A Division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce 
March 2017 Newsletter
To connect, empower and engage members through leadership development, educational opportunities and innovative outreach.
Step Forward into Leadership

You've all heard me rattle on all year long about getting involved. "Find a committee! Bring a guest! Go big or go home! Do something risky!" This month will be no different, although it will be a bigger ask.

I'm now talking to those of you that have taken that step with me and have committed time to working in committees, completing XWN or attending more events. Now's the time I'm going to ask you if you are ready to move past that wonderful step you took and take the next one.

It's time for you to step up and be ... READ MORE

Women's Network March 2017 Calendar



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

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



7-9 a.m.
Business Showcase
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WN Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Holiday Inn Executive Center

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


Membership Development Committee Meeting
12-1 p.m.
Walton Building

Mentee Review Lunch
12-1 p.m.
Walton Building


Mentor Review Lunch
12-1 p.m.
Walton Building

Carrie D. Francke Scholarship Applications Due!


Strategic Planning Meeting
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Walton Building


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



St. Patrick's Day
ATHENA Selection
 Committee Meeting
8:30-9:30 a.m. 
Walton Building




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


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





 Committee Budgets Due!

Celebrate 23 years of ATHENA International in Columbia at the ATHENA International Awards Banquet. Women's Network will be presenting the tenth annual ATHENA Young Professional Award and the 23rd annual ATHENA International Award.

The ATHENA Leadership Awards are presented to women or men who are honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

This is the premiere event for Women's Network and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Don't miss out on an incredible and inspiring evening that celebrates business individuals in our community!

The registration deadline is March 30. Registration is $30 per person or $500 for a table. Table sponsorship benefits include: company name recognition on table, name recognition on program slideshow at event, table for 10 and prime table location. For additional information, contact  Whitney Schieber at (573) 817-9114  **Please call or email if you have dietary restrictions, prior to April 7, or we may not be able to accommodate you.**

Thank you to our sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Drewing Automotive; Gold Sponsors Cumulus Broadcasting and Dave Griggs Flooring America; Silver Sponsor RE/MAX Boone Realty - Elizabeth Mendenhall Video Production Sponsor  KOMU 8 & Mid Missouri's CW ;   Awards Sponsor  Stephens College Design Services Sponsor The Business Times Company Decorations Sponsor  A-1 Rental ;  Print Services Sponsor Shelter Insurance Companies - Main Office Location Sponsor  Stephens College ; Catering Sponsor  Fresh Ideas Food  Service Media  Sponsor The Business Times Company;   Flower Sponsor University of Missouri/Mizzou Botanic Garden ; Beverage Sponsor  Les Bourgeois Vineyards
2017 ATHENA Finalists Announced

ATHENA Young Professional Award Finalists
     Anne Churchill  -  AnnaBelle Events and Jubilee Planning Studio
     Heather Hargrove  -  KRCG
     Laura Kogut  -  Landmark Bank

ATHENA Leadership Award Finalists
     Jan Grossmann  
-  Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation
     Mary Ropp  
-  Flat Branch Home Loans
    Vicki Russell  
-  Retired 
                                    (formerly of Columbia Daily Tribune/Tribune Publishing Co.)

Women's Network March Luncheon - Recap      

Presenting Sponsor  MU Health Care
Gold Sponsor The Trust Company
Silver Sponsors CoMo Leaders  and Sitter Getter Home Help, LLC

This month the Women's Network luncheon was held on Tuesday, March 7 during the Chamber's annual Business Showcase event.  

Over 400 individuals attended to hear Justin Patton, this month's keynote speaker.  Justin spoke to the group about body language and how to communicate and connect with impact.  Attendees were able to take away the following from the program:
     * Three elements that define a leader's credibility 
     * The number one trait that will ruin a leader's credibility and legacy
     * How to use body language to show up with confidence
     * How to use body language to show up with empathy and collaboration

Business Showcase 2017

Women's Network once again had a booth at the Chamber's 2017 Business Showcase event.  Volunteers from Women's Network greeted Showcase attendees and promoted Women's Network, ATHENA and Roses for Mentors.

Member Profile

Sara Riegel, 
CoMo Premium Exteriors

Sara Riegel seems like a no-nonsense kind of gal. She speaks with humility about her "success," saying that she considers herself a work-in-progress because she still has so many goals she wants to achieve. She works as the office manager for COMO Premium Exteriors, and admires the way her boss, Elias, runs the office. He allows her to do what she knows to do instead of telling her what to do all the time. She believes this helps her run things better and to branch out and learn and do other things that benefit her professional and personal growth. One thing she is sure is true of any job...  READ MORE  

Works For
CoMo Premium Exteriors
(573) 424-9008
3502 I-70 Dr SE
Columbia, MO 65201-6518
2017-2018 Women's Network Leadership Applications Now Available!

Women's Network is now accepting applications for Steering Committee and Co-Chair openings.  If you are interested in taking on a leadership role within Women's Network, please complete an application and submit it to Whitney Schieber by March 31, 2017. 

Leadership Development Roundtable

What: Hiring for Company Culture
When: Wednesday, March 22 from 12-1 p.m. 
Where: 300 South Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65203

Committee Spotlight - Special Events

Co-chaired by Patty Anderson Columbia College, and Laura RoederThe Village of Bedford Walk, the Women's Network Special Events Committee is the "FUN" Committee. Are you creative? Do you like to plan events? Do you like networking and meeting new people? We do all of these things! This committee plans several large events throughout the year including the ATHENA International Awards Banquet in April, a spring, summer and fall mixer, as well as the annual Holiday Party in December.

2017 Debin Benish 
Outstanding Businesswoman Award 
Now Accepting Nominations!    

Debin Benish started Delta Systems Group at a time when women were not encouraged to venture out on their own, not to mention in a technology field. During her 18 years in business, Debin and her staff trained thousands of people in Mid-Missouri on many different software programs and provided computer network support to hundreds of companies. 

In addition to achieving great success in her company, Debin was actively involved in the Chamber and Women's Network. She served on the Chamber Board of Directors, Accreditation Task Force, Business Conference and Showcase Committee, Government Affairs, Education, Leadership Columbia, Women's Network Business Owners Committee, and Ambassadors.  

To honor Debin's memory of volunteering and supporting small businesses, the Women's Network, in conjunction with Delta Systems Group, would like to select a businesswoman who has achieved great success in her business to receive the annual Debin Benish Outstanding Businesswoman Award. Click below to nominate someone today!

Nominations are due May 12, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Experience Women's Network (XWN)

Are you interested in learning more about Women's Network?  
Do you wish to become more involved?  
Would you like to meet more people and expand your network?

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, then the XWN program is for you!  This program is easy to complete and is designed to help all members expand their network, become more involved and learn more about Women's Network as an organization.  

Complete this program in 3 easy steps:
1. Pick up an XWN card (at the Chamber or print it here)
2. Complete all of the activities on the card (within 1 year of starting the process)
3. Turn in your completed card to the Women's Network Coordinator

Once you have completed your card, you will be eligible to be an XWN Graduate.  Graduation takes place each May during the monthly luncheon.

XWN Graduates will receive:
*Recognition at the May Women's Network Luncheon
*Recognition in the Women's Network Directory
*Invitation to the XWN Mixer
*Exclusive XWN pin

XWN Cards are DUE to Whitney Schieber, WN Coordinator no later than April 30, 2017 to qualify for the 2017 XWN Graduation.  If you have any questions, please call Whitney at (573) 817-9114.

Must Read: 
Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person 
By: Shonda Rhimes

If you've seen Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, or How to Get Away With Murder on ABC, you are already familiar with Miss Shonda Rhimes. The single-by-choice mother of three is not only a writer and producer of some of the most highly rated shows on television, but she's also, as she describes herself, a first, only, different. What she is referring to is that fact that Rhimes is the first and only black, female, mid-40's producer to ever find success in the prime time television market. So how does a mere mortal manage to own Thursday night television with three hit TV shows, raise three young girls as a single mom, and lose 100 pounds all in the process? It turns out Shonda...READ MORE

Welcome New Women's Network Members

Corey Cathey | Therapy Unlimited, LLC

JoAnn Wray | Senior Marketing Specialists, a Division of MMG, Inc.

Chris Kiley | Senior Marketing Specialists, a Division of MMG, Inc.

Kalia Hill | Senior Marketing Specialists, a Division of MMG, Inc.

Karla Williams |  Heart of Missouri United Way

Amanda Brown | Columbia Area Career Center
Women's Network Member Milestones

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

Shelley Sigholtz for celebrating 2 years at The Columbia Missourian Newspaper

Danielle Woods  for accepting a new position  at  Interim Healthcare

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.

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.