Morgan Stier Slemberger
Director of Women's Entrepreneurship and Leadership at UM
Morgan Stier Slemberger is the director of women’s entrepreneurship and leadership at University of Montana (UM). She has spent her career advocating for women who are often underrepresented in business from Women’s Foundation of Montana board work to co-founding Women for the Web. After several years in health marketing, Morgan started several of her own small businesses then went on to work for UM’s Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars. There, she grew a women’s entrepreneurship program that now is a federally funded Women’s Business Center powered by the SBA for women across the entire state of Montana. In addition she founded (and now licensed the I.P. for) Last Best Conference, a statewide event focused on celebrating entrepreneurship. She has several accolades from working with nationally renowned YouTube companies to being featured on podcasts and “20 under 40” Montana publications. Morgan has avision for the future of women in Montana and to get there, she works with private and public funding organizations to power new initiatives and continues to innovate with business models that can benefit higher education.
W.E.L.L. WBC Manager
Ashley Metesh-McCoy is a mom of two precocious girls, wife to an Active-Duty Army Officer, animal-lover, serial entrepreneur, and an amateur purveyor of culinary delights! She is originally from Western Montana with family spread from Philipsburg, to Butte, to Missoula, to Helena, but has been traveling the world for 30 years - first as an Army brat, then as an Army Officer, and most recently as an Army Spouse. She has a Bachelor of Art History from the University of Washington (Seattle) where she also commissioned as the top graduate of her Army ROTC class as a Military Intelligence Officer in the Washington Army National Guard. In 2006-2007 she was deployed to Afghanistan where she met the love of her life and current husband, LTC Michael “Kelly” McCoy. Since then, she resigned Army service as a Captain, earned an MBA from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and worked in the travel industry in various levels from Corporate Strategy at Carnival Corporation in Miami, Florida to her own businesses as an award-winning travel agency, Kinship Vacations, and most recently as a business coach / consultant for fellow travel agents with Kinship Travel Academy. She has a deep passion for helping women entrepreneurs succeed at all levels and is always looking for ways to contribute to the rising tide of women-owned businesses.