December 2017 Newsletter
December 2017 Newsletter

Women's Network is a Division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Mission: To connect, empower and engage members through leadership development, educational opportunities and innovative outreach.
Chair's Corner
The Present

Happy Holidays,

What a joyous and magical season that can quickly become overwhelming as we try to fit even more into our already packed schedules. I have been completely guilty of expending so much time and energy on holiday preparations that by the time the day rolls around I am suffering from mindless fatigue and not fully present. In hindsight, my family’s best memories are when we were all actively and happily together and there is little recognition of all those minute details that can lead to heightened stress.

But, it’s all easier said than done. As professionals, our companies, organizations and yes, even our families, rely on us to set the tone for attitude, achievement and character. The added pressure of “fitting it all in” or creating the “perfect holiday” can trigger negativity which in turn is counterproductive to our goals... Read More
Upcoming Events - December 2017 
Wednesday, December 13
Women's Network Monthly Program Committee Meeting- 12 - 1 p.m. - Walton Building
Thursday, December 14
Women's Network Membership Development Committee Meeting- 12 - 1 p.m. - Walton Building
Thursday, December 28
Women's Network Changing the Odds Committee Meeting- 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. . - Walton Building
Wednesday, January 3
Women's Network Special Events Committee Meeting- 12 - 1 p.m. . - Walton Building
Wednesday, January 4
Women's Network Steering Committee Meeting- 11- 12 p.m. . - Walton Building
Women's Network Co-Chairs Committee Meeting- 12 - 1 p.m. - Walton Building
January Luncheon

Presenting Sponsor
Welcome Sponsor

Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Central Missouri
Date: January 18, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Peachtree Catering & Banquet Center
Simplify your Wardrobe
Join us in welcoming our January speaker, Jennifer Niehouse, wardrobe stylist from KC. As we enter the New Year, full of goals, resolutions, and excitement, it's great time to think about our wardrobe! Learn how to minimize your wardrobe to have maximum affect and empower yourself through a new (or revised) wardrobe for the new year!

Advance registration is appreciated.  Online pre-registration is $15 for members and $18 for guests until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2018   After this pre-registration deadline, attendees can pay at the door.   Door registration p rices will be $18 for members and $21 for guests. We hope to see you there! 
Photos from the WN Holiday Party
Member Profile
If you don’t know Jennifer Schenck, you better send her an email right after you read this and set up a coffee date. Typical words people use to describe this Chief Connector, Co-Owner and Co-Founder of The Connection Exchange, and former baby boutique owner (yeah, fun fact!), would be passionate, caring, warm, approachable and a connector. Jennifer moved to the mid-Missouri area 7 years ago and joined the Women’s Network as a way to build her network and make some friends. The William Jewell graduate moved back to the area when she and her husband, Drew, decided to come back to take over the family’s land. When The Connection Exchange started in March 2015, it was because Jennifer and Co-Founder, Cara, felt there would be a market for a business welcome group... Read More

Name: Jennifer Schenck
Company: The Connection Exchange LLC
Phone: (573) 514-1389
Member Since: February 26, 2015
ATHENA Young Professional Spotlight
ATHENA Nominations close January 19, 2018!

 Nominate an individual for the ATHENA Leadership Award or the ATHENA Young Professional Award today!   
Leadership Development Roundtable - January Program

Presenting Sponsor
Date: January 24, 2018
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Walton Building (Chamber)

Please join us for our January round table discussion on sales! The best salespeople understand that selling is all about tuning in to the customer's perception. We'll discuss the art & science of selling, building stronger sales relationships and effectively selling value.

Your Co-Chairs Valerie Zumwalt CoMo Leaders,  and Danielle Harrison ,  Landmark Bank,  invite you to attend this event. Though  FREE to attend , please register to help with seating needs. As always, bring your own brown bag lunch if you desire as well as business cards for networking. See you there!
Welcome New Members!
Rachel Haas | Haas Accounting Services
Colbey Schuster | Columbia College
Nancy Yaeger | Columbia Running Co dba Fleet Feet Sports Columbia
Ava Summers | The Caring People
Wendy Moore | Central Bank of Boone County
Kristen Moore | Central Bank of Boone County
Bonnie Hudson |The Business Times Company

New Member Welcome
January 11, 2018

If you are a new member of Women's Network in the last six months, the Women's Network Membership Development Committee invites you to the New Member Welcome. Women's Network New Member Welcome events are a great opportunity to meet and network with other professionals in the organization. You'll learn basic Women's Network information including how to get more involved, the mission and priorities as well as fun opportunities. You'll also get an opportunity to talk about you and your business, so prepare your elevator speech!

Thank you to our sponsors: 
Presenting Sponsor  State Farm Insurance - Stephanie Wilmsmeyer, Agent
Gold Sponsors  Columbia Daily Tribune/Tribune Publishing Co.  and  U.S. Cellular
Location Sponsor  Masonic Home of Missouri
Food and Beverage Catering Sponsor  Central Missouri Auto Body
New Member Gift Sponsor  White Dog Promotions, LLC
Door Prize Sponsor  Focus on Health Chiropractic

Professional Development Resource
Take 10 minutes to listen to this Ted Talk about Work Life Balance. Nigel Marsh talks about how he turned his life around with four observations about Work Life Balance that he describes in a funny and honest way. 
Women's Network Member Milestones
Congratulations to the following Women's Network members who have achieved personal or professional milestones:

Congratulations to Jayme Dement on her new position as Health Care Consultant at Phoenix Home care, Inc.!

Congratulations to Valerie Zumwalt on the re-branding of her business, CoMo Leaders to Show Me Leaders!

Congratulations Julie Walden, CEO of Boone Supported Living, on celebrating her tenth year in business!


Have you or someone you know accomplished a personal or professional milestone? Please let us know so that we can recognize these accolades in our monthly newsletter! Please fill out the Monthly Luncheon Survey or email Marketing & Communications Committee Co-Chair,  Sara Humm to submit your milestone.
Women's Network, a Division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce
300 S Providence Rd
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 874-1132