It is a privilege to serve as this year’s president of the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network (MBN). This organization has left an amazing legacy, having reached thousands of women with passion and hope for over 30 years. The mission of MBN is to provide our members with opportunities for professional and personal growth in all sectors of life. MBN continues to lift women in our community toward sustainable success and leadership.
It is from the foundation of monthly meetings that we continue to strengthen MBN’s core foundation and legacy with setting a pace of renewal, stewardship and leadership to sustain the MBN legacy. MBN continues to increase connection through social media, general meetings, sub-network meetings, Cocktails & Conversation, socials and other education opportunities along the way.
Legacy is a concurrent theme for me personally and professionally. People will always remember how you made them feel and this is part of your legacy. I joined MBN in 2010 as a nomad with no business to share. I joined to find connection in a new community. With open arms and hearts MBN members shared their legacy and love for Montana. MBN made me feel part of the community. From my upbringing I find legacy in the old and new. My grandparents taught me to see beauty in simple things, elegant things and even dusty/dirty things! Grandma’s pearls, Grandad’s cowboy hat, a new bright lipstick and the courage to wear red shoes are my way of reflecting their legacy.
MBN fosters our ability to lift each other up. The annual print member directory and online Business Expertise search are assets when looking for assistance from other members and businesses. We encourage members to review personal listings to make sure all information is up-to-date and current, including a photo. These tools enable us to discover “who’s who” for business needs, personal needs and mentoring opportunities.
I thank you for being a part of the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network. We are an organization of volunteers without whom MBN would not be able to serve our members and community. Thank you to those who have volunteered in the past and volunteer in the future. I want to express a heartfelt “thank you” for the Synergy Board and Symposium Committee members. It is you who makes MBN an amazing organization!
It is my hope you are ready for a new year of building sustainable legacy through connection, collaboration and community. Encourage one another and build your Legacy by lifting others to lead.
MBN President 2017-2018