For nearly two decades, Springfield Business Journal has honored women for their accomplishments and contributions, both professionally and in the community, across southwest Missouri. This 19th-annual class of Most Influential Women brings the count to 380 professionals.
The award recognizes the careers, civic leadership and influence of 20 women chosen by an independent panel of judges. The women will be honored during an Oct. 12 luncheon.
This year’s class of honorees range from university executives to banking and finance professionals.
The 2018 Most Influential Women honorees, in alphabetical order, are:
• Joselyn Baldner, Central Bank of the Ozarks;
• Tara Benson, Missouri State University;
• Chelsey Bode, Pearson-Kelly Technology;
• Paula Brookshire, Springfield Public Works;
• Rhonda Christopher, BKD Wealth Advisors LLC;
• Emily Denniston, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce;
• Bridget Dierks, Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc.;
• Lorianne Dunn, Springfield Little Theatre;
• Carol Embree, Springfield Public Schools;
• Daphne Greenlee, Mercy Springfield Communities;
• Jessica Harmison-Olson, Club Management Services LLC;
• Erin Hayes-Dennis, College of the Ozarks;
• Stacey James, James Financial Partners LLC;
• Caitlin Kissee, Propel People Development LLC;
• Jessica Kruse, Christian County Circuit Court;
• Lori Letterman, Webster County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office;
• Jessica Martin, Martin & Wall LLC;
• Andrea Sitzes, Show Me Christian County;
• Sheila Thomas, Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce; and
• Shanda Trautman, Old Missouri Bank.
The Most Influential Women luncheon will begin with a silent auction at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12 at University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, 333 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway.
Springfield Business Journal has partnered with local nonprofit Women in Need for the event in an effort to raise money and help provide resources to enable women and provide a hand up.
Visit SBJ’s Most Influential Women awards page for more information on the event.
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