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Zontians Volunteer in Our Billings' Community

Zontians Speak Out Against Harassment, Abuse & Violence Against Women & Girls

Zontians Are Not Afraid to Tackle Tough Topics & Conversations

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The Zonta Club of Billings is comprised of executives and professionals dedicated to the advancement of women through education, economic stability, legal and legislative equality, and health and wellness - both locally and worldwide.


Upcoming Projects

Enjoy a fine dining experience!
Join our dynamic and insightful conversation hosts for dinner
and learn skills for respectful conversations on current topics.




Please join March 16, 2023 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Northern Hotel for conversation and
appetizers, dinner and dessert prepared by Executive Chef Sarah Seltvedt along with wine
produced by McBride Sisters Wine Company. Cost: $85

About This Event

What is civil conversation?

At its simplest, a civil conversation is a dialogue between 2 people or a group that intends to build a better understanding. Participants do not have to agree – what matters is the act of listening to other people and learning their perspective. The point is to raise important questions and (hopefully) hear one another’s point of view.

In an increasingly divisive society, what would it be like to hold civil conversations in our own families and communities? How can we create space for people to come together and have these conversations? Join our dynamic and informative conversation hosts to learn skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of relationships. Learn how to be aware of you own “inner-polarizers.”


Participants choose 1 of 11 tables with the following topics:

The Responsible Use of Technology and Social Media: Digital Citizenship – Dr. Susan Balter-Reitz, Professor, MSU-Billings Department of Communication and Theatre, and radio host


Positive Conversations and Projects with Indigenous People – Jean Bearcrane, Executive Director, Montana Native Women’s Coalition


Using Civil Language in Legal Settings – Honorable Colette Davies, District Court Judge, Montana 13th Judicial District


Keeping Women Relevant in Media Conversations – Nadya Faulx, News Director, Yellowstone Public Radio

Countering Cultural Stereotypes (Prejudice) to Embrace Authenticity – Stella Fong, author, radio host and culinary instructor

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Company Conversations – Val Jeffries, Regional Director of Operations, Holiday Companies


Women in Restaurants and Food – Jen Marble, Co-Owner Marble Table


Navigating Political Correctness in the Political Arena – Mary McNally, Montana State Senator


Conversations in Literature – Bobbi Otte, Library Director, Rocky Mountain College


The Value of Civil Dialogue in Art – Terri Porta, muralist and sculptor


The Hard Conversations about the End of Life – Jessica Scheer, NP, Clinical Director, Riverstone Health Hospice and Home Care



As an advocate for women’s rights that are, in fact, human rights, Zonta is committed to treating everyone with equal respect and cannot tolerate discrimination.

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