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Greater Missouri Women of the Year Luncheon Set for May 17

Plan Now to Attend the 2017 Women of the Year Luncheon 

We invite you to join us as a sponsor at the 2017 Greater Missouri Women of the Year luncheon, on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, as we recognize and honor four of Missouri’s finest women leaders.

Vicki Russell – 2017 Outstanding Community Leader of the Year

Dr. Julie Middleton – 2017 Outstanding Inspirational Leader of the Year

Honorable Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer – 2017 Outstanding Civic Leader of the Year

Karen M. Miller – 2017 Outstanding Greater Missouri Leadership Alumna of the Year

The luncheon, scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Country Club of Missouri in Columbia, will feature each leader as she is also honored for her extensive leadership experience, successes, and contributions.

These awards are presented annually by the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation to recognize prominent female citizens of Missouri who exemplify the Greater Missouri Woman who participates in the foundation’s annual Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge.

“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.”

Recent honorees include Dr. Bridget McCandless, Maxine Clark, Teresa Maledy, CiCi Rojas, the Honorable Ann Covington, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, Sister Berta Sailer, Deborah Patterson, and Linda Arnold.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Gold – $2,500*

Includes sponsorship recognition, one reserved seating table for 8 at the luncheon, and the opportunity to speak or present a video for up to 3 minutes at the luncheon.

 Silver – $1,000*

Includes sponsorship recognition, and one reserved seating table for 8 at the luncheon.

*That portion of a sponsorship exceeding $280 per table of 8 qualifies as a tax-deductible charitable contribution to the extent permitted by applicable laws.

To reserve a sponsorship or for more information about Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation, please contact Jan R Grossmann, Executive Director, by phone at 573.489.4324 or by email at jgrossmann@greatermo.org  for more information.

Greater Missouri Women of The Year Awards

Presented by Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation

These awards recognize prominent females in Missouri who exemplifies the definition of the 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.”

The Women of the Year presentation will take place at a luncheon:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Country Club of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Presenting Sponsor- $7,500*

Includes sponsorship recognition, two reserved seating tables of 8 at the luncheon, and the opportunity to speak or present a video for up to 5 minutes at the luncheon.

Platinum – $5,000*

Includes sponsorship recognition, two reserved seating tables of 8 at the luncheon, and the opportunity to speak or present a video for up to 3 minutes at the luncheon.

Gold – $2,500*

Includes sponsorship recognition, one reserved seating table for 8 at the luncheon, and the opportunity to speak or present a video for up to 3 minutes at the luncheon.

Silver – $1,000*

Includes sponsorship recognition, and one reserved seating table for 8 at the luncheon.  *That portion of a sponsorship exceeding $280 per table of 8 qualifies as a tax-deductible charitable contribution to the extent permitted by applicable laws.

 

To reserve a sponsorship or for more information about Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation contact:

Jan R. Grossmannn, Executive Director 573.489.4324/jgrossmann@greatermo.org

Our Mission | Our Vision

Educating and inspiring women leaders to make a difference.

Engaged Women, Leading and Serving Their Communities.

 

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.

Meet this year’s Challengers – Greater Missouri Class of 2016

Gold medal Membership DrivedGREATER MISSOURI A GOLD MEDAL ORGANIZATION!

Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge prides itself on bringing together smart, influential, successful women leaders from a variety of industries, small business, academia, government, and non-profit organizations to learn about issues facing Missouri for over 25 years.

OUR GOAL:   To educate and inspire women leaders to make a positive difference as individuals in helping to address problems each feels are important.  In turn, each participant becomes part of a powerful state-wide network of leaders.   A legacy of over 500 Greater Missouri alum are now making their mark throughout Missouri and across the country today!

Help Greater Missouri continue our legacy of finding successful leaders like you in Missouri! 

DUES: COST:
ONE YEAR ANNUAL DUES $50.00
LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP

(ONE TIME PAYMENT)

$500.00
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBERSHIP/ONE YEAR ANNUAL $300.00
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBERSHIP $250.00

PAYMENT METHODS:

ONLINE:  Make a secure payment today!

BY MAIL:  Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation |503 East Nifong Blvd, #112 |Columbia, Missouri  65201

Thank you for your support of our winning organization!

Greater Missouri Leadership Chat – Early Summer Edition

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • 2016 GREATER MISSOURI WOMAN OF THE YEAR
  • VOLUNTEER – MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
  • SESSION TWO – KANSAS CITY GMLC 2016
  • THE SPOTLIGHT –  GMLC CLASS OF 2016
  • “DUE” YOUR THING!  PAY IT FORWARD
  • ARE YOU PART OF OUR “GROUP”
  • GMLC SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR 2017!
  • WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

 2016 GREATER MISSOURI WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Carolyn Long, KCTV 5, served as our guest emcee at this year’s Greater Missouri Woman of the Year Luncheon on May 17 in Kansas City, Missouri where we were proud to present Dr. Bridget McCandless, President and CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City with this award.

The event took place at the beautiful Marriott Country Club Plaza and was filled with Greater Missouri alums, sponsors and supporters of our new Woman of the Year. 

Dr. Bridget McCandless receiving the 2016 Greater Missouri Woman of the Year Award

Dr. Bridget McCandless receiving the 2016 Greater Missouri Woman of the Year Award from members of the Greater Missouri Board of Directors (L -R – Barb Wiman, Tammy Leslie, Dr. McCandless & Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight)

The Greater Missouri Woman of the Year is awarded to each year to someone who 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 also committed to a life of learning and personal growth.

Dr. McCandless focuses on leadership, advocacy and provision of resources to eliminate barriers and promote quality health for uninsured and underserved residents in the Greater Kansas City area.

Previous leaders recognized as a Greater Missouri Woman of the Year include;  Maxine Clark, Teresa Maledy, Cici Rojas, Honorable Ann Covington, Sister Berta Sailer, Senator Claire McCaskill, and the late Duana Dralus.

Greater Missouri is proud and honored to add Dr. Bridget McCandless to this distinguished list of women.

 


newsletterVOLUNTEER – MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

As a service to our GMLC alums, we will periodically announce organizations looking for qualified individuals to serve on Boards.  This month the Girl Scouts are looking for several board positions.   If this is something that speaks to you, please contact Susan Vaughn (susanvaughn@mchsi.com) for additional information and/or to submit your board application.

When Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts in 1912, she understood that dedicated and dynamic leaders were vital to helping girls develop their full potential and that still rings true today.

Susan Vaughn (GMLC 1994) sits on the Board Development Committee for the Girl Scouts of Missouri Heartland Board. Her team is looking for board members who are willing to serve and oversee the program which covers 68 counties (63 in Missouri, 3 in Kansas and 2 in Oklahoma).

There are 2 one -year terms open and several 3-year terms. The Board meets 5 times a year, usually in Springfield, Missouri (third Friday afternoon of the month). However, all meetings can be attended by phone.

Does your corporation or non-profit have a posting that you would like to share with our alums?  Please contact Sarah Wehde (sarahwehde@gmail.com) with details.


SESSION TWO – KANSAS CITY GMLC 2016KC Landscapte
A packed session two took place in Kansas City June 8- 10.   Challengers gained a clearer understanding of the connection between diversity and economic development and the opportunities, challenges, and impact that diverse communities experience  as they attain economic success.    Challengers also had the opportunity to see firsthand the role non-profits play in the vitality and stability of our communities.  View additional photos from this session.

Next stop, session 3 in Kirksville; September 14 – 16, where GMLC 2016 will learn about issues facing smaller Missouri communities.

 


TWO GMLC ALUMS HONORED AND RECOGNIZED

Two Greater Missouri Alums were recently honored at the Columbia Chamber Annual Dinner in June.

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Nancy Allison, GMLC 2012

Nancy Allison, GMLC 2012, received the Debin Benish Businesswoman of the Year Award.   After serving as an employee for more than 30 years for the corporate office of Shelter Insurance, Nancy became a small business owner by establishing her own Shelter Insurance Agency, where she has experienced continued success, including the attainment of multiple insurance industry awards.

Kat Cunningham

Kat Cunningham, GMLC Alum and former board member

Kat Cunningham, GMLC Alum and former board member, received Columbia’s Outstanding Citizen Award.  Kat founded Moresource twenty years ago, a nationally certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise.  Moresource provides the services of human resources, payroll, benefits administration, bookkeeping, and a full service insurance agency for businesses.  Today, Moresource provides services to business owners in more than 13 states.

According to Greater Missouri Executive Director Jan Grossmann, “Kat is energetic, encouraging, mentoring, passionate about all she undertakes, and most of all caring and generous. Kat is respected by those with whom she works and volunteers. She is committed to personal growth and she is supportive and inspirational to our community!”

Congratulations to both Nancy and Kat on these well deserved awards.  We love to follow the success of our Greater Missouri women and truly appreciate them for lighting the way and being shining examples for all of us here at GMLF.

 


THE SPOTLIGHT – GMLC CLASS OF 2016in the spotlight

GMLC Class of 2016 is our biggest class yet with over 45 women.  Get to know some of our amazing women from our GMLC Class of 2016!

Click on a Challenger | Learn more | Connect via LinkedIn

 

Becky Cogdill Client Relationship Director, Willis Towers Watson Kansas City

Becky Cogdill
Client Relationship Director, Willis Towers Watson
Kansas City

Shatenita Horton VP Security Officer/Banking Center Manager, Providence Bank Columbia

Shatenita Horton
VP Security /Banking Center Manager, Providence Bank Columbia

Amanda Kastler Partner, Elliott, Robinson & Company, LLP Springfield

Amanda Kastler
Partner, Elliott, Robinson & Company, LLP
Springfield

Polly Matteson Assistant Director, Career Center, Truman State University Kirksville

Polly Matteson
Assistant Director, Career Center, Truman State University
Kirksville

Susan Reeves Regional Director of Advancement Great Circle Columbia

Susan Reeves
Regional Director of Advancement Great Circle
Columbia

 


 

Pay Your Dues“DUE” YOUR THING!  PAY IT FORWARD

As a GMLC alum, you have unique access to a network of over 500 + women leaders.   Our Annual Due’s and Lifetime Membership Drive allows Greater Missouri the opportunity to:

– Provide scholarships for future generations of women leaders to experience GMLC

– Host alumni networking events

–  Support you as leaders and keep our GMLC network active for you to access for years to come

–  Brand GMLC for future sponsorship and support

Please be on the lookout for our Annual Due’s mailer coming to your home/office mid-July or make a secure payment today.

You are Greater Missouri & we appreciate your support!

 


ARE YOU PART OF OUR “GROUP”

LinkedIn that is…if you haven’t already, join our Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge Alumnae Group today.  This group is a vehicle LI splashfor communicating and sharing with other women leaders who have had a common experience in GMLC.

Also, if you haven’t already done so, make sure to list your participation with GMLC on your LinkedIn profile!   What GMLC Class?  Did you hold a Board position for Greater Missouri?  Have you served on any Greater Missouri Committees?    You can list any of this under the categories of: Experience or Organizations.

If you have any questions regarding your LinkedIn Profile or need help joining our LinkedIn Alumnae Group, please contact Communications Director, Sarah Wehde (sarahwehde@gmail.com)


NOMINATE NOWGMLC SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR 2017!

Do you know an accomplished female leader that would be an excellent candidate for the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge? Nominate them for the Class of 2017. It’s easy, using our direct link.

 

 

 

 


WHAT’S YOUR STORY?  what's your story

Here at Greater Missouri we want to hear about YOU and hear from YOU.  Please let us know of any achievements, promotions, publications, family news, or career news that you may want to share or celebrate.

Use this form or email Communications Director, Sarah Wehde directly. We would love to highlight you in one of our publications or social media posts.

 

CELEBRATING WOMEN MAKING A DIFFERENCE! – WOMEN OF THE YEAR

 

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Dr. Bridget McCandless , President and CEO Health Care Foundation

Dr. Bridget McCandless Honored As

2016 WOMAN OF THE YEAR 


Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation honored Dr. Bridget McCandless as our  2016 Woman of the Year on May 17, 2016.

Dr. McCandless is the President and CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City which focuses on leadership, advocacy and provision of resources to eliminate barriers and promote quality health for uninsured and underserved residents in the Greater Kansas City area.

Greater Missouri Leadership Chat – March 2016

IN THIS ISSUE:

  •  – A WORD FROM OUR PRESIDENT
  •  – A NOTE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – YOUR “ONE WORD”
  •  – GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME!
  •  – AND THE GAVEL GOES TO
  •  – GMLC 2016 KICKS OFF
  •  – IN THE SPOTLIGHT – GMLC ’16
  •  – SAVE THE DATE – WOMAN OF THE YEAR
  •  – WELCOME ABOARD
  •  – LINKEDIN AND LOVIN’ IT
  •  – LET’S CELEBRATE YOU!

 A WORD FROM OUR PRESIDENT

Dear Friends of Greater Missouri Leadership,

President, Suzanne Rothwell

President, Suzanne Rothwell

It’s my honor and privilege to serve as the President of the Board of Directors for the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation.  I first became aware of Greater Missouri in 2000 while working at State Farm Insurance when we were asked to sponsor the program. We did, and we also put two high potential women in the program each year. I was not in a position to personally commit to the program until 2004, but I’m so glad I did. Greater Missouri was the single most beneficial professional development experience I’ve had to this day.

Later, I transitioned from State Farm yet stayed involved with Greater Missouri. I served as the interim executive director, served on the board and now have the incredible honor to follow in the steps of my mentors as the current board president.

I’m pleased to share that our foundation is as strong as it has ever been.  Our organization has a lot to be proud of:

  •  – An experienced and dedicated Executive Director in Jan Grossmann
  •  – An income statement well in the black
  •  – Dedicated companies to sponsor and support our efforts
  •  – Engaged volunteers and regional planning teams
  •  – A 2016 (GMLC ’16) class filled to capacity, and we already have several women signed up for GMLC ’17!

This is the first time in my memory that we have had a class so full that we simply could not accommodate all the amazing nominees without changing the dynamics of the program. This is a great “problem” to have, as our program becomes increasingly prestigious and sought out through word of mouth.

March is an exciting time as we launched our first session for the Class of GM16, and as always, the caliber, diversity and backgrounds of the women in this class are amazing.   Our first session kicked off in Columbia/Jefferson City March 8 – 10.   The class examined higher education, state government and the judicial system.  Beyond the first session, we have an exciting year planned. GMLC ’16 will road trip to Kansas City in June, Kirksville in September, and St. Louis, for the final session and graduation in November.

Last, please mark your calendars for May 17 and make plans to join friends of Greater Missouri in Kansas City as we celebrate our 2016 Woman of the Year.  We’re pleased to announce that we will be recognizing Dr. Bridget McCandless, MD, MBA, and FASP, President and CEO of Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

This is a great time for Greater Missouri!  Thank you for your continued support and involvement.  If you have news to share, we want to celebrate and hear from you.  Please submit it to our new communications director, Sarah Wehde at sarahwehde@gmail.com.

Also, we’re social – stay connected! @GreaterMissouri | Facebook | LinkedIn

Suzanne Rothwell (GMLC ’04)

President, Board of Directors Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation

Executive Director, Advancement Division, Columbia College


RandomLettersA NOTE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Alumnae, do you remember the first day you walked into Session 1 of GMLC?  What came to mind as you heard the agenda for the week? Or read the bios of all of the talented women sitting around you that would be in your class?

Last week I kicked off our 2016 class by asking each of our Challengers to sum up just how they were feeling after they first arrived in just ONE word.   Grateful, Overwhelmed, Open, Inspired, Empowered… the list went on and on.   Challengers saw these words come to life over our three days together.

I think it is important to reflect on your own Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge experience.  What ONE word comes to mind about your journey?   My ONE word is Today.  For 27 years, the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge has brought together top female leaders from across the state.  I encourage you to stay connected and engaged Today with this powerful network of women before you!   Let us support each other TODAY and always!

Jan


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GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME!

A Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation Lifetime Membership goes far beyond a one-time transaction. It lasts a lifetime!  Your membership establishes a Lifetime connection between Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation and 27 years of successful female leaders in Missouri.  Whether it has been days or decades since you have been part of Greater Missouri, don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity.

For the month of March, we are giving away a very special gift to any Greater Missouri Woman who signs up as Lifetime Member.  In addition, all Lifetime members will be prominently listed on our Greater Missouri website. We appreciate your support and legacy for GMLF!

For additional details regarding your Lifetime Membership, contact Jan Grossmann today at 573.489.4324 | jgrossmann@greatermo.org


Past President Tina Workman accepting award from New President, Suzanne Rothwell

Past President Tina Workman accepting award from New President, Suzanne Rothwell

AND THE GAVEL GOES TO…

At our January Board of Director’s Meeting, former Board President, Tina Workman, was presented with a “gavel plaque” of appreciation as she completed her three year term as President of the Board for Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation.  Executive Director, Jan Grossmann said, “It has been a pleasure to work with Tina.  GMLF has progressed significantly under her leadership, making a positive difference in the lives of many women leaders!”     Thank you Tina!

 


 GMLC CLASS OF 2016 KICKS OFF!PicMonkey Collage - GMLC for march newsletter

The Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge Class of 2016 kicked off last week with our largest class yet, 44 amazing women,  from across the state.    Session 1 provided a fantastic overview of Missouri and gave our Challengers a broad understanding of the current demographics and at times, an eye opening view of issues affecting our state.

This session was a great foundation to the next 3 sessions that will take place throughout the year. Challengers were left with the question…how can and will they “Connect The Dots”?

2016 Symposium Dates:  Columbia/Jeff City:  March 8 – 10| Kansas City:  June 8 – 10 | Kirksville:  September 14 – 16| St. Louis:  November 2 – 4

 


spotlight-1IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Get to know our GMLC Class of 2016!  Each month we will highlight some of our amazing women from this year’s class.  Click on our Challenger’s “In the Spotlight” below to learn more and then “connect” with them via LinkedIn!

 

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Darline Mabinskristi hettrick


save the dateGREATER MISSOURI WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Our Greater Missouri Woman of the Year luncheon is right around the corner and will take place in Kansas City this year!  Save the date for this one of a kind event that will honor this year’s recipient, Dr. Bridget McCandless, M.D, MBA, FACP  on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | 11:30 a.m.| Marriott Country Club Plaza | Kansas City, Missouri

The Woman of the Year Luncheon is GMLF’s main fundraiser, please consider a corporate sponsorship to support our Womean of the Year and the future of Greater Missouri!

Contact Jan Grossmann today for sponsorship details – 573.489.4324|jgrossmann@greatermo.org

 


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 WELCOME ABOARD

The Greater Missouri Board of Directors proudly welcomes two new members from Ameren in St. Louis, Missouri.  LaDawn Ostmann (GMLC ’14), Director of Labor Relations and Training  and Krista Bauer (GMLC ’12), Assistant Vice President, Corporate Human Resources.   We are thrilled to have LaDawn and Krista share their talent on our 2016 Board .

 


 LinkedInLINKEDIN AND LOVIN’ IT!

With over 10 million users,  LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool to connect business professionals around the world.   It is also a great way you can connect and learn about other Greater Missouri Leadership Challengers, past and present,  and promote your involvement with Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation to those in your Linkedin network.

Help us spread the “love” and boost your own profile while your at it.  If you haven’t done so already take a minute to:

– List your involvement with Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation on your profile (For example, place under: Experience, Organizations, Awards)

– Double check that you are part of these 2 LinkedIn Groups:   Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge Alumnae and Friends of Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge

– Last, make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and reflects you!  Need help?  Here is a great article to get started or contact Communications Director, Sarah Wehde for a personal profile makeover.


 

LET’S CELEBRATE YOU!CELEBRATE YOU

Your voice is what powers our efforts here at Greater Missouri and we want to celebrate you!  Please let us know of any recent achievements, promotions, publications, family news, career news or anything you want to share.  Use this form, or email  our Communications Director, Sarah Wehde, directly at:  sarahwehde@gmail.com.  You may just see your name in lights in one of our upcoming publications or social media posts.

 

July 2015 Leadership Chat

 

Greater Missouri Leadership Chat
July 2015
From our President, Tina Workman
Happy Summer!It’s hard to believe we are already half way through 2015, which means we are half way through the 2015 Challenge.  Session II in Kansas City at the beginning of June was another great experience for our Challengers.Even as we enjoy this year’s Challenge, it’s never too early to think about 2016.  We are currently accepting nominations for next year’s class.  Remember that nominating your colleagues to share the Greater Missouri Challenge experience is as easy as filling out this form. We will take it from there to have the nominee apply.As we look to future classes, it’s important to note that the future of Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation is only as strong as our Alumnae support. You should have received your dues notice by email. For only $50 per year, you keep your Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation membership active and guarantee the organization’s future.  Membership dues can be paid easily online.While you are taking care of dues, we hope you’ll also consider a donation to our scholarship fund initiated by our2008 Class.  Scholarship donations can also be made online for your convenience.I hope this summer finds you well. Thank you for your ongoing support and involvement with YOUR Greater Missouri.

Dues Renewals Are Out
Annual dues notices were sent out last week. Please check your email (and your email spam folders) to be sure you receive your invoice.Your ongoing membership membership is a vote for the value of your Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge experience and enables the Foundation to do great things for our Alumnae and Challengers.And membership offers many great benefits.Your dues of only $50 per year keeps you connected to all the events of Greater Missouri.
– Invitations to Alumnae events
– Participation in regional Alumnae and Challenge events
– Participation in GMLC sessionsYou may pay dues online. Click here to submit your dues payment.In addition to your membership, please also consider a donation to the scholarship fund to pass on the gift to future Challengers.To make a donation to the scholarship fund, fill out this form.
Nominations Open for 2016 Challengers
Do you know an exceptional leader who should become a Greater Missouri woman?Our amazing Challenge class each year only happens if we have excellent nominees from our alumnae.  Please fill out the nomination form to offer the Challenge experience to a friend, colleague, peer or leader.Nominate a Greater Missouri Woman for the Class of 2016 Now!
Help Share the Greater Missouri Story
This video, debuted at the Woman of the Year luncheon, is a tool we’ve created to give potential Challengers and future sponsors a feel for who we are and what Greater Missouri offers women leaders around the state.The concept for the video is “I am a Greater Missouri Woman.” Using the definition of a Greater Missouri Woman the organization has created, we interviewed several Alumnae about how they were a Greater Missouri Woman before and, more importantly, after their Challenge experience.We focused on how the program impacted their career, their community and their perspective.Thanks to Katie Steele Danner (Alumna 1993), Valerie Nicholson Watson (Alumna 2004), Peggy Ladd (Alumna 2008), Marcelle Pires (Alumna 2010), Jan Grossman(Alumna 2008), Tina Workman (Alumna 2008), Tonya Noble (Alumna 2010), Kristy Chastain (Challenger 2015),Malvika Jhangiani (Challenger 2015), Lily Ren (Challenger 2015), Kat Cunningham (Alumna 1999), Suzanne Rothwell(Alumna 2004), Leigh Ann Taylor Knight (Alumna 2010) and the 2015 Challengers for participating in this project.Please take a minute to watch and then share the video with your contacts.  Here’s how you can help share the Greater Missouri story:
– Share the video on your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn- Email the video to women in your network who you think would be good Challengers- Share the video with your organization’s leadership and explain to them what being in GMLC has meant to you.

– Encourage your organization’s leadership to sponsor a colleague to go through the Challenge.

– Encourage your organization’s leadership to sponsor Greater Missouri programming or scholarships.

Get Social with Us
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Kansas City Session
The 2015 Challenge resumed in Kansas City on June 3-5.Here are some highlights of the session. To see all the photos, visit the Greater Missouri Facebook photo albums.
Session started at the offices of Lathrop & Gage with presentations on Connecting Women Leaders to KC Boards, The Kansas City Landscape: History and Overcoming Barriers.
We then moved to the Negro Baseball League & Jazz Museum for lunch, a quick tour by museum president Bob Kendrick, center.
The first day finished with a reception at Saint Luke’s Health System’s corporate headquarters with three CEOs – Dr . Melinda Estes of Saint Luke’s Health System, Cici Rojas of Central Exchange and Valerie Nicholson-Watson of Harvesters
On Friday, the Challengers competed in the lunch challenge at Harvesters using a food pantry grocery trip to make their own lunch.
Meet the Class of 2015
Each issue of the Greater Missouri Leadership Chat, we will introduce you to a few of this year’s challengers. We hope you’ll reach out and welcome them to the Greater Missouri family.
Tonia Compton
Associate Professor of History
Columbia College
Columbia

Tonia teaches courses on women’s history, African American history, the American West and Latin America. She is the advisor for several student organizations, including the History & Political Science Club and the college’s top academic honor society, Alpha Chi. In addition to her teaching and advising, Compton chairs the Women’s History Month committee at the college. She is currently the chair of the Curriculum and Academic Proposals committee and certifies student athlete eligibility in her role as the Faculty Athletic Representative. In 2011 Compton was named Faculty Member of the Year by Columbia College Students and was recognized as Advisor of the Year in 2013. She is finishing a book manuscript on women’s property rights in the nineteenth-century American West and beginning a new project on suffrage and political activism in Missouri in the early twentieth century.
Shelly Doucet
Director of Development
Starlight Theatre

Kansas City

Shelly is most proud of raising $6.4 million to renovate a former hotel into a domestic violence shelter. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University. In her four years of law practice, she was admitted to the Louisiana and Mississippi bars and worked in a variety of settings, from solo practitioner to medium-sized firm, to government lawyer. Her areas of practice included personal injury, workers compensation, insurance defense, mediation, and medical malpractice. After moving to the midwest in 1999, she obtained her MSW from KU with a focus on administration.  

 

Carolynne Huether 
Senior Program Manager
Boeing
St. Louis


Carolynne leads Advanced Learning within The Boeing Company’s Defense, Space & Security organization. She manages a 200+ person organization across 5 Boeing sites and multiple business units supplying computer based training, courseware, instructional design and instructor services. The team supports more than 25 platforms and customers both international and domestic representing Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Special Ops programs. Most recently, she led a team of 60 software and hardware engineers to deliver military simulator products.

 

Barbara Hodges
Executive Director, True North
Columbia

Barbara was with True North for four years in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, but left for seven years to do court advocacy in northern Missouri for counties that did not have advocacy resources. In 2009, Barbara returned to True North as the Executive Director. Barbara has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College. She has been active in the Columbia community for many years, including having been president of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Leadership Columbia, and Metro Rotary Club. In 2014, she was awarded the coveted Athena Award, presented by Women’s Network.

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Greater Missouri Leadership Announces Challenge Class of 2015

Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of 38 Challengers in the class of 2015. Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation is the state’s premier leadership organization designed to bring together women leaders from global corporations, small business, academia, government agencies and non-profit organizations. The mission of Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation is educating and inspiring women leaders to make a difference.

AlvisShannon Alvis is an Auto Claim Team Manager at State Farm Insurance Companies. Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from Columbia College.

 

 

 

 

 

BourekAmber Bourek is the Volunteer Services Manager for Harvesters – The Community Food Network in Kansas City. Each month, her department is responsible for engaging over 6,000 volunteers in the fight against hunger. Last year, Harvesters volunteers contributed nearly 200,000 hours of volunteer service, valued at $4.3 million. She is passionate about nonprofits and focused her professional career on working in the sector. She has 16 years of nonprofit experience including volunteer management, special event planning, communications, grant writing, donor relations, board leadership, and AmeriCorps service. Amber earned her Bachelors degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2001, Amber moved to Missouri to pursue a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

 

Amanda Brittingham is currently the Superintendent of Electric Operations for the Mackenzie Operating Center with Ameren Missouri. She has been with Ameren 26 years and has spent the last 10 years in key leadership roles within the management team of Talent Acquisition, Supply Chain Operations and Labor Relations. Amanda has a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Lindenwood University. Amanda also holds post-graduate certificates in Advanced Supply Chain Management from St. Louis University and Contract Administration Studies from Cornell University. She currently sits on the Lindenwood College for Individualized Education (LCIE) Accelerated Degree Program Advisory Board.

 

BurnetteDiane Burnette is the Executive Director of the Main Street Corridor Development Corporation (MainCor), Chief Administrator of the Main Street Community Improvement District (CID), the Managing Staff of the Penn Valley Park Conservancy and of the 39th and Main Business District Association in Kansas City.  Currently she is implementing over 20 million dollars of public improvements in the Midtown area, including design and construction of streetscape and parkland improvements. The Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association has honored Diane’s contributions to the planning field with the Dwight D. Davis Award for a Citizen Planner and The Whole Person has honored her with the Civic Leader Award. Diane has worked and lived in Kansas City in the area of Main Street from Crown Center to the Country Club Plaza since 1987 and began working with MainCor in 2003. She also serves as the Mission Advancement for the Kansas City District Council of the Urban Land Institute, Chair to the Trustees of the Jackson County Land Trust, Kansas City Land Bank and she sits on the Jackson County Tax Increment Financing Commission.

 

CatronJulie Catron is Director of Communications and Public Relations for Ameren Missouri. She has worked in marketing communications her entire career, but from a variety of perspectives including agency, non-profit and corporate environments. The common thread has been connecting people and brands in memorable ways through experiences and stories. At Ameren Missouri, she manages the communications team focused on paid, owned and earned spaces including paid advertising, social media and website, issues management and proactive publicity. The team supports customers – our friends, family and neighbors – with communications to inspire engagement, education and understanding.

 

CavenaileJulie Cavenaile is the Supply Chain Global Quality Control Lead at Monsanto. Julie leads a global team accountable for Genetic, Physiology, Seed Health and Chemistry testing. Julie has degrees in Chemistry & Criminal Justice from Truman State University.  She attained an MBA from Maryville University.

 

 

 

ChastainKristy Chastain is the Commercial Loan Officer/Vice President of Metropolitan National Bank in Springield, Missouri. She has worked in commercial lending for 7 years and has been in the banking industry for over 15 years. Kristy works mostly with business owners to help them with their loan and banking needs. She also is a Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan expert. Kristy has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Missouri State University. She is currently board President of the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

 

 

ChrismanCarolyn Chrisman is in her fourth year as the Economic Developer for Kirksville Regional Economic Development, Inc., a 501c3 public private partnership. Her job entails working on business retention and expansion and business attraction. She works with the major industries in town and is also a leader for workforce development. Her interest in economic development started when she was elected at the age of 26 to serve on the Kirksville City Council. Her role there also had her serving on the Regional Planning Commission, Planning and Zoning, Kirksville Downtown Improvement Committee, and the Sesquicentennial celebration.

 

 

ComptonTonia M. Compton is assistant professor of history at Columbia College, where she teaches courses on women’s history, African American history, the American West and Latin America. She is the advisor for several student organizations, including the History & Political Science Club and the college’s top academic honor society, Alpha Chi. In addition to her teaching and advising, Compton chairs the Women’s History Month committee at the college. She is currently the chair of the Curriculum and Academic Proposals committee and certifies student athlete eligibility in her role as the Faculty Athletic Representative. In 2011 Compton was named Faculty Member of the Year by Columbia College Students and was recognized as Advisor of the Year in 2013. Compton’s research interests are in women’s history and she has recently published an article in the Great Plains Quarterly. She is finishing a book manuscript on women’s property rights in the nineteenth-century American West and beginning a new project on suffrage and political activism in Missouri in the early twentieth century.

 

DoucetShelly Doucet is the Director of Development for Starlight Theatre, Kansas City’s oldest and largest performing arts venue. She is most proud of raising $6.4 million to renovate a former hotel into a domestic violence shelter. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University. In her four years of law practice, she was admitted to the Louisiana and Mississippi bars and worked in a variety of settings, from solo practitioner to medium-sized firm, to government lawyer. Her areas of practice included personal injury, workers compensation, insurance defense, mediation, and medical malpractice. After moving to the midwest in 1999, she obtained her MSW from KU with a focus on administration.

 

HuetherCarolynne Huether is the Senior Program Manager leading Advanced Learning within The Boeing Company’s Defense, Space & Security organization. She manages a 200+ person organization across 5 Boeing sites and multiple business units supplying computer based training, courseware, instructional design and instructor services. The team supports more than 25 platforms and customers both international and domestic representing Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Special Ops programs. Most recently, she led a team of 60 software and hardware engineers to deliver military simulator products. In 2013 and 2014, Carolynne led Boeing enterprise teams responsible for the rollout of a companywide safety programs, the Go For Zero Safety Promise and the Chairman’s Safety Award. In that role, she led enterprise teams responsible for all aspects and successful execution of the project including the CEO led event, training development, video development, website development and site logistics for simulcast for over 12,000 managers at 100 locations domestically and internationally.

HodgesBarbara Hodges is the Executive Director for True North (formerly The Shelter and The Front Door). She was with True North for four years in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, but left for seven years to do court advocacy in northern Missouri for counties that did not have advocacy resources. In 2009, Barbara returned to True North as the Executive Director. Barbara has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College. She has been active in the Columbia community for many years, including having been president of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Leadership Columbia, and Metro Rotary Club. In 2014, she was awarded the coveted Athena Award, presented by Women’s Network.

 

huntHeather Hunt is a junior faculty member in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Missouri whose research and teaching focus is primarily materials science and engineering. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University (2004). She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (2007, 2009). She was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for her doctoral work. Since joining the University of Missouri faculty, she was chosen as a University of Missouri Faculty Scholar, which recognizes her leadership and commitment to academic excellence in both research and teaching, and has been awarded the 2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. She is also the faculty advisor for the Mizzou Women Mentoring Women program, a program for female engineering students.

 

JhangianiMalvika Jhangiani is a Human Resources Lead, US Commercial Operations for Monsanto. In this role, Malvika provides HR Leadership across the Sales, Distribution, Licensing and Strategic Accounts businesses in the US. Malvika is responsible for developing and implementing the HR strategy and direction in alignment with the business needs and coaching leadership on change management, culture and people development. She has 15 years of experience in the field of Human Resources in the areas of HR Consulting, HR Business Partnership, Global Compensation and Organization Development with multinational companies such as Monsanto, Cadbury Schweppes, Andersen and Ernst & Young. She has broad multicultural experience through direct work experience in three countries: US, India and Oman; with exposure to multiple world areas through global/regional roles.

 

KiserEmily Kiser is an attorney practicing in the business litigation group of Lathrop & Gage LLP, a national law firm comprised of more than 350 attorneys. Emily’s practice focuses specifically in the areas of commercial, banking and real estate litigation, loan enforcement, employment, title disputes, and mechanic’s liens. She currently serves on the steering committee for the firm’s Women’s Affinity Network and also sits on the Diversity Committee. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and Bachelor of Science (Public Relations) from the University of Florida. She received her law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. She is currently a board member of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and a District Representative for St. Louis County for the Young Lawyers Section Council of the Missouri Bar. In 2014, she was named as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for the Missouri/Kansas region, an award honoring only 2.5 percent of attorneys either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. She plans on being involved in the newly-created Pacesetters program for Girls on the Run-St. Louis, a program designed for women leaders in the community to serve as role models for program participants.

 

KosterJeannette Koster is 5-year employee with Crittenton Children’s Center; Saint Luke’s Health System. She has worked in Child Welfare for the majority of her career, including the areas of school-based programs, fosters care, development, and community relations. Jeannette is currently managing the Foster Care and Adoption program, a performance-based contract with the State of Missouri, for the agency. Jeannette has a Bachelor of Science from Missouri Western State University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas. She is currently serving on the Jackson County Community Quality Assurance Committee and served as a Family Team Leader for March of Dimes/March for Babies Walk for 6 years.

 

KovaleskiSarah Kovaleski is the Director – Engineering Design at the Callaway Energy Center for Ameren Missouri. She has worked in the nuclear power industry since 1998. Sarah is passionate about promoting women in STEM careers. Sarah holds a Masters degree in Radiological Health Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelors degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

 

 

 

LeonardDonna Leonard is a 20-year employee with the University of Missouri. She has worked in the University’s Business Development Program for her entire career. For 18 years, Donna was a Center Director for the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) where she counseled businesses on how to contract with federal, state and local government agencies. During this timeframe, Donna assisted Missouri businesses win 5,888 government contracts totaling more than $1 Billion, which created or retained 23,281 jobs. For the last two years, Donna has been the Program Director for the Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC) where she manages a program offering technical and grant assistance to manufacturers in Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas who have been negatively impacted by import competition. TAAC conducts a comprehensive company assessment to identify and prioritize opportunities for increased profits, job creation and long-term financial stability.

 

LurkKristin Lurk is a Lean Strategist on the Operations and Supplier Management Lean+ Organization at The Boeing Company. She is currently supporting St. Louis manufacturing operations, F/A-18, F-15, C-17 and MUAS. Kristin received B.S. Engineering Management and M.S. Engineering Management degrees from the University of Missouri – Rolla.

 

 

 

MacyJessica Macy applies her passion for helping seniors as the Deputy Director for Services for Independent Living (SIL), a non-profit organization that helps people live with independence and dignity in their homes. Prior to joining SIL she was the Executive Director of Boone County Council on Aging (BCCA). With her leadership BCCA gained a strategic vision and experienced growth in a challenging time. For the last six months, she has spent her time orchestrating and completing a merger been the two agencies to increase access to services, improve the quality of those services, and to become better stewards of community resources. Jessica earned a BA in Political Science from Westminster College in Fulton, MO where she continues to volunteer for campus activities and her sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. She is also actively involved in Columbia Rotary Club, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, is Women’s Network President-Elect, and is a board member for Family Health Center.

 

MalfattiGabrielle Malfatti has served as director of international and intercultural initiatives for the University of Missouri College of Education. Gabrielle has been an educator for 20 years. As director of international and intercultural initiatives she designs and implements reciprocal learning programs in the U.S and abroad aimed at enhancing the cultural understanding of all participants. Gabrielle has conducted intercultural communication presentations and training in various countries around the world and for professional and military groups in the U.S. Gabrielle is chair-elect of the Leadership Development Committee of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the premier organization for the profession with over 10,000 members worldwide. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri.

 

MazurMindy Mazur is a public affairs professional with Groundswell Public Strategies (GPS) who, throughout her career, has provided management and leadership to large, established public organizations and also brought vision to smaller, start-up entities with complex missions. Prior to joining Groundswell, Mindy served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Public Affairs for non-profit Missouri Health Connection, which oversees Missouri’s statewide health information network. Mindy served for several years as Chief of Staff for Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and as a legislative aide for Congressman Ike Skelton in Washington, DC. She also created and manages www.HiredUpMissouri.org, a headhunting service for those looking to make a difference by entering or advancing their careers in public service.

 

MetzGail Metz is a 20-year employee with State Farm Insurance Companies in the Columbia Operations Center. She has worked in Human Resources, Fire Claims, and Administrative Services. She served in an Enterprise capacity for a Workforce Strategy Team and in a Learning & Development Dean Team role. Gail currently has responsibility for technical services management, facilities management, fleet management, catastrophe operations, purchasing & distribution, loss prevention, document storage, contracts & leasing, and general office operations for the States of Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Gail has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also earned her designations as a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Chartered Financial Consultant from The American College.

 

ParkerKimmecia Parker is the Program Quality Engineer Lead at The Boeing Company. She leads a diverse team executing quality system engagement across full scale Program Management Lifecycles for Weapon & Missile System programs. The majority of her 10-years at Boeing have been within Quality Systems including areas of Supplier Quality and Boeing Military Aircraft Operational Execution. Her continuing development positions have spread across business groups and platforms including Training Systems & Government Services, Tactical Aircraft, Cruise Missile Systems and Direct Attack Weapons. Kimmecia has a Master of Science degree in Quality Management Systems with Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from National Graduate School, as well as a Master of Science in Engineering Management and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, both from the University of Missouri – Rolla.

 

Melissa Patterson is an Angecy Field Specialist Manager with State Farm Insurance Companies. She has worked in the Agency Department for the majority of her career, including marketing, training, sales, sales services and management of sales support. Melissa has a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. She has earned her Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living designations from the American College of Financial Services.

 

PooleLana Poole is the Executive Director of Marketing at Columbia College where she serves on the college’s Enrollment and Marketing leadership team.  In her position, Poole oversees marketing strategy, marketing intelligence, web and SEO services and business development for the college’s 36 nationwide campuses, including the main campus in Columbia, Missouri, and Online Campus. In her six years as ED, Poole has successfully centralized the marketing function for the college, established a marketing intelligence infrastructure and launched award-winning campaigns that have supported growth in recent years.

 

 

PottsRobin Potts is the Director of Finance for Haversters – The Community Food Network in Kansas City. The focus of her career has been to provide meaningful financial data to external clients and internal customers. Robin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, and she is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. She serves on the Feeding America National CFO Steering Committee, a committee that addresses financial matters impacting the nation’s food banks.

 

 

rawlinsRanda Rawlins has worked with Shelter Insurance Companies since 2002, and before that spent 20 years in the private law practice in Kansas City. She leads the Corporate Law Department, as well as overseeing Government Affairs and Customer Communications departments. The Law Department oversees legal operations for Shelter Mutual Insurance Company and its twelve subsidiaries and affiliates. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Truman State University and a JD degree from the University of Missouri. She currently serves as a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee.

 

 

RenLily Ren is a Group Manager for BJC Healthcare. She has managed multiple IT projects, and planned IT capital spending for Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She is currently managing three Clinical Information Services departments for Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, and Boone Hospital Center. In addition to her managerial duties, Lily leads the Diversity Steering Committee for BJC Information Services Department, an organization of 700 employees. Lily also serves as a member on BJC Executive Diversity Steering Committee. Lily received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Maryville University in St. Louis, and Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics from St. Louis University (SLU).

SchneiderAmy Schneider is the Director of the City of Columbia’s Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). Amy began working at the Bureau in 2007 as their Sales Manager and was promoted to Director in November 2011. Prior to working for the CVB she worked in the hotel industry where she held a variety of positions, including sales manager, catering manager, assistant general manager and general manager. Amy received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Missouri in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Amy has been active in several industry organizations including the Society of Government Meeting Planners, Missouri Society of Association Executives, Missouri Travel Council and Columbia Hospitality Association.

 

sheffieldTamara Sheffield is a versatile Business Operations Professional and CPA with broad leadership experience in finance, accounting, business management, human resources and organizational development projects. She has worked in or supported various business sectors including biotechnology, retail and public accounting. She is Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations for Forest Park Forever. She has led domestic and global teams and has made contributions at Monsanto Company, Venture Stores and Arthur Andersen LLP. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Saint Louis University and has served on the Board of Directors for Alexandra School of Ballet, Black Alcohol/Drug Informational Services Center and The Psychoanalytic Institute.

 

SchludeJill Schlude is the Deputy Chief of Police with the Columbia, Missouri, Police Department. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia Law Enforcement Training Institute in 1999 and began her law enforcement career in a small town in Boone County, and then a state drug task force as an undercover narcotics detective. During her career at CPD she has worked various assignments including, midnight shift Patrol, Public Information Officer, Forensic Evidence Team, Public Relations Unit Sergeant, Assistant Chief of Police over Operations Support (Criminal Investigations, Vice/Narcotics/Organized Crime, Street Crimes, Evidence Unit, Traffic Unit, Special Events, and School Resource Officers) and now Deputy Chief of Police.  Jill holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College and is finishing her Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership this year at Stephens College. She is a 2014 graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police (Class #57) held at Boston University in cooperation with Harvard University.

 

StuckAs the Associate Vice President for Human Resources for the University of Missouri System, Kelley Stuck provides leadership for employee and retiree Total Rewards programs, as well as the HR Service Center, People Data and Internal Communications. Kelley’s educational background includes a master’s degree in administration from the University of Central Michigan with an emphasis in Human Resources and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Truman State University. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) with the Society of Human Resource Management and a licensed health and life agent.

 

WilsonLoreli Wilson is United Initiator at Veterans United Home Loans, directing the diversity and inclusion initiative, appropriately named the “United Initiative”. She is dedicated to promoting an inclusive workforce conducive to Veterans United’s unique culture, and ultimately strives for each employee to feel comfortable in their own skin. With a background in Human Resources and Recruiting, she lends her skills and passions to such organizations as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri as a Board Member, Human Resource Association of Central Missouri as the Diversity Chair, and is a Founding and Advisory Board Member of Diversity Awareness Partnership (DAP) – Columbia.

 

ZhangBei Zhang is an 18-year employee with Monsanto Company. She has worked in the biotechnology research and development area for the majority of her career. Since 1999, she has held various leadership positions on research discovery, commercial product development, collaborations, and China site management. She currently serves as the Director of Regulatory Sciences. She is passionate about leveraging technology to deliver sustainable agriculture to produce more and save more natural resources. Bei has a Bachelor of Science in plant biology from Fudan University (China); a PhD in plant molecular biology from University of California, Los Angeles; and an EMBA from Washington University and Fudan University.

 

ZvanutMichelle Zvanut is the Vice President, Human Resources for Boone Hospital Center, part of the BJC Healthcare System. She has worked in healthcare for her entire career, initially as a Psychiatric Social Worker, then as a Medical Social Worker, and for the second half of her career in Healthcare Human Resources. Michelle has two degrees from the University of Missouri, her B.S. and M.S.W.

 

 

Each year a limited number of outstanding women leaders are accepted into the year long training program. It is an honor to take part in such an inspiring and motivating program, where women such as [Name First, Last] will continue their education in leadership development, information and major discussion 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 across the state, Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge provides an enriching experience for both women leaders and the state, while providing new channels of communication to broaden the participation of women in addressing the critical issues facing Missouri.

For 2015, the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge sessions are:
March 3-5 in Jefferson City/Columbia on government and education issues
June 3-5 in Kansas City on poverty and urban issues
September 16-18 in Kirksville on rural issues
November 4-6 in St. Louis on science and global impact issues

A Greater Missouri Woman
A Greater Missouri Woman is recognized as accomplished in her field of endeavor. Her leadership, civic contributions and ability to inspire and support others demonstrate the maturity and professionalism realized by reaching her level of success. 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.

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“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