Network with other women during an empowering day of learning and fun at the 2017 Flourish magazine Women's Summit brought to you by the Southeast Missourian, Flourish Magazine and rustmedia.
This event provides area women from all walks of life the opportunity to hear from local influential women in business, philanthropy, education, healthcare, government and the arts through lively, interactive sessions. Breakout session topics include community leadership, entrepreneurship, education and health & Wellness. Each attendee will choose two sessions to attend.
|8 am||Light breakfast & networking expo|
|10:30 am||Workshop 2|
|12 pm||Lunch & keynote address|
|1pm||Group safety presentation|
The year's keynote Speaker Adrienne Ross, local author, columnist, editor, and speaker. Adrienne is the author of an illustrated book of humorous quotations and stories. #AuntAlma: Raising a Little
Hell Heaven on Earth is filled with common sense, comedy - and a little bit of crazy, straight from the mouth of her real-life aunt Alma. Through life's challenges, Adrienne has learned the power of perseverance through faith and hope. A believe that every person has a unique calling, she aspires to encourage others to embrace their destiny and pursue their dreams.
New to the 2017 Summit is the addition of an after lunch group presentation on personal safety by Cody Windbigler of the Cape County Sheriff's Department. This training will prepare attendees for active shooter events and empower them to make life-saving decisions. When it comes to safety, your first line of defense is your brain. Knowing what to do when faced with a dangerous situation in the workplace, at home or out in public is vitally important for all women.
- Dr. Barbara Kohlfeld, principal at Blanchard Elementary
- Jalon Lies, principal at Cape Christian School
- Nita Dubose, counselor at Cape Central High School
- Crystal Jones, Director of the Economic and Business Engagement Center
- Sandy Hastings, co-owner of SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties
- Laurie Everett, owner of Annie Laurie's Antiques, The Indie House and Everett Property Management
- Jeanne Muckerman, agent with Realty Executives of Cape County
- Felice Roberson, founder of Stop Needless Acts of Violence Please (SNAP)
- Bridgette Amick, captain with the Salvation Army
For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Donna Denson at 573-388-2871 or email@example.com
Principal at Barbara Blanchard Elementary
Dr. Barbara Capshaw Kohlfeld has been the principal at Barbara Blanchard Elementary since the school opened on January 18, 2000. Previously, she was the principal at May Greene School from 1993 until its closing. She began her teaching career at Warren Hearnes Elementary in Charleston, Missouri.
Dr. Kohlfeld is the fourth of seven children born to Robert and Juanita Capshaw. She was raised in Chaffee, Missouri, attending Saint Ambrose School and then Notre Dame High School. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She received her M.A. from Southeast Missouri State University and her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Kohlfeld has three children, Alexandra, Courtland, and Parker. She is married to Mike Kohlfeld.
During Dr. Kohlfeld’s tenure at Barbara Blanchard Elementary, the school has received numerous honors including the Missouri Gold Star, the National Blue Ribbon, and Missouri Exemplary Professional Learning Communities School. The school is a high-performing school with a commitment to academic excellence.
Owner of Annie Laurie’s Antiques, The Indie House and Everett Property Management
As the owner of Annie Laurie’s Antiques, The Indie House and Everett Property Management, Laurie Everett has made her mark on downtown Cape Girardeau.
Laurie graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1999. After graduation, she enlisted in the United States Army where she served from 1999-2003 as a Military Police Officer, serving in deployments across Europe and the Middle East. While enlisted, she attained a master’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma in 2002.
Upon returning to civilian life and Missouri, she took a position teaching a variety of Marketing and University Studies courses at her alma mater Southeast Missouri State.
In 2006, she chose to make the step to a small business owner by purchasing Annie Laurie’s Antiques in Cape Girardeau. Laurie, with her husband Rocky Everett, has owned and operated Annie Laurie’s for eleven years, winning numerous small business accolades during their tenure.
Most recently, in 2016, Laurie expanded her business holdings by purchasing and subsequently remodeling a historic 19th-century property adjacent to Annie Laurie’s. “The Indie House” as it has been renamed, is a shared retail space, home to several retail businesses and offices.
Laurie lives with her husband of 13 years, Rocky, and her 8-year-old son, Fletcher, in downtown Cape Girardeau.
Principal at Cape Christian School
Jalon Lies has devoted her adult life to working with children. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership for Faith-Based Schools and has over 25 years experience as a Christian school administrator, teacher, and early childhood educator. She currently works as principal of Cape Christian School, a Christian school serving children Pre-K through 8th grade. She and her husband, Dann, have raised five sons.
Agent, Realty Executives of Cape County
Jeanne Muckerman began her career in banking at the age of 19. In that time, she has held various responsibilities including roles in customer service, lending, and Assistant Vice President.
In 2015, Jeanne and her husband Jake had a son and she decided it was time to make a change transitioning into a role in real estate. She joined Realty Executives of Cape County in 2016 and was honored as a Rookie of the Year for 1 million in sales during her first year as an agent.
As Jeanne’s career has grown, so has her commitment to the community she loves. She currently serves the United Way as a Board and Executive Committee member, a Navigator and a member of the GRACES Women’s Leadership Council planning team. She participates annually in the Vintage Now Fashion Show benefiting the Safe House for Women, co-leads a weekly mom and baby workout program and volunteers with several other organizations throughout the year.
Jeanne is a member of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. She has also served the Chamber as a board member, a Chamber Young Professionals planning member and past chair, and a Chamber Ambassador past committee member and chair. In 2013, Jeanne was honored as Chamber Ambassador of the Year.
A regular champion of the area and all it has to offer, Jeanne’s involvement and enthusiasm for the Cape area is evident. As she says, “My Instagram handle is MamaMuck.CommunityEnthusiast for good reason! This community and its people are easy to get enthused about!”
Director, Economic and Business Engagement Center
Crystal Jones directs initiatives for the Economic and Business Engagement Center at Southeast Missouri State University that advance and support economic development. Her duties include collaboration with local, regional, state, and federal stakeholders to stimulate economic growth in the Southeast Missouri region through small business development, entrepreneurship, community development, and workforce education.
The Engagement Center offers several programs designed to assist small businesses. One program is the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC). SBTDC is funded through a statewide initiative that provides professional analysis and consultation as well as education on the various aspects of starting and owning a small business. From 2014-2016, the statewide SBTDC program assisted Missouri companies with technical assistance and education resulting in 23,927 jobs created or retained, $900 million in sales increases, $436 million in new investment, and $1.1 billion in government contracts. This represents one job created or retained for every $844 in total funding, and $120 of total economic impact for every $1 invested.
Crystal received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Business Administration from William Woods University and is a 2012 graduate of the Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Leadership Institute.
President and co-owner of SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties.
Sandy Hastings and her husband Richard are president and co-owner of SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties.
A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, Sandy’s career path has changed several times over the course of her life. Following graduation, she worked briefly with the Cape Girardeau Police Dept. before moving to Denver, CO where she worked in a bank and with computers.
After a few years, she returned to Missouri and worked for KETC-TV in St. Louis as their computer operator/analysis and helped with their pledge drives. There, she met her husband, Richard. And that’s what started her career with SERVPRO — by simply marrying into it.
SERVPRO® is a national franchise system of over 1,700 franchises in the U.S. and Canada. She and her husband operate the local office, but they are also Directors/Trainers for all the other 40 offices in Missouri and a few in Kansas.
Sandy has strong work ethic, which has been recognized with several professional awards including the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber Small Business of the Year (2008), Better Business Torch Award (2016), the SERVPRO CEO Award on three occasions.
Although she never dreamed of being an entrepreneur, she continues to trust that God will take care of her.
Salvation Army Captain
Captain Bridgette Amick of the Salvation Army has spent her entire life in the organization. From attending The Salvation Army Church programs to working within the organization from the past nine years - five in Moline, IL and four here in Cape Girardeau.
In the role of Captain, Bridgette manages all things Salvation Army that you see in Cape Girardeau. She (along with her husband Ronnie) pastor to the congregation throughout the week and helps oversee services that help people who are homeless, families who need food on their table, individuals that need a hot meal, and households who may need a bit of assistance with their electric or rent bills.
Bridgette attended a seminary school in Chicago, from The Salvation Army and their partnership with Olivet Nazarene University.
Bridgette and her husband Ronnie moved to Cape in 2013 with their two boys; Zayden now 12, Beckam now 7, and have since added one more boy Ryker who is 3. The Amicks’ are huge Cubs fans; they love coffee, their family, and Jesus. Bridgette enjoys reading and spending time with all 4 of her boys.
Counselor at Cape Central High School
Nita DuBose has worked in the public education system for 23 years. She holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics and a Masters of Arts in School Counseling from Southeast Missouri State University and has been a school counselor at Cape Central High School for the past eight years. Prior to becoming a counselor, Nita was a math and physics teacher at Sikeston and Cape Central.
In addition to her current role as counselor, Nita is also an advisor for Student Senate at CHS, a governing board member of SEMOSCA and a member of the NAACP Cape Girardeau Branch 4058.
Nita was awarded Distinguished Service Award (2015), Student Council Advisor of the Year (2012), and was nominated for Educator of the Year Award in 2010 and 2016.