Occupation / Business: Arbonne International is a 39 year old company specializing in pure, safe, and beneficial health and wellness products. I love working with Arbonne because of our shared values. Arbonne is carbon neutral and actively pursuing a zero - waste practice. All products are ethically sourced, vegan, and never tested on animals. I love to educate others on the benefits of proper nutrition and the impact that chemical-free products have on our bodies, inside and out.
My involvement with MBN: I love attending our meetings, luncheons, and events hosted by MBN. I look forward to active involvement with MBN for years to come.
What I like most about MBN: I am so inspired by being around positive, motivated, business-minded women that I meet through MBN.
A little known fact about myself: My enthusiasm stems from my 30+ years in Nursing, and several years involved in the fitness industry as an instructor.
Deborah Derrick Gass
Montana Department of Labor and Industry -
Missoula Job Service
Occupation / Business: SHRM-CP, PHR Certified Professional in Human Resources ~ Workforce and Business Consultant. I assist business owners, managers and supervisors with employment issues and provide training and consulting on effective HR management. I have 8 years of HR/Management experience in private industry and 18 years of experience with Montana Department of Labor laws, rules and regulations that impact employers.
Specialties: Small business, human resource systems, consulting on employment laws and regulations and Labor Market Information including wage analysis. I am a MT Human Rights Bureau approved provider of MT Human Rights Act Affirmative Relief Training for businesses.
My involvement with MBN:I have been an MBN member since 2002.
What I like most about MBN:I love that MBN is like a long lost friend, no matter how many years it has been since we have connected, I can always come back and instantly feel a part of the group!
JCCS Wealth Advisors & AdvoCare
Occupation / Business: Independent AdvoCare Distributor. Since 1993, AdvoCare has been a world-class nutrition company specializing in health & wellness, weight management, vibrant energy and sports performance. I’m passionate about helping others reach their health and wellness goals!
Wealth Management Assistant at JCCS Wealth Advisors - think critically, perform back-end research and navigate the complexity of the investment industry to ensure client work is in compliance.
My involvement with MBN: I have only been a member for one year but look forward to being more involved in the years to come!
What I like most about MBN: I feel energized by the women in the group after every event I attend! The combined knowledge, experience and passion in the group is contagious!
A bit of business wisdom: The only things you can control in life are your mindset and your actions.
Dawn Alicia McCloney
Compass Insurance Group
Occupation / Business: Because you've worked hard to build a solid financial footing for you and your family, be sure that everything is protected because accidents and disasters can and do happen. If you aren’t adequately insured, you could be left in financial ruin, so make sure your insurance agent has your best interests in mind. I offer personalized service to help guide you through all your insurance needs, from determining the best home, auto, life and business coverage, to helping with questions and claims down the road.
My involvement with MBN: I’ve been an MBN member for about three years, but now that I am self-employed again, I have more flexibility to really get involved in groups that I find important – like MBN! I now serve as the Membership Co-Chair of MBN and am very excited to help our membership grow!
What I like most about MBN: I love the amount of support our members provide one another! Nowhere else are you likely to see such successful people helping in soo many ways to make others successful! It’s truly a beautiful thing!
A bit of business wisdom: "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."
-- Colin Powell
A little known fact about myself: I earned a degree in Print Journalism from UM with minors in Economics, Russian Language, and Photojournalism, and I own “Dawn Alicia Photography,“ a wedding and portrait photography business that has been open for more than 2 ½ decades.
Jeanne Ann Wilson
Occupation / Business: I have been the Business Marketing Director for MCT Inc. (Missoula Children’s Theatre & Missoula Community Theatre) since June of 2001. I inter-face with the Community to find businesses to partner with us to sponsor our local shows and to advertise in our playbills. In addition I am part of the fundraising team and co-host all the Premiere Nights. I have also enjoyed being a singer, actor, dancer – a Triple Threat in the theatre world – with MCT over the last 25.
My involvement with MBN: I was invited to MBN by my friend Judy Wright when she was the President, 20 plus years ago and have been a member off and on ever-since. I have participated on the symposium Team as a Hospitality Co-Chair.
What I like most about MBN: The opportunity to meet incredible women in business and create a network that is truly an amazing tool for doing my job with MCT. The friendships will last a lifetime as well.
A bit of business wisdom: In my job of finding sponsors, advertisers and raising money – I always make sure I don’t come across as a salesman. I just talk about how we can help each other with the use of the marketing dollars they have – a win/win. I then try to make the best arrangement based on what their needs are.
A little known fact about myself: I have 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grand-daughter. I love to sing, dance and Tone (ask me about being a Toner sometime). I recorded a meditation album entitled “The Healing Sounds of Love” in 2000. I am an Equine Instructor for MontanaQuest at River Pines Farm with Shari Montana and her rescued horses. I also raise and breed Mini & Toy Australian Shepherds. Let me know if you ever want to come and get a sweet puppy fix to send all your cares away!
Marketplace Media and Curves Missoula
Occupation / Business: I have been a partner at Marketplace Media, a full-service advertising agency, for the past 10 years and Curves, a fitness center for women, for the past 7 years.
My involvement with MBN: I have been with MBN since 2007. I love MBN and have met many friends and business associates. We have always been involved with the Symposium, which is my favorite MBN event, love the lunches and social, too!
What I like most about MBN: I love the support I receive from so many members on both a professional and personal level.
A bit of business wisdom: Most likely it’s your fear of success that is going to be one of your biggest challenges to overcome but you’ll think it’s your fear of failure more often than not.
A little known fact about myself: I am the youngest of five children and my father was born in Bogota, Colombia making me a first generation born in America on my father’s side.
J. R. Banna + Associates
Occupation / Business: Investment Operations Manager for J. R. Banna + Associates, a full service financial firm encompassing wealth management, accounting, tax, insurance, estate planning and business legal services.
My involvement with MBN: I have been a member since returning to Missoula in October 2012.
What I like most about MBN: Women supporting women, does it get any better than that?
A bit of business wisdom: The most important step you can take toward success is asking for help. Don’t struggle with decisions that are outside of your “wheelhouse.” Know when an expert will save you time and money in the long run.
A little known fact about myself: I collect salt and pepper shakers when I travel. I know where each one came from and they always evoke fun memories.
Compass Insurance Group
Occupation / Business: Compass Insurance Group
My involvement with MBN: I have been a member for 9 years and have served on Synergy
And Symposium Board numerous times, including both of them this year.
What I like most about MBN: Meeting such dynamic empowering women. It is truly Women
Supporting Women. Love my MBN Tribe!
A bit of business wisdom: "The Golden Rule should always apply, whether business or life. Treat Others like you wish to be treated…
A little known fact about myself: I was a Cosmetologist for 23 years prior to working in the insurance Business. I owned my own Day Spa for 20 of those years.
Missoula Education Foundation
Occupation / Business: Executive Director at the Missoula Education Foundation
My involvement with MBN: Brand New Member, starting in Jan. 2017
What I like most about MBN: The comradery of other professional women!
A bit of business wisdom: "Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." —Warren Buffett
Occupation / Business: Executive Assistant at Prepare Maintenance
My involvement with MBN: I enrolled into MBN one year ago to expand my networking capabilities among experienced, like-minded business women.
What I like most about MBN: The promotion of success through support and unity.
A bit of business wisdom: Toss your hair in a bun, drink some coffee, put on some gangsta rap and handle it.
A little known fact about myself: I spent much of my free-time in 2016 building a house - which I now live in!!
Occupation / Business: Independent Business Partner with Nerium International, a science-based anit-aging company.
My involvement with MBN: Joined in 2008 as a way to reach out to and connect with other successful business women.
What I like most about MBN: The opportunity to learn and grow with like-minded women in a supportive culture, sharing what I've learned with others.
A bit of business wisdom: Success, growth and opportunity start with belief in yourself and a positive mindset.
A little known fact about myself: I'm a biker chick! Bought my 1st motorcycle at 40 although I like being a passenger on long-distance trips.
Occupation / Business: Hospitality, making your home away from home as comfortable as we possibly can! Whether it’s a staycation or an emergency relocation we are here to ease your stress and help you relax.
My involvement with MBN: This is only my second year as a member. Also my second year on the Symposium Committee. I plan to be more involved as I get the hang of things!
What I like most about MBN: How amazing and supportive all the women in this organization are. They have shared so much wisdom in the short time I’ve been here. The friendships made will last a lifetime and for that I am grateful.
Executive Regional Vice President
I work part-time from my phone and laptop while caring for my three kiddos Anderson (7), Bergen (7), and Leif (2). My husband Jason is a recently-retired pharmacist and together we invest in real estate. We love that our kids have two work-from-home parents. I’m totally into health and nutrition, a personal development nerd, and I’m passionate about educating people on the benefits of using healthier skin care and nutrition products. What really gets me going though, is mentoring and coaching someone on building a successful business of their own that will provide them with the choices and abundance they need to live out their purpose.
Real Estate Loan Officer
First Interstate Bank
Missoula Downtown Branch
ROI at Work &
Wagg’n Indoor Dog Park
What I like most about MBN:
I feel a sense of freedom, empowerment and connection when with MBN members. Thank you for your time and commitment to growing one another.
Occupation / Business:
In pursuit of two passions:
ROI at Work: As your business grows from, “me, myself, and I” so do your needs for hiring and keeping ideal employees. However, when you try to manage employees alone, the common result can be increased cost in unhappy customers, time, money and resources. I partner with you so you can concentrate on growing your business and reducing your costs and stress. www.roiaw.com.
Wagg’n: Wagg’n started as a dream last summer when wanting to connect with other responsible dog owners and realized there are few places to foster these relationships. Wagg’n is dedicated to growing a supportive pet community at a centralized location and providing services to assist in your doggy dilemmas. Please help start a unique, pet owner community by visiting www.waggn.org
Classified Account Executive, Missoula Independent
Occupation / Business: Classified Account Executive @ Missoula Independent. The Indy is largest weekly paper in Montana. We are committed to offering the highest quality publications providing cost-effective advertising options, with an emphasis on excellent service at every point of contact.
My involvement with MBN: I have been a member of MBN for 5 years. I have served on the Symposium Board for 2 years and the Synergy Board for 1 year.
What I like most about MBN: I like the networking, all the events and I love building relationships with many successful businesswomen in the community. I've gained knowledge, empowerment, friends and clients. I am a huge advocate for MBN and always invite ladies to join me in this great group of Missoula women.
A bit of business wisdom: Success consists of little steps everyday! You might not see results today, tomorrow or even this year. Don't give up - your hard work and dedication will pay off. I like to remind myself of this often, and it works!
A little known fact about myself: I have worked at the Indy for 8 years now!! Congratulations to me. I am blessed to have such amazing employers and co-workers. I truly love my job.
Jacobsen Insurance Agency
Involvement with MBN: New Member
What I like most about MBN: Meeting other professional women in the
communiyty, exchanging ideas, social events, and making new friends.
A bit of business wisdom: Don’t worry about being successful. Work toward
being signigicant, and the success will follow. (Oprah)
A little known fact about me: I’ve been an insurance agent for 18 years now. I grew up in Hamilton and moved to Missoula to attend college at UM.
Other information: I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, especially outdoor activities year round and focus on providing exceptional service to my clients. I look forward to upcoming adventures and new friendship found through MBN.
Hello ladies! I am a Direct Sales consultant with Thirty-One Gifts. The name comes from Proverbs 31 in the Bible where it honors the hard working women who help provide for, and keeps her family first in her heart. I have been an MBN member for almost 2 years. What I apprecialte most about this group is the enthusiasm to Celebrate (gather together) Encourage (share our journeys) and Reward (accolades, door prizes,etc.) women. I am always refreshed, and motivated to keep moving forward after our meetings! My bit of business wisdom would be to ALWAYS think the best of others even when their words, or actions would not make it easy to do so.
A little known fact about me: I celebrated my 17th birthday in Poland. Stolat!
Mountain Cents LLC
I am a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. My business can help yours by setting up a QuickBooks file and workflow, training, payroll, troubleshooting and bookkeeping services; all customized to your individual needs.
I have been a member of MBN for several years. Judy Wright recruited me (shocking…I know). I love the friendly and comfortable atmosphere that MBN provides for networking. Also, the speakers chosen for the general meetings have been very helpful and/or entertaining. I have recommended MBN for many of my clients and friends.
I have had jobs that were very stagnant. I love my business because it allows me to grow and change and meet wonderful new people all the time. I am constantly challenged to do better and be better. Never stop learning!
Live Total Wellness
Occupation / Business: Health advocate for wellness through wholesale co-op memberships and training people to work from home on my Work At Home United team.
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My involvement with MBN: Several years in MBN has provided great friendships with amazing women, and personal and business growth.
What I like most about MBN: Opportunity to design my schedule around so many meetings and the variety of topics and speakers. The lifelong friendships with powerhouse women has enriched my life beyond expectations!
A bit of business wisdom: Action: Plug in and follow up! Be curious about others’ journeys and listen for nuggets of wisdom. View setbacks as speed bumps or mud puddles and keep moving forward toward your mission.
A little known fact about myself: I was a Karaoke queen! Anyone up for a singing social?
Operations Coordinator, Marketing & Outreach
The Women’s Club Health & Fitness Center
I am happily building my professional career at The Women’s Club, empowering women to be joyful and healthy.
When I’m not traversing glaciers on Mt. Baker, sailing the high seas on NOLS expeditions, or kayaking local rivers with my dad, I delight in taking my kids paddle boarding, cooking with family and doing gymnastics around the house. My kids and I have lived overseas, with France our home away from home, immersing ourselves in the bread, wine and culture. Language fascinates me. With a BA in French and MA in Linguistics, I’ve taught French and ESL at the university and to preschoolers. I like busting a move Hip-Hop and Breakdancing.
As a new MBN member, I feel fortunate to be a part of this networking community.