A Division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce 
April 2017 Newsletter
To connect, empower and engage members through leadership development, educational opportunities and innovative outreach.
Women's Network Strategic Planning

The most important goal I set for myself as Chair of Women's Network was to start and see to completion the creation of a new strategic plan for the next five years.
The first step was picking the right leader and visionary for the project. To me, this was the easiest decision of all. My choice was Ann Merrifield. She brought the wisdom, professionalism, and leadership that I knew we would need to keep all of the cats herded (spoken by the most distractible cat of them all!) ... READ MORE

Women's Network April 2017 Calendar




Special Events Committee
12-1 p.m.
Walton Building

Steering & 
Co-Chairs Committee
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Walton Building


Strategic Planning Meeting
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Walton Building


Roses for Mentors
8 a.m.

Marketing & Communications Committee Meeting
12-1 p.m.
Walton Building

Monthly Program Committee Meeting
12-1 p.m. 
Walton Building


ATHENA Awards Banquet
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Stephens College



Tax Day

Budget & Finance Meeting
11 a.m.
Walton Building




New Member Welcome
11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association Greater MO Chapter
Membership Dev. Committee Meeting
1-1:30 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association Greater MO Chapter




Leadership Development Roundtable
12-1 p.m.
Walton Bldg.


Changing the Odds (CTO) Meeting
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Walton Building

WN Past Leadership Mixer
5-7 p.m.


May 1

CTO Spring Seminar Registration Begins
via phone 
(573) 874-1132


Special Events Committee
12-1 p.m.
Walton Building


Steering & 
Co-Chairs Committee
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Walton Building

2017 ATHENA International Awards Banquet  

The 2017 ATHENA International Awards Banquet was held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Stephens College Kimball Ballroom.  With nearly 240 individuals in attendance, we recognized past award recipients as well as this year's award finalists and recipients.   Each of these individuals are extraordinary business and community leaders whom are admired by many.

2017 ATHENA Award Recipients  

Heather Hargrove
ATHENA Young Professional Award Recipient

Vicki Russell
ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient

Congratulations on all of your accomplishments, 
Heather and Vicki!

All Award Recipients

Guests in Attendance
Guests in Attendance

Welcome New Women's Network Members

Karen Wolfe | Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling, Inc.

Kathy Walther | Klingner & Associates, P.C.

Sara El-Toumi | Salon Nefisa

Teresa Snow | University of Missouri Health Care

Christy Kremer |  Cornerstone National Insurance Co.

Heidi Buechter | Cornerstone National Insurance Co.

Kelly Myers | Coyote Hill Christian Children's Home

Nicole Oidtman | Dave Griggs Flooring America

Meet the New Members who Attended 
the New Member Welcome Event on April 20!

Upcoming Monthly Luncheon Programs

May 18, 2017 | Community Issues: Making a Difference
 -Please be thinking of a few issues within our community that you would like to see resolved.  Also, please bring ideas about what resources would be needed to resolve these issues.

June 15, 2017 | It's All About You!
Member Profile - Christy Kremer
Christy Kremer is a Litigation Manager for Cornerstone National Insurance Company, and has been with the company for twenty years.  The company was compiled from managers who worked previously for Silvey Companies, and when the company closed their doors, they started a new personal auto insurance company from the ground up.  She was one of three people hired at the time to work in the claims department.  She considers her co-workers..... READ MORE

Works For: Cornerstone National Insurance Co.
Job Title:
Litigation Manager
3100 Falling Leaf Ct
              Ste 200
              Columbia, MO 65201 
Phone: (573) 817-3405
Website:  http://www.cornerstonenational.com
  Email:  ckremer@cornerstonenational.com
  Member Since: April 5, 2017  
Committee Spotlight: Mentoring

Chaired by Kim Harrison, Direct Impaqt, and assisted by Women's Network Past President and Steering Committee member, Jessica Macy, New Chapter Coaching, the Women's Network Mentoring Committee's focus is connecting members that would like to be mentored with mentors.   The Mentoring Program spans from July to June with mentors being encouraged to meet monthly with their mentee during that time frame. 

 Do you like helping people prioritize and reach their goals, which might include expanding their professional network, balancing family time with work, or improving their sales skills?  If so, please think about joining this committee.  We review applications for the Mentoring Program, pair mentees with mentors, provide suggested topics for conversation for their monthly meetings, and host several meetings with just mentors or mentees to listen and learn from their feedback. 

This committee is still very new-its second year--and it is a lot of fun to be a part of creating a program that benefits members that want to work one-on-one with each other.  We'll end this year with a party-a Happy Hour mixer at a favorite local hangout!

Leadership Development Roundtable

What: Diversity: Tolerance vs. Inclusion
When: Wednesday, May 24 from 12-1 p.m. 
Where: 300 South Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65203

Women's Network Member Milestones

Congratulations to the following Women's Network members who have reached personal and/or professional milestones!

Anne Churchill, Heather Hargrove and Laura Kogut 
-All selected as finalists for the 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Award 
(Heather Hargrove was the recipient)

Jan Grossmann, Mary Ropp and Vicki Russell 
-All selected as finalists for the 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award 
(Vicki Russell was the recipient)

Cara Owings and Jennifer Schenck , both of The Connection Exchange
-The Connection Exchange just opened a third location in Springfield, MO.

Janice Dawson-Threat For His Glory
-The Connection Exchange just opened a third location in Springfield, MO.

Congratulations to our members!

Do you have a personal or professional milestone? Please tell us about any important accolades you've received, and we will list them here! Please fill out the Monthly Luncheon Survey or email Marketing & Communications Committee Member, Danielle Woods  to submit your milestone.
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Women's Network Newsletter Staff

Sara Humm  | City of Columbia
Danielle Woods | Interim Healthcare
Andrea Paul | GFI Digital, Inc.
Laura Kogut | Landmark Bank

Guest Contributors

Everyone is invited to submit articles for the newsletter. In fact, we encourage it! If you would like to submit an article, please contact Andrea Paul or Laura Kogut, Marketing & Communications Committee Co-Chairs.