January 2020
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 are you grateful for?

Chair Krista Kippenberger with Focus on Health Chiropractic encourages members to think about what they're grateful for while starting their Best Yes in 2020.

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 Professional Development Luncheon
February 20 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | PeachTree Catering & Banquet Center
Civic Engagement
Do you want to be more civically engaged? And what does that really mean, anyway? Join us for the February Women's Network Professional Development Luncheon on Thursday, February 20 to hear from Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon about how our seemingly small acts of voting in elections and filling out the census can have big impacts on our local community, state and nation. Heather Hargrove will provide attendees with a Chamber legislative update.  
Presented by:
Welcome Sponsor:
Christian Chapel Academy

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 Closing Soon

There's still time left 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, February 5 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Monthly Program | Wednesday, February 12 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Membership Development | Thursday, February 13 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Marketing & Communications | Monday, February 10 | 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

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

It’s a new year and time for a new attitude. Join us at Leadership Development Roundtable for a discussion of finding self-worth in the new year. Our facilitators with coaching experience will lead us in this journey of self-discovery. Facilitators are Elizabeth Hocker with Brave LLC and Rachael Sparks with The Connection Exchange LLC.  

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!
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!
Membership Development


Date: February 13
Time: 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Walton Building (300 S. Providence)
Presented by:
Are you new to Women’s Network? Have you joined in the past year but aren’t exactly sure where to start?

The Membership Development Committee would like to welcome all new members to our next New Member Welcome! Come and mingle with established members and leaders of WN. Enjoy a light breakfast while learning about how to get involved and meeting new people!
Presenting Sponsor Stephanie Wilmsmeyer- State Farm Insurance; Gold Sponsor Johnston Paint & Decorating, Central Missouri Auto Body; New Member Gift Sponsor White Dog Promotions, LLC

Free to New Members in the past 6 months, $5 for everyone else
Committee Spotlight
Changing The Odds

The Changing the Odds Committee assists women who are looking for ways to improve their job prospects, including women who have never held a job, may have left the job market for a period of time or have had recent changes in their career goals. They are always excited to have more members on board, so if you're wanting to get more involved and help other women in our community, we'd love to have you!

Changing The Odds meets on the 4th Thursday of each month from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Walton Building (300 S. Providence Rd.)
Welcome New Members!
Angie Mutz | EquipmentShare
Leslie Adams | EquipmentShare
Sarah Munns | EquipmentShare
Rachel Johnson | Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
Heidi Bonnes | Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
Rachel Grant | The Village of Bedford Walk
Candi Bockenstedt | Preferred Hospice of Missouri Central
Patricia Hall | Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital
Marti Hancook | American Family Insurance - Verlin Beam
Laurie Oberweather | Callahan & Galloway, Inc.
Bonnie Yantzi | Fun City Youth Academy
Member Milestones and Celebrations

Congratulations to our new Women's Network Co-Chairs:
Meredith Hoenes with Boone Electric Cooperative (Changing the Odds)
Luana Fields with Hawthorn Bank (Leadership Development Roundtable)
Kammie Teter with White Dog Promotions, LLC (Marketing & Communications)

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

Justina Dial , Co-Chair (Marketing Committee), Central Bank of Boone County
Kammie Teter , Co-Chair (Marketing Committee), White Dog Promotions, LLC
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
Bryana Larimer , Missouri Training Institute
Deena Kahn , Columbia Chamber of Commerce
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