Dear Greater Missouri Alumnae –

Jan Grossmann
New Executive Director


You may have heard by now of my resignation from the position of Executive Director of the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation.   As you can imagine, this decision was very difficult for me, but I received an offer that, in my opinion, only comes around once in one’s lifetime.

As a licensed architect in Missouri and New York, I found myself missing the opportunity to make a difference through my work in the design and construction industry. Recently, I accepted a position as Architect / Principal with Beardsley Design Associates / Architecture, Engineering, & Landscape Architecture, a full service firm in Auburn, New York. The firm of 70 people was founded in 1898 and serves commercial clients through a multi-disciplined team of professionals.

It is with great enthusiasm that I report that the board has selected an amazing and incredibly talented Greater Missouri alumna, Class of 2008, as your next Executive Director.

She was most recently employed as an agent with AAA Insurance in Columbia.  In the years immediately prior to her position with AAA, Jan served as Executive Director of the Boone Hospital Foundations where she oversaw all of the fundraising and allocations for two foundations and led changes to build an active, successful organization with assets of more than $8.7 million.Jan Grossmann has a 30+ year background in business development and business management, including leading 15 successful business start-ups.  She has been actively involved as a leader in the Columbia business community for many years, including being a “founding mother” of Women’s Network.  Jan served as the Network’s third president, is past president of the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, and was named “Columbia’s Citizen of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce in 1990. She is a member of the board of directors of Columbia South Rotary, and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Jan is the former owner and publisher of THE ADD SHEET!, a weekly display advertising publication that she managed for 20 years.  Her background includes managing new product development for a seven-bank holding company during its reorganization into one company, working as the change management leader for bank product offerings, their marketing strategies, and employee training processes.  

She earned a Masters in Counseling from the University of Missouri and a B.S. Education from Southeast Missouri State.

This is an exciting opportunity for Greater Missouri – we appreciate your ongoing support and look forward to building on our strong foundation of leadership development for Missouri’s future.  Welcome, Jan!


Shelley Simon

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