College of Business to Host LGBTQIA+ Leadership Workshop

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April 8, 2022


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MISSOULA – The inaugural Leading Out West Summer Workshop kicks off May 22-24 at the University of Montana College of Business.

This first-of-its-kind program is designed for rural college students of the LGBTQIA+ community who are focused on business leadership. It’s a deep-dive introduction into how to find purpose and build a personal brand.

Many Montana kids grow up in rural areas that are not welcoming to people of diverse orientations, including people who identify as LGBTQIA+. The Leading Out West Summer Workshop is designed with these students and communities in mind.

The program is a leadership and network-building intensive program for a small cohort of college students. Industry leaders and business professionals will help instruct and facilitate.

“The Leading Out West Summer Workshop will allow UM and the College of Business to leap forward in its commitment to provide a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQIA+ undergraduate and graduate students from across the region,” said Jason Triche, a UM associate professor of management information systems. “This intensive program will launch diverse and effective business leaders who are confident in who they are.”

While learning how to amplify strengths and personal leadership styles, he said, students also will expand their network of business professionals and mentors who can share ideas and experiences.

Students will be charged a small fee for this unique opportunity, which will help cover the cost of breakfast, a dorm room and administrative fees. Financial assistance for fees and travel expenses is available for those that qualify.

Qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis. For more information on how to apply to the program, visit the Leading Out West webpage (

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The University of Montana is the flagship university of the state. The College of Business at UM is nationally renowned and has been named the top business school in the Big Sky Conference by U.S. News and World Report for six consecutive years.