February 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: Strengthen Your "No" Muscle

Chair Krista Kippenberger with Focus on Health Chiropractic wants us all to think about how we can strengthen our "no" muscle, and how we can say no to ourselves! She said no to herself by taking a break from social media and replacing that time with other things in her life. This has helped her focus in on her 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.
February Professional Development Luncheon
February 20 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | PeachTree Catering & Banquet Center
Civic Engagement
For the past several months, Chair Krista Kippenberger has reminded members to give their Best Yes. This includes making your voice heard in your community and making your vote count. Especially in an election year, knowing how to be properly civically engaged is critical. Becoming civically engaged will give you the tools to be better leaders and empowered members in our community. 

Join us for the February Women’s Network Professional Development Luncheon on Thursday, February 20 to learn how to be civically engaged from Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon. She will explain 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. Columbia Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee Co-Chair, and past Women's Network Chair, Heather Hargrove will also provide attendees with a Chamber legislative update. 
Presented by:
Welcome Sponsor:
Christian Chapel Academy
Pre-registration closes at 5 p.m. the Tuesday before our luncheons, but walk-ins will be $25.

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!
Scholarships and Awards

  • Carrie D. Francke Scholarship
  • Debin Benish Award

The Carrie D. Francke Scholarship is open to applicants through May 1, 2020. Each year, Women’s Network provides a $1,000 scholarship in memory of Carrie D. Francke. Carrie was ambitious, completing a political science degree at MU in three years, followed by earning journalism and law degrees. She served as Senator John Danforth’s press secretary, as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri, and on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. She died in a tragic car accident in 1989 at the age of 34. Carrie served on the Women’s Network Steering Committee.

Debin Benish started Delta Systems Group at a time when women were not encouraged to venture out on their own, not to mention in a technology field. During her 18 years in business, Debin and her staff trained thousands of people in Mid- Missouri on many different software programs and provided computer network support to hundreds of companies.In addition to achieving great success in her company, Debin was actively involved in the Chamber and Women’s Network. She served on the Chamber Board of Directors, Accreditation Task Force, Business Conference and Showcase Committee, Government Affairs, Education, Leadership Columbia, Women’s Network Business Owners Committee, and Ambassadors.To honor Debin Benish’s memory of volunteering and supporting small businesses, the Women’s Network, in conjunction with Delta Systems Group, selects a businesswoman who has achieved great success in her business to receive the annual Debin Benish Outstanding Businesswoman Award.

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Upcoming Committee Meetings

Changing the Odds| Thursday, February 27 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Leadership Development Roundtable | Wednesday, February 26 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Special Events| Wednesday, March 4 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Monthly Program | Wednesday, March 11 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Membership Development | Thursday, March 12 | 12 - 1 p.m.
Marketing & Communications | Monday, March 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
Health and Wellness

Date: February 26, 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!
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
Next month's topic: Professional Development within Women’s Network

Date: March 13
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Walton Building (300 S. Providence)

The Membership Development Committee offers monthly topics focused on developing our new and established members .

Are you interested in joining Women’s Network? Have you been a member for just a few weeks and don’t know where to start? Have you been a member for years but never truly got involved and made the connections you had hoped for? Let us help! Join us and learn how to make the most of your Women’s Network Membership!
March's topic will focus on Professional Development Opportunities within Women’s Network . Membership Development is inviting representatives from both the Monthly Program Committee and the Leadership Development Roundtable to attend the February meeting. The Monthly Program Committee works hard to bring in valued speakers and topics for our monthly luncheons. The Leadership Development Roundtable discusses monthly topics that aide in professional development, personal development and community awareness. Learn about what these committees need help with and what they have to offer you during the first half of 2020. We can’t wait to see you there!
Committee Spotlight
Membership Development

Join us as we sit down with one of our Membership Development Committee Co-Chairs, Amanda Tilford, to learn more about the Women's Network Membership Development Committee.

The Membership Development Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Walton Building.
Member Profile: Stacey Tonyan
Meet Stacey Tonyan, a real estate professional with House of Brokers, Tiger Home Team.

Stacey is reaching her first anniversary as a realtor, but her experience with the Columbia community runs deep. She spent more than 30 years in administrative roles, most recently working with the athletic training program at the University of Missouri.

To learn more about Stacey, click here.
Member Milestones and Celebrations

Congratulations to Nikki McGruder on winning the 2020 Columbia Values Diversity individual Award!

Congratulations to Verna Laboy on receiving the Progress in Health Care award from The Missourian!

If you have any milestones or celebrations to include next month, please send them to
Justina Dial at justina.dial@centralbank.net .
Professional Development Resource
How to Network for Professional Development - Columbia,...

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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
Women's Network
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