September 2017 Newsletter
September 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
Coffee, Connections and Choosing Happy

August was one of those months where I had to focus the majority of my time on the details of managing a business. Sitting behind my desk far more than usual, catching up from early month travels and filling in the gap for employees who have needed time away from the office has taught me I long for more variety and connection in my day. Having to say no to engagements far more than yes in August was something I had to do just to make it all balance.
Many experts visualize balance using a pie chart. Neatly color coded compartments for every section of our life: career, relationships, fitness, finance, personal growth, spirituality, etc. However, my reality of balance is visualized more like the classic video game Tetris. People, deadlines, opportunities come floating into our lives and we are tasked with logically looking at them and making them all fit the best to our ability. As deadlines approach and we take on more responsibilities, we can often feel that ... Read More
Upcoming Events - September 2017 
Tuesday, September 12
  Mentoring 2017-2018 Program Kick-off - 2 p.m. - Masonic Home of Missouri
Wednesday, September 13
 Monthly Program Committee Meeting - 12 p.m. - Walton Bldg.
Thursday, September 14
 Membership Development Committee Meeting - 12 p.m. - Walton Bldg.
Friday, September 15
Ron Marley Scholarship Opens - Application Link & More Information Here!
Thursday, September 21
Women's Network Monthly Luncheon - 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Peachtree - Register Here!
Wednesday, September 27
  Leadership Development Roundtable Program - 12 p.m. - Walton Bldg. - Register Here!
Women's Network Fall Mixer - 5-7 p.m. - Bright City Lights - Register Here!
Thursday, September 28
  Quarterly Membership Breakfast - 7 a.m. - The Crossing - Register Here!
Changing the Odds Committee Meeting - TBA - Walton Bldg.
September Luncheon

Presenting Sponsor
Welcome Sponsor

Nancy Allison,
Shelter Insurance Agent
Date: September 21, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Peachtree Catering & Banquet Center
Why Servant Leadership?

How would your life change if you could tap into your full potential? What if you could have anything you want for your life? Why Servant Leadership? There is a price to pay for not practicing servant leadership and a benefit gained for doing so. It will transform your life both personally and professionally. Fortune 500 companies have found that it is the best way to lead (Starbucks, FedEx, and more). Douglass Petty will be speaking on this topic during the September Luncheon.
Luncheon attendees will take away :
*an appreciation for servant leadership
*an understanding of what servant leadership is
*a servant leader profile assessment

Advance registration is appreciated.  Online pre-registration is $15 for members and $18 for guests until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 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! 
Fall Mixer
Date: September 27, 2017
Time: 5 - 7 p.m.
Location: Bright City Lights (1400 Heriford Rd)
Fall in the City

Join Women's Network for our annual Fall Mixer! Your registration includes all food and beverages. You don't want to miss this networking opportunity!

Thank you to our sponsors : Location Sponsor  Bright City Lights ; Beverage Sponsor  N.H. Scheppers Distributing Company ; Gold Sponsors  Staybridge Suites   and   The Connection Exchange, LLC ; Door Prize Sponsors  Les Bourgeois Vineyards  and   Sitter Getter Home Help LLC
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 Spotlight
Leadership Development Roundtable - September Program

Presenting Sponsor
Date: September 27, 2017
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Walton Building (Chamber)
Navigating Negativity

Please join us for a roundtable discussion about Navigating Negativity . This month's discussion will be led by Cathy Atkins and will focus on dealing with negativity in the work place.

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
Date: September 21, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: PeachTree Catering & Banquet Center
Business Clothing Drive

It's time to clean out your closets! The Changing the Odds committee will be hosting a business clothing drive at the monthly luncheon on Thursday, September 21. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at PeachTree Catering & Banquet Center. Please bring your  gently used business suits/attire jewelry  and  shoes . Donations will be gifted to the  Assistance League of Mid Missouri/Upscale Resale  in preparation for the fall Changing the Odds Job Seminar that will be held October 28.
If you are unable to drop your donations off at the luncheon or attend that day, please drop them off at Upscale Resale on any of the following dates:
* Thursday, September 21 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
* Friday, September 22 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
* Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Don't forget to mention that your donation is for the Changing the Odds Fall Job Seminar! 

Mark Your Calendar!
Keynote Speaker : Jen Wheeler, founder of Safi Sana Cleaning and City of Refuge
Location : Kimball Ballroom at Lela Raney Wood Hall, Stephens College, 6 N. College Ave.
Who should attend : Entrepreneurs, employees from nonprofits, community members, students
Cost : $15.00 (Columbia Chamber of Commerce members: $10)
Date: October 12, 2017
Time: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Kimball Ballroom, Stephens College

Good Business Breakfast:
Celebrating Women in Social Enterprise

Women are leaders in using innovation and social entrepreneurship to solve community problems, employing business strategies to improve cultural, social and environmental conditions. This breakfast will highlight some of the great social enterprises in central Missouri in order to teach and inspire others while celebrating the role of women as leaders in this field. Join the Missouri Women’s Business Center, the Women’s Network of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Stephens College in learning more about making an impact through social enterprise and celebrating women social entrepreneurs in our community.
Welcome New Members!
Mike Sukup | Cripps & Simmons, LLC
Cindy Ridout | Columbia CPA Group, LLC
Beth Worsham | KRCG
Julie Kirchhoff | Masonic Home of Missouri
Angela Scott | Daniel Boone Regional Library
Craig Meyer | Providence Bank
Missy Montgomery | Columbia College
Whitney Wright | University of Missouri Health Care
Julie Irvin | Residence Inn by Marriott
Traci Marshall |, Inc.
Jennifer Bandy |  Jennifer G. Bandy PhD, LPC
Stacia Gerrish | The Bank of Missouri
Scholarships Available
Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge

Each year Women’s Network awards two of our members with Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge scholarships. It’s time to apply for the Class of 2017-2018, and possibly the Women’s Network scholarships for this outstanding program.

The Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge meets four times a year in different cities, for three days at a time, with interesting behind-the-scenes learning experiences in each location. 

Applications DUE September 16, 2017!
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!
Committee Spotlight: Changing the Odds
The Changing the Odds Committee is gearing up for the next Landing the Job seminar on Saturday, October 28 at the Chamber of Commerce. The seminar is a day-long workshop of empowering women to confidently pursue their career goals. The committee hosts two seminars a year (spring and fall) – including a new Personal Finance seminar held this spring, covering topics like building a smart budget, understanding credit & banking, navigating financial aid & scholarships, and planning for the future. This fall the seminar will provide assistance for women who are looking for ways to improve their job prospects by providing 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.

The Committee wants 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 Thursday, September 21. We’ll be accepting gently-used business suits/clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories, so clean out your closet and bring them to the luncheon. All donations will be gifted to Upscale Resale.

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

Women's Network Member Milestones
Congratulations to the following Women's Network members who have achieved personal or professional milestones:

Melissa Carr for celebrating her 45 year work anniversary with  Daniel Boone Regional Library

Tania Cook  for celebrating her 32 year work anniversary with  Job Point

Nancy Fay  for hitting a milestone with  Mary Kay  and receiving her diamond ring!

Valerie Zumwalt  for receiving her John Maxwell certification !

The Southern Rose  celebrated their one year anniversary !

Polly Reynolds  for celebrating her 5 year work anniversary with The Trust Company !


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