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Women's Inclusive Innovation Summit: Invite, Inspire and Empower

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Bozeman, Helena, Missoula, and your house!


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Participate individually from your home computer, or grab your friends and attend one of our various community locations (listed below) to invite, inspire and empower the next wave of innovation in Montana - one that is genuinely inclusive of all unexpected ideas and all possibilities - and one led by women.

Bozeman: The Farmer's Daughters Cafe
510 N. 7th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715

Helena: The Montana Community Foundation Conference Room
33 S Last Chance Gulch St Ste. 2A, Helena, MT 59601

Missoula: The High Stakes Foundation
129 W Alder St. Missoula, MT, 59802

The first of its kind – the Women’s Foundation of Montana is thrilled to present a statewide, connected Zoom workshop on women-led innovation led by Jayne Morrow! We welcome you to join us in a dynamic brainstorm on opportunities to foster the next wave of innovation among women thought leaders, changemakers, and trailblazers across Montana.

We started this dialogue at an event in Fort Benton in June. Women changemakers from across Montana joined forces to talk about the challenges and opportunities for Montana by fostering the innovation potential for women. What we heard from the initial brainstorm was:

  • Host more workshops like this across Montana
  • Explore opportunities to create a Montana Women’s Technology and Innovation Council with the mission to empower the tech industry to enact needed change.
  • Create a Strategic Roadmap to empower women to rise to and evolve the innovation potential of Montana. Some critical elements of a roadmap are beginning to take shape and include: tell our success stories, leverage the high social capital, researching the innovation culture in MT and create the recipe for Montana’s Secret Sauce for Woman-led Innovation.


Agenda for the Statewide Zoom Call

5:30-5:45 Welcome and Roundtable Introductions – each site will introduce themselves and say hello to everyone online

5:45-5:50 Welcome and overview of Women’s Foundation of Montana – Jen Euell, Women’s Foundation of Montana

5:50-6:05 Set the stage - Fostering a culture of inclusive innovation – Jayne Morrow, WFM

6:05-6:25 Local PowerHouse groups will workshop the following two questions:

1) What does innovation look like to you? Provide concrete examples they have witnessed in Montana and outside of Montana.

2) When have you felt genuinely included in contributing to and leading innovation in Montana or elsewhere? If so, what made you feel welcomed and engaged? If not, why?

6:25-6:45 Report out to the whole call. Capture the barriers to innovation and those that are unique to women

6:45-7:00 Local PowerHouse groups will workshop the following:

1) Identify opportunities to remove barriers to women-led innovation. Everyone in the room will be given three votes to distribute to your top 3 highest priority ideas.

2) What actions personal, community, resource allocation, or directed programs and/or initiatives should be taken to foster these opportunities.

7:00-7:15 Report out to the whole call. Briefly state all of the ideas generated for removing barriers to innovation and capture the top priorities from your local group and recommended actions.

7:15-7:30 Closing large group discussion on top ideas generated and how the group can work together to inspire and empower innovation. We will discuss how to transition the many ideas generated into an enduring initiative to grow opportunities across the state using the power of smart women leaders.

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