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

Congratulations Carolyn Chrisman, ’15

  Carolyn Chrisman, GMLC 2015, and GMLF Board President, completed the Senate confirmation process in January 2020 and was appointed to the Missouri Women’s Council, an agency within the Department of Economic Development.  The Council was established in 1985 by the State’s 83rd General Assembly to identify and address issues affecting the economic and employment

February 28, 2020

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Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge Class of 2020

Follow our social media sites as we further introduce you to our 31st Class!  

February 24, 2020

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A Word From Our President

Soon, I will be back at the office full-time after maternity leave and I am feeling strong and ready to go (if just a little sleep deprived).  I truly believe that my time away with our new baby and her sister and brothers gave me the opportunity to reflect and recharge. We’re only a month

February 3, 2020

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Meet Rosalind Cochran, Vice President GMLF Board of Directors

Employer: NeighborWorks America, Lead Analyst of Programs GMLC Year and a best memory:  Class of 2013.  Nellie Symm Gruender was the first person to welcome me in our class. I will never forget her huge personality and even sweeter spirit.  Another best memory was spending a session with the Class of 2014 and thinking how

January 31, 2020

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Meet Carolyn Chrisman, President GMLF Board of Directors

Carolyn Chrisman – President of the Board of Directors and Executive Director of Kirksville REDI, Innovation Center and the Small Business Center in Kirksville, Missouri Email: cchrisman@kirksvillecity.com GMLC Year and a best memory:  GMLC 2015.  Getting to use the Boeing simulator was awesome!  Preparing a meal at Harvesters Food Bank was eye-opening. What is the

January 31, 2020

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Edith Cunnane, Class of 1990

Edith Cunnane, who founded the homeless services organization St. Patrick Center, died Jan. 3. She was 76. In 1983, she worked with the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Catholic Charities of St. Louis and Monsignor Robert Slattery, to found the nonprofit inside what had been St. Patrick School, at Sixth and Biddle streets. She served a

January 31, 2020

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Congratulations Francine Pratt, Class of 2019

Francine Pratt, GMLC 2019, was awarded the 2020 ATHENA International Award by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to a woman, or man, who is honored for attaining professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their achievement of professional excellence and leadership skills. Francine is the

January 31, 2020

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Congratulations Vonda Seckler, Class of 2013

Vonda Seckler, GMLC 2013, recently received the 2019 “Women Influencing Success in Energy” (WISE) Leadership Award given by Ameren.  The award is given to an employee in recognition of their support of the WISE mission which is to empower other employees through education, mentorship, community awareness and networking opportunities.  Vonda is the Manager, Gas Supply

January 31, 2020

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Congratulations Thalia Cherry, Class of 2012

An article was recently written in the Kansas City Star about Thalia Cherry, GMLC 2012, and her success in business.  She created Cherry Co., a company that creates stylish sporting gear.  She currently employs 18 people, has clients like: UMKC, Negro League Baseball Museum, Syracuse, Everfy, Baylor, and many other schools. She has created the

January 31, 2020

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Congratulations Cara Owings, ’17 and Jennifer Schenck, ’18!

The Connection Exchange was awarded the 2019 City of Columbia, MO “Woman Owned Business of the Year“.  Co-Owners are Cara Owings, GMLC  2017, and Jennifer Schenck, GMLC 2018.  The Connection Exchange is a community focused lead generation company with a proprietary software application. They connect members of The Connection Exchange to new business owners and

January 31, 2020

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