Episode 10: Leadership Montana

Chantel Schieffer, CEO and President of Leadership Montana, talks about why Leadership Montana was created in the wake of a very contentious 2001 Montana legislative session, how this organization promotes civility and collaboration across our state, and even offers listeners some tools for having difficult but necessary conversations.

Learn more about Leadership Montana at leadershipmontana.org.  Check out the Seat at the Table concept at https://www.atthetablegv.org/. Also, Living Room Conversations (https://www.livingroomconversations.org) is a great tool for having challenging conversations in your community, and finally, check out Women Leading Montana’s facebook page here!  (https://www.facebook.com/pg/WomenLeadMT/about/?ref=page_internal)

Episode 9: Reaching Home – Missoula’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness

Theresa Williams, Coordinator of Reaching Home, Missoula’s 10-year Plan to End Homelessness, comes on the show to talk about why Reaching Home was created, the nuts and bolts of the plan itself, along with the successes and challenges she has seen while coordinating this ambitious plan, and much more!

Check out the the Reaching Home plan here. 

Also check out the City of Missoula’s Department of Housing and Community Development here.

As always, thanks for listening!

Episode 8: Forward Montana

Deputy Director Kiah abbey comes on the show to talk about her work to engage Montana youth in the political process, some of her thoughts on the upcoming midterm election, and why folks (like me!) shouldn’t be afraid to voice their beliefs in the political arena.

Check out http://ForwardMontana.org or https://forwardmontana.org/campaign/voter-guides/ to read Forward Montana’s voter guide for the upcoming election.

Finally, check out http://govotemt.com to make sure YOU are ready to go for Election Day on November 6th.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 7: Soft Landing Missoula

This week’s episode features Mary Poole, Executive Director of Soft Landing Missoula.  (https://softlandingmissoula.org/)

Mary talks about the rapid process of creating Soft Landing and welcoming refugees to Missoula, how she approaches folks who see refugee issues far differently than she does, and what it was like to start a non-profit as a newcomer to the field.

Be sure to check out this this awesome video about Soft Landing produced by Starbucks!

Episode 6: The Poverello Center

This week’s episode features Amy Allison Thompson, the Executive Director of The Poverello Center, Missoula’s homeless shelter.  Amy talks about why she often describes homeless folks as being ‘invisible’ in our community, what it’s like to run a large non-profit as a young person, and how she suggests we should act when we run into homeless people in Missoula.  Amy also responds to a question about investing ‘upstream’ vs. ‘downstream’ in community services, and much more.

Check out the Poverello Center’s website and their upcoming event, Pumpkins for the Pov.

A special thanks to Sam Copeland and John Kratz for their musical contributions to this episode!

Episode 5: Watson Children’s Shelter

On this week’s Episode of Insight on Impact we feature Mike Boehm, CEO of Watson Children’s Shelter.  Mike talks about the mission of Watson’s, who they work closely with in Missoula to promote the well-being of the children they serve, the complex issue of deciding when children should be in out-of-home care (and when they shouldn’t be), their exciting new program called Healthy Foundations, and how Montana state budget cuts affected their organization.

Additional Resources:

TED Talk on the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) Study by Nadine Burke-Harris

The Center for Disease Control webpage on ACEs

And finally, visit http://watsonchildrensshelter.org for more information about this organization.  Thanks for listening!


Episode 4: United Way of Missoula County

Susan Hay Patrick, CEO of United Way of Missoula County, comes on the show to talk about the evolution of United Way as an organization, their new efforts to learn from similar communities facing similar challenges, as well as their collaborative efforts to address suicide rates and homelessness in Missoula.  We wrap things up with a fascinating conversation about the Overhead Myth and even chat briefly about millennials’ role in the non-profit sector.

As promised, here are some excellent resources for learning about the overhead myth:

Finally, please visit missoulaunitedway.org to learn more about the work being done by Susan and her team. Thanks for listening!

Episode 3: Free Cycles

Bob Giordano, Executive Director and Founder of Free Cycles, comes on the show to talk about why bicycles hold the power to transform our community.  We start the episode with an overview of Free Cycles and MIST (Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation) and a quick discussion about why working with children is such a key part of Free Cycles’ work.  Later we explore sustainable transportation including roundabouts, bike tracks, road diets, and neighborhood greenways.  We even talk about the advocacy work done by Bob and his team to bring a roundabout to the intersection of Higgins Ave. and Beckwith Ave..

Be sure to check out FreeCycles.org and strans.org for more information.

Episode 2: Missoula Food Bank & Community Center

Kelli Hess, Director of Operations, comes on to talk about the services offered at the Missoula Food Bank, their journey to opening a new facility, why volunteers make their organization go, and what she has seen in almost 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector in Missoula. Check out MissoulaFoodBank.org for more information.

Episode 1: Partnership Health Center

CEO Lauri Francis discusses the evolution of health care, how health is created, and much more.  Director of Innovation Mary-Jane Nealon also comes on to offer a powerful look into the impact of PHC’s work.