Happy August! Usually when I think of this month what comes to mind is summer vacations wrapping up, school supplies and the last wave of Missouri heat, but this year August in Columbia has a special attraction. Yes, the Solar Eclipse is fast approaching and not just any Solar Eclipse but one where we will be in the path of totality.

Just like the sun and the moon, aren’t we all on the path of totality? Seeking to find our own wholeness or completeness? Looking back on the Women’s Network events I attended in July I am so impressed by both our programming and our membership and the willingness that there is to share and celebrate each other’s journeys. Our July Luncheon Speaker Rod Long inspired us with his fight against both physical and psychological odds to find his passion and hopefully empowered us to make a greater positive difference on those around us. Your leadership team came together to set goals for the future of Women’s Network, with incredible zeal this group worked as a team throughout an entire afternoon to align committee goals with our new Strategic Plan. At a new member welcome I was able to meet several new faces who are eager to jump into the Women’s Network organization. And at the monthly Leadership Development Roundtable we were led in a discussion about Grit, where participants shared their views and courage of surviving difficult times and challenging adversity to get where they are today.

Personally, hearing these life experiences fills my soul and invites me to strive to be a stronger and more empathetic leader. Women’s Network has so many opportunities to both help you grow and help you feel whole. Applications are currently being accepted for the Mentoring Program. Whether you are someone who is seeking guidance in achieving your goals or a seasoned pro who understands the empowerment of paying it forward, I encourage you to become involved.

We also will be opening up our Scholarship Application process for the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge. Although I have not been through this series I have spoken with many participants who consider it one of their top achievements, describing the experience as life changing. Greater Missouri’s goal is to educate and inspire leaders to make a positive difference as individuals in helping address important problems throughout the state by experiencing, engaging and networking. Two scholarships are awarded each year to Women’s Network members. If you are looking for a way to move forward into finding your passion I encourage you to enquire and apply about this incredible program.

In closing I will paraphrase a quote from Ward, “opportunities are like an eclipse. If you wait too long, you miss them.” So this month I champion you to seize each chance to step closer to your own path of totality, help one another along the way and remember you are never alone because even the moon needs the sun to shine its light.

All my best,



Michele Batye

P.S. If you have not yet taken the all member survey, please spend a few minutes telling us what you want from your organization. #WNmakeitcount