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.
Making Moments Magic

When I heard that the theme of our last luncheon of the year would be “A Year of Magic Moments,” it immediately resonated with me. I quickly recalled so many moments that were magical to my family and me. I have been blessed to give birth to my beautiful baby girl, Halo, and one of my best friends beat breast cancer and is now expecting. I’ve had the opportunity to serve as Chair of this wonderful organization and lastly, to our surprise, we were the grand prize winners of a nationwide sweepstakes and won a car. Yes, a car! It’s easy to recall these grand and profound moments, but when I stop to think about what makes a moment magical it is how that moment actually impacts the individual. The definition of a magical moment is a special event that you experience in your life. This could be simple or heroic, but what ultimately matters is that special feeling you experience. Read more

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.
Women in Leadership Conference
JULY 12, 2019 | 8:30AM-3:30PM | Columbia, MO
Women's Network is proud to be a supporting sponsor of the Missouri State Chamber's Women in Leadership Conference. The conference will welcome women leaders across the state to educate attendees on everything from negotiating salary to discussing pay equity, and will feature a panel of women leaders exploring the breaking barriers as women. Don't miss this opportunity!
July Professional Development Luncheon
July 18 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Peachtree Catering
Join us to brush up on the do’s, don’ts, scary and confusing parts of negotiating at the July Luncheon! After all, negotiating is difficult; if it were easy, everyone would not only do it but would do it well. According to Forbes Coaches Council, in 2017 women negotiated less than their male counterparts, with 68% of women accepting the salary they were offered with little to no negotiation. In this luncheon, long-time HR professional and current business professor, Dr. Tina Olsen gives us key insights and tips on negotiating. She will walk attendees through how to start the conversation, expand the idea of negotiation past money, and will leave attendees feeling more comfortable next time they’re faced with a negotiation situation. 

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” 
XWN Mixer
Thursday, June 27
4-6 p.m. | Serenity Valley Winery

Calling all Experience Women's Network (XWN) Graduates! Join us for the 2019 XWN Mixer! All past and current graduates of the Women's Network XWN program are invited to attend. Join us for refreshments, light appetizers and great networking. Help us congratulate the graduates of the XWN Class of 2019!

Please register online by Tuesday, June 25 to help us with accommodations.

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!
Leadership Visit Scholarship Open
Tuscaloosa, AL

Women’s Network provides a yearly scholarship to one Women’s Network Member to attend the annual Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Visit. The scholarship covers the entire registration fee which covers travel, lodging, transportation and group meals.

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Upcoming Committee Meetings

Leadership Development Roundtable | Wednesday, June 26 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Changing the Odds| Thursday, June 27 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Special Events| Wednesday, July 3 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Marketing Communications | Monday, July 8 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Monthly Program | Wednesday, July 10 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Membership Development | Thursday, July 11 | 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
Women's Network Mentor Program will begin accepting applications for mentors and mentees beginning June 1! The Mentor Program coordinates pairings of individuals and facilitates mentor-mentee relationships throughout the 9 months of the program. Pairings are asked to meet monthly, supplied with resources from the Mentoring Committee leadership, and attend two meetings (a kick off meeting and a check in meeting). This program is great for any individual looking to give their expertise or guidance to another, or individuals looking to create connection in the community.
Membership Development Committee Shaking Things Up!
The Membership Development Committee is re-imagining its layout to help provide a new resource to both new and established members of Women’s Network. With a new focus on developing you as a member, Membership Development will feature a different conversation topic each month to help educate members on all aspects of Women’s Network. Some topics include: understanding scholarships, awards and how to apply for them; networking 101 and how to navigate networking opportunities within WN; the opportunity to learn more about Experience Women’s Network (XWN) with the support to create a clear path to graduate; and more!

Open to both new and established members -- join us at the first meeting!

Date: July 11, 2019
Focus: Scholarships, Awards & Communication
Time & Location: 12 - 1 p.m. at the Walton Building (300 S. Providence Rd)
Leadership Development Roundtable
Leadership Development Roundtable will be planning its 2019-2020 program year on Wednesday, June 26 at the Chamber. If you are interested in taking part in the planning, register below.
Margaritas & Mutts at Macadoodles
Attendees enjoyed their Spring Mixer last month where we welcomed the Central Missouri Humane Society and some of their tenants for attendees to meet and love on.

Location sponsor and beverage sponsor: Macadoodles
Door Prize Sponsor: Serenity Valley Winery
Welcome New Members

Sherry Baker | Orange Theory Fitness
Krista Guthrie | Lenoir Woods
Allie Wilson | Wilkerson & Reynolds Wealth Management
Monique Jones | Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri
Joanie Maines | Landmark Bank
Alyssa Larson | Landmark Bank
Lauren Haslag | Landmark Bank
Amber Goodwin | Nutrishop
Beth Mayberry | Cayce Dermatology Clinic & Medical Spa
Lacie Wright | Holiday Inn Executive Center

Professional Development Resource
In preparation for our July Luncheon, we want to hear your questions, concerns and fears around NEGOTIATING!

Member Milestones and Celebrations

Congratulations to Sara Riegel , on her new position with Columbia Mall!

Congratulations to scholarship recipients, Bethany Schoengarth , Columbia Marketing Group, and Sherry Major , Missouri Women's Business Center on their graduation from the 2019 Leadership Columbia Class!

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:

Sara Humm , Co-Chair (Marketing Committee), City of Columbia
Bethany Schoengarth , Co-Chair (Marketing Committee), Columbia Marketing Group
Laura Kogut , Steering Liaison (Marketing Committee), Landmark Bank
Teresa Snow , Steering Liaison (Marketing Committee), MU Health Care
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

(573) 874-1132