January 2018 Newsletter
January 2018 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
Choose Your Words

Greetings Women’s Network Members. As I sit down to write this month’s letter I’m wondering, what are your plans for 2018? Do you have specific resolutions or goals in mind? Hopefully by the time this letter is published I will have the Christmas decorations neatly tucked away, the New Year rang in and a few extra hours carved out to list, prioritize and a plan for implementing my business and personal goals for 2018. 

Last year as I was visiting with a friend she told me she quit resolutions; instead she said she picked a word that encompasses the change she wanted to make for the coming year. This was such an intriguing idea but with so many words out there I struggled to find just one... Read More
Upcoming Events - January 2017 
Thursday, January 18
Women's Network Monthly Luncheon - 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Peachtree Catering and Banquet Center
Wednesday, January 24
Leadership Development Round table- 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. . - Walton Building
Thursday, January 25
Women's Network Changing the Odd's Committee Meeting- 8:30 - 9:30 a.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! 
The bid process for the 2018-2019 Women's Network Luncheon series will begin on January 16, 2018. For more information, or interest in submitting a bid, please contact Brandi Spurling at brandi@ColumbiaMoChamber.com
Director Profile
Brandi Spurling, our new Director of Women’s Network, is a joy to spend time with. Her welcoming smile and genuine conversation makes getting to know her a delight! Friends use words like “confident”, “positive”, and “funny” to describe her. After graduating from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in both Spanish and Theatre, she chose to start her career while pursuing a Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership at Stephens College. She admits that she loves the extra time after graduating with her Master’s in December, but her passion for learning new things has her missing the challenge! (Well, now she leads an organization of 500 men and (mostly) women… a challenge for sure!) Next on her list, adult gymnastics class. (Go Brandi, go!)  Read more...

Name:  Brandi Spurling
Company:  The Chamber of Commerce
Website:  columbiamochamber.com
Phone:  (573) 817-9114
ATHENA Spotlight
ATHENA Nominations close January 19, 2018!

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 Young 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.  

 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!
Janelle Harrison | Train with Janelle, LLC
Whittley Jones | St. Raymond's Society
Rochara Knight | St. Raymond's Society
Allison Owen | Mediacom
Kathy Murphy | Commerce Bank
Lacy Rice | Shelter Insurance Companies- Main Office
Pam Salmon | Shelter Insurance Companies- Main Office
Stacey Tonyan | MU Athletic Training Program

Professional Development Resource
Have you made your New Year's resolution or goal? Are they SMART? This New York Times article walks you through a few easy steps to help ensure you see your resolutions through, and that they are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, and time-bound).
Women's Network Member Milestones
Congratulations to the following Women's Network members who have achieved personal or professional milestones:

Congratulations to Audrey Sharp on her new position as Communication Specialist with V eterans United !

Congratulations to Valerie Zumwalt of CoMo Leaders on being awarded Columbia Business Time's Top 20 Under 40 award !

Congratulations to Cara Owings of Connections Exchange, LLC on being awarded Columbia Business Times's Top 20 Under 40 award !


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