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Presented by Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation

THE GREATER MISSOURI WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD is presented annually by the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation. The award recognizes a prominent female in Missouri who exemplifies the definition of the Greater Missouri Woman…
“A Greater Missouri Woman is recognized as accomplished in her field of endeavor. The maturity and professionalism realized by reaching her level of success are demonstrated by her leadership, civic contributions and ability to inspire and support others.”

2019 Woman of the Year

The Board of Directors of Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation is pleased to announce the following recipient as our 2019 Greater Missouri Woman of the Year!
Woman of the Year Luncheon
May 22, 2019 at 11:30am
Grand Street Café, 2740 Grand Ave, Kansas City, MO 64112
To reserve your spot, email Jan at
Jean Peters Baker Honored as 2019 Woman of the Year

Jean Peters Baker Honored as 2019 Woman of the Year


­­­­­Jean Peters Baker has cemented a reputation during her tenure as Jackson County’s elected prosecutor as a  fearless and compassionate advocate for the victims of crime, especially the young and most vulnerable, and a champion of working with police and community leaders to confront the complex problem of violence.

Baker was appointed prosecutor in May 2011 and elected to the position in November 2012. She is only the second woman elected to lead the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office; the first, now-U.S. Sen. Claire MacAskill, hired Baker as a young assistant prosecutor. Baker has since served in nearly every unit of the office. She is widely recognized as being unafraid of tackling difficult cases. In 2011, Baker prosecuted the bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph for failing to report potential abuse of children by a priest.

Baker’s focus as prosecutor has been to make Jackson County a safer and better place to live, work and raise a family. Baker has set as an office goal to more closely connect the prosecutor’s office to the community and more smartly address and reduce crime, especially violent crime. Baker initiated a new violence reduction effort that now is known as the Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA), led by Baker, Mayor Sly James, Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte’ and U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson. KC NoVA in 2014 was able to help the community reduce homicides in Kansas City to the lowest level in four decades.