A Division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce

October 2016 Newsletter

To connect, empower and engage members through leadership development, educational opportunities and innovative outreach.
What Does Your Plan Look Like?

"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there."  - Lewis Carroll
One of the things that drives me batty is when people have dreams but don't (or won't) take the next step. For those of you who know me, you're not surprised to hear that I'm a "ready, fire, aim" kind of gal. Action isn't my problem. And, as I've matured, I've learned to slow down a bit and solidify a plan. But there will be a plan and there will be action.
As we look at what "Going Big" means to all of us, I ask you:...

Women's Network Ocotber 2016 Calendar


Special Events Committee
12-1 p.m.
Walton Building
Steering & 
Co-Chairs Committee
11 a.m. - 1 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.
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center

Membership Development Committee Meeting
1 p.m.
Following NMW


Changing the Odds Fall Job Seminar Set-Up
3:30 p.m.
Walton Building

Changing the Odds Fall Job Seminar
8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Walton Building



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

Leadership Series Session 1 
5-8 p.m.
Columbia Area Career Center

Leadership Columbia 
Ron Marley Scholarship
Applications Due
5 p.m.


Leadership Development Roundtable
12-1 p.m.
Walton Bldg.
Changing the Odds Committee Meeting
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Walton Building

Leadership Series Session 2 
5-8 p.m.
Columbia Area Career Center

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


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

Leadership Series Session 3 
5-8 p.m.
Columbia Area Career Center

A Day in the Life of a Nerdy Columbia Business Professional     

What: October Women's Network Luncheon
When: Thursday, October 20
Where: 120 E Nifong Blvd Ste 104

Presenting Sponsor Plaza Dental Group, LLC
Welcome Sponsor Nancy Allison, Agent - Shelter Agency

Join speaker Beth Ziesenis for "A Day in the Life of a Nerdy Columbia Business Professional."  What would your day look like if you took the advice of all your nerdy friends and implemented the tech tools and apps they recommend to make your life easier? This fast-moving, laugh-filled session takes your hour by hour through a day in the life of a tech-savvy professional. You'll learn how a professional nerd solves a security crisis before 10 a.m., learns to make more of a lunch hour with an extra set of virtual hands, saves money on software before the staff meeting and brings the team together online before the day is done.

Women's Network also welcomes EPIC to the luncheon this month! The Emerging Professionals in Columbia is a division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce comprised of more than 600 members. Their mission is to engage, develop and celebrate emerging leaders through professional growth opportunities and social interaction. Keep an eye out for their informational table at the luncheon and be sure to bring your business cards for this unique networking opportunity! 

Upcoming Monthly Luncheon Programs

November 17, 2016 | Virtual Reality | Speaker Sarah Hill
January 19, 2017 | Conscience-Driven Ethical Leadership | Speaker Dan Hesse
February 16, 2017 | Lunch Meat and Life Lessons | Speaker Mary B. Lucas
Committee Spotlight: Strategic Planning

A task force to help with a new strategic plan for Women's Network is being created at the request of our Chair, Erica Pefferman. Over the course of this year, this task force will discuss the Women's Network mission, vision and values. Together we will engage in meaningful dialogue about Women's Network, who we are, what we believe and what we'd like to become. Our goal will be to create new mission, vision and values statements that are endorsed by Women's Network and the Chamber by the end of June. Deb Snellen, Director for Organization and Professional Development with University of Missouri Advancement, will be facilitating this process.

Want to know more about Strategic Planning? Contact Committee Chair, Ann Merrifield, Columbia College.
Member Profile

Donna Neil, RE/MAX Boone Realty - Donna Neil

Donna Neil, Real Estate Professional with Remax/Boone Realty, was destined from birth to be a winner, as she was born in Winner, SD! If you asked any of Donna's customers, co-workers, friends and family, you would quickly learn that Donna has lived up to her birthplace's name, both p rofessionally AND personally.

The majority of Donna's "growing up time" took place in Omaha, NE. Then, a month after Donna and her husband, Rex, were married, they were transferred to Amarillo, TX, then to Indianapolis, IN, then to Wichita, KS . . .Kansas City, and finally...in 1990...to Columbia.
Having moved to and having lived in so many different places, Donna learned what it takes to ... READ MORE

Works For
RE/MAX Boone Realty - Donna Neil
(573) 268-9555
33 E Broadway Ste 200
Columbia, MO 65203
Leadership Development Roundtable

What: Strengths Finder: Part 2
When: Wednesday, October 26th 
Where: 300 South Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65203

Upcoming Roundtables 

November 23, 2016 |  Women's Network Opportunities: A Glance at Past Award and Scholarship Recipient Experiences
Women's Network Member Milestones

  • Loriana Sekarski, BONSAI recently completed the advanced training and exams required to become a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.
  • Erica Pefferman, The Business Times Company recently became a member of the board of directors for the Heart of Missouri United Way.
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 Women's Network Coordinator,  Kristen Grusenmeyer to submit your milestone.
Changing the Odds Business Clothing Drive

The Changing the Odds Committee hosted a business clothing drive at the Women's Network Luncheon on September 22. They accepted clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. Donations were gifted to the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri and Upscale Resale.

Want to know more about Changing the Odds? Join us for our committee meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month at 8:30am at the Chamber, or email co-chairs Jen Truesdale and Liana Twente.

Women's Network Ron Marley Scholarship

Each year Women's Network awards two scholarships to the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Columbia program in the name of Ron Marley.
Ron was a Shelter Insurance agent who was active in the community of Columbia and the Chamber. He understood the power of networking, and once he discovered what Women's Network had to offer, he had the courage to become the first male member. Ron, along with his wife Sharon and three of his four children, was tragically taken in a car accident in 1997. In his honor, Women's Network established a scholarship to send one Women's Network member through the Leadership Columbia program.
Leadership Columbia is one of the best ways for Chamber members to learn the ins and outs of local leadership and the unique challenges of our community. The program is limited to 30 participants who must demonstrate their desire through a vigorous application process. 

Applications Due Friday, October 21 at 5 p.m.
Welcome New Women's Network Members

Kathleen Price | Columbia College

Misty Bush | Columbia College

Nicole Morris | The Southern Rose, LLC

Elizabeth Herrera | True North

E. Jill Pollock | University of Missouri

Women's Network ATHENA Recipients Attend National Summit

Michele Spry, Billie Connally and Janice Schuerman, all ATHENA award winners, attended the 35th ATHENA International Leadership Conference in Lansing, Michigan. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance they got to ignite their passion for the common good and to learn new skills that can help create balance in leadership worldwide. All three will be able to take this knowledge back to engage and help the community work together to improve the quality of life in Columbia.
"Incredible women all over our country are doing amazing things and it's so inspiring to hear stories like this. For me, it's about recognizing the potential in other women and recognizing them throughout our communities," Spry said.
ATHENA Leadership Model is based on eight attributes which are live authentically, learn constantly, build relationships, foster collaboration, advocate fiercely, act courageously, give back and celebrate.

Book Review

You Are a Badass - How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life

Despite its somewhat edgy title, "You Are a Badass" is a fabulous read that simply must be relished by those ready to start living their best life. Rarely a book comes along that I demand everyone in my inner circle read, but this self-help bible is a true gem. Loaded with suggestions on believing in yourself, going for your dreams, and how to be happy until you get there, this book has become a staple on my bookshelf that I bring out over and over again to keep my mindset in optimal condition.

"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."
Jen Sincero, " You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life."

Jen, a success coach, guides us through exercises to help us find our true passion such as asking us what we are doing in ... READ MORE
Women's Network Enjoyed a Country Chic Fall Mixer!
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Women's Network Newsletter Staff

Julie McDermott | Shelter Insurance Companies - Main Office 
Liz Sensintaffar | Woodhaven
Sara Humm | City of Columbia
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.