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Springfield, Missouri Chapter Newsletter
April 2019 Issue
IN THIS ISSUE:
  • President's Letter
  • AWC National News
  • AWC Chapter News

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Networking: 11:30 a.m.
Lunch & Program: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.425 Downtown,

425 West Walnut Street
Springfield, MO

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

$16 for members

$10 for first time guests

$25 for guest’s second meeting

$10 for AWC students/student members
RSVPby 5/3/2019

Please note: No-shows and late cancellations (cancellations received later than noon the 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


May Speaker Series
Leadership- Gender Differences in the way we Lead

This month's meeting will feature Rhonda Christopher,withBKD CPAs & Advisors! She will be speaking on Leadership: gender differences and the way we lead.

Rhonda has more than 20 years of experience working with BKD, LLP and BKD Wealth Advisors,LLC. She initially spent 16 years with BKD providing audit, tax and consulting services and then joined BKD Wealth Advisors in 2010. After serving as the office director for the Springfield practice for six years, Rhonda now focuses on providing financial and estate planning services to high-net-worth families. She coordinates investment management with tax, retirement, financial education and estate planning.


In 2018, Rhonda was chosen by the Springfield Business Journal as one of the area’s “20 Most Influential Women.”

**BONUS– Brandi Keltner is providing free headshots to members during this month’s Speaker Series. To allow for extra time, she will start taking photos at 11AM (before the program) and will stay a bit after 1PM. For more information, be sure to check out our Facebook event here:https://www.facebook.com/events/577746789405024/


****PLUS– During the luncheon, we will be giving out our member pins during a special ceremony.

Friendly Reminder of our AWC Tuesday Speaker Series Lunch Event Pricing

$16 Registration
$18 Late Registration (after 5/5)

$18 Walk-In Registration

$10 Student Registration

$12 Student Late Registration (after 5/5)

$12 Student Walk-In Registration

$10 First-Time Guest Registration
$12 First-Time Guest Late Registration(after 5/5)

$12 First-Time Walk-In Registration

$25 Repeat Guest Registration
$27 Repeat Guest Late Registration (after 5/5)

$27 Repeat Guest Walk-In Registration


Pondering from the President
Connect with your AWC Chapter Members
Carlye Wannenmacher, Co-President & Treasurer

 

I get it. We are all busy and the work load ebbs and flows. Fortunately for me, first quarter has been a little less hectic than the norm. I’ve taken advantage of this extra time to reach out to a few AWC members and ask them to lunch or coffee recently. What a fantastic experience! I’ve known a few of these ladies for years but learned more about their professional and personal lives in that one face-to-face meeting than dozens of AWC activities.

Connecting one-on-one is entirely different and so well worth it.Our chapter has a program that encourages this activity that is called AWC Connects. A few of our members have volunteered to maintain a list of participants and match them up with another member each month so they can meet and get to know one another better. I had not signed up for the program due to a big work project in 2018, but I’m going to change that at the next opportunity.

Make the most of your membership and connect our members in a whole new way. There will be more information about AWC Connects at our April Speaker Series luncheon. Don’t miss the opportunity to get more connected with the fantastic ladies of AWC.

 

AWC National News

AWC Professional Development Conference

Make plans to join us at the AWC Professional Development Conference in St. Charles, Missouri. There will be educational presentations by national speakers, networking, food and fun! Don’t miss this opportunity to broaden your business contacts and grow in your communications career knowledge.

The conference will be held Sunday, September 29 to October 1 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Shopping, carpooling and room sharing are optional.

During the early registration period, our chapter will pay $100 toward current member’s registration fees to attend. That reduces your out of pocket registration cost to $175. The full cost for early registration is $275. In order to participate and receive the $100 benefit, your $175 must be paid before June 1. Make your check payable to AWC Springfield, MO and bring to the next meeting. Don’t miss this opportunity. No reimbursements will be provided after the June 1 deadline. No registration fee refunds.

For additional information, contact Mitzie Zerr 417-818-2551.

Find your tribe with The Association for Women in Communications
The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) is the premier organization for empowering women like you with the strength, support, and tools for elevating your career and becoming an agent of change in the industry. We are a network of like-minded women who are genuinely invested in helping you reach your potential.

If you are passionate for communications, driven toward greatness, motivated to lead, and inspired to elevate the future of this industry, join the thousands of women nationwide who have already discovered the benefits of AWC. Plus, you can save $50 when you join in the the month of April!

Learn more here.


AWC Chapter News

AWC Members Invited to Networking Breakfast

On behalf of Leadership Springfield, Drury Insight would like to cordially invite you to attend a networking breakfast event at Drury University’s Reed Auditorium on Friday, April 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.The event will feature a free breakfast, time to network with other Springfield professionals, a $100 Access Class scholarship giveaway, and special guest speaker,Francine Pratt, who will speak on the topic of how socioeconomic issues impact the Springfield community. 

To secure your spot for this FREE event,RSVP Here.
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Board and Committee Openings

Are you interested in getting more involved in AWC? Consider serving on the board or on one of our committees. Positions don’t start until July. We’ll be sharing more information about the opportunities in the coming months!

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Get to Know Other Members with AWC Connects

AWC Connects is a great way for members to get to know each other on a one-on-one basis. Each month you are matched with another member to schedule lunch, drinks, a walk in the park or whatever suits your fancy. If you are interested in participating, please contact Mitzie Zerr at Mitzie.Zerr@yahoo.com.

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April Social

When:Thursday, April 25, 5PM-7PM

Where:Harmony House; 3404 E. Ridgeview St.; Springfield, MO 65804

Join AWC members & guests in April for a social at Harmony House. There will be appetizers for us to snack on, but we do ask you to bring your own beverage to enjoy during this social and feel free to invite your friends! We do suggest bringing a donation for Harmony House as your “entrance ticket”. More information to come on our website (www.awcspringfieldmo.org) and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AWCSGF/)

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May Coffee Talk

When:Wednesday, May 22,7:30AM-9AM

Where:TBD

Catch up with members and meet new members while enjoying breakfast and coffee before heading to work. No RSVP required. Just drop-in and invite a friend or colleague!

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AprilMembership Anniversaries:

Denise Dunaway – 1 year

Caroline Richardson – 1 year

Stephanie Grandestaff – 1 year

Brandi Keltner – 1 year

Kerry Pope – 1 year

Melinda Arnold – 1 year

Jami Moore – 1 year

Lindsay Sparks – 1 year

Trish McAdams – 1 year

Sony Hocklander – 2 years

Lisa Hamaker – 2 years

Hannah Bunch – 2 years

Leisha Baker – 3 years

LaDonna Greiner – 4 years

Terry Baum – 5 years

Kristen Medenhall – 7 years

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New Member Spotlight
Emily Logan
Learning & Development Director, BKD LLP

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

A: I have worked at BKD, LLP an accounting firm in Springfield for 13 years. My role began as Executive Assistant to our Managing Partner. Over the years I have picked up numerous additional responsibilities such as event planning for all office meetings, social and civic events. Four years ago, I also became the Learning & Development Director. In this role I facilitate continuing education trainings & webinars to our professional staff helping ensure they meet compliance for their CPA licensing requirements.

 

Q: What attracted you to AWC?

A: My good friend & co-worker, Carly Taft, showcased the benefits of AWC  and I was drawn to the network of women in similar careers.

 

Q: What is your business goal this year?

A: I am a member of our office Employee Engagement Council where we analyze survey results on employee satisfaction and engagement. This year I have a goal to create an even more positive and productive work environment resulting in increased cohesion and retention.

 

Q: What word best describes you?

A: Arranger (Strengths Finder theme)


Q: What is your motto in life?

A:One recent evening my 7-year-old repeated to me “If you think you can, or think you can’t; you’re right” as I was struggling to match her nimble flexibility.Apparently, I recite that often enough she is now coaching me on my mindset!

*Sidenote – it wasn’t graceful but I was able to somewhat accomplish her feat.

 

Q: What are you most proud of?

A: Raising strong daughters. I have 2 girls ages 7 & 9 and strive to develop them into independent, creative, awesome and adventurous little humans!

 

Q: What are your hobbies?

A:I enjoy camping & hiking with my husband & kids. Our favorite spot is exploring the Northwest Arkansas region. I also set an activity challenge every year completing events such as Tough Mudder courses and a marathon. This year will be a 60 mile canoe race in 10 hours down the Missouri River. Finally, once an avid volleyball player, I am drilling skills into my daughters in the highest hope that they will latch onto the game.

 

Q: What was the last book you read?

A: I recently finished 2 books: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama – very inspiring and insightful as well as “When the Men were Gone” based on a true story about a woman who coached a high school football team during WWII.


 
 

 

 
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