The Steering Committee sets policy for the organization, establishes goals and identifies priorities. Steering also reviews and evaluates the results of committee action toward the accomplishment of Women’s Network’s goals and priorities. The following are the Steering Committee members for the July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 year:
Krista Kippenberger, Focus on Health Chiropractic
2019-2020 Chair Elect
Michele Curry, Commerce Bank
2019-2020 Past Chair
Tennille Lester, Landmark Bank
Lara Pieper, Bloom Bookkeeping LLC
Dr. Janice Dawson-Threat, Grade A Plus Incorporated
Katie Fleming Cunningham, Emery Sapp & Sons
Nikki McGruder, Inclusive Impact Institute
Kelly Myers, Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home
Amanda Wooden, Wooden Hills Farm
Committees are the workhorses of Women’s Network. Each committee meets once a month; meetings are open to all Women’s Network members to attend and are a great way to share your expertise in a specific area, gain experience in a new discipline, make new contacts with businesses across Columbia, and network with new and established members of Women’s Network. Each committee is lead by committee Co-Chairs, and at least one Steering Liaison. Co-Chairs serve staggered, two-year terms and are tasked with fulfilling the duties of each committee.
- Budget and Finance
- Changing the Odds
- Leadership Development Roundtable
- Marketing & Communications
- Membership Development
- Monthly Program
- Special Events
The Budget & Finance Committee oversees financial matters and develops an understanding of the use of finances and how Women’s Network may meet both long- and short-term goals.
Chaired by Women’s Network Treasurer, Lara Pieper, Bloom Bookkeeping LLC
This committee meets as needed.
Changing the Odds Committee assists women who are looking for ways to improve their job prospects, including women who have never held a job, may have left the job market for a period of time or have had recent changes in their career goals.
This committee meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at the Chamber.
Leadership Development Roundtable (LDR) provides an opportunity to network, exchange ideas and learn/discuss relevant topics, in a small monthly-program setting. The programs are free to attend and are open to both members and non-members of Women’s Network. Attendees may bring a brown bag lunch if desired.
The programs occur on the fourth Wednesday of each month at noon at the Chamber.
The Marketing & Communications Committee promotes Women’s Network and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce activities and events through media and professional contacts. The committee develops press releases, brochures, a monthly newsletter and responds to requests from various Women’s Network committees to publicize activities and arrange media opportunities.
This committee meets on the second Monday of every month at noon at the Chamber.
The Membership Development Committee strengthens existing relationships with current members, previous Women’s Network leadership, as well as all potential and new members. Committee activities include hosting New Member Welcomes events, greeting guests at monthly luncheons, reaching out to new members and coordinating the Experience Women’s Network (XWN) program, which is a membership recruiting/retention tool and platform for ongoing communication.
Amanda Tilford, Clear Vision Development Group
Rebecca Young, Columbia Insurance Group
This committee meets the second Thursday of each month at noon at the Chamber.
The Mentoring Committee coordinates the pairing of individuals as Mentors/Mentees within the organization. This program offers a unique opportunity for individuals to build relationships and grow both personally and professionally.
This committee meets as needed. Mentor/Mentee pairs are asked to meet once a month.
The Monthly Program Committee develops informative and dynamic monthly luncheon programs that meet the mission of Women’s Network, with an emphasis on business and leadership development, and provide valuable networking opportunities for our members and guests.
Sara Humm, City of Columbia
Stephanie Smith, Columbia Mall
This committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month at noon at the Chamber.
The Special Events Committee is the event planning committee for Women’s Network. This committee is in charge of several large events throughout the year including; Women’s Network fall and spring mixers, the ATHENA International Awards Banquet, Roses for Mentors and the Women’s Network Holiday Party.
This committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon at the Chamber.