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2011 Most Influential Women Honoree: Cindy Howell

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As vice president of resource development and marketing at United Way, Cindy Howell is responsible for campaign revenues of more than $3.5 million, which support the organization’s goal of understanding human needs and mobilizing resources to meet them.

Howell holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Missouri State University, and her résumé includes stints in the hospitality and advertising sectors. Howell joined United Way in 2009.

She is responsible for the organization’s marketing and communication efforts and management of the health and education campaign divisions, and she also acts as the United Way staff liaison to Female Leaders in Philanthropy.

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris, who also is the 2011 United Way campaign chairman, sees Howell’s efforts firsthand.

“Cindy brings enthusiasm, creativity and momentum to this critical endeavor,” Burris says. “Her commitment and dedication is seen in the continued success of this campaign in very challenging times.”

Howell is a past board member of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and she held several leadership roles with Regional Girls Shelter 2000–06, including board member, vice president and president.

Other organizations she’s helped through the years include the American Heart Association, Developmental Center of the Ozarks and the Mayor’s Task Force on Tourism. She’s also a member of Southeast Rotary Club of Springfield, through which she’s served as chairwoman of several committees, serves on the board of trustees of the History Museum for Springfield-Greene County and is chapter advisory chairwoman for Sigma Kappa Sorority-Delta Upsilon at MSU.

“I have never been shy to share an idea or an opinion on an issue, especially if it begins an open and productive discussion, because I believe that the whole is more important than the parts,” Howell says.

“With each group (and) each leadership position, I’ve worked hard to instill that type of vision, so that long after I’ve served my term, there is a solid foundation for growth and sustainability.”

Howell, who spent 22 years as an adjunct professor in MSU’s hospitality and restaurant administration program before retiring this year, says she’s had myriad professional opportunities to help others succeed.

“I have had the privilege to hire, train and promote many exceptional women and men (and) watched them move on to successful careers of their own,” she says. “I have found joy in being their cheerleader, coach, mentor, friend, helping them to build confidence in themselves and their abilities through their experiences and mine, good and bad, both in the workplace and as they learn the importance of investing in their community.”

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