A Division of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce

September 2016 Newsletter

To connect, empower and engage members through leadership development, educational opportunities and innovative outreach.
Take Time to Rest

As we just survived the trauma-filled "back to school" season, it feels timely for me to talk about what might be the one most important key to living your life in our theme for the year, "Go Big."
Rest. Yep, I said it. You have to rest.
I know you're all saying the same thing that I say . . . "Great idea, Peff. When am I supposed to fit that in? Before grocery shopping? After taking the kids to soccer practice and cooking dinner? On the weekends, when that's the only time I get caught up on cleaning and laundry? Give me a break. That sounds great in theory, but I don't see it happening."
Listen. I'm not even close to kidding, and I'm not saying... READ MORE

Women's Network September 2016 Calendar


Steering & 
Co-Chairs Committee
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Walton Building
Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge Scholarship
Applications Due
5 p.m.
Labor Day
Chamber Office Closed
Special Events Committee
12-1 p.m.
Walton Building
Membership Development Committee Meeting
12-1 p.m. 
Walton Building
Mentoring Program Kick-Off
12-1:30 p.m.
Walton Building
Marketing & Communications Committee Meeting
12-1 p.m.
Walton Building
Monthly Program Committee Meeting
12-1 p.m. 
Walton Building

Fall Mixer
5-7 p.m.
Alternative Community Training (ACT)



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

September Luncheon & Business Clothing Drive
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
PeachTree Banquet Center
EPIC Election Meet & Greet
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Leadership Development Roundtable
12-1 p.m.
Walton Bldg.
September Quarterly Membership Breakfast
7-9 a.m.
Holiday Inn Executive Center
Diversity in the Workplace 

Upcoming Monthly Luncheon Programs

October 20, 2016 | Technology | Speaker Beth Ziesenis
November 17, 2016 | Virtual Reality | Speaker Sarah Hill
January 19, 2017 | Conscience-Driven Ethical Leadership | Speaker Dan Hesse
Committee Spotlight: Changing the Odds

The Changing the Odds Committee is gearing up for our next Landing the Job seminar on October 15 at the Chamber, a day-long workshop of empowering women to confidently pursue their career goals. The committee hosts this event twice a year (Spring and Fall) for women who are looking for ways to improve their job prospects, and committee members provide them with education and resources about career development, resume and cover letter writing, interview dos and don'ts, and dressing for success. After a fashion show, attendees are given vouchers to shop for work- and interview-appropriate clothes at Upscale Resale.

We want to also give back to the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri, who operates Upscale Resale, by refreshing their inventory of gently-used professional clothing in preparation for the Fall Seminar. You, too, can help! The Changing the Odds Committee will be hosting a business clothing drive at the Women's Network Luncheon on September 22. We'll be accepting clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories, so clean out your closet and bring them to the luncheon. Donations will be gifted to the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri and Upscale.

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.
What: Business Clothing Drive

When: September 22nd at the Women's Network Monthly Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: PeachTree Catering & Banquet Center (120 E Nifond Blvd Ste D)

*If you are unable to drop your donations off September 22, please take to Upscale Resale (1729 W Broadway Ste 1A) on Friday, September 23 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Make sure you mention it is for the Changing the Odds Seminar.

Don't miss the Women's Network Fall Mixer!

Join Women's Network for a country chic evening! Your registration includes food and beverages.

2016-2017 Women's Network Mentoring Pairs

10 mentor/mentee pairs were selected for the second year of the program. These individuals will start meeting on a monthly and quarterly. They will be setting their personal and professional goals and use the rest of the program year with their established Women's Network member to help meet and achieve those goals.

Congratulations to these individuals:
  • Kim Chinn, Shelter Insurance Companies - Main Office & Jan Grossmann, Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge
  • Patty Anderson, Columbia College & Mary Ropp, Flat Branch Home Loans
  • Danielle Woods, McCallum Place Eating Disorder Treatment Center & Denise Falco, Provision Living
  • Kim Stading, Smith Moore & Cheryl Edington, Cheryl Edington CPA LLC
  • Bailey Calton, Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center & Kat Cunningham, Moresource
  • Fran Muench, State Farm - Columbia Operations Center & Anne WIlliams, JobFinders Employment Services
  • Becky Reuter, Providence Bank & Deb Snellen, The Mizzou Alumni Association
  • Michele Curry, Commerce Bank & Karen Miller, Boone County Government
  • Gina Ridgeway-Long, Phoenix Home Care & Michele Spry, Midway Electric, Inc.
  • Katie Barthel, Williams-Keepers, LLC & Tina Workman, Shelter Insurance Companies - Main Office
Member Profile

Sarah Steinman, Cripps & Simmons, LLC

Sarah Steinman is the Office Administrator at Cripps & Simmons, LLC.  As with most office administrators, Sarah wears many hats.  She supervises all the office staff, handles many accounting tasks, and works closely with the clients and employees to make sure everyone has the best experience possible at Cripps & Simmons, LLC. 
Having graduated from University of Missouri Columbia with a degree in English, Sarah was not quite sure what direction she wanted to go.  Many of her fellow majors pursued teaching, but she was looking for something else.  She began working at Cripps & Simmons as a receptionist, and discovered her...READ MORE

Works For
Cripps & Simmons, LLC
(573) 447-3355
1109 Club Village Dr Ste 101
PO Box 7068
Columbia, MO 65205
Leadership Development Roundtable

What: Risk & Failure
When: Wednesday, September 28th 
Where: 300 South Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65203

Upcoming Roundtables 

October 26, 2016 | Strengths Finders: Part 2
November 23, 2016 |  Women's Network Opportunities: A Glance at Past Award and Scholarship Recipient Experiences
Book Review

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

Before you finish that next negative thought, you might want to think again.

Dr. Joseph Murphy, author of the "Power of Your Subconscious Mind" certainly believes so, and after reading this strangely addicting self-help bible, you might tend to agree. "Never finish a negative statement; reverse it immediately, and wonders will happen in your life!" Murphy commands, as he prophesizes that the mind controls the body and turns our thoughts into reality. Instead, begin to turn your wishes into...READ MORE
Women's Network Member Milestones

  • 2B Organized Mid-Missouri is celebrating one full year in business on September 1.
  • Rhonda Stone Lightfoot with the Masonic Home of Missouri was recently appointed to represent Perche Township on the Boone County Planning & Zoning Commission.
  • Melissa Carr is celebrating her 44th year with the Daniel Boone Regional Library this month.
  • Tania Cook with Job Point has been with the company for 31 years this month.
  • Jaime Palmer with Central Bank of Boone County is celebrating her 3rd year with the company this month.
  • Michele Curry with Commerce Bank has been cast as Ariel in the Little Mermaid production through the Columbia Entertainment Co. Shows will be held throughout September.
  • Jennifer Truesdale was featured in the Columbia Tribune's August Difference Makers. Read about her role at Heart of Missouri United Way here.
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.
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. Look for the application to be released around mid-September on the Columbia Chamber of Commerce website.
Welcome New Women's Network Members

Jadria Metcalf | Boone Hospital Center

Karen Hajicek | Brown Willbrand, PC

Amber Olson | City of Columbia

Jody Cook | City of Columbia

Stephanie Brown | City of Columbia

Cassi Cody | Columbia Daily Tribune / Tribune Publishing Co.

Joanna Chandler | Courtyard by Marriott

Molly Metza | Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer

Keeley Michael | Keeley Michael Yoga

Nicole Hume | KMOS-TV Missouri PBS

David Nivens | Midwest Computech

Kit Stolen | Providence Bank

Joel Schaffner | Redwood Financial Group LLC

Leah Sirois | Restoration Chiropractic

Debbie LaRue | The Callaway Bank

Lori Johnson | University of Missouri Health Care

Sara Cochran | University of Missouri System

Congratulations to the 2016 Women's Network Leadership Visit Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Jan Grossman, Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation and Jessie Kwatamdia, Alzheimer's Association Greater Missouri Chapter for receiving the Women's Network Leadership Visit scholarship. They will be going with a diverse delegation to Fort Collins, CO to learn about how that community approaches challenges and opportunities.

The Scholarship will cover their travel, lodging, transportation and group meals. This is a great opportunity for Jan and Jessie because not only do they get to learn about another community, they also have several days to network with many business leaders from Columbia.

Jan and Jessie will report back to the Women's Network Steering Committee and membership about the outcomes of the trip. The information they get from the trip can help create a better Women's Network and a better Columbia.
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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.