2021 Women’s Conference Speaker Lineup
Registration for the 2021 Virtual Annual Women’s Conference is underway! Join us for a line-up of dynamic speakers, essential topics and creative connection across Montana. See the full AGENDA
Better known as the Farm Babe, Michelle is an international keynote speaker,
writer and columnist for AGDAILY.com, online influencer, and Florida livestock farmer. She started her social media outreach six years ago as a way to better bridge the gap between farmers and consumers and has made a name for herself as a dedicated “mythbuster” in food and farming. With nearly 200,000 followers, she has been featured in Forbes, has been a guest on Dr. Drew, has influenced corporations such as Burger King, and has proudly spoken alongside some of the biggest names in food and farming today.
Mariah Gladstone, Cherokee and Blackfeet, grew up in Northwest Montana on and near the Blackfeet Reservation. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Environmental Engineering and returned home where she began her work on food advocacy. She developed Indigikitchen, an online cooking platform, to revitalize and re-imagine Native foods. Mariah was named a “Champion for Change” by the Center for Native American Youth and is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader and a MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellow. She is pursuing her master’s degree at SUNY-Syracuse’s Center for Native Peoples and the Environment in the College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Lorca Smetana is an expert in resilience thinking and post-traumatic growth, She is a gifted speaker, resilience teacher and mentor who helps students and professionals in high-stress lives short-circuit burnout, expand resilience skills and grow into leaders. Lorca touches and changes the lives of her listeners and dares them to live the life that feeds and inspires them. A survivor of the 1986 school mountaineering tragedy on Mt. Hood, Lorca has been teaching and learning for over thirty years about risk, personal sustainability, resilience, and joy. She holds an MA in diplomacy and is on the faculty in Human Leadership Development at Montana State University. Her clients include hospitals, universities, agencies, schools, companies and non-profits. She is a TEDx and keynote speaker about resilience design, recovery from tragedy, and joy. She makes her home on a sustainable farm in the Gallatin Valley.