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Leadership Program

Dear Friend,

I'm writing to let you know about the second round of the Big Sky 55+ Leadership Seminar Series. And we need your help finding participants.

The idea - Too often, we watch people enter the political arena thinking they must reinvent the wheel. Despite the changes in media and technology, much political activism is the same as it always has been. The Leadership Seminar Series allows participants to dive deeply into the ideology, history, and strategy behind engaging in public policy debates and being successful. This program is based on the Leadership Seminar Series organized by The Policy Institute. Over the years, almost 250 people participated state-wide in that series. Many graduates went on to hold public office and leadership positions in advocacy organizations across the state.

The Curriculum - The program begins with in-depth discussions and analysis of the right and left in Montana. After this discussion, sessions are dedicated to specific issues such as taxation, agriculture, local government, and climate change, among others, and allow participants to talk with leaders in those areas. Following the completion of our program, participants will have the opportunity to join an alumni club. The club meets quarterly for continued educational presentations and offers a mentorship program.


The "Faculty" - Presenters are active and current in various areas, from organized labor leaders to conservationists, leaders in advocacy organizations, and progressive public officials. These individuals will present and participate in discussions with participants to develop a more thorough understanding of issues and to provide skills to get things done to change public policy from the county courthouse to the state capitol. Please click here for a sample of last year's presenters.


It's really about connection. So far, I've been talking about the content. But at the end of the day, this program is about making connections. Throughout the program, participants will develop lasting relationships with other participants and presenters. It's about building a network of people with much in common and who can help support each other in their work to promote progressive public policy.


So, that's where you come in. I'm writing to ask for your help in building this program. Specifically, we are turning to our members to nominate people to participate. Do you know someone you think would be good for this kind of opportunity? If so, send their name and contact information to our Program Director, Jacob Bachmeier, at or leave him a message at (406) 879-6427. The deadline to nominate is April 2nd. We will take it from there. We'll follow up and see if your nominee wants to apply for the program. It's simple. Thank you for your help with this important project.


Ken Toole

Big Sky 55+ Leadership Program

Nomination Form

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