Women's Network is a Division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce
The mission of Women's Network is to connect, empower and engage members through leadership development, educational opportunities and innovative outreach.
Chair's Corner: Year of Best Yes
2019-2020 Chair, Krista Kippenberger shares her hopes and goals for Women's Network members this year via a fun video!

Upcoming Events

Women's Network events are a great way to challenge your comfort zone, meet new people, and get the most out of your WN membership. Make a point to attend one of our upcoming events this month! Visit our website for all events.
July Professional Development Luncheon
July 18 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Peachtree Catering
Everyone negotiates, or SHOULD negotiate. However, the reality is that women negotiate less than men, with 68% of women accepting the salary they were offered with little to no negotiation (according to Forbes Coaches Council). This luncheon is an investment in you as a professional. Join us to learn about the do's, don'ts and scary parts of negotiating! Your future (or current) salary and/or benefits will thank you!

The Women's Network Monthly Program committee is committed to continuing to provide valuable and high-level professional development experiences for our attendees. In order to continue to meet the expectation and level of experience that our attendees crave and deserve, Women's Network has moved forward with a small price increase (our first one in over five years). 

$20 for WN members
$25 for non-members

Professional Development Luncheon Tips:
  • Arrive a bit early to give extra time for networking
  • ​Registration opens at 11:20 a.m.
  • Program begins at 11:45 a.m.
  • Bring your business cards!
  • Sit with someone new and introduce yourself to your table mates
  • Introduce yourself to a Women’s Network leader; they will often have a stanchion that says “ask me about Women’s Network” 
Walk-ins available at the door: $25
August Professional Development Luncheon
July 18 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Peachtree Catering
Join us for a luncheon completely dedicated to making sure you meet someone new! The Monthly Program committee gets requests each month for luncheons focused on networking; they are excited to give the attendees a fun networking environment designed to help get people out of their shell and connect with other people, organizations and Women's Network Members.
Presented by:
Welcome Sponsor:
Junior Achievement

Scholarships and Awards

Women's Network offers a number of scholarships and awards to its members. Scholarship and award nomination windows vary; for a complete list of scholarships and awards, visit the Scholarships and Awards page of our website!
Women's Network offers Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge Scholarship

The Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge is a state-wide program that meets for four, three-day sessions throughout the state providing leadership development, information and major discussions of state policy issues and areas addressing critical issues facing Missouri. The scholarship is open to Women's Network members and covers tuition, travel and trip accommodations.

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Upcoming Committee Meetings

Leadership Development Roundtable | Wednesday, July 24 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Changing the Odds| Thursday, July 31 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Special Events| Wednesday, August 7 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Membership Development | Thursday, August 8 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Marketing Communications | Monday, August 12 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Monthly Program | Wednesday, August 14 | 12 - 1 p.m.

All committee meetings are open to WN members and take place at 300 S. Providence Building (unless otherwise noted)
Women's Network Mentor Program
Have you applied for the mentor program yet!? What are you waiting for?

Who should apply? Any Women's Network member who is looking to make new connections, set/work towards professional goals and expand their network in Columbia.

What does it entail? Mentees are paired with a mentor, an established professional in the community. Mentee and mentor pairs meet once a month and work towards mutually set goals. Mentees are paired with individuals that are best equipped to help them meet their goals.

What do people say about the Mentor Program? Past mentee, Katie Fleming Cunningham, touts the professional advice she received from her mentor and the strong connection she has made with a professional in the community that might not have been possible outside of the program. She loved that her and her mentor worked together to set attainable goals each meeting, and appreciated the additional connections she made through contacts of her mentor.
Membership Development Committee is shaking things up!
Learn some great networking tricks and how to make the most of networking opportunities within Women's Network. Membership Development is focusing on developing you as a member. They will feature a new topic each month designed to help you navigate and take advantage of all that is offered through WN.

Open to both new and established members -- join us at the first meeting!
Date: August 8, 2019
Focus: Navigating Networking
Time & Location: 12 - 1 p.m. at the Walton Building (300 S. Providence Rd)
Leadership Development Roundtable
Empowering Employees through Events

Date: July 24, 2019
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Walton Building (300 S. Providence

Events sponsored by your company or organization encourage employee growth, development, and bonding outside of the office. At this LDR we’ll share and discover the best local venues for group events on any budget. Whether you’ve planned a successful group event in the past or are looking for some fresh ideas, this is a discussion you won’t want to miss! Featuring Jackie Reeder, Operations Manager of SuretyBonds.com, and Julie Rinehart, Employee Development Specialist at Columbia Insurance Group.

LDR’s are great, free professional development opportunities lead by esteemed professionals in Columbia. Discussions are free to attend and are open to members and non-members. Bring your lunch and join in on the conversation, or sit back and take it all in!
Welcome New Members

Wende Wagner | University Concert Series

Stacey Cole | Joe Machens Dealerships

WN Members attend Women in Leadership Conference
Women's Network served as the Supporting Sponsor for the Missouri Chamber's Women in Leadership conference where they hear speakers present on the wage gap, negotiating and a few panels full of strong female leaders across our state!
Steering and Co-Chairs kick off the program year
The Steering and Co-Chair Committee met on Monday for a half-day retreat focused on goal setting for the new program year. They welcomed Stephanie Wilmsmeyer, State Farm Agent, who led an interactive vision board session, learned about the history of Women's Network and got to know the fellow leaders in their committees. Check out the final product of their join vision-board session below!

A HUGE thank you to our location and food sponsor, Holiday Inn East of Columbia! They always take such wonderful care of us, and this year was no different.
Investing in Your Professional Development
Whether its a Women's Network Professional Development Luncheon, or one of the many opportunities in Columbia that help develop professionals, it can some times be difficult to understand who should be investing in your professional development: you or your employer? If you're looking to gain financial support from your employer, we're here to help you help them understand the value! Here are some talking points to help direct your conversations:

  • Networking opportunities allow you to meet new people both inside and outside your field. The people you meet could be potential new clients, colleagues, mentors, professional contacts or even a new employee for your company. 
  • Networking and professional development opportunities give you the chance to be more active and engaged in our community. 
  • Women’s Network offers professional development opportunities that many organizations don’t have the capacity to provide.
  • The Women’s Network mentoring program can help you grow both personally and professionally.
  • The opportunity to apply for scholarships can expand your reach and involvement even more with experiences like the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge, the Leadership Columbia program, the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Visit and more.
Professional Development Resource

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Co-Chair Sara Humm Chats All Things WN

Sara Humm, Public Communications Specialist for the City of Columbia (and co-chair of our Monthly Program Committee) joined Director of Marketing and Communications for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Brad Johnson, to discuss the upcoming...

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Member Milestones and Celebrations

Congratulations to Suzanne Rothwell , on her promotion to Vice President of Advancement with Columbia College!

If you have any milestones or celebrations to include next month, please send them to
Bethany Schoengarth at Bethany@columbiamarketinggroup.com
Your newsletter contributors include:

Bethany Schoengarth , Co-Chair (Marketing Committee), Columbia Marketing Group
Justina Dial , Co-Chair (Marketing Committee), Central Bank of Boone County
Laura Kogut , Steering Liaison (Marketing Committee), Landmark Bank
Teresa Snow , Steering Liaison (Marketing Committee), MU Health Care
Sara Humm , Co-Chair (Monthly Program Committee), City of Columbia
Elizabeth Stephens , The Columbia Missourian
Justina Dial , Central Bank of Boone County
Audrey Sharp, Veterans United
Brandi Spurling , Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Women's Network
a Division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce

300 S Providence Rd
Columbia, MO 65203

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