Educating and inspiring women leaders to make a difference for over 27 years.

Letter from our Executive Director

It’s been an inspiring year, so far, for Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge! Our 2017 class includes 35 outstanding women leaders from throughout Missouri who have amazing resumes…they each eagerly looking forward to learning about challenges our state faces, and getting to know one another.

Our 2017 GMLC class includes the director of government and community relations for a metropolitan health care system, a chief financial officer for a major Missouri employer, the executive director for a large non-profit, a chief of staff for a major utility company, the chief operating officer for a public policy institute, the senior manager for a public career center, the global finance lead for a major international corporation, a financial planning analyst for one of Missouri’s largest employers, a dean of a state university, a college institutional compliance officer, directors of human resources, a public school educator, and several other significant Missouri women leaders. Wow! These women leaders are truly remarkable!

We continually seek to improve The Challenge experience based on feedback from current and former participants. Our 2016 sessions were rated exceptionally high by our Challengers, with overall ratings for the year of 4.52 out of 5.0 possible!

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Reaching Out to our Alumnae

This year you’ll see us reaching out often to more actively engage our alumnae. Active alumnae serve on our session planning teams, carrying out The Challenge agendas for GMLC and assisting with each week’s activities. Many host the class for receptions and often visit a GMLC session to get acquainted with the current class, and our Challengers absolutely love meeting GMLC alumnae.

Operationally, the Board of Directors continually reviews our successes and any challenges we face, and helps set the course for the future of Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation. The new recruitment process launched by the Board in 2014 has helped us to better identify and reach out to exceptional female leaders from throughout Missouri as future GMLC applicants.

Goals for 2017-2018

Growth of our Scholarship Fund remains a high priority for our Board of Directors. This fund allows participation in GMLC by leaders of organizations that don’t have funds for training, such as non-profits. Under leadership by past-President Tina Workman and current-President Suzanne Rothwell, we have raised more than $42,000 for this purpose!

Another goal for Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation is to increase the return on investment for organizations who have empowered their women leaders to take The Challenge. We continue our emphasis on LEADERSHIP by utilizing a Strengths-Based Leadership component in GMLC.

Get Involved

Greater Missouri is strong because of the commitment and diversity of our alumnae. Women leaders from large corporations, small businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, government, and many professions come together in unison to learn, grow, and work hard to make this a greater state. We encourage alumnae to stay involved. Please join us!

Kindest Regards,

Jan Grossmann

“Women facilitate both teamwork and innovation, and I think those attributes, along with meaningful diversity, are indeed key factors for success in solving the macro challenges affecting all of us.”
-Yvette Gonzales
Former VP Information Services, Shelter Insurance Companies