November 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.
Oh, shiFt!

Have you ever had a morning where things didn’t go just quite as you had planned? You woke up feeling rested and actually got out of bed when your first alarm went off, without pressing the snooze button three times. This is already a winning morning “…” or so you thought. Then you hear your phone “PING” and check a message that an employee of yours who was presenting to the Board of Directors today has called in and you are her backup. Oh, shiFt! Or you were able to get out the door 15 minutes early, only to get stuck behind an accident on the highway that makes you late for your 8:00 AM meeting. Oh, shiFt! Or, your 3-year old refuses to take off her Wonder Woman pajamas and its picture day at her school. Oh, shiFt!

A recent book I just read Oh, shiFt! by Jennifer Powers reminds us “The things that happen aren’t happening TO you, FOR you or AGAINST you. They are just happening. You are not here to control what happens . Your job is to control how you react
to what happens.” ... Read more

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.
November Luncheon
Nov. 15, 2018 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
PeachTree Catering (120 E. Nifong Blvd)

Building Your Confidence for Conflict: A Strategic Advantage

In this highly engaging presentation you will learn 4 key strategies for recognizing, evaluating, embracing and managing conflict for strategic impact. Strengthen your ability to manage conflict and boost your credibility and reputation as the type of business partner who can impact bottom line success.

-Quickly identify the type of conflict at hand
-Explore your options for managing the situation
-Recognize your conflict style and the style of others
-Spot unproductive conflict and mitigate its threat against strategic intent
-Apply a simple change management approach for sustainable resolutions

By the end of the session, you’ll be prepared to successfully develop and implement an approach to managing conflict that will preserve your organization’s values while boosting employee engagement and achieving quantifiable business results.

Please pre-register to help with meals and seating count.
Pre-registration closes November 13, 2018 and is $15 for WN members, $18 for non-members.  Walk in registration (any registration after pre-registration closes) will be $18 for WN members, and $21 for non-members. Please submit all dietary restrictions to Brandi no later than November 13 or we may not be able to accommodate you.
Presenting Sponsor
Welcome Sponsor

RE/MAX Boone Realty - Alice Leeper

Silver Sponsor

Holiday Inn Executive Center
Join us for the Women’s Network Holiday Party, where the strawberries taste like strawberries and the snozzberries taste like snozzberries! Willy Wonka will have nothing on our Chocolate Factory. Enjoy appetizers, cocktails, chocolate and a silent auction benefiting Changing the Odds; there will be so much time and so little to do… wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.Mark your calendars for this evening of merriment!

“The suspense is terrible… I hope it will last”

Thank you to our golden-ticket sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor  Veterans United Home Loans ; Gold Sponsor  Dave Griggs Flooring America ; Location Sponsor The Broadway Hotel ; Silver Sponsors  Tigers Community Credit Union , and  Servpro of Columbia ; Beverage Sponsor N.H. Scheppers ; Decor Sponsor  A-1 Rentals ; Door Prize Sponsor  Any Time Fitness Columbia Area Career Center Focus on Health Chiropractic Serenity Valley Winery , and  Tin Roof Monogram and Gift
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.

Ron Marley Scholarships Awarded

Women's Network awarded two individuals the Ron Marley, Leadership Columbia scholarships last month. Please help us in congratulating the two recipients:
Sherry Major
Missouri Women's Business Center
Bethany Schoengarth
Alternative Community Training
ATHENA Leadership Award opening soon!
Women's Network is nearing its 25th year of presenting the ATHENA International Awards! Visit the WN Website for more information on the awards, nomination process, and past recipients!
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Upcoming Committee Meetings

Monthly Program | Wednesday, November 14 | 12 - 1 p.m.

Leadership Development Roundtable | Wednesday, November 28 | 12 - 1 p.m.

*Changing the Odds | Thursday, November 29 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

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

Steering & Co-Chairs | Thursday, December 6 | 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Membership Development | Thursday, December 13 | 12 - 1 p.m.

*denotes meeting date outside of normal committee schedule

November Leadership Development Roundtable

Technology and Software Panel
November 28, 2018
12 - 1 p.m.
The Walton Building (300 S. Providence)

Do you have apps or computer software that you can’t live without? Would you like to learn more about electronic tools to improve your life? Come learn from our panel of technical experts, and share your ideas, too!

Leadership Development Roundtables are free and open to members and non-members. Bring your lunch and take part in the discussion, or sit back and take it all in!
Check out what's going on with our members!
Welcome New Members

Grant Bartle | The Broadway - A Doubletree by Hilton

Haley Cline | Burrell Behavioral health

Kim March | Welcome Home, Inc.

Lauren Berube | The Bank of Missouri

New Leadership Announcements
Meet WN's newest leaders!

Krista Kippenberger was elected the 2018-2019 Chair Elect, after Tennille's step up to WN Chair.

Kalynn Ramsey, MCAA, was elected to the Steering Committee to finish out Krista's term.
Member Profile
Tennille Lester, Landmark Bank
Chair of Women's Network

We’re soaking up every minute of our time with our new WN Chair, and if you’re lucky enough to know Tennille already, you understand why! Tennille’s friends describe her as outgoing, selfless, and driven. After seeing her step in to the WN Chair position when unexpectedly asked to, we truly couldn't echo the words louder. Tennille is a true champion of Women's Network. As proof, while preparing to welcome her first child in January, Tennille has taken over as WN Chair and has moved full steam ahead. She leads the program with enthusiasm, excitement, diplomacy, and a true big-picture mindset. In her short time as chair, she has already inspired so many by her adaptability as a leader. 

Tennille and her husband Michael Lester, Veterans United, have lived in Columbia for 4 years. She’s been with Landmark Bank since 2004 and we honestly cannot blame them for holding on to her for so long. Get to know Tennille below, help us give her a warm welcome in the comments, and if you want to see for yourself all the amazing things above, shoot her an email to meet up at her favorite coffee spot in CoMo, Lakota Coffee!
Diversity Training
Women's Network Steering and Co-Chairs committee will take part in diversity training with Nikki McGruder and the Inclusive Impact Institute next month. As part of the strategic plan, implemented by WN leadership two years ago, Women's Network aims to diversify its membership. The training will be the beginning of a conversation within leadership with aims to fulfill that mission.

We will continue to communicate the outcomes, and ways to get involved after the training!
Chair Elect featured on KMIZ
WN Chair Elect, Krista Kippenberger with Focus on Health Chiropractic, joined KMIZ on Saturday to discuss Women's Network during their Business Week segment.

Professional Development Resource
We're growing close to the New Year, but that doesn't mean that you have to wait until then to make changes. One of the most difficult things about being a professional is finding a the perfect work-life balance... it's so difficult that we wonder if its even possible!? Business News Daily shares 5 ways to improve your work-life balance today. And let's face it, it's never too soon to work on improving it!
Non-Profit Spotlight
 McCambridge Home

Organization mission:  Inspire Home. Promote Wellness

What are some ways that individuals can get involved?
We welcome volunteers to help in our organization in many fashions. We are always looking for women who are long term recovery to take part in being mentors through step programs. We also enjoy having speakers or talents shared with our ladies.
Fall Mixer

Women's Network hosted their Fall mixer, OKTOBERFEST, at the new bleu Events space, Pressed. Attendees were welcomed with copious amounts of Oktoberfest-themed food, courtesy of bleu Events, and wonderful sponsored beverages from N.H. Scheppers. In the spirit of Halloween, participants were also given a famous individual at entrance; they were tasked with finding their famous counter part and had great success! Check out a few pictures below of our time and don't miss the next mixer!
Member Milestones and Celebrations

Congratulations to Rhonda Stone Proctor with Boone Electric Cooperative for being appointed to the BoCoMo 2020 Bicentennial Planning Committee. Rhonda also serves as the only female Planning & Zoning Commissioner for Boone County and is the only female member on the Boone County Board of Adjustments.

Congratulations to Anna Hargis with Shelter Insurance Companies on recently completing her term as chair of the Board of Directors for the Insurance Marketing & Communication Association (IMCA). IMCA is the oldest organization supporting people in the insurance industry who are in the marketing and communication field.

Congratulations to Bethany Schoengarth (formerly Rawlings) with Alternative Community Training (ACT) for getting married last month!

Congratulations to Patty Anderson on her new position with Veterans United Home Loans !

Congratulations to Kalynn Ramsey with MCAA on her recent move to the WN Steering Committee!

Congratulations to Krista Kippenberger with Focus on Health Chiropractic for her recent election to the Women's Network Chair-Elect position!

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

Sara Humm , Co-Chair (Marketing Committee), City of Columbia
Laura Kogut , Steering Liaison (Marketing Committee), Landmark Bank
Teresa Snow , Steering Liaison (Marketing Committee), MU Health Care
Bethany Schoengarth , ACT
Elizabeth Stephens , The Columbia Missourian
Justina Dial , Central Bank of Boone County
Audrey Sharp, Veterans United
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