Happy Spring! I just returned from a festive and fun trip with Mizzou’s marching band – Marching Mizzou – to Ireland. It was a wonderful experience and event to usher in the new season. 

It was inspiring to gather with the Class of 2024 in Columbia last month. This year continues the tradition of 35 years of dynamic women leaders, passionate about their work and making a difference in their communities. Alumnae from the Mid Missouri region greeted the cohort during various stops throughout the Session. I hope alumnae in other regions of the state are able to do the same when the Challenge arrives in your community. You can learn more about what the class was up to during Session I here. We are incredibly grateful for our Session I sponsors generosity and support of our mission. The sponsors support the costs of meals and transportation throughout the session. Session II takes place in Springfield and Branson June 19-21. 

I am happy to report that thanks to many, we have doubled our annual dues paying members! Thank you for showing your pride in being an active alumnae. To recognize our growing supporters, we have special 2024 lapel pins that our friends at DSPORT have helped us to create. We are distributing them now so be on the lookout. If you want to receive one of these for 2024, you can still take action by paying annual or lifetime membership dues.

EVENTS: On April 24 at 11:30am, we are hosting a virtual professional development Lunch & Learn with Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight (GMLC Class of 2010, Alumnae Council), Executive Director & COO of The DeBruce Foundation. Leigh Anne will share information on the Agile Work Profiler, an assessment tool that reveals the strengths, interests, and skills that bring value to the table. Join us to discover your Agilities and learn how to apply them in your career. This event is open to ALL GMLC Alumnae. Register today.

We are excited for the 2024 Alumnae Reunion. REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Please join Greater MO Leadership Challenge alumnae from across the state for a mini Challenge Session to be held in Kansas City on July 16 & 17. This is a wonderful leadership development opportunity, as well as a time to see Kansas City and connect with friends – new and old. The class with the most attendees will receive a special surprise. Don’t delay and register today! More details about the event can be found here

Following the Alumnae Reunion on July 17, Greater MO will host our annual Women of the Year awards luncheon at CPKC Stadium on the Berkley Riverfront in Kansas City. We hope your schedule will allow you to attend the marquee event raising funds to support our organization. Corporate and business sponsorships are welcome, as well as individual tickets. We hope to see you at this wonderful event. You will be inspired by our 2024 honorees and their work that aligns with our mission. 

On April 11, the GMLF Board will meet for our quarterly business meeting. We invite you to learn more about the board. Here we will discuss important issues for the Foundation and continue laying the foundation for 35 more years of the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge. 

Don’t forget to check out the new career resource – GreaterMO Connect. Nominate future Challengers. Register for the Alumnae Reunion

I look forward to seeing you soon!