A Division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce 
January 2017 Newsletter
To connect, empower and engage members through leadership development, educational opportunities and innovative outreach.
New Year's Resolution

I've been in many meetings this last month where the words "Women need to be asked to do something before they'll get involved" were spoken. This was offered up over and over as an answer to the question of how to get women more involved, how to fill key roles, how to grab nominations, etc.
At first, I cringe when I hear these words. It brings up images of meek and timid women cowering in the shadows until someone else deems them worthy for a task or a distinction. I don't have that experience any of the wonderful and amazing women that I work with.
Then, I see it from a different perspective. I think all...

2017 ATHENA International Award Nominations
Open: New Nomination Process!

The ATHENA Leadership Award and the ATHENA Young Professional Award actively support the ATHENA mission to support, develop and honor women leaders, inspire women to achieve their full potential - and to create balance in leadership worldwide. The ATHENA Leadership Award honors individuals 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 forge paths of leadership for other women to follow. 

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 young women.

Nominations due January 16, 2017 at 5 p.m.
Women's Network January 2017 Calendar


Chamber Offices Closed for New Year's Holiday

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

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


New Member Welcome
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association Greater Missouri Chapter

Membership Development Committee Meeting
Following New Member Welcome - 1 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association Greater Missouri Chapter



Chamber Offices Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

ATHENA Nominations Due
5 p.m.
Walton Building



January Luncheon 
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
PeachTree Banquet Center


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

Changing the Odds Committee Meeting
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Walton Building

Flash Networking
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hy-Vee South
No Registration Required

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

Steering & 
Co-Chairs Committee
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Walton Building
Conscience-Driven Ethical Leadership        

What: January Women's Network Luncheon
When: Thursday, January 19
Where: 120 E Nifong Blvd Ste 104

Presenting Sponsor Riback/DKB
Welcome Sponsor Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri

Join Women's Network as we welcome Dan Hesse, former Sprint CEO, who believes conscience-driven ethical leadership is paramount, and business leadership is a vocation akin to teaching, public service, the clergy or parenting. Given a business leader's impact on employees, customers, shareholders, suppliers and the communities the company serves, he supports the growing movement toward maximizing stakeholder-value vs. the more limited shareholder-value. Sometimes this means starting over. An example of this is how the Kansas City Royals took a long-term view to win the recent World Championship by rebuilding their farm system from the ground-up. It meant years of losses while the talent was drafted and developed, similar to a telecom company like Sprint ripping out and replacing its old, disjointed networks with a new, integrated modern network, but these short-term sacrifices lead to more success long-term. 

Advance registration is appreciated. Online registration is $15 for Women's Network members and $18 for guests until Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Cost after the registration deadline at the door will be $18 for Women's Network members and $21 for guests. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Monthly Luncheon Programs

February 16, 2017 | Lunch Meat and Life Lessons | Speaker Mary B. Lucas
March 7, 2017 | Communicate and Connect With Impact | Speaker Justin Patton
Committee Spotlight: Membership Development

Do you like comforting, cozy hugs from grandma?  Join the Membership Development committee on the  second Thursday  of every month at noon.
We are the friendly, inquisitive arm of Women's Network.  This committee has fun reaching out and welcoming new members and guests while keeping current members involved.  We enjoy making new connections and having fun all while growing our businesses.  
The committee hosts New Member Welcomes, serve as greeters for the monthly luncheon attendees and support Experience Women's Network (XWN), a membership recruiting/retention tool and platform for ongoing communication.
Currently, we are developing strategies to better engage seasoned members and facilitating ways for members to take their networking skills to the next level to get the most out of their membership. 
Interested? See you  January 12 at noon .
Member Profile

Amanda Wooden, Manor Roofing and Restoration Services

Amanda Wooden is the Director of Sales for Manor Roofing and Restoration Services, which means she spends a lot of time helping develop and execute the company's strategic plan, particularly where it pertains to growth strategies and action plans to help the company achieve its goals.  She is new to the company, having moved from a job in higher education which she had for the past ten years.  How does one make the jump across the huge catechism between education and the corporate world?  It all began through connections she made through the Leadership Columbia program.  She kept in contact with her now boss, Nick Allen, and some other people she met in the course, and Nick actually approached her about the job.  Of course making such a drastic change doesn't come easily for anyone, and Amanda and her husband had a lot of questions they needed answered before she took the job.  Even though it is a completely new world for Amanda, she was encouraged by the warm reception others at Manor Roofing have given her and that really helped her through the transition.  She has learned that the challenge of doing something totally new has given her a new excitement and love for her job.
Amanda attributes her success to never...

Works For
Manor Roofing and Restoration Services
(573) 514-5097
6601 Stephens Station Rd Ste 111
Columbia, MO 65202
Hometown Holiday Traditions Party

The Women's Network Holiday Party was held December 6, 2016 and included a Silent Auction that raised $900 for Changing the Odds Programing. Thank you to all who purchased and donated items!

Leadership Development Roundtable

What: Next Level Networking
When: Wednesday, January 25 from 12-1 p.m. 
Where: 300 South Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65203

Women's Network Member Milestones

Congratulations to the Women's Network members who were honored with Columbia Business Times "Top 20 Under 40" award:

Alissa Gerke, Select Realty Group
Brooke Berkey, Central Bank of Boone County
Jessie Yankee, EasyPC
Ada Buckman, Commerce Bank

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.
Welcome New Women's Network Members

Sara Shiebany | bleu Events

Audrey Shartp | Focus on Health Chiropractic

Trisha Wietholder | All American Dental

Edwinna Kimble | Jenne Hill Townhomes

Must Read of the Month        

Lean In by  Sheryl Sandberg
Review Written by Danielle Woods

I'm a feminist. There, I've said it. Not all the books that I read or review share the same thoughts that I hold, that female leaders might one day just be known as "leaders", that thinking of a female president will one day not be so scary that it cripples our country at the ballet box, that my daughter might have the same opportunities as my son... the list goes on. It is, however, a pure joy when I get to read and share a work that believes whole-heartedly in women as much as I do. For the very first book review of the New Year, I'm proud to present with you, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" by Sheryl Sandberg.
 When it comes to the world of business, Sheryl Sandberg knows a thing or two that she might be able to share. Not only is she the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook,...
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Women's Network Newsletter Staff

Liz Sensintaffar | Woodhaven
Sara Humm | City of Columbia
Danielle Woods | McCallum Place Eating Disorder Treatment Center
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 Chairs.