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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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Charlotte Blank
Chief Behavioral Officer
Maritz

Charlotte Blank is chief behavioral officer of Maritz. She leads the company’s practice of behavioral science and innovation, through expert applications of social psychology and behavioral economics. In this effort, Charlotte is striving to forge the connection between academic theory and applied business practice, elevating the use of field research to better make sense of human behavior in the evolving marketplace. Incentive Magazine named Charlotte a Visionary and one of 2016’s 25 Most Influential in the Incentive Industry.

Charlotte has led programs in neuromarketing, social media, and global branding during her ten years in the media and automotive industries, in which she worked in Innovation for Turner Broadcasting, and various marketing roles for General Motors. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Charlotte’s passion is exploring the truths about human nature and discovering what “makes us tick.”

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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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Kellie Ann Coats
Executive Director
Missouri Women’s Council

Governor Eric Greitens appointed Kellie Ann Coats to be Executive Director of the Missouri Women’s Council in October of 2017. As Executive Director, Kellie Ann will lead the council’s efforts to support and advocate for women-owned businesses in the State of Missouri.

Throughout her career, Kellie Ann Coats has been an influential member of multiple organizations, councils and committees. In 2006, she served as the first development officer for the University of Missouri (MU) Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment Disorders leading to her leadership role with MU Health Care in 2009 where she worked on multiple fundraising campaigns. During her tenure at MU Health Care, Kellie Ann secured one of the largest single gifts for MU Health Care from the David B. Lichtenstein Foundation which purchased a new mobile mammography van that travels across the state and providing nearly 3,000 mammograms annually.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Missouri.

It is the intent of the Missouri Women's Council to work closely with other agencies and community-based organizations to build awareness, educate, promote opportunities for, and enhance the lives and well-being of Missouri's women and families. The Missouri Women’s Council is an organization within the Department of Economic Development that works to promote the economic success of Missouri women by connecting them to information and resources.

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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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Bonnie A. Daniels
SVP Culture & People Services
MiTek Industries, Inc.

Bonnie Daniels has global responsibility for the attraction, engagement, development and retention of MiTek’s most important assets – its people – and for fostering its culture through them. As the SVP of Culture & People Services, she champions MiTek’s “People First Culture” by working with leaders to unlock the potential of every “purpose partner” (employee) in the company, playing a critical role in enabling the company to be an employer of choice in every market it serves globally. Serving a growing employee base, Bonnie enables MiTek to expand its scale while retaining the critical relationship-driven, people-centric culture that has made the company so successful.

Bonnie brings more than 30 years of leadership experience across multiple industries, geographies and businesses. Prior to joining MiTek, Bonnie served as the global head of HR for both privately-owned and publically traded companies, including Keller Group, Kraft Foodservice, Solutia and National Sea Products.

As an HR executive, Bonnie’s passion for people and culture are especially focused on engagement and diversity. She has had the opportunity to work alongside and partner with several unique CEO’s in her career - to foster organizational development, leadership skills, and cultural evolution. She is a coach to emerging HR professionals and enjoys mentoring college juniors and seniors entering the workforce. Bonnie holds an honors graduate degree from Rivier College, lifetime certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (HRCI) and her Global Professional in Human Resources Certification. She was listed as one of the Top 50 Business Women in St. Louis in 2008.

MiTek Industries, Inc., A Berkshire Hathaway company since 2001, is a diversified global supplier of software, engineered products, equipment and services for the worldwide building industry. The company is comprised of more than 40 companies operating in nearly 100 countries globally, providing a broad array of products and services. MiTek Industries’ passion for our associates’ well-being and for our customers’ success through continuous process improvement is the company’s hallmark. Its success now empowers more than 6500 employees globally. With annual revenue of more than $1.6 Billion, the company has doubled in size since 2011 and continues exponential growth through acquisitions and organic growth.

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Sonia Deal
Founder of
DEAL-C2 (or Diabetes Education Augmenting Lifestyles- Center and Clinic, LLC)

Sonia is a Registered Nurse with 18+ years of experience. Sonia graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1999 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, and 2007 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing, with a specialization in Healthcare and Nursing Administration.

Sonia founded DEAL-C2 to address the impact that socioeconomics and socio-demographics has on health and chronic conditions.

Sonia has been awarded several awards for her work with DEAL-C2, such as “Citi Salutes” 2014 Best Social Venture, semifinalist in the 2015 St. Louis Business Journal’s Catapult Competition, 2016 BALSA grant finalist, and 2017 ESLI finalist. Sonia has also received the 2017 Salute to Young Leaders award with the St. Louis American Foundation.

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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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Donna Erbs
Chief Marketing Officer
Anders CPAs + Advisors

Donna aligns the overall strategic vision with solid marketing plans to keep Anders at the forefront of creating the firm of the future. She has been instrumental in building the firm's niche structure and market verticals, as well as the business development culture. This includes creating a program to provide young professionals with business savvy and marketing skills. She is a frequent speaker and author, most recently addressing global marketers at the Leading Edge Alliance (LEA) Conference in Paris last fall. Donna leads a team of four marketing professionals, who specialize in digital marketing, strategy, niche development, event planning, and proposal writing. She is a founder of the firm's Women's Initiative, which was named the inaugural winner of the LEA EDGE Award for Outstanding Women's Leadership Program in 2017. Anders was also named by Accounting Today as a Best Accounting Firm for Women in 2017. Donna is very proud to be named a 2017 Most Influential Business Woman by the St. Louis Business Journal, a recipient of the LEA 2017 On the Edge of Innovation Award, and the 2012 Marketer of the Year by the Association of Accounting Marketing.

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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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Kristen Fisher, MD
Pulmonologist
St. Luke’s Hospital

As a pulmonary medicine specialist, Dr. Fisher is trained in critical care and treats diseases and conditions of the chest, particularly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease, pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis, complicated chest infections and bronchiectasis. She practices with Cardio-Pulmonary Associates located on the campus of St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield.

Dr. Fisher received her medical degree from Southern Illinois School of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Following her residency, Dr. Fisher completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Jovita Foster
Partner
Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Jovita Foster is an employment and labor partner at Armstrong Teasdale, chair of the AT Inclusion Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. As a trusted adviser to a wide range of employers, Jovita has extensive experience in disputes including claims of discrimination, retaliation, violations of public policy, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. She has tried cases in state and federal courts throughout Missouri and also defends clients investigated by federal and state agencies. She also helps clients develop policies and procedures aimed at preventing workplace problems. Active in the community, Jovita serves as a board member to the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

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Sheena Chestnut Greitens
First Lady
State of Missouri

First Lady Sheena Chestnut Greitens was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, the oldest of four children. She graduated from Stanford University and then attended the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar. She earned a PhD in Government from Harvard University, and published a book based on her doctoral research on East Asia last year.

Today she serves as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, where she does research and teaches Missouri’s students about democracy and dictatorship, East Asian politics, and American national security and foreign policy in Asia.

She and Governor Eric Greitens were married in 2011, and have two sons, Joshua and Jacob.

As First Lady, Sheena focuses on foster care and adoption initiatives, an interest sparked by the adoption of her younger sister. As an educator and a mother, Sheena believes strongly in the importance of protecting our most vulnerable children and strengthening families across the state. She is also the first known working spouse in the Governor’s Mansion, and, as a working mother, is a strong advocate for women’s participation and leadership in public life.

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Jan Hess
Vice President of Professional and Administrative Services
St. Luke’s Hospital

Jan has served on the leadership team at St. Luke's for more than 25 years and has dedicated over 40 years of her career to the organization. Jan is also the Executive Sponsor of St. Luke's Spirit of Women initiative, helping improve the quality of life in our community by providing leading health services and community outreach to women and their families. She speaks on various topics, both locally and nationally, related to leadership, women’s health and the business of healthcare.


Ji Huang, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
St. Luke’s Hospital


Dr. Huang is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine at Medical Associates of Chesterfield, LLC. She provides primary care to adults and manages a broad range of acute and chronic illnesses. Dr. Huang has a special interest in preventive medicine with a focus on weight management and nutrition. Her emphasis is to treat patients as a whole, including the inter-connection and harmony of physical body with mind, emotions and inner spirit. She also offers several cosmetic procedures and products (including Botox® and JUVÉDERM).

Dr. Huang earned her medical degree from Hunan Medical University in Hunan, China, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center.

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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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Dedee Lhamon
Founder and President
The Covering House

Deidre (Dedee) Lhamon is the Founder and President of The Covering House, a non-profit organization that provides residential care, and community based services to minor girls who are survivors of sex-trafficking and exploitation. She has dedicated herself to bringing awareness about the issue of child sex-trafficking in the United States.

In 2017 Deidre received the Distinguished Alumna Award from her alma-mater Bradley University for her work with The Covering House.

Her work with The Covering House has received local, regional, and national recognition from media sources such as NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as several St. Louis and national radio programs. Additionally, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Wives have partnered with her to raise support for the children served through The Covering House. In 2013, Deidre was honored to have been nominated by the St. Louis Rams for a Georgia Frontiere Community Quarterback Award.

Prior to working with The Covering House, Deidre worked as a communications consultant where she provided coaching, training, focus group research, and presentation development for executives and team members of several St. Louis businesses and organizations.

Deidre holds a Master’s Degree in Communication from Illinois State University, a Bachelor’s Degree from Bradley University. Early in her career she taught speech communications at the collegiate level.

She participated on the speech team in college where she was National Champion in both Persuasive Speaking and Communication Analysis. Deidre also represented the State of Illinois at the Interstate Oratory Contest in 1984 and 1985.

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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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Elzandi Oosthuizen
Vice President of Global Strategy
Monsanto Company

Elzandi Oosthuizen is vice president of global geographic strategy at Monsanto Co., where she leads several teams in analyzing current and future trends and technology advances in the food and agriculture industry to inform expansion of the company’s global operations. Elzandi’s team implements integrated strategies to create value in new categories like data science, plant health and fertility in developing world regions.

Elzandi started her 13-year career with Monsanto in South Africa and has held global and regional roles across the company’s Seed & Traits, Crop Protection and Vegetable operations. Most recently, she led the U.S. Row Crops division in Iowa and was responsible for delivering the division’s volume and revenue goals while executing Monsanto’s multi-brand strategy to grow market share and increase profitability in key agricultural markets. Prior to working in the corporate setting, she taught post graduate mathematics, and high school science and math for six years.

In addition to her work for Monsanto, Elzandi is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion, as well as helping empower women. She demonstrates this passion through her involvement in several initiatives, including Monsanto’s Supplier Diversity Mentoring Program, United Way, Kingdom House St. Louis and Global Give Back Circle Mentors. She has been participating in the Next Gen Fortune MPW event and was named an Eisenhower Fellow for the Zhi-Xing 2017 program.

Elzandi holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science and Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science Honors in Genetics from the University of Pretoria. She also holds a Master of Science in Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding from University of the Free State and an MBA from North-West University in South Africa.

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Shalini Paruthi, MD
Sleep Medicine Specialist
St. Luke’s Hospital

Dr. Paruthi is a sleep medicine specialist and medical co-director of the St. Luke’s Sleep Medicine and Research Center. She has special interests in obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and restless leg syndrome in adults and children. Her clinical expertise in the treatment of pediatric sleep disorders has helped many children improve their daytime function such as waking easier, improvement in academic performance, athletic performance, behavior and emotional well-being. She is also skilled in working with children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), helping treat underlying sleep disorders like sleep apnea or insomnia to sometimes help them reduce or discontinue use of their ADHD medications.

Dr. Paruthi earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency and sleep fellowship at the University of Michigan. She is board-certified in Sleep Medicine and Internal Medicine.

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Pravina Pindoria
Co-founder
Tallyfy

Pravina is the champion of the front-line worker and manager, both who are the end users of Tallyfy. Tallyfy is simple yet powerful workflow software that helps you track your tasks, do approval workflows and manage business processes with a single click. Pravina spent a decade doing process improvement for London’s most reputable healthcare, education and nonprofit organizations after which she decided to start Tallyfy. Tallyfy moved its headquarters from London to St. Louis after winning an Arch Grant, since then Tallyfy has won and raised funding from some of the top accelerators and investors in Silicon Valley.

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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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Betsy Reznicek
Executive Director
Home Sweet Home


Betsy Reznicek grew up in central Illinois and found her way to the city of St. Louis 20 years ago. Always wanting to be a teacher, she earned her degree in history and secondary education from McKendree University but quickly found her life's passion in helping others. While working at a national nonprofit she witnessed the myriad of ways larger social issues affect women and children in the community, so she made an intentional effort to transition to organizations that were specifically supporting women and children. Ultimately, Betsy recognized the urgent need for a furniture bank in St. Louis, so she reached out to friends and family who helped her launch Home Sweet Home, St. Louis’ first major furniture bank.

Betsy and her family live in St. Louis County. Some of her favorite activities include traversing the state of Missouri to find fabulous hikes, settling down with a good book, and offering strangers a hot cup of coffee.

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Cherie Summa, P.E.
St. Louis Radon Test and Mitigation
CEO

As a graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology with a degree in Geological Engineering, a Certified General Contractor and a licensed Professional Engineer in four states, Cherie brings credentials and skills rarely seen in the radon testing and mitigation industry. Her experience has run the gamut when it comes to the field of civil engineering, covering everything from project and construction management of large residential home developments to quality control and management of heavy construction projects like interstate highways. Now she brings that high-level experience and expertise to St. Louis Radon Test and Mitigation. Cherie is an active member of The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technicians (AARST) and currently serves as the Vice President of the Heartland Chapter of AARST. She is also a licensed radon measurement and mitigation professional.

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Stacy Taubman
Founder/CEO
RISE Collaborative Workspace

As the Founder/CEO of RISE Collaborative, Stacy Taubman launched a company that is changing the way women do business. RISE Collaborative Workspace has been featured in publications including USA Today, Bloomberg, St. Louis Business Journal, and ELLE Magazine as a leader in the multi-billion-dollar coworking industry. Since opening in early 2017, RISE Collaborative’s growing membership includes over 175 of some of the most impressive businesswomen in St. Louis. Dozens of members have reported business growth of 200% or more since joining RISE Collaborative, a true testament to the impact investing in women can have. Focused on empowering women in business and building social capital, Stacy and RISE Collaborative create meaningful connections between individuals, companies and organizations to foster a stronger and healthier business community for women in St. Louis.

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Jennifer Ibañez Whitlock
Partner
Whitlock & Gray, LLC

Jennifer is a partner at the law firm of Whitlock & Gray, LLC. where she specializes in immigration law. Previously she was an associate at the law firm of Barker, Epstein, Loscocco & McHaffey in Boston, MA and the Hacking Law Practice in St. Louis, MO. In addition to her legal work, she is a member of the Migrant Immigrant Community Action (MICA) Project Executive Board. The MICA Project is a community organization committed to working with low-income immigrants to overcome barriers to justice. She also volunteers with Casa de Salud, a St. Louis based medical clinic whose mission is to deliver high quality clinical and mental health services for uninsured patients. Originally from Guatemala, Jennifer seeks to use her skills and time to make St. Louis a welcoming place for all of its residents.

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Nicole A. Young, P.E.
Principal
Lion CSG LLC

Nicole A. Young, P.E. is the Principal Engineer and Owner of Lion CSG, a woman business enterprise focused on civil infrastructure and environmental engineering. For over 20-years, Ms. Young has successfully assisted organizations with program management, project management, planning, engineering, environmental and construction management. She has been trained and certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute. She has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, a Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Masters of Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University.

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