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Springfield, Missouri Chapter Newsletter
May 2018 Issue
  • President's Letter
  • Current Month's Meeting
  • AWC National News
  • AWC Chapter News


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Networking: 11:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.
Program: 12:00 p.m.

425 Downtown,
425 West Walnut Street
Springfield, MO

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

$16 for members (new pricing)

Free for first time guests

$25 for guest’s second meeting

$14 for AWC students/student members

RSVP Online(by 4/27/2018)

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

What are you worth? Best practices when negotiating your salary.

Do you struggle with negotiating for yourself?

While there are plenty of people that truly love their jobs, the main reason most of us are in the workforce is to make money.Some of us work to build wealth while others are merely trying to cover expenses. Having the ability to confidently negotiate salary has a significant impact on our long-term financial well-being.

Those people who have negotiated salary, typically increased their compensation by over 7%. Over the course of a career, that is significant. Join us to hear from Karen Shannon, the Human Resources & Business Consulting Director for Ollis/Akers/Arney and learn more about salary negotiating.

Speakers:Karen Shannon, Human Resources & Business Consulting DirectorOllis/Akers/Arney

Karen Shannon is the Human Resources; Business Consulting Director for Ollis/Akers/Arney. Karen has served in senior leadership positions in banking and human resources for over 25 years. She and her team provided HR services to 5,000 employees across the US, United Kingdom, India and Mexico. Today, she works with over 100 clients in the Midwest on key business and HR strategies which have resulted in cost savings upward of $7 million.

Karen received her MBA and BA in Business Administration and Economics from Drury University. She is a graduate of Leadership Missouri and serves on the Public Policy Task Force for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Karen was recognized in 2000 by theSpringfield Business Journalin its inaugural class of the Most Influential Women in Business.

Programs are selected based on responses to the annual program survey distributed in August. If you have suggestions for future programs or speakers, please contactLaDonna.G@21Reasons.Life.

Ponderings from the President

Jacqueline Post, President

To list or not to list? How do you stay organized


After our 2B Organized event a couple weeks ago, staying organized at the office has been on my mind. I’ve been told you can divide the world into two types of people: those who write lists and those who swear them off. I live for my lists; I use two, one for each day and then a master list that I update every couple of weeks. A simple list is easy enough, but there are much more

detailed organizational systems out there. I’ve listed a few popular tactics below. Take a look and let me know how you stay organized!

Time Blocking

This can be done by sectioning off your day in different time increments. I’ve seen people time block anywhere from 2-hour increments to 10-minute increments. It depends on how detailed you like to be. The idea is that you know exactly what you should be working on at all times,keeping you on task. The negative is your schedule can easily be derailed by a coworker needing to vent for 30 minutes or other unexpected events during the day.

End with Organization

Take time at the end of each work day to clean your space. This includes removing clutter from your desk, filing paperwork, cleaning up your inbox and preparing yourself for the following day. The idea here is to walk in the next morning ready to sit down and work, no small tasks required. Coming into a clean office space can also reduce stress levels, both overnight and as you arrive to work. You have a clear idea of what you’re walking into and what the day holds,no worries needed.

Bullet Journaling

Utilizing the rapid logging technique, bullet journaling aims to streamline the journaling process. The easier it is to journal, the more likely you are to do it. The process involves:

  • Titling and numbering each page

  • Adding bullets in three categories: tasks, events and notes

  • Including signifiers next to bullets (ex: priority task)

  • Creating an index at the beginning of the journal

  • Adding in future, monthly and daily logs.

What sounds like a lot of work up front leads to a quick, easy system. The ultimate goal is accessing the information you need quickly.

AWC National News
AWC Chapter News

AWC Springfield MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Call for Nominations

We appreciate the talents each person brings to our local AWC Chapter. Our volunteers give of their time and talents in a variety of leadership roles. That is why each year we recognize an outstanding member for her hard work and dedication to keeping an all-volunteer organization operating smoothly.Please take time to recognize this dedication by nominating one of our members for the AWC Member of the Year Award.


The Member of the Year Award has been presented annually since 1986 to an active member who has significantly impacted the success of the organization through leadership and service.Qualities to consider may include meeting attendance, knowledge of AWC, committee involvement on the local or national level, promotion and enthusiasm for the success of AWC, and participation in AWC activities.


Please take a few moments to nominate a deserving member. Include a few comments on why you believe this member should receive Member of the Year Award 2018.


Please submit your vote to Mitzie Zerr at AWC Member of the Year will be announced at our member meeting.


Deadline for nominations is Friday, April 27.…………………………………………………………………………

Wake Up with AWC Springfield at Coffee Talk

It's your chance to meet new members and catch up with fellow members.Enjoy breakfast and coffee before heading off to work for the day.

When:Friday, May 4th

7:30 am-9:00 am- come and go

Where:NEW LOCATION: Neighbor's Mill

1435 E Independence St #110.- Springfield, MO

No RSVP is required and no cost to you other than breakfast or coffee.Invite a friend or colleague to join you!

Member Anniversaries

Jill Bishop 4 years

Michele Fields 4 years

Gayle Harper 5 years


New Member Spotlight

Denise Dunaway
Recruitment Marketing Specialist, Oxford HealthCare

Q: Where do you work and what is your role there?
A: Marketing and Recruiting are an easy marriage. If you have a fresh, upbeat, positive image in the communities you serve, then people will naturally want to work for your company. My position as Recruitment Marketing Specialist is new, and is a creative effort to battle the shortage
of HealthCare workers nationwide as well as the low unemployment rates of our area. And, it’s an exciting time to be a part of the company: we are re-branding, just rolled out a new website, have a new Mission Statement (We Enrich Life), and the culture is collaborative and encouraging. I pinch myself daily and my husband has to force me to quit working when I come home!

Q: What attracted you to AWC?
A: My friend, mentor, and superstar boss suggested that I checkout a PR or Communications type of organization to join. I also talked to Kaitlyn McConnell, a friend and colleague at CoxHealth and she raved about the AWC Chapter in Springfield – said you all are a great group of women and that the chapter is very active. All signs pointed to joining, so here I am!

Q: What is your business goal this year?
A: As a newbie here at Oxford, I have so many goals! But, my main focus this year is to invest in our greatest asset: our incredible people. I’ve started a program called Oxford Stars, where we are asking “Star” employees to become involved and active in organizations in their communities to not only give back, but to be advocates for Oxford on more of a grassroots-level. Volunteering and getting involved is only part of the equation, though: the other emphasis of the program will be on professional development with classes on how to fundraise, networking tips, and internal education so that they will feel excited about what our company is doing. The end-goal is to extend our marketing fingers through giving back to our communities, while at the same time culturing future mentors, leaders, and effective board members.

Q: What word best describes you?
A: Enthusiastic!

Q: What is your motto in life?
A: “Be Present.”

Q: What are you most proud of?
A: I am extremely proud to be a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks to an eleven-year-old girl.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Paper crafts, golfing, gardening, and taking pictures of my handsome cat, Monte Cristo.

Q: What was the last book you read?
A: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg


Christa Hall
Insurance Risk Advisor, Christa Hall Agency representing American National

Q: Where do you work and what is your role there?
A: Christa Hall Agency representing American National – insurance risk advisor – life, home, auto, business, and farm policies.


Q: What attracted you to AWC?
A: Networking with other women in business!

Q: What is your business goal this year?
A: Continue to grow my business and meet and serve other people in the Springfield area.


Q: What word best describes you?
A: Real


Q: What is your motto in life?
A: Laugh!

Q: What are you most proud of?
A: My career

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Gardening, hiking, home decor, eating, trying new things, meeting new people, spending time/with friends and family, reading, watching movies, long drives, traveling


Q: What was the last book you read?
A: The Farm Whisperer by David Specht

Stevie Stryker
Marketing and Development Coordinator, The Arc of the Ozarks

Q: Where do you work and what is your role there?
A: I work at The Arc of the Ozarks as the Marketing and Development Coordinator. In a nutshell, I work alongside the Marketing and Development Director to execute the fundraising and communications goals of the organization.

Q: What attracted you to AWC?
A:I was initially attracted by Donalisa Stinyard and her description of AWC. Once I came as a guest to a luncheon, I knew AWC would be the perfect place for me to grow and develop my networking skills.

Q: What is your business goal this year?
A: Overall, I think my main goal is to use my marketing skills at The Arc and help grow the organization’s brand.

Q: What word best describes you?
A: Enthusiastic!

Q: What is your motto in life?
A: When nothing goes right…go left.

Q: What are you most proud of?
A: SO MANY THINGS! I am proud that I had the opportunities at the other businesses that I worked for. Super proud of being independent and not being timid about doing things on my own.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I love running competitively and for fun. During the summertime, you’ll find me outside a lot doing different activities like going on float trips, hiking and even just reading a book in the park. I also try and work on Pinterest projects…although some of them turn out better than others.

Q: What was the last book you read?
A: “Strengths Based Leadership” by Tom Rathe and Barry Conchie