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: Vision Boarding

Chair Krista Kippenberger shares some tips on setting goals and dreaming big with the help of vision boarding. 

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 Professional Development Luncheon
September 19 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | PeachTree Catering
Steps to Diversity & Inclusion

Its not too late! Join us at the luncheon tomorrow; meet new people, partake in interactive questions at your tables and learn about Women's Network's DNI efforts. We hope that attendees will walk away with new insight and steps that they can take to be more conscious of diversity and inclusion efforts in our organizations and community.
Welcome Sponsor
Christian Chapel Academy
Fall Mixer
October 2 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Dave Griggs Flooring America
Not Your Average Mixer

Our annual Fall Mixer will be much more than drinks and appetizers this year! Keeping with Chair Krista Kippenberger's vision for the year, we will be creating a vision for our BEST yes. Grab a drink, meet someone new and visit one of our vision boarding stations to bring your goals and aspirations to life. Visualize what your BEST yes looks like with us at this fun and interactive mixer. 

$10 | Open to Women's Network members.
Gold Sponsor & Location Sponsor Dave Griggs Flooring America; Food Sponsor Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business; Beverage Sponsor N.H. Scheppers Distributing Company; Door Prize Sponsors Les Bourgeois Vineyards, Serenity Valley Winery 
New Member Welcome
October 10 | 4 - 5:30 p.m. | The Walton Building

Membership Development is excited to shake up the New Member Welcomes this year with different meeting times in hopes to accommodate even more schedules! Our first New Member Welcome of the year will take place over happy hour. If you're a new member of Women's Network in the past 6 months, join us to learn more about committees, scholarships, events and simply how to get the most out of your membership. Meet other new and established members of Women's Network while enjoying snacks provided by Fuzzy Tacos.

Free to New Members in the past 6 months
$5 for everyone else
Presenting Sponsor State Farm Insurance- Stephanie Wilmsmeyer; Food Sponsor Fuzzy Tacos; Gold Sponsor Johnston Paint & Decorating, Central Missouri Auto Body, New Member Gift Sponsor White Dog Promotions
October Professional Development Luncheon
October 17 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | PeachTree Catering
Career Advice You Didn't Get
There’s always that career advice you can count on: find a great mentor, know your strengths, never stop learning… but what about the career advice people never give you? Debbie Dewie, President of American Water will be joining us at the October Professional Development Luncheon to fill in the gaps. With more than 30 years of leadership experience, including positions in both small business and corporations, she has the out-of-the-box tips and tricks that you won’t always find in a professional development book, your favorite podcast or fortune cookie at lunch. 
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November Professional Development Luncheon
November 21 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | PeachTree Catering
5 Elements of Well Being
There’s always that career advice you can count on: find a great mentor, know your strengths, never stop learning… but what about the career advice people never give you? Debbie Dewie, President of American Water will be joining us at the October Professional Development Luncheon to fill in the gaps. With more than 30 years of leadership experience, including positions in both small business and corporations, she has the out-of-the-box tips and tricks that you won’t always find in a professional development book, your favorite podcast or fortune cookie at lunch. You'll want to be in the audience for this one!
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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.

Ron Marley Scholarship

Each year Women’s Network awards a scholarship to the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Columbia program in the name of Ron Marley.

Ron was a Shelter Insurance agent here in Columbia who was very active in the community and the Chamber of Commerce. He truly understood the power of networking and once he discovered what Women’s Network had to offer – he had the courage to become our first male member. Unfortunately, Ron, along with his wife Sharon and three of his four children, were tragically taken from us in a car accident in 1997. In his honor, Women’s Network established a scholarship to fund the tuition to send one Women’s Network member to the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Columbia program.

To apply, simply click the link below, fill out the application and denote interest in the Ron Marley Scholarship in the scholarship section of the application


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Upcoming Committee Meetings

Changing the Odds| Thursday, September 26 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Leadership Development Roundtable | Wednesday, September 25 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Special Events| Wednesday, October 2 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Monthly Program | Wednesday, October 9 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Membership Development | No meeting this month
Marketing Communications | Tuesday, October 15 | 12 - 1 p.m.

All committee meetings are open to WN members and take place at 300 S. Providence Building (unless otherwise noted)
Leadership Development Roundtable
Encouraging Your Best Yes
Krista Kippenberger, Chair of Women's Network
Focus on Health Chiropractic

Date: September 26, 2019
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Walton Building (300 S. Providence)

When we feel good, we're more productive. At this don't-miss LDR, Women's Network President Krista Kippenberger will lead a discussion about our current programming inspiration: "Your Best Yes!" Saying "YES!" all the time won't make us wonder women, but it will make us worn-out women. Let's get in the habit of saying "NO!" to the wrong things so we can say "YES!" to our actual priorities.

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!

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Welcome New Members

Kim March | JobFinders Employment Services
Kimber Dean | Nourish Cafe + Market
Rebecca Knipp | Optimized CFO & Controller Services LLC
Mindilyn Markt | Missouri Employers Mutual
Myia McKenna | McKenna Family Law LLC
Blair Lucas | Columbia Jet Center
Luana Fields | Hawthorn Bank
Jentry Mills | Missouri Vein Care
Michelle Krudsen | Schneider Electric

Professional Development Resource
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The year is winding down, are your employees winding down too? This is a great opportunity to take a look at new ways to excite and drive your employees. Take a look at The Balance Careers 8 ideas on How to Inspire Motivation in the Workplace.

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Member Milestones and Celebrations

Congratulations to Rebecca Young on her new position with Columbia Insurance Group!

If you have any milestones or celebrations to include next month, please send them to
Bethany Schoengarth at [email protected]
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

(573) 874-1132