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Lead Local

Nonprofit Leadership Development

The First Interstate BancSystem Foundation is proud to introduce Lead Local to our Billings community. Lead Local is a new and innovative leadership development program for nonprofit organizations. It seeks to improve community strength by focusing on leadership development through a unique combination of executive coaching and the framework of Dare to LeadTM by Brene Brown.

Lead Local is sponsored by First Interstate BancSystem Foundation and free for participants. The program is application based and currently has the capacity for 40 nonprofit leaders and representatives (20 organizations).

Program Details

Lead Local is facilitated by formally-trained and certified executive coaches Laurie Smith and Mary Beth Beaulieu, who is also a certified Dare to Lead facilitator.

The program is a five-month commitment compromised of four in-person, bi-weekly sessions followed by one-hour virtual check-ins for three months.

Research has shown that organizations with strong psychological saftey, courageous leaders, and a solid foundation of trust are more likely to meet their strategic goals. Lead Local follows a diad model and strongly recommends one senior leader and one board member from an organization to apply and attend all sessions.


The first four sessions of Lead Local are in person at a centralized location. Lunch will be provided.

Session 1

  • The heart of leadership
  • Armored leadership vs. daring leadership
  • Self-awareness and emotional literacy
  • The myths of vulnerability

Session 3

  • Living into our values
  • Grounded confidence and rumbling skills
  • Engaged feedback
  • Armored leadership to daring leadership circle back

Session 5

  • One-hour, virtual check-ins

Session 7

  • One-hour, virtual check-ins

Session 2

  • Shame resilience
  • Empathy and self-compassion
  • Armored leadership to daring leadership back

Session 4

  • Braving trust
  • Learning to rise: the reckoning
  • The rumble and the revolution
  • Armored leadership to daring leadership circle back
  • Integration and philanthropy round table

Session 6

  • One-hour, virtual check-ins

How To Apply

Both the nonprofit leader and board member must have their applications submitted by Wednesday, December 28, 2022. Participants will be notified if they've been selected by Friday, January 13, 2023. Questions? Call us at 406-255-5393 or email

Dare To Lead

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage building program designed to be facilitated by organizational development professionals.

The most significant finding from Brené’s latest research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable. The Dare to Lead™ program focuses on developing these courage building skills through workshops, trainings, and coaching to help individuals, teams, and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership.

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