We VenturedBOLDLY into the opportunities and challenges of growth. Our fourth Growth Summit will expand our critical conversations and knowledge-building to identify community values, advocacy priorities, and drive solutions to ensure smart and positive growth for Kalispell.

We are asking: What obstacles are slowing, hindering, or preventing health growth in the Valley?

Our 4th Growth Summit promises to be an extension of the work we began in 2023. We’ll be putting you to work at a very interactive event with trained local leadership as facilitators and expert consultants. Ensuring growth in the Flathead Valley and the challenges that come with it are civilly discussed, and paths forward are in place to ensure the outcomes we can influence and desires are met. Solution and action-oriented discussions will chart our next steps for 2024 and beyond.


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Early bird registration: $95/pp ends April 12th, 2024 then goes to $110/pp. HERE

Thank you to our Legacy Sponsor

KEYNOTE Address:

Finding the Beauty in Conflict: How to Work Together When You’re Polarized

The current growth in our Flathead Valley is testing our ability to “live and let live”. Too often we opt out of conversations where polarization exists because we think, “What’s the use?!”. The problem is we need to work together to preserve our part of this last best place on earth.

Join 24-year management business consultants and team conflict facilitators, CrisMarie and Susan, as they explain how to find the beauty in conflict when working across the divide.

By the end of this talk you’ll be able to:

  • Engage in joint problem solving with people you disagree with
  • Utilize the two magic ingredients to turn around conflict in a heartbeat
  • Access a tool to learn and work together to make our community healthy and strong

About thrive!

Co-founders of thrive! Inc.,CrisMarie Campbell, MBA, an Olympic rower and team facilitator, and Susan Clarke, MA a strategic and leadership coach, are authors of The Beauty of Conflict (for Teams) and The Beauty of Conflict for Couples.

They’ve spent over 20 years helping leaders and teams approach strategic issues through embracing conflict, driving innovation, team trust, and profitable results. Now, it just got easier for you to build your organization’s conflict competence with thrive!’s new on-line change experience platform: The Beauty of Conflict Journey.

CrisMarie and Susan have given presentations on conflict intelligence, leading change, improving teamwork, regulating stress, and building inclusion at Fortune 100 companies like Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, AT&T and Nationwide, as well as, at organizations such as the Gates Foundation, University of Washington Medical Center, and San Francisco Giants and many others. Their work and expertise have been featured in notable outlets like NBC, Shape and The Today Show.

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“Whether speaking to a group of 150 or 1,000, CrisMarie and Susan are dynamic, inspiring, and credible. On stage, they captivated the crowd, bridging the cultural gap between two merging organizations. I found them personal and professional, fun, easy to work with, and sensitive to our needs. We also loved the subsequent off-sites they did with our leadership team.” Val Asbury, World Wide President, Diabetes Solutions Companies, A Johnson & Johnson Company, Event Sponsor

“The highlight for me was the standing-room-only crowd that squeezed in to hear Susan and CrisMarie speak about their unique take on emotional intelligence and the value of healthy conflict on teams. The audience listened attentively and stayed long afterward to ask Susan and CrisMarie more about their presentation. We were also impressed with our board results when they came back to facilitate a two-day team session.” Cathy McNally, Chairperson, The Haven Foundation Board

“CrisMarie and Susan are engaging, real and relatable on stage. My entire organization found them professional, personal, dynamic and funny. We still talk about what we learned about dealing with conflict on teams that day, well over a year later! They also did impactful work with our leadership team.” Andrew D. Walker, Senior Vice President, Nationwide


Applied Materials
The Abbi Agency
Compass Construction


Jackola Engineering
Elevated Advisory & Accounting
Bigsky PR
LHC Kalispell
First Interstate Bank
LSW Riff Creative


Stockman Bank
Entrust Property Solutions
Greenway Development Group

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