Susan Hay Patrick
Susan Hay Patrick has served as chief executive officer of United Way of Missoula County since 2006. Under her leadership, United Way directs a number of community-wide collaborations focused on kindergarten readiness and student success, preventing suicide, ending homelessness, reducing substance abuse, improving family health and health equity, preventing catastrophic fire damage in the wildland-urban interface, and strengthening the local nonprofit sector.
Susan’s past experience includes serving as deputy director of Feeding America, one of the nation’s 10-largest nonprofits; working as a lobbyist in Washington, DC; serving as executive director of a national foundation; and operating her own independent consulting business, specializing in nonprofits and small businesses.
Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, she was a reporter for a daily newspaper and a corporate communications writer for a Fortune 500 company.
Susan is a past president of the board of directors of City Club Missoula, and a past president and current member of Missoula Sunrise Rotary. She is also on the boards of the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce and the Glacier National Park Conservancy. She is a Montana Ambassador, appointed by the governor to serve as an ambassador for economic development in Montana.
In 2015, Susan chaired a citizens’ committee that worked successfully to pass two bonds totaling $158 million – the largest in Montana history – to improve the facilities and technology at all Missoula County Public Schools.
Susan has won local, state and national awards for service, including, in 2019, being named the U.S. winner of the State Department’s Professional Fellows Alumni Impact Award and the Missoula Downtown Association’s “Downtowner of the Year.” She writes and speaks locally, nationally, and internationally on board governance, strategic planning, and leadership.
A Connecticut native, Susan graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English and a double minor in French and Journalism from Castleton University in Vermont.
Day 2 - Saturday May 21st
Leadership Done Right. What's the Secret?
Are you ready to go beyond business theory? Join this panel discussion for a high-octane leadership discussion to get real-life, proven advice from some of Missoula's finest leaders who've done it right. From retail to restaurant, government to non-profit, these leaders are known for their commitment to excellence in business as well a community. Learn what it takes to make a difference!
Day 2 - Saturday May 21st
Wrap-up, Celebrate, Clarify
For the last hour of the day, all speakers, Presenters and Panelists for the day will come together for YOUR time to question, clarify and celebrate a day of learning and understanding to better enhance your learning experience.
Day 1 - Friday May 20th
VIP Meet Up!
Access a sneak preview of Beast Your Biz! the evening before with this VIP event, We will have music, complimentary drinks and appetizers while you meet speakers, panelists and sponsors up close and personal. This is a fabulous way to make personal contacts with entrepreneurs to help guide you on your way to success!