February 2019
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.
National Love Your Pet Day is coming up on February 20th, but we couldn't wait to begin celebrating with some mood-boosting pets! Take a browse through some of our members' and follower's furry loved ones; browse the entire gallery here!

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.
February Luncheon
Feb. 21, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
PeachTree Catering (120 E. Nifong Blvd)

Eat Dessert First- How to Resign from the Overwhelm and Stress and Focus on What Really Matters
Kim Becking - Momentum Mindset

Please pre-register if you plan to attend! We are expecting a full house and may not be able to accommodate walk-ins!
 Program Outcomes:
You will leave knowing:
  • Key techniques and simple mindset shifts you can use to reduce stress, burnout and overwhelm and boost your resilience
  • How to put yourself first, set boundaries, say NO without guilt, prioritize, and delegate more effectively 
  • Proven strategies to maintain a positive attitude, maximize your energy, create more focus, and become more present, productive, engaged and connected
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March Luncheon
March 21, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
PeachTree Catering (120 E. Nifong Blvd)

International Women's Month Panel:
Women on Boards

With the Fortune 500’s record appointment of women to boards in 2017, and the City of Columbia’s commitment to increasing the female presence on boards throughout Columbia, discussing women’s involvement on boards has never been more timely. Women’s Network will ring in International Women’s Month with a panel of esteemed women-professionals who will impart words of wisdom on getting involved in boards.

The panel will be moderated by Kellie Ann Coats, Executive Director of the Missouri Women’s Council.

Panelists will include:
Kathy Cowan-Smith, Vice President, OTSCON, Inc.
Stayce Smith, Director of Human Resources, Shelter Insurance Companies-Main Office
Karen M. Miller, former District I Commissioner, Boone County Government
Danielle Harrison, AVP Wealth Advisor, Landmark Bank
Janet Thompson, Boone County District II Commissioner, Boone County Government
Kat Cunningham, President, Moresource, Inc.
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Women's Network Keynote at Showcase CoMo
Tickets going on sale soon!

Women's Network Members will have priority purchasing options for our annual Women's Network Seminar at Showcase CoMo! The seminar will include: a keynote presentation with national speaker, and best-selling author, Tracy Spears; lunch; and a limited-seating breakout session with Tracy following lunch. Tickets will open to WN members directly following the February Luncheon.

You won't want to miss this!

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!

Carrie D. Francke Scholarship Opens Soon!

The Carrie D. Francke Scholarship will open on March 1st and will be open to Each year, Women’s Network provides a $1,000 scholarship in memory of Carrie D. Francke. Carrie was ambitious, completing a political science degree at MU in three years, followed by earning journalism and law degrees. She served as Senator John Danforth’s press secretary, as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri, and on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. She died in a tragic car accident in 1989 at the age of 34. Carrie served on the Women’s Network Steering Committee.

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Upcoming Committee Meetings

Membership Development | Thursday, February 14 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Leadership Development Roundtable | Wednesday, February 27 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Changing the Odds| Thursday, February 28 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Special Events| Wednesday, March 6 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Steering| Thursday, March 7 | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Co-Chairs| Thursday, March 7 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Marketing Communications | Monday, March 11 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Monthly Program | Wednesday, March 13 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Membership Development | Thursday, March 14 | 12 - 1 p.m.
*denotes meeting date outside of normal committee schedule
February Leadership Development Roundtable

Lead by Valerie Zumwalt, Show Me Leaders
February 27, 2019
12 - 1 p.m.
The Walton Building (300 S. Providence)

Join in a discussion led by a local leadership expert who will share ideas on how you can hone your leadership skills.
Women's Network Leadership Positions Opening Soon!
Are you interested in applying for a leadership position within Women's Network!? Your chance is coming up soon. March 1st, we will have seven Co-Chair's positions open for our seven working committees, as well as five Steering Committee positions open. Keep your eye open for the application; in the meantime learn more and browse committees
Interested in a leadership position and want to discuss further? Let us know below!
I'm interested in being a Co-Chair
I'm interested in Steering Committee
I'm not sure which, I just know I want to lead!
Gearing Up For ATHENA
The Special Events Committee spends nearly six months each year gearing up for our annual ATHENA International Awards Banquet. Women's Network has been presenting this prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award for 25 years now, as a way to honor individuals who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and forge paths of leadership for other women to follow. This is a night of celebration as we unveil and recognize our recipients, a night of reflection as we look back at the legacy of ATHENA in Columbia and world-wide, and a night of new connections.

Join us at the 25th Annual Women's Network ATHENA International Awards Banquet on May 2, 2019 at Stephens College.

Welcome New Members

Verna Laboy | Columbia/Boone Co Public Health & Human Services
Shreya Mukerji | City of Columbia
Tana Benner | Benner Law LLC
Taylor Knipp | Wilkerson & Reynolds Wealth Management
Emily Ahlers | Columbia Country Club
Dakota Owens | Holiday Inn Executive Center
Kim Chick | City of Columbia
Kimberly Hedges | University of Missouri
Amy Parris | Boone County Family Resources
Bryana Larimer | Missouri Training Institute
Raven Birk | The District
Kait Hill | Rock City Digital
Kelsey Lyman | Columbia Marketing Group
Leah Patrick | Columbia Marketing Group
Member Profile
Teri Weis, Holiday Inn Executive Center
Teri is conquering the world as the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. If you know Teri, you know that her authenticity stems from being confident in who she is and truly loving and caring for those around her! We hope this fun Q&A helps you get to know Teri a little bit better!  

What are some things that bring you joy? 
I find there are things that give me pleasure and that I find fun such as traveling, reading, shopping, going to garage sales, spending time with family, quiet time at home, etc… But, I guess I see having true joy as something different and for me, it’s an attitude of the heart that stems from my faith. Life is full of so many good things, as well as hardships at times, and I feel that true joy doesn’t come and go with those situations... Read More
Professional Development Resource
It’s easy to feel discouraged if you’ve been working on a project or personal goal for a long, long time and  haven’t seen significant results . After consistently putting in hours of work, it’s unclear if your efforts will ever pay off. Not Making Progress? Why You Shouldn't Give Up Just Yet
Member Milestones and Celebrations

Congratulations to Fran Muench on her new position with Grade A Plus Incorporated !

Congratulations to Rebecca Young with Dant Allison : Allstate Insurance, one her recent marriage!

If you have any milestones or celebrations to include next month, please send them to
Sara Humm at sara.humm@como.gov.
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
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