Greater Missouri continues to thrive as we engage and inspire women leaders to make a difference. We’re excited to share some key updates on our progress, growth and learning.

Our Class of 2022 had a successful first session with a full cohort and are looking forward to meeting in June for their second session in Southwest Missouri highlighting the communities of Springfield and Branson. Our full board meets this month to continue to make progress toward our goals. Plans are confirmed for our Women of the Year event that will cap off an Alumnae Reunion in July. Regional gatherings have and are taking place as many appreciate the opportunity to connect in person again.

After a two-year hiatus our 2022 Alumnae Reunion will be held on July 19 & 20 in Columbia. Check out our information and registration page as you make plans to attend.

It is my honor to announce the 2022 Women of the Year honorees. It’s so important to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of these women leaders. Our annual event is not only a way to recognize their achievements, but through funds raised we center equity in all we do, removing barriers by offering scholarships to participate in our annual Challenge, and acknowledging and appreciating the lift by these honorees.

Community Leader; Sabrina McDonnell, Executive Vice President/Chief Customer Experience Officer for Simmons Bank

Inspirational Leader; Dr. Kristin Sohl, MD, FAAP, Board President of the Missouri Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics and is a Professor of Clinical Child Health at the University of Missouri, and Executive Director of ECHO Autism

Civic Leader; Jan Beckett, Boone Hospital Board of Trustees and Secretary of their Board, GMLC Class of 2013

Alumna Leader; Valerie Nicholson-Watson, CEO of Harvesters-The Community Food Network, GMLC Class of 2004

The Woman of the Year celebration luncheon is Wednesday, July 20 at the Country Club of Missouri located in Columbia from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Attendees will be inspired as they learn more about the honorees’ leadership experiences and contributions to our state and their community.

Finally, as you read the rest of this monthly newsletter you will note that we have had to say goodbye to one of our sustaining woman leaders Stephanie Banker. I would LOVE to thank Stephanie for her service to the Board and congratulate her on her next big opportunity! She is a BOSS! We will miss her! Best wishes Stephanie!