Creating Empowering Environments where Women say their Ideas Out Loud

Success Stories


Headshot of Kim Lamar

Kim Lamar
Program Coordinator, Vital Voices Global Partnership
Washington, D.C., USA

Kim is a program coordinator for the Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship team, specifically serving the Global Ambassadors Program at Vital Voices. Prior to joining Vital Voices, Kim worked at the ONE Campaign as a Manager for College Organizing leading advocacy campaigns with volunteers working towards ending extreme poverty. She started her career as a service member with AmeriCorps where she worked as a Program Coordinator for Project Create, a local D.C. arts education nonprofit.

Kim attended the University of Montana where she received a BA in Communication Studies and minors in Spanish and Women’s Studies. During her time in university, she worked as a Resident Assistant, Event Coordinator, co-produced a podcast, and lived in Granada, Spain. Kim is originally from the Bitterroot Valley in Montana.


Catie DeMets

Catie is passionate about local food and its role in creating more equitable, sustainable communities- along with its deliciousness! After an intense year spent developing a business plan for Mirthful  Farm, a socially-minded farm that serves pizza topped with ingredients grown onsite (or locally) and features picnic-style seating.  Catie is diving into new territory while deepening her expertise in local food and enjoying post-grad school life. Now, she is applying her experience of building a farm business in her new job as a Beginning Farmer Resource Coordinator at the Community Food & Agriculture Coalition, a community nonprofit in Missoula. Her position allows her to continue making community connections and gaining knowledge about building her own successful farm business- while helping others build theirs. In her spare time, she is doing plenty of R&D by visiting pizza farms and various farm-to-table establishments around the US. 


Kassi Strong

Kassi will finish her undergrad studies in December 2018- graduating with a degree in psychology and a minor in business administration. As a freshman/sophomore, Kassi participated in the Pursue Your Passions Program where she started planning her business, Crepe Cuisine, a mobile French crepe restaurant. Kassi used the fellowship award money to expand her business to new locations and increase advertising. After graduation, Kassi will continue to work on her various entrepreneurial ventures. Kassi is thankful for the help and resources the Blackstone LaunchPad and the Pursue Your Passions Program have provided for her throughout her studies at the University of Montana. She is passionate about encouraging other women to create a career or business within an area they enjoy, and she is excited to help facilitate the 1 credit Pursue Your Passions course being offered during the Autumn 2018 semester at UM.