to our Ambassador Level Sponsors: 

Ambassador Level Sponsor:  Morgan Stanley 

Shannon Brightman, Vice President, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley

Tell us a little bit about you and your business:

How did you get into your line of work? Prior to starting my practice in financial planning and investment management, I was a tenured professor and biology department chairperson at a university in Connecticut. My training in biotechnology included an understanding of how biotech companies get started, and how investors decide whether biotech ventures might be profitable. Investment analysis became a passion of mine and led to what some might call a crazy idea – a second career in finance! It turned out that my experience as a teacher and mentor transferred very well to the financial advisor role. I love being able to help people with their financial goals, while also engaging my inner scientist in financial analysis.

Why did you decide to become an Ambassador Level Sponsor to an organization like Bozeman BPW? I sponsor Bozeman BPW at the Ambassador Level because of the investment this organization makes in its scholarship and grant programs. As a biology professor, one of my most satisfying roles was mentoring young women in the research lab, reviewing student applications for grants, scholarships and internships, and seeing those students go on to great careers. Bozeman BPW is doing a wonderful service in providing women with both the encouragement and financial support they need to pursue their professional dreams.

What advice do you have to give to women professionals in the Gallatin Valley? This I offer specifically to women who might be considering a career transition, based on my personal experience. Don’t be afraid to walk off the trail; that is to step outside of your professional ‘safe zone’. Do be realistic about and plan for the financial implications of a change. Ask yourself how best your experience and skillset can be applied in a new context that reflects your passion and aspirations, perhaps a context that you haven’t considered before. Don’t be surprised if that question takes you in a direction you never expected.

What should our community know about you and your business? I am a Financial Advisor and Certified Financial PlannerTM practitioner in the Bozeman branch office of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. I hope you will visit my website to learn more about my credentials and about how I work with clients. My clients include people from all walks of life and at all stages of financial development, and I welcome the opportunity to learn how I might help you to succeed.

Learn more about Shannon Brightman with Morgan Stanley  or visit her page on Facebook 

Ambassador Level Sponsor:  Blackfoot 

 Blackfoot – Laura Marshall, VP Corporate Administration

Tell us a little bit about you and your business:

How did you get into your line of work? My undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Human Resources (HR). I love how HR is a true strategic business partner in the success of an organization. I feel very, very fortunately to work at Blackfoot where HR is so well respected. I thoroughly enjoy the diversity of topics in human resources – whether employee relations, labor relations, benefits, compensation, retirement plans, employee engagement, training, recruitment, etc.; plus in my role at Blackfoot, besides HR, I also oversee our community relations initiatives, corporate general liability and insurance, emergency preparedness, safety and workers’ compensation, and building and grounds. No two days are ever alike! In addition, my husband and I co-own a small business (Draught Works Brewery), we are headquartered out of Missoula, but our distribution channel includes the greater Bozeman area as well. Although my husband and his business partner run the business on a day to day basis, it is a big part of my personal life as well.

Why did you decide to become an Ambassador Level Sponsor to an organization like Bozeman BPW? Many reasons, including personal networking, being part of the Bozeman professional community, and fostering women in business.

What advice do you have to give to women professionals in the Gallatin Valley? On the business side: network, volunteer, brain storm ideas and challenges with old friends and new friends; be sure to assess your network every now and then as well. Be open to expanding it. No matter your profession, you don’t need to be alone. On a personal side: find someone to clean your house – and be good to that person. It was a game changer for me.

What should our community know about you and your business? Blackfoot is a growing regional voice, data, cloud and IT services provider. We have 180 employees, and are headquartered out of Missoula. We also have offices in Bozeman and St. Anthony, Idaho. We pride ourselves in delivering excellent customer service. If you are assessing your voice/phone, broadband, IT or cloud service needs, give us a shout at 406-541-5000. As far as about me – well besides our business, we have a wonderful 13 year old daughter who keeps us very busy. Plus I love golf, play the bass clarinet in the Community Band, and walk/hike as much as possible.

Learn more about Blackfoot at www.blackfoot.com and on Facebook 

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Ambassador Level Sponsor: Media Works 

 Media Works – Lorelyn Mayr, owner

Tell us a little bit about you and your business:

How did you get into your line of work? I decided to go back to school and change directions with my career after being home and raising kids for a few years.  I have always been an artist so enrolled in the Graphic Design and Illustration degree program.  After graduation I really wanted to relocate back to Bozeman, where I grew up, so my family could be close to my parents. I contacted a family friend in Bozeman who happened to be selling her business.  I purchased Media Works in 2013 and have been working as a designer for print and websites ever since.  Media Works specializes in helping small businesses expand their marketing success with smart branding and targeted advertising. 

Why did you decide to become an Ambassador Level Sponsor to an organization like Bozeman BPW?  I really have enjoyed the friendships and connections I have within the group.  I am happy to use my skills to help the group grow and move forward with technology and take advantage of all the options websites and social media has to offer.  

What advice do you have to give to women professionals in the Gallatin Valley? Work together!  I have found that networking, collaborating, and creating referrals to other woman in business really does provide a solid network for you to grow.  The more you connect with others, the greater likely hood that they will refer others to you. 

What should our community know about you and your business? As a small business owner myself I understand how hard it can be to get new customers and know if your marketing budget is being spent in the right places.  Advertising and marketing does not need to overwhelm you or your budget.  We work with you to make sure you can manage and drive your own marketing efforts to receive the greatest return on your investment.  

Learn more about Media Works at their website and on Facebook 

 
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