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. We are committed to supporting female leaders in business.  Your best keeps getting better!

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 2021, for four hours of high-value interaction in each session. Learning sessions are typically held the fourth Thursday of each month from 2-6PM.  Locations will vary.

*Participants must be current members of the Billings Chamber of Commerce or Billings NextGEN to participate. The 2021 cohort will be limited to 25 participants

2021 Dates

  • January 28th
  • February 25th
  • March 25th
  • April 22nd
  • May 27th
  • June 24th
  • August 26th
  • September 23rd
  • October 28th
  • November 18th (Third Thursday due to Thanksgiving)

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 (2022) and remain a dues-paying member of the Billings Chamber Women’s Leadership Network. Dues for the Women’s Leadership Network beginning January 2022 are $100 per year.

The application deadline was November 13th, 2020. The 2021 cohort will be notified by December 1st. If you did not apply and are interested in getting on a waiting list, please email jennifer@billingschamber.com.