Educating and inspiring women leaders to make a difference for over 31 years.

Letter from our Executive Director

As we enter a new decade having celebrated the 30th Anniversary for Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation we continue creating effective networks to advance careers, families, and communities inspiring outstanding women leaders from throughout Missouri. It is an honor to work with women professionals connecting with others to create change, and our 31st Class – the Challenge Class of 2020 – demonstrates that we continue to perform at an exemplary level!

Our 2020 Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge class includes another group of accomplished women from across our state.  The class includes global managers and directors from one of America’s multinational corporations; innovators in plant based sciences, engineering and information technology; leaders in providing veterans services; retail managers for multi-state bank holding companies, insurance, and financial services companies; women as lawyers and leaders; utility company operational directors; healthcare program and direct service managers; leaders in higher education and workforce development; philanthropic professionals; education trailblazers; women entrepreneurs and business development coaches; inspiring managers and directors from city and state government and non-profit organizations; owners of small business and farming operations; and CEO and COO leaders who are stepping away from their day-to-day challenges to work toward solutions for their organization as well as themselves.

We cannot wait to celebrate, connect, and develop each of these woman in her leadership journey. For our new Challenge Class participants, our goal is to educate, inspire, and discover all that each of you can be and then make a positive impact on the tribe around you. Thank you for joining our team.

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Engaging our Alumnae


This year you’ll see us reaching out often to actively engage our alumnae, as we seek ways to our maintain our momentum. Active alumnae serve on our session planning teams, serve as moderators and panelists by bringing their professional expertise to the table, and serve as hospitality hosts assisting with each week’s activities. Send-off receptions are hosted by our alumnae for regional graduates to meet the new class members, and many coordinate attending networking socials and community events.  Attendance grows each year at our newly created Alumnae Conference, and our successful Women of the Year Luncheon recognizes outstanding Missouri Women while raising funds for our operational and scholarship needs. Our alumnae network is one of the intangible attributes of staying involved as 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 recruitment process and the annual campaign for individual and sponsorship underwriting and donations has helped us to better identify and reach out to exceptional female leaders from throughout Missouri as future GMLC applicants.

Goals for 2020

Growth of our Scholarship Fund remains a high priority for our Board of Directors. A new fund was created to honor the legacy of Jan Grossmann who retired in 2019 after seven years of service leading this organization as Executive Director. This dedicated fund allows limited scholarship awards for participation in GMLC by start-up organizations, entrepreneurs and leaders of organizations (such as non-profits) that don’t have funds for training.

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

The leadership and stewardship of GMLF is shown by the expanded group of alumnae who have agreed to join our Board of Directors. These volunteers are committed to the sustainability of our operations and work with our advisors to ensure that we capitalize on each other’s areas of expertise to enhance the offering of becoming a Greater Missouri Woman and elevate the program experience.

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Greater Missouri is strong because of the commitment and diversity of our alumnae. Transitions are an opportunity to celebrate the tremendous work of the last 30 years; foster dialogue about the mission, vision, and values of our organization; and encourage a well-thought-out succession plan for the next generation of leadership.  Let’s get to it!

Please join us as we embrace this new decade of opportunity!

Most sincerely,

Katie Steele Danner

Executive Director


“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