August 2018
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

BACK to school! Already?!? It really seems like it can’t be time for the kiddo to go back to school. Or maybe you are saying YAY…the kids are going back to school. Of course that means that summer is winding down.

When I think about back to school and the fact that I am a lifelong learner, as I love learning something new. I think about the four stages of learning or competence...

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.
September Luncheon 
September 20, 2018 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
PeachTree Catering (120 E. Nifong Blvd)
The Power of Confidence: Unsolicited Advice
& WN Clothing Drive

Join Dr. Rahhal as she shares her journey from being a Women in STEM to an entrepreneur focused on Diversity and Inclusivity as well as some tips for using confidence to move forward.

Clean out your closets before the luncheon and bring your gently-used, professional clothing with you to donate! All donations will benefit Upscale Resale and the Changing the Odds Fall Seminar participants.

Please pre-register to help ensure accurate account of meals and seats. Online pre-registration is $15 for members and $18 for guests until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. After the pre-registration deadline, attendees can register/pay at the door. Prices will be $18 for members and $21 for guests. We hope to see you there!
Welcome Sponsor

Christian Chapel Academy
October Luncheon
October 18, 2018 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
PeachTree Catering (120 E. Nifong Blvd)

Eye Spy… Through the Eyes of Those We Serve
Terri Tucker

Where do we find our brand? By looking through the eyes of others.Where do we find our differentiation? By looking through the eyes of others. Where do we find our success? By looking through the eyes of those we serve to find how to emotionally connect. In this 50-minute engaging conversation we will explore the power of seeing what our customers see…and how to learn, apply and grow based on that vision. We will understand how differentiation matters and how stories are created and shared about our experiences and our offerings. Be prepared to think and share, learn and plan to apply. This will not be a “sit and get” presentation but, rather, a large conversation about thinking and doing.

Please pre-register to help ensure accurate account of meals and seats. Online pre-registration is $15 for members and $18 for guests until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. After the pre-registration deadline, attendees can register/pay at the door. Prices will be $18 for members and $21 for guests. We hope to see you there!
Welcome Sponsor

August Luncheon

The Monthly Programming committee was determined to help attendees get out of their comfort zone at the August luncheon, and succeeded! Attendees had assigned seats, nearly guaranteeing that they would meet someone new, and played Women's Network Bingo ensuring they would meet and exchange business cards with at least eight new individuals in the room!

Women's Network also celebrated its new and improved website with a ribbon cutting by the Chamber Ambassadors. It was a great luncheon with lots of smiles, energy, and laughs.
Welcome Sponsor
RE/MAX Boone Realty - Donna Neil
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!
Greater Missouri Leadership Scholarship Challenge

Each year Women’s Network awards two of our members with Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge scholarships. Challenge participants are from throughout Missouri and, like Women’s Network members, they are passionate about life, are committed to their careers, families, and communities. They are energetic and engaged, friendly, successful, willing to step out of their comfort zones, and approachable.
The Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge meets four times a year in different cities, for three days at a time, with interesting behind-the-scenes learning experiences in each location.
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Upcoming Committee Meetings

Leadership Development Roundtable | Wednesday, August 22 | 12 - 1 p.m.

Changing the Odds | Thursday, July 26 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Special Events | Wednesday, September 5 | 12 - 1 p.m.

Steering Committee | Thursday, September 6 | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Co-Chair's Committee | Thursday, September 6 | 12 - 1 p.m.

Marketing & Communications | Monday, September 10 | 12 - 1 p.m.

Monthly Program | Wednesday, September 12 | 12 - 1 p.m.

Membership Development | Thursday, September 13 | 12 - 1 p.m.
New Member Welcome 1
The Membership Committee welcomed 30 of our new and prospective members to its New Member Welcome in August. If you see one of these faces at an event, introduce yourself and give them a warm welcome to WN!
August Leadership Development Roundtable

August 22, 2018 | 12 - 1 p.m.
The Walton Building (300 S. Providence)

Topic: Diversity
Discussion Leaders: Nikki McGruder, Inclusive Impact Institute

Leadership Development Roundtable is a discussion forum for both members and non-members of Women's Network. Each month focuses on a different discussion topic, led by a professional in our community. They are free to attend and a great tool for professional and personal development, and networking!
Committee Feature
Changing the Odds

While all of Women's Network's committees have big hearts, if you're looking for some of the biggest hearts of WN, Changing the Odds is your committee. They are the philanthropic arm of Women's Network focused on aiding women in the community. They put on two seminars a year geared toward providing resources to women who have been removed, or are interested in joining the workplace. The leadership works diligently to pair with fellow non-profits across Columbia to maximize their reach. An average of ten committee members sit around the room with their name tags in front of them every month ready to contribute and lend a hand in any way needed. While their organizations may differ, they each have three things in common: they love Women's Network, they love their community, and they are dedicated to give every woman in Columbia a chance at success.

If you share these interests, are a Women's Network member and are looking for a committee to join, swing by on the fourth Thursday of the month, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Chamber and prepare to be welcomed with open arms!
Check out what's going on with our members!
Welcome New Members

Bevin Gunn | Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Heather Brown | Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital
Rebecca Shearouse | Parkade Center
Danielle Burrow |
Karen Brammer | University of Missouri
Alissa Riegler | Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri
Rachel Verslues | Primaris

Member Profile
Keith Duncan, 13KRCG/CBS

We get asked all the time, "Can men join Women's Network?". Keith is here to tell you- YES! Women's Network loves having men join us in our ranks. Past-Chair Michele Batye will even answer the question "the smart ones do!". We're excited to shine some light on new member Keith Duncan. Take a read below and make sure and connect with him at the next luncheon!

Title: I’m a Marketing Consultant; I develop marketing strategies for businesses based on their goals, challenges, and opportunities, while utilizing the many digital and broadcast resources offered through our company. 

Workplace/Employer: I’m proud to work for Sinclair Broadcast Group, locally 13KRCG/CBS.  

Hometown: I’m from small town USA—Paris, MO.  

3 words people use to describe you: Charismatic. Witty. Capable. 
Non-Profit Spotlight
By the Changing the Odds Committee

Love In The Name of Christ of Columbia
What is your organization’s mission? 
We provide a coordinated network of care and resources for our neighbors in need to help them move out of poverty.

What has your organization done that you’re most proud of?
We have helped struggling individuals and families learn financial management skills that have improved their financial situations. 

What are some ways that individuals can get involved?
Individuals can become a financial coach in the Extra Mile Money Management program. This involves meeting for an hour once a week for 16 weeks to coach the person through the program... Read More

Professional Development

Take your networking to the next level with these 11 Steps to Networking Like a Boss from . We hope these add to the knowledge you gained at the luncheon this month!
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Member Milestones and Celebrations

Congratulations to Stephanie Smith with The Columbia Mall on her upcoming ten-year work anniversary!

Congratulations to Bethany Rawlings on her promotion to Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Alternative Community Training (ACT) !

Congratulations to all of Women's Network's moms and dads that have sent their kids off to school for the first time this month! We know it must have been an exciting and emotional time. Sending love to all of you!

If you have any milestones or celebrations to include next month, please send them to
Sara Humm at
Women's Network
a Division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce

300 S Providence Rd
Columbia, MO 65203

(573) 874-1132