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 Montana Women Vote is hiring for a full-time Community Organizer

Job Announcement from Kylie Gursky with Montana Women Vote:    

Montana Women Vote is hiring a full-time Community Organizer

JOB TITLE: Montana Women Vote (MWV) Community Organizer HOURS: 40 hours/week


Montana Women Vote (MWV) is a statewide coalition working to engage and mobilize low-income women and their allies as informed voters, policy advocates, and community leaders. We work on issues including economic justice, health care reform, voter rights, and reproductive justice. We believe that civic action, policy change, and leadership development can together shift the balance of power and improve the lives of low-income women and families in Montana. Our work includes voter registration and engagement, field campaigns, policy advocacy, and leadership development. Additional info is available at

MWV is seeking a full-time Community Organizer to work alongside the Program Director to create, manage, and evaluate program and organizational work. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, ranging from $28,000 to $32,000.  MWV provides a benefits package including generous paid leave and health insurance. The position is based in Missoula (preferred) or Helena.



  • In collaboration with the Program Director, coordinate and manage a statewide voter registration, education, and mobilization campaign during elections years.
  • In collaboration with the Program Director, coordinate annual Women’s Policy Leadership Institute (WPLI), MWV’s statewide conference.
  • During legislative sessions and in the interim, work with the Program director to engage our members and develop leaders.
    • This may include, but is not limited to, coordinating travel and accommodations, writing action alerts and newsletters, running phone banks, helping members draft testimony, soliciting and editing letters to the editor, and helping to coordinate lobby days.
  • Recruit, manage, and train volunteers and community leaders.
  • Register voters at events, stores, schools, etc, and help Program Director support statewide voter registration groups.
  • Participating in general administrative and quality control support.
  • Working alongside MWV staff as a participating as a member of the Montana Women Vote team.

More information about the position expectations and details can be found at

If you wish to apply, Submit resume and cover letter by email to Kylie Gursky: For questions or information, call (406) 317-1504. This position is open until filled.

To be considered in this round of applicants, please submit your application by August 27th, 2018.


 Job Announcement: Cruise Planners Bozeman is hiring for experienced travel agent

Job Announcement from Kathy Cambridge, Franchise Owner, Cruise Planners:
Cruise Planners (Bozeman location) is hiring for experienced travel agent – part time leading to full time.
Job Duties and Expectations Information:
  • Consulting and advising clients on business and vacation travel including cruises
  • Ability to close travel sales
  • Arranging flights, travel insurance and accommodations, car rentals, etc.
  • Using a franchise booking system as well as vendor portals
  • Collecting and processing payments
  • Advising clients on travel arrangements and requirements, e.g. visas and passports
  • Sending out communications on travel details to clients
  • Keeping clients up to date with any changes
  • Dealing with complaints (if any come through)
  • Social media experience a plus
  • Experience working with excel a plus
  • Training provided by franchise on franchise systems
 If you are interested in learning more about this job opportunity, please email Kathy at  If you wish to apply, please include your resume in the email.
406-219-2081 (office)
406-370-5595 (cell)

 Montana PBS Announces Non-Partisan Debates Featuring Candidates for U.S. House and U.S. Senate

The BPW Legislative Committee would like to share with BPW Members the following press release from Montana PBS announcing non-partisan candidate debates this fall. These debates are meant to be informational and educational, hosted by PBS leading into the upcoming elections.  We encourage BPW members to tune in to these debates on television and/or radio:

                                                            August 2, 2018

Montana PBS Announces Debates Featuring Candidates for U.S. House and U.S. Senate

Montana PBS will host United States Senate and United States House of Representatives candidate debates this fall.

On Saturday, September 29 in Missoula, Democratic incumbent Sen. Jon Tester and Republican Montana Auditor Matt Rosendale will discuss issues as they face off for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

On Saturday, October 6 in BozemanRepublican incumbent Rep. Greg Gianforte will debate Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams.

Both debates will broadcast at 7:00 p.m. across the state on Montana PBS and will be studio based without a live audience. Montana PBS journalists John Twiggs and Anna Rau will ask questions of the candidates and facilitate the discussion. The debates will be simulcast live on Montana Public Radio.

In the weeks preceding the debates, Montana PBS and Montana Public Radio will solicit questions on social media from their viewers and listeners to potentially ask the candidates.

“It is part of our Montana PBS mission to inform the citizens of our state,” Montana PBS general manager Aaron Pruitt said. “We hope the debates will shed light on the candidates and their positions before Montanans cast their votes.”

The broadcast of the debates is made possible with production support from the Greater Montana Foundation encouraging communications on issues, trends and values of importance to present and future generations of Montanans.

Montana PBS (KUFM-TV in Missoula, KUSM-TV in Bozeman, KUKL-TV in Kalispell, KBGS-TV in Billings, KUGF-TV in Great Falls and KUHM-TV in Helena) is a service of the University of Montana and Montana State University.

For more information, visit or contact: Ray Ekness, Director, UM Broadcast Media Center,  406-243-4154 or Aaron Pruitt, MontanaPBS general manager, 406-994-5021.


 Montana Women’s Business Center and Prospera Business Network to Host Visiting Entrepreneur as Featured Guest for Leadership Mentoring Series

Lara Hodgson, President & CEO of NOW Corp to share insights from distinguished career in business to local entrepreneurs.


The Montana Women’s Business Center and Prospera Business Network will feature visiting guest, Lara Hodgson, for the Leadership Mentoring Series on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018. Lara Hodgson is CEO of NOW Corp and was recently chosen as a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award in the Southwest Region.

Lara Hodgson will share stories and insights from her business accomplishments. Participants will join other local professionals to network with business leaders in Gallatin and Park Counties.

Lara serves as President & CEO of NOW Corp, a company she co-founded to free small businesses from the burden of funding trade credit and to enable small business growth. The concept for NOW Corp’s NOWaccount stems from the challenges Lara faced when growing her manufacturing business, Nourish. Lara is an internationally recognized speaker, leading seminars on creativity, innovation and access to capital. She served as the Ambassador to Lebanon for the 1996 Olympic Games. Lara received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS in Aerospace Engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Lara has also served on several Boards.

This event will be held Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the Baxter. Cost for the event is $25 for Prospera members and $35 for non-members. Admission includes heavy hors d’oeuvres at The Baxter. To register for the event, visit

Prospera Business Network is a member-supported nonprofit economic development organization in southwestern Montana whose purpose is to advance, challenge and inspire our regional business communities. Prospera is dedicated to supporting business expansion, retention and relocation by providing access to business consulting, financing, professional development and economic research.


Jen Brick
Montana Women’s Business Center Training & Events Manager

Prospera Business Network
2015 Charlotte Street, Suite 1 | Bozeman, Montana 59718
Ph: (406) 587-3113    Fax: (406) 587-9565

 Congratulations to “24 over 64” Award Winners!

A special congratulations to BBPW member Janis Strout on being selected as one of the Bozeman Chronicle Prime “24 over 64” Award Winners for 2018!  Our applause and appreciation to all of the nominees and winners.

The 24 over 64 Awards serve to honor men and women from Southwest Montana who are have improved the quality of life for others in their community and who have achieved professional success and/or personal success as a role model.

Awards will be presented on Monday, August 27th, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman.

To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, please visit:
Or email:


Melissa Herron
2018 Bozeman BPW President