Sep 3, 2013

FVCC to Host Live Simulcast of 2013 Montana Economic Development Summit: "Women in Business" Community Discussion to Follow Summit

“Women in Business” Community Discussion to Follow Summit

Flathead Valley Community College’s Entrepreneurship Center invites the public to view a live simulcast of the 2013 Montana Economic Development Summit September 16 through 17.  The simulcast will run from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on September 16 and from 8:15 a.m. to noon on September 17 in the Arts & Technology Building on the FVCC campus.  There is no charge to attend.

Organized by Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), the Montana Economic Development Summit will feature keynote speakers from The Boeing Company, Delta Air Lines, Facebook, FedEx Corporation, Ford Motors, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard Company and other global businesses.  The goal of the summit is to boost trade opportunities for Montana and create new jobs in the Treasure State.

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operations officer for Facebook, is slated to speak from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on September 16.  Sandberg is the author of the bestselling book “Lean In” and challenges women to aspire to more leadership roles globally.  In her book, Sandberg cites statistics such as:  Of the 195 independent countries in the world, only 17 are led by women; only 21 of the Fortune 500 companies’ chief operations officers are women; and in the United States, women constitute 18 percent of our elected officials.  Sandberg asserts that if more women held leadership positions, women everywhere would benefit in many ways, including from a diminishing wage gap between the sexes.

Immediately following the conclusion of Sandberg’s presentation, FVCC will host an hour-long community discussion regarding the opportunities and challenges facing girls and women who aspire to leadership roles.  Lori Marin will facilitate a panel discussion featuring three local business women:  Jen Elden, founder of Amalgamated SOPE Company; Karen Witt, director of strategic operations and business development for NxGEN Payment Solutions; and Callie Schieffer, process development engineer for Applied Materials.  Marin has held several executive management positions including acting chief financial officer, chief operations officer and corporate treasurer/ investor relations for large international food and chemical manufacturing companies, including Keebler.

The “Women in Business” community discussion is free and open to the public.  Audience members are encouraged to bring their lunch and come prepared to ask questions of the panelists.  For more information, contact FVCC Entrepreneurship Coordinator Jill Seigmund at (406) 756-3834 or at