The Women’s Policy Leadership Institute is a two-day hands-on conference about issues that impact women and families in Montana. It is an opportunity for women of all backgrounds and levels of experience to network, discuss policy issues, and build their skills. WPLI is an opportunity to talk directly with elected officials and even learn about running for office yourself.

The Women’s Policy Leadership Institute is fun, diverse, and open to everyone! Scholarships are available for lodging and registration, and we provide carpool help and childcare in an effort to make sure that everyone who wants to come to WPLI can join us. Accessible accommodations are available!

The 2018 conference will be February 2nd and 3rd in Helena at the Great Northern Hotel. 
We’ll have amazing breakout sessions covering everything from “Race, Racism, and Economic Justice” and “Federal and State Healthcare Defense: Making Sense of 2017,” to plenary sessions like “Issues in Indian Country”, and a deep-dive into policy issues to watch for during the 2018 election season.

Registration for this year’s conference is now OPEN! Scholarship applications covering food, lodging, conference cost, and childcare are available at the end of the registration process and are on a first-come-first-serve basis. We’ll help arrange carpools for folks needing a ride to Helena who indicate need in their registration.

To Register:

    1. Fill out the google form below entitled “12th Annual Women’s Policy Leadership Institute Registration”. Make sure to click “submit” at the very end!
    2. If you’re asking for a scholarship, choose “scholarship request” under “payment options” while you’re registering. Look for an email from Micah with a brief application after you’ve completed registration. Scholarships are first-come-first-serve!
    3. To pay for your registration, scroll down past the registration form and click the button that says “Register Securely Via Bloomerang”.

Questions about WPLI? Contact Micah at 



STOP: Make sure MAKE SURE YOU’VE A REGISTERED USING THE FORM ABOVE BEFORE you pay with the Bloomerang “Register” button below. Questions? Email Micah at



STOP: Make sure MAKE SURE YOU’VE A REGISTERED USING THE FORM ABOVE BEFORE you pay with the Bloomerang “Register” button. Questions? Email Micah at


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Interested in sponsoring WPLI? Hosting the annual Women’s Policy Leadership Institute takes time, effort, and money. We rely on our sponsors to partner with us in pulling this amazing conference together every year. Interested in partnering with our work through financial sponsorship? Email Kylie at