Educating and inspiring women leaders to make a difference for over 30 years.  Help Us Celebrate

Recruiting for the 2020 class!

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.

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.




GMLC Annual Campaign Grows Stronger

Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation’s first Annual Campaign, set up to help Greater Missouri fulfill our mission of educating and inspiring women leaders to make a difference through our Challenge program, is still growing stronger…but it’s not too late for your help! 

The campaign launched a few months ago and will continue throughout November.  We’re pleased to announce that our 2019 Board of Directors has stepped up with 100% participation as donors!  In addition, we’ve received very generous donations from alumnae from throughout our 30 years of classes.

Of course, any amount of donation is welcome and helps us fulfill our mission, but in 2019 we also established our True Leader Club, which consists of donors who provide a $1,000 gift or more to the campaign.   THANK YOU to those who have already reached out with your generous donations!  To date, Greater Missouri Leadership has received nearly $13,000 for our campaign!

It’s not too late to help make a difference for Greater Missouri Leadership…Checks can be mailed to GMLF at 503 E Nifong, #112, Columbia, MO 65201, or you can easily donate online with Visa or MasterCard…simply click on “sponsors” and then “make a donation” and fill in and submit the form.

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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