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Montana Nonprofit Association Annual Conference 2024

online Oct. 3-4

helena oct. 9-11


keynote: Mia birdsong

Author of How We Show Up

Mia is a pathfinder, community curator, and storyteller who steadily engages the leadership and wisdom of people experiencing injustice to chart new visions of American life. She has a gift for making visible and leveraging the brilliance of everyday people so that our collective gifts reach larger spheres of influence, cultural and political change, and create wellbeing for everyone. Mia is the founding Executive Director of Next River, an institute for practicing the future. Next River moves conversations, culture, and resources to nourish the people and communities whose ways of being, doing, and relating can move us toward a liberated future. Learn more about Mia’s important work at

keynote: Kristin Grimm

Founder & Strategist, Spitfire

In her work at Spitfire, Kristin has created narratives that stick, messages that motivate, theories of influence that shape new laws of the land, campaign and communication strategies that drive momentum for movements, and field-building resources that share tricks of the trade so fellow change-makers can do smarter, more impactful work.Over her 30 years doing public interest communication and campaigns, she has worked for clients across issues and across the world. Kristen has a B.A. from Smith College. She currently serves on the boards of Grist and the Windward Fund, and she is on the advisory board for the Narrative Initiative. She is a member of the 2014 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and serves in the moderator corps for Aspen. On faculty at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire, she teaches a course on using influence to advance public policies.