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: Using Your Strengths

2019-2020 Chair Krista Kippenberger shares the importance of knowing your strengths when giving your best yes.

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.
August Professional Development Luncheon
August 15 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Peachtree Catering
The Monthly Program committee has a fully interactive luncheon planned for us this week. We'll explore our strengths, answer questions that help us to determine our best fit for our BEST Yes and meet new people all along the way.

This luncheon is dedicated to you and building relationships. Join us!
Presented by:
Welcome Sponsor:
Junior Achievement
September Professional Development Luncheon
September 19 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Peachtree Catering
Steps to Diversity & Inclusion
For the past nine months Women's Network leadership and members have been focused on finding intentional steps towards becoming an organization with a membership that represents the population we serve. Training was provided to leadership, and a task force was born. At this luncheon, we are excited to welcome interactive topics that foster conversation and brainstorming dedicated to understanding where to start, how to educate ourselves and the importance of simply taking steps to making our organizations more diverse and inclusive.
Presented by:
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; Beverage Sponsor N.H. Scheppers Distributing Company; Door Prize Sponsors Serenity Valley Winery, Les Bourgeois Winery

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.

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Upcoming Committee Meetings

Changing the Odds| Thursday, August 22 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Leadership Development Roundtable | Wednesday, August 28 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Special Events| Wednesday, September 4 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Monthly Program | Wednesday, September 11 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Membership Development | Thursday, September 12 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Marketing Communications | Monday, September 9 | 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
Curating Diverse Companies and Communities

Date: August 28, 2019
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Walton Building (300 S. Providence)

The Journey Toward Inclusive Excellence committee is a collaborative union of local businesses, organizations, and leaders working together to make Boone County the first inclusive excellence community. At this LDR, we’ll explore this initiative, which challenges us all to be more aware of our biases and the roles they play both personally and professionally. Through this discussion we’ll learn how to better curate companies and communities where all can thrive and feel valued. Featuring Kari Utterback and Verna LaBoy of the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health & Human Services.

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: Navigating XWN

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

The Membership Development Committee is focused on developing our new and established members this year. September's topic focus for their committee meeting will be Navigating XWN. XWN (Experience Women's Network) is a program designed to help members get the most out of their membership. If you haven't graduated XWN, join the Membership Committee at their next meeting where they will walk attendees through the program requirements.
Committee Spotlight
Special Events

The Special Events Committee is dedicated to planning and executing all mixers, banquets and social gatherings. The committee is made up of individuals that love to be creative and find new ways to engage our members through social activities and banquets. They are currently in the beginning stages of planning out their year, so if you've been interested in exploring this committee, now is a great time to swing by!

Special Events meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 12 - 1 p.m. at the Walton Building (300 S. Providence Rd.)
Welcome New Members

 Eden DuPerier | Heart of Missouri CASA
Maggie Mayhan | The State Historical Society of Missouri
Ellen Morris | Stephens College
Michelle Bollinger | University of Missouri
Wende Wagner | University Concert Series
Tara O'Brien | Alzheimer's Association Greater Missouri Chapter
Sherry Baker | Orangetheory Fitness - Columbia
Krista Guthrie | Lenoir Woods
Allie Wilson | Wilkerson & Reynolds Wealth Management
Monique Jones | Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri

Leadership Visit Scholarship Awarded - Kelly Myers

Women's Network awarded their yearly Leadership Visit Scholarship to one Women's Network member. The Leadership Visit is an annual trip provided by the Chamber, allowing decision makers from Columbia to travel to a comparable city in the U.S...

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Professional Development Resource: Find Your Strengths

This month's Chair's Corner focuses on how important it is to know your strengths when determining what is our BEST Yes. If you haven't taken a strengths assessment, enjoy a great article that provides three different strengths assessments for...

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Member Milestones and Celebrations

Congratulations to Cara Owings & Jennifer Schenck , The Connection Exchange , on receiving the Supplier Diversity Award, Women Owned Business of the Year!

Congratulations to Erica Pefferman & Fran Patrick on the recent rebranding of Business Times Company to COMO Living + Working!

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:

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

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Columbia, MO 65203

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