The Greater Missouri Woman: Part 1

GVMH staff are involved in a number of things that benefit our local, state and national interests as an organization and as a community.  One of our staff members is participating in the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge and she is considered a Greater Missouri Woman.  GVMH’s Greater Missouri Woman is Susan Scholz.  Susan is a Physical Therapist Assistant and she spends most of her time at our outpatient facility on Ohio Street.  Susan is an asset to our organization and she is involved in efforts to make the State of Missouri a better place for all of us.

Today I will provide a brief overview of the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge Program and tomorrow I will share information Susan brought back from her most recent visit with legislators at our state capital.

A Greater Missouri Woman is recognized as accomplished in her field of endeavor. The maturity and professionalism realized by reaching her level of success is demonstrated by her leadership, civic contributions and ability to inspire and support others. She is intellectually curious, interacts well with others, and while passionate in her beliefs, is open-minded when confronted with new points of view. She is committed to a life of learning and personal growth.

The Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge is an annual traveling symposium designed to bring together women leaders from global corporations, small business, academia, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Through the course of the year, the group is exposed to critical issues confronting their communities, state and nation.

This type of leadership program was originally designed in 1982 by Governor Ann Richards of Texas. At that time, Governor Richards was unable to find qualified women leaders to appoint to various state positions, commissions and boards. In order to fill the void, Governor Richards helped to establish a women’s leadership training program targeted at mid-career professional women to specifically prepare them for state leadership positions. This later became known as “Leadership Texas.” Southwestern Bell Corporation (Texas) was one of the organizations primary sponsors.

In the late 1980’s, Southwestern Bell employees who were graduates of Leadership Texas transferred to St. Louis, Missouri and founded the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge. 

The Greater Missouri Leadership Program is a unique leadership program because of the breadth and diversity of the experience. Class participants and prestigious alumnae represent recognized leaders from various industries, education, health care, government and non-profit. More than a dozen critical local, state, national and global issues are discussed with accomplished experts from a variety of fields during four geographic venues. Missouri’s most respected leaders stimulate breakthrough thinking with a series of highly interactive sessions and Susan Scholz has been representing our interests for the past couple years.

Come back tomorrow to read about Susan’s most recent visit to the capital, you’ll learn what’s important to legislators and what topics will be up for debate during the current legislative session.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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