September 2017 Newsletter
October 2017 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
As the Seasons Change

Welcome to October, my favorite month. As I sit down to write this month’s message and think about what lies ahead one GOLDEN milestone in my life is at the forefront, which is by the end of the month I will have reached my 5th decade. Part of me questions where did the time go? But I like to think I learn from the past, strive for the future and live in the present. On such an occasion I hope that you don’t mind me using this platform to share what I’ve learned and where I go from here.

My first decade taught me creativity and independence. My early memories include adventures with both my childhood friends and my imaginary ones. My favorite reward was a box of crayons and a blank sheet of paper. Even as a child my determination was strong, one of my favorite recollections is at the age of six I ran away from home, traveling across town to secure... Read More
Upcoming Events - October 2017 
Thursday, October 19
Women's Network Monthly Luncheon - 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Peachtree - Register Here!
Wednesday, October 25
  Leadership Development Roundtable Program - 12 p.m. - Walton Bldg. - Register Here!
Saturday, October 28
  Changing the Odds Fall Seminar - 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Walton Bldg. - Register Here!
October Luncheon

Presenting Sponsor
Welcome Sponsor

RE/MAX Boone Realty -
Alice Leeper
Date: October 19, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Peachtree Catering & Banquet Center
Empowerment: Being Assertive without Being Pushy
Join us for the October Women's Network Luncheon as we welcome Becky James-Hatter,  President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri , as our speaker. In her career, Becky has been an advocate for education, youth and mentoring. ( Click here  to view her full bio.) Becky will be speaking about assertiveness and how to be assertive without being pushy.

Advance registration is appreciated.  Online pre-registration is $15 for members and $18 for guests until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017   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! 
Photos from the WN Fall Mixer
Member Profile
Kristen Dreher has been with SERVPRO since 2004, starting as an office manager in another Missouri location, then relocated to Columbia and taking on the sales marketing representative position in the Columbia office. She discovered her affinity for the sales side of things when she was working at her former office and their marketing representative injured her foot. Kristen stepped in and covered the outside sales and marketing required for that position and learned... Read More

Name: Kristen Dreher
Company: SERVPRO of Columbia
Phone: (573) 449-1999
Member Since: May 19, 2015
ATHENA Young Professional Spotlight
Leadership Development Roundtable - September Program

Presenting Sponsor
Date: October 25, 2017
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Walton Building (Chamber)

Please join us for a roundtable discussion about Purpose

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!
Changing the Odds Annual Business Clothing Drive
THANK YOU to everyone who donated items to the Changing the Odds Business Clothing Drive!

Women's Network was able to make a very sizable clothing donation to Upscale Resale after the September luncheon. All of the items donated will be used for the Changing the Odds Fall Seminar "shopping experience" on October 28th.
Welcome New Members!
Jeremy Hughes | Shelter Insurance – Jeremy Hughes
Samantha Gage | Gage and Gage Real Estate
Tatha Todd | First State Community Bank
Julie Walden | Boone Supported Living, LLC
Dr. Bridget Gruender | Liberty Family Medicine
Jessica Lehmen | Williams-Keepers LLC
Allie Berger | Stephens College
Katherine Weaver | ServiceMaster of Columbia
Heather Martin | The Business Times Company

Ron Marley Scholarship

Each year Women’s Network awards a scholarship to the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Columbia program in the name of Ron Marley. 

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 by 5 p.m. on October 27, 2017!
Good Business Breakfast
Thank you to everyone who attended the Good Business Breakfast on October 12th.
The event was a success!
Women's Network Member Milestones
Congratulations to the following Women's Network members who have achieved personal or professional milestones:

Congratulations to Corey Cathey, Therapy Unlimited, LLC and Casey Buckman, Casey Buckman Photography (both members of WN) on recently getting engaged !

Kim Harrison  for concluding 34 years at Direct Impaqt and for transitioning into a new role in her agricultural tech company, 2BuyAg !


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.
Women's Network, a Division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce
300 S Providence Rd
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 874-1132