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Celebrated Women2018-03-09T19:25:35+00:00

Celebrate HER

Throughout our lives, it’s the people and experiences we encounter that shape us. It’s those who encourage us, challenge us, take chances with us and celebrate all that falls between who help us experience our full potential and live our best life. The women featured on this page have also shaped the lives of others and their community. We celebrate YOU!

The Central Exchange mission empowers and connects women across generations, promotes equity for women, ignites confidence in women and cultivates and accelerates women leaders. We are where women shape the future.  Who has shaped you? Recognize this special woman by donating to the Central Exchange Education Foundation in honor of HER.

Robin Sterneck is celebrated by Lisa Diven

Robin Sterneck is one of the best female leaders in Kansas City.  Not only has she demonstrated great leadership in her career as a woman on Wall Street and a CEO, but now she spends her time mentoring other female leaders to see their full potential.  She is one of the busiest mom-daughter-career woman-business owner-athlete-mentor-friends that I know; and yet she is also one of the most thoughtful people I know.  She never misses a birthday, an opportunity to recognize someone else, or chance to support and promote her favorite organizations.  She is there for her parents, her children, and her friends, no matter where they are on the globe.  Robin is a true inspiration and I am thrilled to celebrate HER.

Sandra Lawrence is celebrated by Lyla Perrodin

Sandra Lawrence has had a profound impact on my career through her personal example and compassionate mentorship. She hired me for a position at Midwest Research Institute and encouraged me to deliver results to my fullest potential. She provided important feedback on my performance and guidance regarding areas for improvement. Under her management, I gained confidence that allowed me to develop into a stronger executive team member.

As importantly as her example on the job, she provided a great example of community engagement. Because of her example, I sought out opportunities to participate in the community in a variety of ways leading to roles on non-profit boards. She showed how to gracefully balance work, family and community.

Amanda Rehman is celebrated by Joni Lindquist

Amanda Rehman is part of the fantastic team of women I work with at KHC Wealth Management! Each brings a unique skill set and with our shared commitment to providing “wow” client experiences, it makes for a great team. I appreciate the opportunity to work with each lady because they each bring special talents, energy and passion for being great for our clients. We cheer each other on, we rely on each other’s strengths, we push to get better, and we have fun together. I feel lucky to work with them each day!

Amy Leslie is celebrated by Courtney Nall

Amy Leslie has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. After working for others at Fortune 500 companies like Ikon Office Solutions, Xerox and Novartis, Amy decided to put her determination to work for herself. Amy is the CEO of Perspective Consulting located in Kansas City, and she helps leaders of small business and large corporations make the right hiring decisions every day. Amy is extremely driven to succeed and see her business flourish. She is a risk-taker, a brilliant business strategist, and tremendously competitive. She is also very giving of her time and energy to others through her volunteer work and commitment to SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management). I have always admired Amy for her commitment to her business and her family. I am so proud of her accomplishments and excited to share her experience and talent with Central Exchange to Celebrate Her.

Ashley Kopmeyer is celebrated by Joni Lindquist

Ashley Kopmeyer is part of the fantastic team of women I work with at KHC Wealth Management! Each brings a unique skill set and with our shared commitment to providing “wow” client experiences, it makes for a great team. I appreciate the opportunity to work with each lady because they each bring special talents, energy and passion for being great for our clients. We cheer each other on, we rely on each other’s strengths, we push to get better, and we have fun together. I feel lucky to work with them each day!

Chandra Clark is celebrated by Erica Ostroski, Tiffany Bruce, Brooke Tippin, and Brittany Davis

Chandra Clark is the Manager of External Partnerships and Post-Secondary Programming for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. Her previous professional experience includes performing as the Career and Alumni Coordinator for Kauffman Scholars, Director of the Life Coach Program for Boys Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Community Relations Coordinator for Newhouse Shelter and Founder and President of M.O.D.E. L. Chandra earned a Master’s degree in Educational Studies from Rockhurst University in 2011 and bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2006. Her recent awards and recognitions include Rockhurst University’s Young Alumni of the Year (2017), the Young Athena Professional Leadership Award (2016), Most Wanted Auction Honoree (2016) and Most Influential Women in Kansas City Business Honoree (2015).

Chandra is committed to advocating for youth facing adverse circumstances and adults abused as children. She is most passionate about empowering others, lifelong education and enriching the community of Kansas City. Her former board and volunteer service roles include functioning as a member of the Nelson Atkin’s Young Friends of Art, Southwest Family Health Care Clinic’s Advisory Committee, University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Arts & Sciences Alumni Board, Truman Charitable Foundation’s Young Professionals Council, Athena League and the Central Exchange.  She currently volunteers as a Big Sister and serves as a member of the Junior League of Greater Kansas City and Diversity Task Force for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. In addition, she is a commercial print model with Voices & Models Talent Agency.

Chrissy Hatcher is celebrated by Joni Lindquist

Chrissy Hatcher is part of the fantastic team of women I work with at KHC Wealth Management! Each brings a unique skill set and with our shared commitment to providing “wow” client experiences, it makes for a great team. I appreciate the opportunity to work with each lady because they each bring special talents, energy and passion for being great for our clients. We cheer each other on, we rely on each other’s strengths, we push to get better, and we have fun together. I feel lucky to work with them each day! 

Melissa Ryan is celebrated by Joni Lindquist

Melissa Ryan is part of the fantastic team of women I work with at KHC Wealth Management! Each brings a unique skill set and with our shared commitment to providing “wow” client experiences, it makes for a great team. I appreciate the opportunity to work with each lady because they each bring special talents, energy and passion for being great for our clients. We cheer each other on, we rely on each other’s strengths, we push to get better, and we have fun together. I feel lucky to work with them each day!

Diane Allen is celebrated by Shannon Stites

Diane Allen is a resourceful professional who is being celebrated for being a strong, influential woman because of her genuine care for others and the powerful insights that she brings to every project. A highly intuitive executive assistant who anticipates needs and goes above and beyond, Diane has had a successful career supporting senior management at various companies in Kansas City, including Ernst & Young, H&R Block and KU Medical Center.

Diane is a confident professional who networks well and has strong relationships that she cultivates and manages to ensure the right people are involved to successfully complete projects. She approaches everything with a positive attitude and is a skillful team member who anticipates and solves problems often before others even recognize there is an issue. Diane also maintains a sense of humor and brings a smile that makes everyone feel comfortable with her.

Diane is also a successful volleyball coach who takes time to mentor and develop young girls to be the best they can be. She is a wife and mother of two daughters who have benefited from her mentoring and watching her as a role model.

Jamie Bosse celebrated by Joni Lindquist

Jamie Bosse is part of the fantastic team of women I work with at KHC Wealth Management! Each brings a unique skill set and with our shared commitment to providing “wow” client experiences, it makes for a great team. I appreciate the opportunity to work with each lady because they each bring special talents, energy and passion for being great for our clients. We cheer each other on, we rely on each other’s strengths, we push to get better, and we have fun together. I feel lucky to work with them each day!

Jessi Chadd is celebrated by Joni Lindquist

Jessi Chadd is part of the fantastic team of women I work with at KHC Wealth Management! Each brings a unique skill set and with our shared commitment to providing “wow” client experiences, it makes for a great team. I appreciate the opportunity to work with each lady because they each bring special talents, energy and passion for being great for our clients. We cheer each other on, we rely on each other’s strengths, we push to get better, and we have fun together. I feel lucky to work with them each day!

Colleen Wysong is celebrated by Joni Lindquist

Colleen Wysong is part of the fantastic team of women I work with at KHC Wealth Management! Each brings a unique skill set and with our shared commitment to providing “wow” client experiences, it makes for a great team. I appreciate the opportunity to work with each lady because they each bring special talents, energy and passion for being great for our clients. We cheer each other on, we rely on each other’s strengths, we push to get better, and we have fun together. I feel lucky to work with them each day!

Julie Carmichael is celebrated by Janie Gaunce

Imagine that you quit your corporate life in the company you owned to work in a non-profit organization, mentoring women every day of your life? That’s what Julie Carmichael did and I am so proud to call her my very dear friend.

Currently, Julie is the Director of Programs at Amethyst Place, a home for recovering women and their children. Prior to making this professional change, Julie served as a consultant and contractor for KC area municipalities and non-profits. Her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in Finance from Syracuse University has served her well.

Julie started a program at Amethyst Place over five years ago called Encompass. Encompass is a mentoring program for the moms who live at Amethyst Place. Mentor pairs, (two women who are already friends), are an essential modeling tool, showing how friendships based on mutual respect can grow, change and be sustained over time. Currently it is a group of 30 moms and their 60 mentors. It is our goal that Encompass continue to expand and one day provide all 38 moms at Amethyst Place with two mentors.

Julie also founded the “100 Jobs for 100 Moms” program four years ago to provide good jobs with mentors for these moms. To date, there are 50 Moms who have found successful employment with 12 KC employers. It is truly the mentoring that has made the difference.

In short, Julie is an inspiration to me and to many women. She embodies positive change, education and the spirit of mentorship that makes a difference in lives and fosters change, hopefully breaking the cycle of poverty along the way.

Linda Pfingsten is celebrated by Michelle Robin

Linda Pfingsten and I met when I was in 7th grade at the bowling alley she owned. We quickly formed a connection and I began to babysit for her kids. She eventually employed me at her bowling alley, pizza place and car wash. Linda was a phenomenal mentor for me. She became a “bonus parent” of sorts and offered me a place to land when I needed advice and encouragement. Linda and her family were the only people I knew when I moved to Kansas City for chiropractic school. Linda has consistently shown up for me and championed me. She fully embodies “wellness” and I’ve learned a great deal from her. She continues to help me “up my game” in all of life’s arenas. Linda’s belief and investment in me has truly changed the trajectory of my life. I am deeply grateful.

Lori Dorsey is celebrated by Stacy Gewecke

Lori Dorsey is an incredible leader, role model, and mentor to many. She is the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Ivy Distributors, Inc. and Waddell & Reed and responsible for the planning, development and implementation of the organization’s marketing strategies and communications activities, including the development and implementation of materials and services. She’s a “lead by example” leader; confident, compassionate, and she brings positive energy and focus day in and day out. I respect her overall kindness, patience and her ability to balance life. She’s always there to lend a hand or an ear, but above all, she’s an incredible wife, mother and friend.

Peggy Schmidt is celebrated by Joni Lindquist

Peggy Schmidt is part of the fantastic team of women I work with at KHC Wealth Management! Each brings a unique skill set and with our shared commitment to providing “wow” client experiences, it makes for a great team. I appreciate the opportunity to work with each lady because they each bring special talents, energy and passion for being great for our clients. We cheer each other on, we rely on each other’s strengths, we push to get better, and we have fun together. I feel lucky to work with them each day!

Mimi Skinner is celebrated by Joni Lindquist

Mimi Skinner is part of the fantastic team of women I work with at KHC Wealth Management! Each brings a unique skill set and with our shared commitment to providing “wow” client experiences, it makes for a great team. I appreciate the opportunity to work with each lady because they each bring special talents, energy and passion for being great for our clients. We cheer each other on, we rely on each other’s strengths, we push to get better, and we have fun together. I feel lucky to work with them each day!

Stephanie Terrono is celebrated by Shannon Stites

Stephanie Terrono is the complete Human Resources professional and she is being celebrated for being a strong, influential woman because of the positive impact she has on the people around her. Stephanie has had a successful career in Human Resources, leading in areas such as recruiting, performance development and talent management strategies at large companies in Kansas City, including Polsinelli,
Honeywell and Ernst & Young. Stephanie approaches everything with a positive can-do attitude and encourages everyone around her to
be at their best. She is graceful under pressure and handles the most difficult situations with gentleness and kindness. Stephanie is confident in challenging biases in the workplace to ensure that everyone can be successful in their careers. She has helped each company where she has worked become a better place.

Stephanie is proud of her years in the Army as a Platoon Leader where she enhanced her leadership skills and developed the mental toughness to persevere. She is a wife and mother of two young girls who are being shown how to be strong girls in their own way. Stephanie is a role model for them and many

Carol Lakin is celebrated by Michelle Robin

I met Carol Lakin through Linda (who I also nominated for this award) at Linda’s bowling alley. Carol and her husband, John, helped shape my life in many ways; one of which was employing me at their chiropractic office while I was in high school. That job – and their willingness to pour into me – led to my passion and desire to become a chiropractor. They helped me to form a deep belief and confidence in myself. They reminded me often I could be more than I thought I could be. They encouraged me to reach for the stars rather than to pigeon-hole myself into mediocrity. I became their “bonus daughter” and they whole-heartedly encouraged and motivated me to pursue being a chiropractor. I am so thankful for their investment in my life. They guided me to be a better person and encouraged me to go after my dreams. My job today as a chiropractor began as a little seed in the hands of Carol and John. I am incredibly thankful for their constant support.

Diana Meisinger was raised in the small town of Gardner Kansas.

She attended Sunbridge University in New York where she received her degree in Early Childhood Education. She then worked as a director and lead teacher at the Primrose Garden Waldorf School in Gardner Kansas for 15 years.

After leaving the teaching profession she became a certified Birth, Post-partum and night Doula. She felt that creating a sacred space before and after delivery was very important. She has worked with many families all around the surrounding area, supporting them both emotionally and physically through the birthing process; easing them into their new roles as parents.

Diana began practicing Yoga faithfully in 2010 with the intention to improve flexibility. Yoga brought her strength, endurance, balance, acceptance as well as a new self-discovery into her life. She deepened her Yoga at Westside Yoga in Lawrence, and received her RYT 500 hour certificate. In 2014 she and her husband took over Spinning Earth Gallery that had been run as a family business for over 20 years, and it is there that Sacred Spaces Yoga & Pilates studio was birthed. The gallery resides in historic downtown Gardner, Kansas which features the work of ceramic Artist Danny Meisinger.
Sacred Spaces Yoga and Pilates holds classes daily upstairs in the studio space. The beautifully painted, light-filled, 1,300 square foot studio is airy and tranquil. The original hardwood maple floors provide support to scores of students seeking a healthy lifestyle each and every day.

 

Jen Hildebrand is celebrated by Joni Lindquist

Jen Hildebrand is part of the fantastic team of women I work with at KHC Wealth Management! Each brings a unique skill set and with our shared commitment to providing “wow” client experiences, it makes for a great team. I appreciate the opportunity to work with each lady because they each bring special talents, energy and passion for being great for our clients. We cheer each other on, we rely on each other’s strengths, we push to get better, and we have fun together. I feel lucky to work with them each day!

Rachel Durbin is celebrated by the team at National Healthcareer Association

Rachel Durbin, Vice President, Marketing and Brand Strategy at National Healthcareer Association, is a passionate brand advocate and dedicated team leader. Rachel’s experience spans agency and in-house marketing roles, driving brand strategy for clients across a variety of B2B and B2C brands. At NHA, she has spearheaded a brand repositioning built around connecting authentically with NHA’s core customers, developed the company’s marketing capabilities and expertise, elevating the company’s brand and marketing strategy over the last several years.