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Springfield, Missouri Chapter Newsletter
January 2018 Issue
  • President's Letter
  • Current Month's Meeting
  • AWC National News
  • AWC Chapter News
    - New Member Spotlight


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Lunch and Meeting
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

425 Downtown,
425 West Walnut Street
Springfield, MO

Join us at 11:30 a.m. for networking

Program begins at noon.

$16 for members
Free for first time guests
$25 for guest’s second meeting
$14 for AWC students/student members

RSVP Online

Please note: No-shows and late cancellations (cancellations received later thannoonthe day prior to the meeting) will be billed. If you have special dietary requests please specify in your RSVP.

*Guests may attend up to two meetings without being an AWC member.

Upcoming Meetings:

All meetings at 425 Downtown,425 West Walnut Street

Self-Leadership for AWC

What is self-leadership and why is it important to women? Self-leadership impacts all areas of

our lives, our health, our careers and our relationships.

As individuals, we view the world through filters based on our experiences, values and assumptions. Those filters can either limit or expand what we see. Do we see the glass as half full or half empty?


Dr. Donalisa Stinyard will show you how you can use the Seven Levels of Energy Leadership to lead yourself and be the cause of your life rather than the effect.


Donalisa Stinyard

Founder and Self-Leadership Expert

Evolution U

Donalisa Stinyard changed the course of her life from soldier to civilian to self-leadership strategist after completing a
doctoral degree and leadership coaching certification. With a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotions, she has committed her life to health and wellness, both physical and mental.

With two decades of military leadership experience and an aspiration to serve budding female leaders who might be struggling to find value in their voice, she created Evolution U to help them reach their full leadership potential. She works with her clients to create a self-leadership strategy. She helps them act and initiate their own leadership development. This creates the groundwork helping them design their own trajectory.

Donalisa’s goal in life is empowering women to be confident, not only in their leadership skills, but in who they are and for what they stand.

Ponderings from the President

Jacqueline Post, President

Is 2018 your year?


As we close out the year, more than half of us will set resolutions to ensure 2018 is the best year yet. Unfortunately, a very small percentage of resolutions are fulfilled. We’ve all seen it: the packed gym that clears out by mid-February. What do those who keep their resolutions

have in common? How can we make sure we land on the successful side?

Make sure your goal or resolution is achievable. Not only do you need a goal, you need to develop the plan to achieve it. Break down the large goal into smaller, more bite-sized steps. If you’re goal is to get to work earlier each day, you need to start by setting out your clothes and belongings the night before. You need to get specific and develop a way to measure your progress.

If you have goals, resolutions or dreams for 2018—congrats! The desire to continue to improve yourself, your life or the lives of those around you is the best place to start. Don’t forget, your AWC Family is here to help you be successful in whatever it is you want.

I’m wishing each of you a happy holiday season. Cheers to a successful new year!

AWC National News

AWC Springfield’s LaDonna Greiner Elected to AWC National Board of Directors


Congratulations to author and motivational speaker LaDonna Greiner on her recent election to the AWC 2018 National Board of Directors!

LaDonna joins two other new board members, Julie Navickas and Anita Parran. Pat Meads and Kristin Van Nort were both elected to a second term.

The new board begins its term on January 1, 2018. Continuing members include AWC Springfield’s Mitzie Zerr, along with Michelle Maggs, Kaley Daniel, Peggy Fleming, Allison Buehner, Lisa Angle and Judy Arent-Morency.


AWC Chapter News

Greiner Celebrates Christmas Open House with Artist Meike Aton

christmas open house


AWC national board member-elect LaDonna Greiner recently participated in a Christmas Open House at Meike Aton Art Studio and Gallery. 

The event featured wine, music, art and cheers, along with LaDonna’s 21 Reasons to Say Thank You Gratitude Kits, which include note cards featuring breathtaking photos from around the Ozarks region.

Guests were also reated to live music by John Waldo and Wade Hall’s
rustic Tree Frog Custom Furniture. One lucky guest also even went home
with an original Meike Aton painting!


2017 Downtown Christmas Parade Features AWC Springfield’s Hocklander


Local journalist and entrepreneur Sony Hocklander recently served as grand marshal for Springfield’s Downtown Christmas Parade, in celebration of this year’s theme, “A Downtown Christmas Story.”

Neighbors from around the Ozarks community came out to celebrate on Saturday, December 9.

Sony is an active supporter of numerous local organizations including Harmony House and Ozarks Food Harvest, and served as our guest speaker for AWC Springfield’s monthly luncheon in December.



Member Anniversaries

Brenda Jackson -- 20 years

Allison Gregory -- 1 year

Sarah Thomas -- 1 year


New Member Spotlight

Carly Taft

Marketing & Business Development Manager


Q: Where do you work and what is your role there?

A: I am the Marketing and Business Development Manager at BKD. I develop marketing strategies for our commercial teams as well as help our client service personnel accomplish their marketing goals.

Q: What attracted you to AWC?

A: I attended one meeting and quickly realized that this group of women would be instrumental in my career and life goals. The entire group emitted empowerment and leadership qualities that I would love to absorb!

Q: What is your business goal this year?

A: Being new to Springfield and my company, my goal is to submerse myself in the community as much as I can and build a professional network that I can rely on while still maintaining the work/life balance that is oh so important!

Q: What word best describes you?

A: Passionate

Q: What is your motto in life?

A: You choose your happiness and you choose the way you react to negative situations. Yes, I’ll admit that I am guilty of this occasionally but then I remind myself that I am in control of my happiness, success and future.

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: My son. That 15 month old monster (I mean – cutie) is my pride and joy. And no, I’m not just saying that because I’m a mom and I have to.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I love to go to the lake and sit on my dock. Hence why I chose to move to Springfield this year so I can be surrounded by lakes.

Q: What was the last book you read?

A: The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack