HISTORY & MISSION
WorldMontana® was founded in 1987 by Wendy Bay Lewis, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, to assist in changing the image of the United States one person, one friend at a time and to bring the world – its people and cultures, problems and triumphs, customs and cuisines, philosophies and religions into the great state of Montana.
WorldMontana® has served as one of the U.S. Department of State’s private sector partners for almost 25 years via the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). This program has brought foreign leaders and specialists to the United States for firsthand exposure to their professional counterparts and U.S. society. It is described by U.S. Ambassadors as one of the most effective foreign policy tools of American diplomacy. The Program’s distinguished alumni include such individuals as Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, Anwar Sadat, Giscard D’Estaing, Indira Gandhi, Julius Nyerere, Oscar Arias, and F.W. deKlerk.