Billings Chamber Women’s Leadership Network: ENCORE

The Billings Chamber is seeking diverse female leaders to form a core group of influencers inspiring women through ENCORE: Encouragement. Networking. Consulting. Opportunities. Resources. Empowerment. The Billings Chamber Women’s Leadership Network is sponsored by Wells Fargo.

The definition of ENCORE is “a demand for repetition or reappearance made by an audience.” In this case, the audience is your peers and the demand is for female leaders to repeatedly come together and commit to self-reflection, development and mentoring. As we work together to share wisdom, solve problems and discuss complicated issues, we can reappear as better, stronger versions of ourselves.

Through our unique programming, we focus on both personal and professional growth and explore current issues facing female leaders. At the same time, participants enhance their own leadership skills through a combination of structured workshops, small group discussions and opportunities for free-flowing conversation. Portions of our programming are designed specifically around our class members’ interests and needs.

Who Should Apply?

The ideal candidates are willing to take the risk of leaving their comfort zone with the intended reward of learning and tackling challenges. Our interactive yet personal sessions promise to be enjoyable, offer learning opportunities, and meet you where you are. We ask you to bring your authentic self, a willingness to learn and contribute, as well as an open mind. We will explore topics like work-life integration, personal health, leveraging your strengths as a female leader, uplifting yourself and others, accountability, gender bias, and even some topics that others hesitate to discuss.

The Women’s Leadership Network will meet for eight learning sessions and two special events over 11 months, January – November 2020, for four hours of high-value interaction in each session. Learning sessions are typically held the fourth Thursday of each month from 2-6PM. Details and dates for special events will be announced at a later date. Locations will vary.

Participants must be current members of the Billings Chamber of Commerce or Billings NextGEN to participate.

2020 Dates

  • January 23rd
  • February 27th
  • March 26th
  • April 23rd
  • May TBD – Special Event
  • June 25th
  • August 27th
  • September 24th
  • October 22nd
  • November TBD – Special Event

If selected, tuition is $500. Limited scholarships are available based on need. Full participation in a minimum of eight program days is expected. We also expect that participants, upon graduation in November, will become involved in the Women’s Leadership Network advisory council for the following year (2021) and remain a dues-paying member of the Billings Chamber Women’s Leadership Network. Dues for the Women’s Leadership Network beginning January 2021 are $100 per year.

The application period has closed. If you’re interested in ENCORE Women’s Leadership Network, please email Jennifer Reiser to be added to a waiting list.