Program Director, W.E.L.L. WBC,
Kassi Strong is the program director of the WELL Women's Business Center. As a digital marketer and business strategist, she is passionate about helping companies grow and succeed by implementing thoughtful business plans and innovative marketing strategies. Kassi is a born and raised Montanan and has worked with businesses of all sizes, from local food and beverage companies to large, venture-backed tech startups. She has also started and grown multiple businesses of her own. When she isn't meeting with or advocating for women business owners in Montana you can likely find her strolling through an antique store or enjoying time outside with her husband and two sons.
Business Advisor, W.E.L.L. Women's Business Center
Marguerite was born and grew up in the diverse landscapes on Montana. She’s a mother of three intelligent, energetic, creative people who are all very differently talented and uniquely impassioned. When spending time together, they enjoy walks in nature, playing with dogs, Sunday baking, and big messy craft projects.
Marguerite is a bit of a math nerd. After high school she taught herself bookkeeping and began working in small businesses, where she started to develop a passion for entrepreneurs and their big ideas. As her experience in financial management grew and she became more aware of what she didn’t know, she decided she needed to pursue an education in accounting. While studying at the University of Montana School of Business, she worked as a financial consultant at the Blackstone LaunchPad. This gave her numerous opportunities to assist startups and existing companies with business planning, financial modeling, pitch preparation, software implementation, and understanding accounting best practices. She is most gratified by working with visioners who want to create things that haven’t been seen before.
- financial analysis
- operations management
- calculating costs, capacities, and efficiencies within manufacturing companies
- business validation
- writing business plans
- creating financial projections
- strategic planning
- budgeting big projects
- human resources
- employment tax compliance
- technical advice on software and bookkeeping procedures
WELL WBC Program Assistant & Indigenous Community Outreach Coordinator
Mariah was born and grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. She is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana and Ermineskin Cree Nation in Alberta, Canada. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration-Marketing from the University of Montana, where she also graduated a University Scholar from the Davidson Honors College.
During her time at the University of Montana, Mariah was involved in Kyiyo Native American Student Association. As a member, she promoted the traditions and customs of Indigenous people and supported cultural diversity on campus. As a student, she interned with Accelerate MT as a Project Support Intern.
In her free time, Mariah enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves to read, draw, bead, and make music.
WELL WBC Program Support Assistant
Originally from The Richest Hill on Earth (Butte, MT), Laura is a senior studying at UM and the Davidson Honors College looking to finish her bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Before her transfer to UM, she studied at Highlands College in Butte and received her Associates Degree. She now serves as a student employee and Program Assistant for the Women’s Business Center (WBC). Laura loves fashion, photography, cooking, and music. If you ever need a new song recommendation, she likely has one in mind.
She is passionate about increasing opportunities for women in business and hopes to one day start her own business. With a proud entrepreneurial spirit, she is excited to support the WBC and the women it serves.
Montana women dream, create, solve problems, and sustain communities through business. The WELL WBC empowers them with the tools for success, transcends geography, and culture to support them because when women succeed, Montana succeeds.
Tonya Plummer - WELL WBC Advisory Board Member, Executive Director, Montana Native Growth Fund (a WELL WBC Community Partner