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Presented by Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation

THE GREATER MISSOURI WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS are presented annually by the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation. The awards recognize prominent females in Missouri who exemplify 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.”

2017 Women of the Year

The Board of Directors of Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation is pleased to announce the following recipients as our 2017 Greater Missouri Women of the Year!
Vicki Russell

Vicki Russell

2017 Outstanding Community Leader of the Year

Julie Middleton

Julie Middleton

2017 Outstanding Inspirational Leader of the Year

Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer

Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer

2017 Outstanding Civic Leader of the Year

Karen M. Miller

Karen M. Miller

2017 Outstanding Greater Missouri Leadership Alumna of the Year

Dr. Julie Middleton, 2017 Greater Missouri Leadership Inspirational Leader

Dr. Julie Middleton has worked in a variety of educational roles, most recently as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Dept. of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at MU.  She is co-director and co-producer of the award winning, Emmy-nominated film, “Battle: Change from Within”.  Julie serves numerous boards, including Symphony Society Board, Library Foundation Board, Children’s Grove, Fortnightly, Mizzou Women Give, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Central Missouri Chapter of The Links, Inc.

Dr. Middleton has received the College of Education’s Alumni Citation of Merit Award, the Chancellor’s Tribute to Women Award, NAACP Outstanding Community Service Award, the Columbia Values Diversity Award, and the governor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Award.

Karen M. Miller, 2017 Greater Missouri Leadership Alumna Leader

Karen Miller served 24 years as a Boone County Commissioner.  She was President of the National Association of Counties from 2003-2004.  Karen was named one of the 2008 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers by Government Technology Magazine. She has received the Chamber of Commerce Debin Benish Outstanding Business Woman Award and the Women’s Network ATHENA Award.

Karen Miller is 2011 Alumna of GMLC, and led creation of a Regional Council Model for GMLC. She is committed to helping women excel through networking and connecting, and is known in Boone County for her “Parties with a Purpose”.

Judge Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer, 2017 Greater Missouri Leadership Civic Leader

Judge Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals in 2001, and is the incoming Chief Judge beginning July 2017.

She serves as a volunteer judge for We the People and U of Arkansas Moot Court.  She has served on the Child Advocacy Council, Springfield Children’s Home Board, Greene County Task Force on Parks, moderated People’s Law School, and mentored Springfield Schools WINGS Program.  Judge Rahmeyer has received MO Lawyers Weekly Best Appeals Court Judge Award, Women’s Justice Award,  and the SMBA Judicial Excellence Award.

Vicki Russell, 2017 Greater Missouri Leadership Community Leader

Vicki Russell’s career has been in newspaper publishing, effectively managing a major employer and dedicating herself to integrity, service and innovative thinking.  Vicki is widely recognized as an outstanding leader whose talent, energy, leadership, and commitment have had lasting impact on Columbia’s growth and prosperity.

Vicki has served on industry organization boards, was the first woman to serve The Callaway Bank’s corporate board of directors, served as Chamber of Commerce Chair, serves as Stephens College Board of Trustees Chair, and has for decades served organizations, initiatives, boards, and causes throughout Boone County, Missouri.