A Division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce 
July 2017 Newsletter
To connect, empower and engage members through leadership development, educational opportunities and innovative outreach.
Sit at the Table

It's hard to believe I'm sitting at my table typing out my first article as Chair of Women's Network.  My main objective this year is to make YOUR year count in Women's Network.  So I want to hear from you.  If you want to get more involved but just aren't sure how to take that first step I want to help guide you.  If you are a past Women's Network leader and feel you've already conquered the ranks of Women's Network, I want to show you all the meaningful ways you can help mentor new leadership.  And if you are someone who just wants to .. . READ MORE

Women's Network July 2017 Calendar



Independence Day!


Special Events
 Committee Meeting

12-1 p.m. 
Walton Building


Membership Dev.
 Committee Meeting

12-1 p.m. 
Walton Building




Marketing & Comm.
 Committee Meeting

12-1 p.m. 
Walton Building


Monthly Program
 Committee Meeting

12-1 p.m. 
Walton Building


WN Leadership 
12-4 p.m.
Holiday Inn 
Columbia East



WN New Member Welcome 1
11:30 - 1 p.m. 
Bright City Lights



WN July Luncheon
11:30 - 1 p.m. 




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


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


Aug 1

Special Events
 Committee Meeting

12-1 p.m. 
Walton Building


Steering & Co-Chairs Meetings
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
12 - 1 p.m.
Walton Building


July Luncheon

Presenting Sponsor:
Alzheimer's Association
Greater Missouri Chapter
Welcome Sponsor:
Missouri Employers Mutual

Date: July 20, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Place: PeachTree Catering
& Banquet Center 

Passion - The Key to Purpose

Happy New Year, Women's Network!  We will be kicking off the new fiscal year by recognizing our new Women's Network Chair, Michele  Batye  and celebrating her passion for this organization.  Along with her introduction, we will also be hearing from Rodney Long, with Ascend Business Strategies, as he presents on "Passion - The Key to Purpose". 

What is it that you are passionate about in life? What drives you to get out of bed in the morning? If you could do one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Once a person identifies their passion they can use it as a springboard to launch into developing the High Achievers Mindset for success!   We hope that you will join us for this exciting event!

Advance registration is appreciated. Online registration is $15 for members and $18 for guests until 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  After the pre-registration deadline, attendees can pay at the door.  Prices will be $18 for members and $21 for guests. We hope to see you there!  

Contact Whitney Schieber at (573) 874-1132 before July 17 with any dietary restrictions or if further information is needed.

Member Profile

Liana Twente,  Columbia Mall

Liana Twente has put her background in real estate to work as Administrative Assistant for the Columbia Mall Office. Liana previously worked as an office manager for a real estate sales team at Reece & Nichols and researched property histories through her business Past to Present Research, and enjoyed working with legal documents like contracts and deeds and finds the legal language interesting. Her office owns and operates the Columbia Mall and she helps with daily administrative work and customer service to ensure they maintain good relations with their retailers and contractors who work on site ... READ MORE  

Works For
Columbia Mall
(573) 514-8667
2300 Bernadette Dr
Columbia, MO 65203-4600
Welcome New Women's Network Members

Wendy Crane |  Rainbow House
Cecilia Olivares | University of Missouri
Zoe Hughley | Flat Branch Home Loans
Ashley Otte |  City of Columbia - Convention & Visitors Bureau
Meredith Hoenes | Boone County Electric Cooperative

Chamber Leadership Visit 2017 Scholarship  
WN is Now Accepting Applications!    
Women's Network is a division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is to connect, empower and engage our members through leadership development, educational opportunities and innovative outreach. To fulfill this mission, Women's Network is offering a scholarship to send one Women's Network member on the annual Chamber Leadership Visit. The scholarship will cover the registration fee (including travel, lodging, transportation and group meals).

Recipient Requirements:
  • Recipient must be a member of Women's Network and their company a member in good standing with the Chamber
  • Recipient must report back to the WN Steering Committee and the WN membership at-large about the outcomes of the trip

Applications are due Friday, July 28, 2017 at 5 p.m.
New Member Welcome 

Date:  Tuesday, July 18
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Bright City Lights

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 next Women's Network 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  Bright City Lights ; New Member Gift Sponsor  White Dog Promotions,  LLC ;     Door Prize Sponsors  Alternative Community Training (ACT)  and  Buchroeder's Jewelers
Must Read: 
What Got You Here Won't Get You There 
By: Marshall Goldsmith

At the most recent Women's Network Luncheon, the fierce and fabulous women at my table suggested I read the Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly. After devouring it in a weekend, my mind was open to looking at the way we work and our interactions with others in a new way. I was thirsty for more so I did the logical next step and asked Audible for a good follow up read and was instantly intrigued by a cover that said "What Got You Here Won't Get You There". Whoa, Audible really does know me well. Well enough to know that I'm always looking for personal development ideas on taking things in my professional life to the next level anyways, but I'm guessing that describes most of us reading a Women's Network Must Read book review. Read on and let's decode how to... READ MORE
Women's Network Launches New Strategic Plan!

Thanks to a group of extremely dedicated individuals, Women's Network has a new strategic plan!  Inspired by the vision of Erica Pefferman, led by Ann Merrifield and facilitated by Deb Snellen, this diverse team met monthly for a year to identify Women's Network direction for the next 3 to 5 years.  

Following are the five goals and strategies:


1.  Invest in Strategic Outreach

a.    Partner purposefully with other groups

b.    Leverage the WN "voice" to advocate for specific policy issues relevant to women and business

c.    Establish (and maintain) a consistent steering committee presence at Chamber Government Affairs committee (possibly current past chair)

2.   Cultivate Empowered Leaders

a.    Provide leadership workshops/retreats, specifically empowering volunteers

b.    "Tap" others to be leaders

c.    Create defined paths to sustainable leadership

d.   Identify and share best practices for committee chairs

3.   Inspire Committee Involvement

a.    Recognize and reward active members

b.    Encourage involvement through personalized stewardship

c.    Educate members on how to maximize their benefits through committee involvement

d.   Advertise committee meeting topics

4.   Deliver Relevant Programming

a.    Conduct needs-based assessment to determine programming needs/wants

b.    Refresh communication platforms

5.   Diversify and Engage Membership

a.    Know our members and identify their levels of engagement

b.    Network with other organizations for the purpose of recruiting members

c.    Encourage mentorship


Sincere thanks go out to the members of the strategic planning ad hoc committee:  Ann Merrifield, Committee Chair; Deb Snellen, Facilitator; Michele Batye, Molly Borgmeyer, Michele Curry, Tennille Dorsey, Jan Grossmann, Leigh Ann Haun, Shatenita Horton, Krista Kippenberger, Mary Kroening, Beth Lammers, Gina Mauller, Mark Mills, Erica Pefferman, Suzanne Rothwell and Rusty Strodtman.  

We appreciate all your hard work and dedication to this project.

Leadership Development Roundtable

What:  Navigating Negativity
When:  Wednesday, July 26 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 achieved personal or professional milestones:

Erica Pefferman, The Business Times Company for receiving the 2017 Debin Benish Outstanding Businesswoman Award!

Kalynn Ramsey, Alternative Community Training (ACT)  for celebrating her 9 year work anniversary this month!

Leigh Ann Haun, Woodhaven for celebrating her 1 year work anniversary this month!

Congratulations !

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 Member, Danielle Woods  to submit your milestone.
Photos from June

The photos below are from the June Luncheon.  We had a wonderful time celebrating the successes of this past year, thanking Erica for her hard work as WN Chair and revealing the new WN Strategic Plan!  Attendees also received a special gift at the conclusion of the luncheon.

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Women's Network Newsletter Staff

Sara Humm  | City of Columbia
Laura Kogut  | Landmark Bank
Christi Wolverton  | Christian Fellowship School
Danielle Woods | Interim Healthcare

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