Leadership Challenge

What is a Greater Missouri Woman?

A Greater Missouri Woman is recognized as accomplished in her field of endeavor. The maturity and professionalism realized by reaching her level of success are demonstrated by her leadership, civic contributions and ability to inspire and support others. She is intellectually curious, interacts well with others, and while passionate in her beliefs, is open-minded when confronted with new points of view. She is committed to a life of learning and personal growth.

Selection Process

Participants represent a diverse cross-section of women from Missouri and its contiguous states. Each group is carefully chosen to reflect a balance of ethnic, cultural, geographic, career and philanthropic experiences. Applicants are selected by the organization’s board of directors.


Tuition for the year-long symposium is $2,750. Programming, most meals, transportation in and around the host city, and materials for each session are provided. Each participant is responsible for travel to the site and lodging expenses. A non-refundable application fee of $50 shall be submitted with the application. Scholarships are available to exceptional women based on clearly demonstrated financial need (maximum scholarship per applicant is $1,000).


Applications for the upcoming year are accepted through November 15. The board of directors reviews applications at the fall board retreat. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received so please apply early. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by December 31.

Each of the sessions is three days long. Most sessions meet Wednesday through Friday.

SESSION 1 – MARCH 8-10, 2016 Jefferson City/Columbia
SESSION 2 – JUNE 8-10, 2016 Kansas City
SESSION 3 – SEPTEMBER 14-16, 2016 Kirksville
SESSION 4 – NOVEMBER 2-4, 2016 St. Louis

“Experience with the program has brought value to our company and our community at large. As a long-time supporter and sponsor of the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation, ‘the Challenge’ has provided education, diverse experiences and enrichment to our leaders by exposing them to local, state, national and global issues. Diversity is a cornerstone of Ameren’s culture and Greater Missouri has a similar philosophy—differences are respected and diverse ideas and opinions are valued.”

-Thomas R. Voss
Former Chairman, President and CEO, Ameren Corporation