Upon graduation we ask our cohort members to share a bit about their experience over the last year. Below are a few testimonials about what being a “Greater Missouri” woman is all about:

GMLF is much more than a group of women that get together to socialize and network. While it is those things, and we have a lot of fun at that, it has truly become a source of strength in my day-to-day life. The women I have met through this organization have re-energized me to want to be a better me in every facet of me – as an employee, as a mom, as a friend, and as a member of my community. I want to do better, and I actually believe I can do more to effect change. I am so proud to be part of this group of esteemed women leaders.

GMLC taught me that you don’t have to be a “woo’er” to be a leader.  I have held myself back in the past because I didn’t think I had the right personality for leadership without giving myself credit for the strengths that I do possess. This experience has changed my view of leadership and of my own responsibility to be a leader.  The women I shared this experience with were amazing,  there was no competition or judgment, just free and genuine encouragement to explore, learn and grow together.  I will be forever grateful to have had this experience and am excited to push myself forward using the knowledge and confidence gained through GMLC. Thank you GMLC!

I am so blessed to have participated in this amazing experience!

This experience and past year has made a profound impact on me traveling across the state with so many insightful and dedicated women. This is an experience I never could have had outside of GMLC Class of 2022 and I will cherish the memories. But more importantly, it has shaped me into a better whole person!

With a focus on inclusive economic development and recovery, I cannot say enough about the quality of this program and it’s leaders. Our 2022 class ended an incredible year touring urban and rural communities, learning about public-private partnerships; we heard from executive panels sharing visions for their companies, best practices from women in leadership, and the impact that policy decisions have on systems change. We had unique behind the scenes tours at every session and learned about challenges and opportunities in all diverse industries from large corporations to unique solopreneurs. Missouri is leading the way in unexpected ways. Uncommon partnerships have proven we can rise to the occasion of workforce development and support economic growth for our families.