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Springfield, Missouri Chapter Newsletter
November 2017 Issue
  • President's Letter
  • Current Month's Meeting
  • AWC National News -
    Seeking Board Members
  • AWC Chapter News
    New Member Spotlight


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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 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

December Luncheon

Topic: Tell Your Story! Developing your brand on video.

Presenter: Sony Hocklander

December 5th

11:30am-1pm (lunch at 11:45am)

425 Downtown

Uncovering Your Personal Brand
personal brand

What do other people say about you when you aren’t in the room? How does the world view your personal brand? We will discuss ways to differentiate you from your peers so you can positively influence decision makers.

Join us for this informative and engaging conversation on Tuesday, November 7!


Jill Wiggins, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP  Director of Student Services, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Springfield Clinical Campus

We are pleased to welcome Jill Wiggins to our November luncheon. In her role as Director of Student Services for the MU School of Medicine in Springfield,Jill Develops and directs career advising services for medical students assigned to the Springfield Clinical Campus.

She is a respected professional with 18 years of experience in human resources, including 15 specifically focused on career development and student affairs. She serves a student population of more than 22,000, while overseeing a comprehensive center that includes a professional and support staff of 23, who provide programming and services for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni.

President’s Letter

Jacqueline Post, President

Confronting Confrontation


I write this article as a complete student on this topic.  As a child and through myearly 20s, I was too good at confronting others (my poor mom). Then came my mid-20s, where I took on the “pick your battles” motto and had very little conflict, even at times when more was needed.

Several years later, I need to relearn the appropriate level of confrontation and how to handle it appropriately. As I began to research the topic, I found several common threads. Women are much less eager to confront someone than their male counterparts.

With that in mind, here are my top tips:

1.) The 24 hour rule still applies. Upset about a comment your boss made or your employee being dishonest about something? Think on how you want to address it overnight. Think about how your words can have the most impact on the person you’ll be confronting. What can you say to change this behavior from happening again?

2.) It’s a conversation, not a confrontation. Go into addressing the issue on a positive note and make sure the conversation is two-ways. Remember: you are just 50% of the conversation. Give the other person a chance to address what their intent was and, in some circumstances, the chance to apologize. Feel good about giving that person a chance to course-correct their behavior.

3.) In person is best. As tempting as it is to fire off an all-caps emails, that won’t gain the result you’re hoping for. If person-to- person isn’t possible, try over the phone. To truly hear each other out, it’s best to find an unassuming and private place to discuss the issue at hand.

4.) Bring your empathy with you. Confrontation doesn’t mean arguing or feuding. Go into a confrontation with hopes of a resolution and seeing things from the other person’s perspective.

You truly never know what others are going through and how that can impact actions. One person is not necessarily right and the other wrong, it’s about getting to a place of respect and understanding.

AWC National News

Get Involved with AWC on the National Level -- Now Accepting Nominations for the National Board

As a national director, you will have the opportunity to represent AWC Springfield as you:

  • Develop & share your leadership skills.

  • Get to know and work with other outstanding women leaders.

  • Promote the organization and its chapters.

  • Encourage membership.

  • Mentor the establishment of new chapters, and student chapters.

  • Attend and participate in regular and special meetings.

  • Maintain communication and liaise with diverse groups of members.

Nominations and self-nominations are due by Monday, November 6, 2017at5:00 pm CST. Send your nomination or self-nomination to The AWC Nominating Committee will review all nominations and voting will begin on Monday, November 20, 2017.


A board member is elected to a three-year term, commencing on January 1. An elected board member is required to attend two in-person board meetings per year (one during the national conference), 10-12 conference calls throughout the year and other duties as assigned. Please view thenomination formfor more deals.

Interested serving on the AWC National Board of Directors?Click hereto read about the current board. You can alsoaccess theNomination FormandRoles and Responsibilities.


Questions?If you would like to speak with anyone on the AWC Nominating Committee, please contact the AWC National Office at or 417-886-8606.

AWC Chapter News

Membership Drive

AWC’s Fall Membership Drive began October 1 and runs through November 30.

The $50 application fee for new members will be waived, and prizes will be awarded to individual members and chapters. We look forward to welcoming even more outstanding new members to AWC Springfield!


Join Us for November Thankfulness Volunteer Night

Family and friends are invited to help us give back as we help our friends at Convoy of Hope.

The event takes place Tuesday, November 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Children must be 10 years or older to participate.


Christmas Party

Christmas party Ring in the holiday season at the AWC Christmas Celebration. Stay   tuned for location and details!

 Tuesday, November 28th

Location:Brenda Jackson's Home


December Coffee Talkcoffee

Drop in for a hot cup of joe and some lively Friday morning conversation on  your way to work.

Friday, December 8th


Classic Rock Coffee (in the Roasting Room)


AWC’s Sony Hocklander Leads the 2017 Downtown Christmas Parade

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

The whole community is invited to enjoy the parade on Saturday, December 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Downtown Springfield.

We would love to get a group of AWC members together to cheer on Sony on this exciting occasion, so come join us!

New Member Spotlight


Amy E. Qualls

Company Regional Program Manager of the Southern US

Enactus United States.

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

A: I am the Regional Program Manager if the Southern US for Enactus United States. This is avery new position, as I started September 5 th of this year.


Q: What attracted you to AWC?

A: Together with the networking, career building, and community the AWC offers, I was mostattracted to the    AWC after being introduced to it by my friend, Anjanette LaBellarte-Gilbert.Anjanette is a confident, professional,   and inspiring woman! When I knew she was apart if thisgroup and that she found it rewarding I knew I had to be                                                              a part of it.

Q: What is your business goal this year?

A: As this career is so new to me, my goal is to become more efficient in your business operation as a way to increase productivity. Specifically, I manage 65 teams of college students covering 7 states. I have numerous objectives to meet with every team including making meaningful contact. By April of 2018, I strive to have met in person or virtually with every single team of students.


Q: What word best describes you?

A: Present


Q: What is your motto in life?

A: I wouldn’t say I have a motto, but I do have a question to self. Every day I ask myself “Howwas I kind? How was I brave, and how did I fail?” This is actually a line of questioning childpsychologists urge mothers to ask their children. Well, I think it’s just as important to askyourself as an adult “What’s your why?” I ask myself this “mantra” to hold myself accountable.Every day we must be mindful of our actions and decisions; keeping our affect on ourcommunity in the forefront of our minds. By community, I mean our partners, our peers, ourneighbors, and our society. How has your mantra and “why” affected your life? As young,female, nonprofit leaders we must be brave every day. We must speak up for the voiceless,make the hard decisions, and always go high even when others go low. We must be kind aswhat we do does not happen in a vacuum. We affect our community more than we know. Mostimportantly we must hold ourselves accountable, learn from our mistakes, measure oursuccesses and failures, and most importantly grow from that information.


Q: What are you most proud of?

A: I am most proud of my ability to set and meet my goals. I had a goal to be hired within amonth of college graduation and was hired 2 weeks before walking. I wanted to purchase ahome without the assistance from a husband and I met with a financial planner and made ithappen. I set my sights on not only finishing Graduate school but finishing with honors, andgraduated in 18 months with a 4.0. After getting engaged I wanted to plan 85% of my weddingbefore my first group of finals in graduate school – did it. I know what I am capable of, andwhat I can accomplish. I believe that by knowing my own SWOT, I am able to make SMARTgoals for every aspect of my life.


Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I have 2 cats and one 95 lbs pit mix - my fiancé and I call them our fur babies. Alongside of friends, family, and the last of my wedding planning I am also currently learning to play the Ukulele.

Q: What was the last book you read?

A: The Magicians, by Lev Grossman