In mid-November another group of exceptional women leaders joined the ranks of those who have completed the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge. It was wonderful to see this class grow personally and professionally throughout this transformative year. Another amazing piece of the Challenge year is seeing the friendships and support systems that develop. Providing a space of personal growth for women leaders is a pillar of our premiere program. Congratulations Class of 2023! We can’t wait to see what you do next.

Following is an outline of the Session IV agenda.

Day One Session Theme: Discover St. Louis – Fresh Insights & Perspectives from Area Experts & Leaders  

Welcome, Reintroduction Following September Session in North Missouri  & Lessons on Leadership Katie Steele Danner, Executive Director, GMLF, Class of 1993  

Bringing St. Louis Business Together to Achieve a More Prosperous Region for All, Margaret Onken, Chief Engagement Officer, Greater St. Louis, Inc.             

Growing Globally Panel Discussion featuring: 
Emily Lohse-Busch, Executive Director, 39 North AgTech Innovation District  
Justin Raymundo, Director – Regional Workforce Strategy, BioSTL
Andy Dearing, President of Spatial STL Advisors & lead for GeoFutures Initiative, a regional initiative under Greater St. Louis, Inc.
Isabel Acevedo, Manager, Community Innovation, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Class of 2023

Regional Prosperity Through Immigration and Innovation, Suzanne Sierra, Assistant Director, St. Louis Mosaic Project of the World Trade Center St. Louis & the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership 

Danforth Center Tour facilitated by Isabel Acevedo, Class of 2023  

Bridging the Urban/Rural DivideDr. Kristine Callis-Duehl, The Sally and Derick Driemeyer Executive Director of Education, Principal Investigator, Danforth Center; Amy Funk, Director, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition Innovation Center; and Ruth Kaggwa, PhD, Danforth Center STEM Education & Outreach Manager 

Tours of Bayer Crop Science R&D Chesterfield Facility 

Bayer Business Resource Groups Panel Discussion & Tabletop Information Conversations

Welcome & Introduction to Bayer Leadership Panel; Health for All; Hunger for None
Facilitator – Cheryl Stuckmeyer, Head of Supply Chain Management Veg Seeds, GMLC Class of 2016, Board of Directors, GMLF 
Amanda McClerren, currently head of Crop Science R&D Digital Transformation & Information Technology at Bayer, will take over as company’s CIO, Crop Science, in January, 2024, GMLC Class of 2017
Kara Isaak, Global Soybean New Business Development Manager, GMLC Class of 2021
Inci Dannenberg, President of Global Vegetable Seeds, GMLC Class of 2019 
Dwight Battle, Bayer Oncology, Executive Sales Consultant

Day Two Morning Session Theme: Next Gen in St. Louis  

Presentation of America’s Center Next Gen followed by walking VIP tour of the America’s Center Convention Complex following their $240 million expansion and facelift. Tour led by Kitty Ratcliffe, President Explore St. Louis 

Charting the Path Forward featuring Kitty Ratcliffe, President Explore St. Louis and Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of the St. Louis Airport  

Tour & Introduction to Delmar Divine Innovation + Collaboration = Transformation – Featuring a surprise keynote and VIP tour by Maxine Clark, 2015 GMLF Woman of the Year Recipient and Founder of Delmar Divine; Founder and former CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop

Introduction to Solar Carport: Chuck Roberts, Project Manager, Ameren Missouri
Introduction to EV Charge Ahead Program and Charging Station at Delmar: Sacoyya Davis; Program Supervisor, Efficient Electrification, Ameren Missouri 

Day Two Afternoon Session Theme: How Ameren is Leading the Way to a Sustainable Energy Future  

Welcome & Ameren Overview, Mark C. Birk, Ameren Missouri Chairman and President followed by Ajay Arora, Ameren Missouri Senior VP & Chief Renewable Development Officer 

Immersive Tours of Two Critical Aspects of Ameren Powering the Quality of LifeTrade Floor Tour & Electric Vehicle Showcase

Keynote Presentation by Gwen Mizell, Senior VP, Chief Sustainability & Diversity Officer, Ameren

Panel Discussion – Perspectives on Leadership, Sustainability & Real Life
Moderator Gaye Suggett, Manager, Regulatory Affairs, GMLC Class of 2013, GMLF Board Member
Tara Oglesby, Vice President, Economic, Community & Business Development, GMLC Class of 2008  
Carol Wuerffel, Vice President of Tax 
Jennifer Wischnowsky, Senior Director, Data, Analytics & Transformation, Ameren Corporation, GMLC Class of 2021 
Julie Tiemann, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives & Operations Support, GMLC Class of 2021 
Kisha Hines, Director Sustainability & Entergy Equity, GMLC Class of 2024 

Day 3 Theme: Innovating, Leading, Cultivating

Boeing Global Business & PerspectivesBoeing VIP Immersive Tours and Simulation Flights

Panel Discussion:  Global Perspective – Boeing
Moderator: Paris Forest, Sr. Director of Corporate Functions & Systems
James Dewees, VP, Manufacturing and Safety, Air Dominance
Rozlyn Chambliss, Production Engineering Manager
Tarajee Spencer, Project Management Specialist 

 Graduation Ceremony