December 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.
Chair's Corner: What's Your Word?

Chair Krista Kippenberger with Focus on Health Chiropractic encourages members to consider their Best Yes during this holiday season.

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.
January Professional Development Luncheon
January 16 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | PeachTree Catering & Banquet Center
Join us for the January Professional Development Luncheon on Thursday, January 16. T. J. Sweet will deliver a presentation titled Practice Gratitude: Find Joy. He will share how he started his gratitude journey, then discuss the science of gratitude, the power of gratitude and then lastly, some actions the group could take on a daily basis to live a more grateful life with more joy.
Presented by:
Welcome Sponsor:
McClure Engineering Company
Leadership Development Roundtable wants to hear from you!
If you have someone you'd like to have facilitate the following topics for our upcoming Leadership Development Roundtable discussions, let us know.

All suggested facilitators MUST be a member of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Additionally, if you have suggestions for other topics you'd like to see discussed at future Leadership Development Roundtables, we'd love to hear about them.

Thank you for helping us make Women's Network the best it can be, and for being part of such an incredible community!

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!
ATHENA Nominations Are Open

Its time to nominate an exceptional professional for the ATHENA Leadership Award or ATHENA Young Professional Award.

The ATHENA Leadership Award  is presented to a woman, or man, who is honored for attaining professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their achievement of professional excellence and leadership skills. This year's ATHENA will join the ranks of other incredible professionals in our community, including Columbia's most recent recipient, Jan Grossmann.

The ATHENA Young Professional Award honors emerging leaders 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 serve as a role model for women. And what do we mean by young? We mean any individual that still feels young at heart. An ATHENA Young Professional is an individual that is still in the prime of their career, and who is on a professional trajectory to join the ranks of the ATHENA Leadership Award recipients.

The deadline to nominate someone is January 23, 2020.

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Upcoming Committee Meetings

Changing the Odds| Thursday, January 23 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Leadership Development Roundtable | Wednesday, January 22 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Special Events| Wednesday, January 15 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Monthly Program | Wednesday, January 8 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Membership Development | Thursday, January 9 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Marketing & Communications | Monday, January 13 | 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
Health and Wellness

Date: January 22, 2020
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Walton Building (300 S. Providence)

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!
Membership Development
Next month's topic: All Things Event-y

Date: January 9
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Walton Building (300 S. Providence)

The Membership Development Committee is focused on developing our new and established members. January’s topic will focus on ATHENA and Special Events. The Special Events Committee of Women’s Network hosts many events throughout the year, the biggest one being ATHENA and ATHENA Young Professional. During the meeting, we will discuss what ATHENA is, how to nominate someone, when the event will be held and how you can get involved. The Special Events committee will also have a representative in attendance to talk about all of the upcoming events and answer any questions about their committee. We can’t wait to see you there!
Committee Spotlight
Marketing & Communications

The Marketing & Communications Committee promotes Women’s Network and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce activities and events through media and professional contacts. The committee develops press releases, brochures, a monthly newsletter and responds to requests from various Women’s Network committees to publicize activities and arrange media opportunities. They are always excited to have new members, so if you've been interested in exploring this committee, there's never a bad time to come by!

Marketing & Communications meets on the 2nd Monday of each month from 12 - 1 p.m. at the Walton Building (300 S. Providence Rd.)
Women's Network Holiday Party
The annual Women's Network Holiday Party was held Dec. 5, 2019 at Les Bourgeois Vineyards. Attendees enjoyed food, drinks, networking and putting in bids for silent auction items benefiting Changing the Odds.

Thank you to our sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Veterans United Home Loans; Location, Food & Beverage Sponsor Les Bourgeois Vineyards; Silver Sponsors Servpro of Columbia and Tigers Community Credit Union; Decor Sponsor A-1 Rentals; Door Prize Sponsor Any Time Fitness, Les Bourgeois Vineyards and Serenity Valley Winery

Member Milestones and Celebrations

Congratulations to Laura Kogut on her new position with Providence Bank!

Congratulations to Jackie Walters with Masonic Home of Missouri on receiving the GMLC scholarship from Women's Network!

Congratulations to all the committee members of the Special Events committee for planning and executing a successful holiday party!

If you have any milestones or celebrations to include next month, please send them to
Justina Dial at .
Your newsletter contributors include:

Justina Dial , Co-Chair (Marketing Committee), Central Bank of Boone County
Laura Kogut , Steering Liaison (Marketing Committee), Providence 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
Audrey Sharp, Veterans United
Deena Kahn , Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Women's Network
a Division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce

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