Jennifer Hyman (Keynote)
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway is a company that is disrupting the $1.7 trillion fashion industry by introducing clothing rental as a utility in women’s everyday lives. She co-founded Rent the Runway in 2009 and has since raised over $190 million in venture capital, growing the business to over 6 million members, 1,100 employees (which is over 60% female and 70% minority) and hundreds of designer brands. As the CEO, Jennifer has built Rent the Runway from an idea into a profitable, high-growth company valued at nearly $1B and one of the most beloved brands in the U.S.

Jennifer has been honored with recognitions like Forbes “12 Most Disruptive Names in Business”, Fortune’s “Most Powerful Female Entrepreneurs”, “Trailblazers”, “40 under 40” and Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.” She is also a frequent guest on television, serving as Rent the Runway’s spokesperson on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox Business News, Bloomberg and at major industry events.

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Chris Chinn
Director of Agriculture
Department of Agriculture, State of Missouri

Chris Chinn, a fifth generation Missouri farmer from Clarence, was named Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture in January 2017 by Missouri Governor Eric R. Greitens. Director Chinn has held leadership positions in agriculture on the local, state and national level for more than 12 years, working to move the state’s agriculture industry forward.

As a trailblazer in ag advocacy, Chinn has established her brand through social media and public speaking. Her blog and Twitter audiences have attracted more than 10,000 faithful followers who have tuned in to hear her farm story. Through her outreach, she stands up for both rural and urban Missouri by bridging the gap between farmers and consumers and contributes to the advancement of the state’s No. 1 industry.

Chinn is a member of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), which represents the departments of agriculture in all 50 states. She is a member of the Missouri State Fair Commission, Missouri Wine & Grape Board, Missouri Development Finance Board and Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority Board of Directors.

Chinn is a member of the Missouri Farm Bureau where she has served on the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and has served on the Missouri Farm Bureau board of directors since 2010.

In 2007, she served as chairman for the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and served on the board of directors for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Chinn is currently chair of the Shelby County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers and serves as secretary of the Shelby County Farm Bureau board of directors. Chinn is a member of the Missouri Pork Association and served on the association’s state board since 2015. She also served on Environmental Protection Agency’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Community Advisory Committee from 2008-2009.

In 2013, Chinn became a national spokesperson when she was named one of four Faces of Farming and Ranching by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, an honor that identifies farmers and ranchers that are eager to share their farm story. She has served as a board member for the Shelby County University of Missouri Extension Council and the Long Branch Area YMCA board of directors. Chris is a member of ALOT (Agriculture Leaders of Tomorrow) Class 13, American Farm Bureau PAL (Partners in Agricultural Leadership) Class 5 and is a member of the Shelbina Christian Church.

Chinn resides on her family’s farm in Shelby County with her husband, Kevin and her two children, Rachelle and Conner, where she helps manage their 1,600 sow farrow-to-finish hog operation, as well as their family feed mill. Chinn and her husband also have a small cow-calf herd, as well as raise corn, soybean and alfalfa.
arm Bureau board of directors since 2010.

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Carol S. Comer
Director
Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Gov. Eric Greitens named Carol S. Comer as the Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in January 2017. As director, Comer will lead the department’s efforts to protect our air, land and water; preserve our unique natural and historic places; and provide recreational and learning opportunities for everyone.

Comer has extensive experience with environmental issues in government and business. She understands that environmental protection and economic growth are not mutually exclusive…“you can’t have a healthy environment without a healthy economy-and you can’t have a healthy economy without a healthy environment.” Missouri can protect its air, land and water quality while encouraging economic growth so that Missouri and all Missourians prosper.

Comer previously served as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management under former Governor and Vice-President Mike Pence from 2015 until joining the Department of Natural Resources. Comer also served both as IDEM’s General Counsel and Chief of Staff. Prior to that, she served as a senior administrative law judge for the Indiana Board of Tax Review and as an Administrative Law Judge with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Comer began her career in private practice with nearly a decade of experience representing companies on environmental and utility matters; first at Plews and Shadley in Indianapolis and later at Lewis and Roca in Phoenix, Arizona.

Comer received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University School of Business and a joint master’s and law degree from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where she was the law school’s first Environmental Law Fellow.

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Nancy Cripe, CAGA
President/Auctioneer
GRS Auction Services

Nancy Cripe and her company GRS Appraisal & Auction Services worked with Chief Marketing Officer Donna Erbs of accounting firm Anders CPAs + Advisors during the Women’s Conference Catapult Competition in 2016, and won! GRS works closely with Business Owners, Bankers and Attorneys providing professional auction, appraisal, liquidation and warehousing services to companies going through change. Typical asset categories include, bio-pharma, construction equipment, tools, restaurants, automotive repair shops, office furniture, décor and excess inventories.

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Hillary Anger Elfenbein, PhD
Professor of Organizational Behavior
Washington University, Olin Business School

Hillary Anger Elfenbein has been a business school professor at Washington University’s Olin Business School since 2008. She holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior, a Master’s degree in Statistics, and undergraduate degrees in Physics and Sanskrit, all from Harvard University.

Dr. Elfenbein served for five years on faculty at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, two years as a Senior Researcher at the Harvard Business School, and two years as a management consultant with the Monitor Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her research focuses on emotion in the workplace, with particular emphasis on emotional intelligence and on cultural differences in emotion that can create challenges to working in global environments.

Her work has appeared in the Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organization Science, Psychological Bulletin, and Psychological Science.

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Jill Farmer
Author, Time Management Expert

Jill Farmer is the author of "There's Not Enough Time... and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves" which debuted as a bestseller in its category on Amazon. In 2015, The Washington Post named Jill to its Time Hacker team as a top time management expert. Jill travels the U.S. delivering keynotes and teaching her acclaimed program for corporations and organizations. In addition to being a master certified life coach, Jill was an Emmy Award winning TV reporter and anchor. She is a wife, mother and owns two of the worst behaved dogs in the universe.

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Amy Inman
President, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund;
Community philanthropist; Family Generational Giver

As President of the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, Amy Inman is passionate about bringing together women to invest collectively in innovative and impactful non-profits. Amy is also Board Vice President of the Global Learning Exchange Initiative, a non-profit focused on training teachers and bringing educational curriculum to children in Guatemala. She also has served on numerous boards and committees for educational and mental health organizations such as Great Circle. Professionally, Amy founded her own video production company after many years in the software and technology sector.

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Zora Mulligan
Commissioner of Higher Education
State of Missouri

Zora Mulligan was appointed Commissioner of Higher Education by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education in August 2016. Mulligan served as assistant commissioner, general counsel and legislative liaison for the Missouri Department of Higher Education from 2007 to 2010. During that time, she participated in the development of the state’s coordinated plan for higher education; assisted in establishing policies to implement landmark higher education legislation, including a new need-based financial aid program; and conducted a review of the state’s public college and university facilities to develop a process for prioritizing capital projects.

Mulligan served as the executive director of the Missouri Community College Association (MCAA) from 2010 to 2014. MCCA represents Missouri’s 12 community colleges and provides professional development opportunities for community college employees at all levels and assists community college leaders in developing consensus on shared issues. Mulligan secured $50 million in federal grants for job-training programs, successfully lobbied for a special appropriation from the state general assembly to provide community colleges with more equitable funding, and increased individual and organizational membership in the association.

From 2014 to 2106, Mulligan was the chief of staff for the University of Missouri System. In that role, she advised the president, coordinated activities that involved multiple departments within the system office and multiple campuses within the four-campus system, and assisted with the ongoing implementation of the system’s strategic plan.

Mulligan holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and psychology from Drury College and a master’s degree in education and juris doctor from the University of Kansas.

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Anne Luedtke Precythe
Director
Missouri Department of Corrections

Missouri Governor Eric R. Greitens nominated Anne L. Precythe to the Director of the Department of Corrections on December 23, 2016. The nomination was confirmed on February 9, 2017. Precythe became the seventh director to lead the department since Corrections became its own cabinet-level state agency in 1981.

As Director of Corrections, Precythe is responsible for the 21 adult correctional facilities, six community supervision centers, a community release center, and more than 40 probation and parole offices across the State of Missouri. This includes more than 11,000 staff, 59,000 probationers and parolees, and more than 30,000 inmates.

Precythe brings nearly 30 years of service as a corrections professional into her role as director. Before becoming the second woman director for the Missouri Department of Corrections, Precythe served as the Director of Community Corrections in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Anne L. Precythe began her career with the Division of Community Corrections in North Carolina as a Probation/Parole Officer in Duplin County in 1988. During her career in North Carolina she served in many capacities and was appointed the first female Director of Community Corrections in 2013.

In 1999, Anne transitioned into a Quality Assurance role where she assisted managers in using data to manage operations and in 2003, was promoted to Lead Community Corrections Analyst supervising all quality assurance personnel and leading the agency in effective case management strategies.

In January 2006, Director Precythe was promoted to the position of Interstate Compact Administrator and named Deputy Commissioner to the Interstate Compact. In 2007, Anne became a national trainer with the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision office out of Kentucky. In 2008, she was presented with the National Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision Executive Director’s Award. She remains active with the National Commission, serving as the current Chair of the Training Committee and sits on the Executive Committee as well.

In January 2010, she assumed the responsibility of EBP Project Implementation Manager for the Division of Community Corrections and in August 2011, became the Supervision Services Administrator which included oversight of the sex offender management program, technology services, in-service training and all DCC programs (TECS, Transitional Housing, Community Intervention Centers, DART, Black Mountain, Drug Screening and labs, etc) and services.

Anne has served on various councils and commissions throughout her career. She is a long standing member of the North Carolina Probation/Parole Association as well as the Correctional Peace Officer Foundation and the North Carolina Interagency Council for Coordinating Homeless Programs (NCICCHP). In 2015, Anne was appointed by United States Attorney, Eric Holder to the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board, representing all of Community Corrections across the country.

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