A Division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce 
June 2017 Newsletter
To connect, empower and engage members through leadership development, educational opportunities and innovative outreach.
My last words...

Wow! Time flies when you are having fun! This turn of phrase is so true. I can hardly believe that I'm writing my last letter to you as your Chair. We've accomplished a great deal this year. We've created a new strategic plan for the future of Women's Network. We've continued to strengthen our new fledgling mentoring program as well as continue to tweak Athena to help it realize its full potential.
Many people have asked me "What's next for you in Women's Network after this year?" My answer to that is to still be very present and serve in a supportive role for the fabulous leadership team we have in place. This is an exciting time for me. While Past Chair is an official position with a few duties, I do get to rest a minute.
I am thrilled to see the new .. .  READ MORE

Women's Network June 2017 Calendar



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

CTO - set-up for Spring Seminar
3:30 p.m.




 Committee Meeting

12-1 p.m. 
Walton Building

Membership Development Committee Meeting
12-1 p.m.



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


XWN Mixer
4-6 p.m. 
Craft Beer Cellar


WN June Luncheon
11:30 - 1 p.m. 




Chamber's Annual Membership Dinner
5-8:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn



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



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



Changing the Odds - Spring Seminar 
Money, Education & You! 

Presenting Sponsor:  Columbia Area Career Center
Gold Sponsors: Columbia College, Columbia Mall, COMO Connect, Huebert Builders, Inc., JobFinders Employment Services, Phoenix Home Care, Inc. and Select Realty Group, LLC
Media Sponsor: KOMU 8 & Mid Missouri's CW
Breakfast Sponsor:  Huebert Builders, Inc.
Lunch Sponsor: Alive in Christ Lutheran Church
Gift Bag Sponsor: Columbia College
Gift Bag Item Sponsors: Columbia Mall and Focus on Health Chiropractic
Salon Certificates Sponsor: Supercuts of Mid-Missouri
Signage Sponsor: Columbia Printing & Sign
Supporting Sponsor: Shelter Insurance Companies - Main Office
Education & Resource Fair Participants: Adult Learning Center, Assistance League of Mid-Missouri, Central Methodist University, Central Missouri Community Action, Columbia Area Career Center, Columbia College, Edward Jones, Job Point, Manpower, Missouri Women's Business Center, Moberly Area Community College, State Farm Insurance-Hazelrigg, Stephens College, University of Missouri Online and William Woods University

Women's Network's Changing the Odds committee hosted their bi-annual seminar on Saturday, June 3 at Alternative Community Training (ACT). The program was designed   for women who are looking for an opportunity to learn more about personal finance and furthering their education. 

This seminar included presentations on building a budget, understanding insurance, credit and banking, financial aid and creating your nest egg.  The event also included an Education & Resource Fair, where participants were given the opportunity to visit with experts from the education, finance and assistance fields.

The event helped 17 attendees to have a better understanding about personal finance, education and how to begin the next step in their career journey!

June Luncheon

Presenting Sponsor:
Focus on Health Chiropractic
Welcome Sponsor:
State Farm Insurance-Hazelrigg

Date: June 15, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Place: PeachTree Catering & Banquet Center 

It's All About You!
-A Year in Review with Women's Network-

It's hard to believe that the Women's Network 2016-2017 year is coming to an end.  Please join us for the June Women's Network Luncheon, as we wrap up a wonderful year!  During the program, we will reveal Women's Network's NEW Strategic Plan, reconnect with some of our past award recipients  and hear from Erica Pefferman, one last time as  Women's Network Chair .  This will be an exciting luncheon that you will not want to miss!  

Advance registration is appreciated. Online registration is $15 for members and $18 for guests until 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 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 June 13 with any dietary restrictions or if further information is needed.

Member Profile

Karla Williams, 
Heart of Missouri United Way

Karla Williams grew into her position as the Strategic Projects Manager for the Heart of Missouri United Way after being a faithful volunteer for over 30 years in various capacities.  She went from being a donor to now handling the relationships with their major donors.  Karla also keeps a close eye on community issues and tries to find places her donors can make an impact, which she finds very meaningful.  She loves working in a job where she feels she can make a difference in the lives of those around her.
Karla didn't initially aspire to be in an administrative position with a large non-profit.  She started out ... READ MORE  

Works For
Heart of Missouri United Way
(573) 443-4523
105 E Ash St
Ste 300
Columbia, MO 65203
Welcome New Women's Network Members

Lynn Heath |  U.S. Cellular

Mary Willingham |  Eddie's Garage Doors, Inc.

Betty Pentola |  The Bank of Missouri

D'Arcy Crane |  American Cancer Society

Greg Brockmeier | Brockmeier Financial Services, LLC

Chrissy Caldwell | bleu Events
Leadership Development Roundtable

What:  Brainstorming Session (and lunch!)
When:  Wednesday, June 28 from 12-1 p.m. 
Where:  300 South Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65203

Committee Spotlight
2017-2018 Co-Chairs Announced!

Budget & Finance
Michele Curry, Treasurer,  Commerce Bank
Leadership Development Roundtable
Valerie Zumwalt,  CoMo Leaders
Danielle Harrison,  Landmark Bank
Changing the Odds
Liana Twente,  Columbia Mall
Tania Cook,  Job Point
Marketing & Communications
Laura Kogut,  Landmark Bank
Sara Humm,  City of Columbia
Membership Development
Kalynn Ramsey,  ACT
Audrey Sharp,  Focus on Health Chiropractic
Monthly Program
Jackie Carney,  University of Missouri
Gina Ridgeway Long,  Phoenix Home Care, Inc.
Special Events
Patty Anderson,  Columbia College
Katie Fleming,  Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.
Kim Harrison,  Direct Impaqt
Amanda Wooden,  Manor Roofing & Restoration

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 Monday, July 3, 2017 at 5 p.m.
XWN Graduate Mixer

Calling all Experience Women's Network (XWN) Graduates! Join us for the 2017 XWN Mixer on Wednesday, June 14 from 4-6 p.m. at Craft Beer Cellar! All past and current graduates of the Women's Network XWN program are invited to attend. Join us for refreshments, light appetizers and great networking. Help us congratulate the graduates of the XWN Class of 2017!
Please register online by Monday, June 12 to help us with accommodations. Please contact Whitney Schieber at (573) 874-1132 or  wschieber@ColumbiaMOChamber.com for more information!

Thanks to our sponsors!
Presenting Sponsor  Nancy Allison, Agent - Shelter Insurance
Location Sponsor  Craft Beer Cellar
Beverage Sponsor  Craft Beer Cellar
Food Sponsor  Harold's Doughnuts
Must Read: 
You Are a Badass at Making Money - Master the Mindset of Wealth 
By: Jen Sincero

A few months ago I had the privilege of sharing one of my very favorite books with Women's Network, "You Are a Badass" by Jen Sincero. To my delight, no one was too offended by the edgy title and many members came to love the absolute gem of a self-help bible in the same way I did. Choked full of memorable tips for living your best life, ("Maybe, if you put your disbelief aside, roll up your sleeves, take some risks and totally go for it, you'll wake up one day and realize you're living the kind of life you used to be jealous of") You Are a Badass quickly became a work that I... READ MORE

Women's Network Member Milestones

Congratulations to  these Women's Network members who have achieved milestones within their careers:

Dr. Sara Cochran, University of Missouri System for earning her PhD in Higher Education!

Congratulations !

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
Laura Kogut  | Landmark Bank
Andrea Paul | GFI Digital, Inc.
Christi Wolverton  | Christian Fellowship School
Danielle Woods | Interim Healthcare

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.