Lead Montana Conference in Helena seeks to empower students

Megan Michelotti

The state held its annual Jobs for Montana’s Graduates  Lead Montana Conference in Helena, in the hopes of preparing students for the workforce. 

“This annual conference brings together more than 200 students from over 20 schools across the state,” Montana Department of Labor & Industry Commissioner Laurie Esau said. “These students are the next generation of our Montana workforce, and JMG (Jobs for Montana’s Graduates) helps empower them to achieve their highest potential.”

Schools from Montana participating in Tuesday’s conference included Frenchtown, Plains, Whitehall, Whitefish, Cascade, Arlee, Hays Lodgepole, Helena and more.

“We’ve had JMG for a long time at Helena High,” said Helena High School teacher Samantha Humphrey. “It’s a really great experience.”

Sherry Winn spoke to the students and led them in developmental and physical activities centered on connection, leadership styles and communication. Winn is a championship basketball coach and two-time Olympian turned professional speaker since about 2015.

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“The most important message I have is that to be a leader you have to be a life-long learner. It’s never-ending,” said Winn. “It’s something who even people who have been leading for 30 years continue

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