Being a woman of influence doesn’t happen around one event or accomplishment, but it’s how we walk out our daily lives. It’s how we affect the world around us and what contributions we make to those with whom we share life with, whether as family, at work or in the community.
We all have had our lives touched by that remarkable, unforgettable woman who believed in us, cared for us and left a forever mark on our lives.
It’s time for Springfield Business Journal’s annual celebration of the Most Influential Women in the Ozarks. The 20 women chosen for the honor this year come from a variety of backgrounds, including the banking industry, law firms, chambers of commerce, education and the theater.
However, they all share common ground in the fact that they have influenced the world around them in extraordinary ways.
Each woman was nominated by someone in the community and then asked to complete a questionnaire sharing about their life and leadership. The nominees’ packets then went to a panel of judges who scored each packet.
Out of the 75 respondents, 20 rose to the top to become this year’s honorees.
The participation in the event shows just how many deserving women we have in the Springfield area impacting our community on a daily basis.
This marks the 19th year for the event and so far, 380 amazing women have received this recognition for contributions and accomplishments they have made. As a recent recipient, I am humbled to be a part of this inspiring group of women.
Please plan to join us for the Most Influential Women luncheon and hear the stories of each of these 20 women and how they have impacted our community.
Linda Daugherty is the superintendent at Academy of Hair Design and the vice president of the Nixa Public Schools board. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first of SBJ's forums detailing Economic Growth Survey results is held.
Scott Shotts, partner with Missouri Spirits, says when they started in 2011 there were approximately 300 distilleries in the U.S. and now there are more than 3,000 so competition has grown significantly. Diversification of their business model has helped them succeed.
Matthew Blystone of Theta Float Spa had the financial means to start the unique business, but used crowdsourcing for pre-orders to determine market interest in addition to gathering a nice cash reserve before opening.
Avery Parrish with the Springfield Regional Arts Council explains how businesses can display local art in their spaces for a fraction of the price of investing in a permanent collection. The corporate partnership program allows a business to select from a customized portfolio of local artists' work curated based on the company's mission and aesthetic that can be switched out every six or 12 months.
After a year of experiential market research, Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, found three ways they plan to expand. Some were anticipated and others were not expected until they …
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Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, took his experience as an expedition manager for National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in Ecuador to start his Ozarks based outdoor activity company. Since launching the company, he has relied on post-trip evaluations and prospective customer input to guide the course.
Jennifer Rothschild, author and speaker, says, "With the blessing of the success that we've experienced came something I did not expect, which was the need to lead. And, I am a reluctant leader." She realized that her ministry was managed very well, but the ministry's most valuable asset, the people, were not being led well. She gives you three choices she had to make as a reluctant leader. Jennifer Rothschild was one of nine leaders who presented at the 2018 Springfield Business Journal's 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes.
Miles Boyer, Office Manager for the Southern Region of the Builders’ Association, recognizes they are competing for their members' time. That means doing new and different thing are of value to guarantee that their members will participate in classes and events.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, learns the results of a customer survey conducted by Longitude LLC. Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency, inform Ömer that his customers are looking for a shift in his menu offerings. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant. See ongoing coverage at: sbj.net/madetoorder