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Announcing New Director

The Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation (GMLF) Board is pleased to announce the selection of Katie Steele Danner as the organization’s new executive director. Current Executive Director Jan Grossmann has served in the position since 2013 and announced her retirement effective December 31, 2019. The GMLF board began a search for the new executive director this past summer and out of a very competitive pool, selected Danner to fill the role.

“We are so excited about this announcement as Katie brings to this position decades of experience and over 20 years of involvement with GMLF as an alumna of the class, past member of the board of directors and a past President of the organization,” GMLF Board President Kim Becking said.

Danner will be replacing Grossmann as the Executive Director on January 1, 2020, but will begin working with Grossmann effective on September 9, 2019 to transition to the new role. She comes to GMLF after serving as the director of the Division of Professional Registration at the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration.  She has also served as the director of the Missouri Division of Tourism and deputy director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. In addition to her experience in state government, she has extensive service in the non-profit world in the Branson and Kansas City areas.

She was elected to three terms in the Missouri House of Representative for the 2nd Legislative District, which encompassed Kirksville, Missouri. She has a proven track record of working collaboratively on both sides of the aisle and her dedication and passion for our state can be seen through her multitude of professional and community roles she has served in throughout her career.

“The Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge empowers women across our state to be more engaged in their communities and in our state to address critical issues.  I have seen first-hand through my involvement in Greater Missouri for decades the impact that this organization has had in our state.” Danner said. “This is what led me to apply for the Executive Director position, to mentor and build relationships with existing alumna and those who will go through the program in the future.”

Grossmann started her term as executive director in 2013 after going through the program. She has long been active in the Columbia, Missouri, community through Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Network, Rotary, and as a small business owner. Upon her retirement, Grossmann and her husband Larry plan to relocate to North Carolina to be closer to family.

Reflecting on her time at the helm of the organization, Grossmann stated, “The highlight of my career has been to serve as Executive Director for Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation, where I’ve been able to personally touch and positively influence the lives of several hundred exceptional women leaders, inspiring them and guiding them through our programming, as they experience Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge.  Greater Missouri Leadership has grown dramatically in the past several years, and I look forward to watching its continued growth under Katie Steele Danner’s leadership.”

Since 1990, the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge (GMLC) has been providing a unique introduction for exceptional women leaders across Missouri to the complex issues facing our communities, state, and nation. The Challenge is a statewide year-long leadership symposium (program) that provides a four-session, three day/ two night program (symposia) each year for selected women leaders. Participation in GMLC provides women leaders with unique personal and professional leadership growth opportunities Greater Missouri is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization.


What is the Leadership Challenge?

Each year, in a highly competitive selection process, a limited number of outstanding women leaders are accepted into program membership. The participants meet for four, three-day sessions combining continuing education in leadership development, information and major discussions of state policy issues, and exposure to the philosophies and thoughts of the state’s business, cultural, educational and political leaders.

With the wealth of talented women in the state, Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge provides an enriching experience for both the participants and the state and new channels of communication to broaden the participation of women in addressing the critical issues facing Missouri.

Find out more about the Challenge and our selection process.


Greater Missouri Leadership

Alumnae Conference

Celebrating Our 30th Anniversary

Activate Your Voice & Take It to the Next Level

Thursday, October 3, 2019

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

 At Lathrop Gage LLP

2345 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2019!  We’ve designed a 1-day Conference in Kansas City for October 3, to inform, educate, and ignite GMLC Alumnae to share your voices on key MO challenges in the upcoming year.

Hear key state leaders talk about their professional journeys.

Learn what you need to know to help on key initiatives.

Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe

 2nd Lady Claudia Kehoe

Quinton Lucas, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri

Karen King Mitchell, Missouri Court of Appeals Judge

Nicole Galloway, Missouri State Auditor

Maida J. Coleman, Missouri Public Service Commissioner

Doug Nelson, Consulting SVP – Lathrop Gage

Kurt Schaefer, Partner – Lathrop Gage

Mary Birch, Government Relations Coordinator – Lathrop Gage

Kiki Curls, Missouri State Senator

Lauren Arthur, Missouri State Senator

Cindy O’Laughlin, Missouri State Senator



Registration Fee – $99.00 (includes lunch)

Register online for this conference at

Or mail Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation, 503 E Nifong, #112, Columbia, 65201

GMLF Celebrates 30 Years With Special Logo

It’s hard to believe that Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year as an organization!  What began as a desire of Southwestern Bell Telephone employees in 1990 in St. Louis, has expanded to become the premier statewide leadership experience for women of all fields from all parts of Missouri.

You, as an alumna, are a part of this 30 Year Legacy!  The Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation Board of Directors is dedicated to celebrating our organization throughout 2019 in all corners of our state – because those who went before us deserve it, and those who come after us still need us.

And for 2019 – we have a 30th Anniversary Logo: 

More information regarding our 30th Anniversary will be forthcoming, and you will be able to check out the website at for more details.


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