This year, we’re recognizing the amazing women in our business community through a new set of awards called Women of Excellence. These awards are broken up into eight categories, seven of which are industry specific: education, finance, health care, hospitality, public service, real estate, and retail. They recognize women who seek out ways to grow in their industry, mentor other women, and serve in the community. The last category is professional excellence, which is given out to a woman who’s made a great impact on the community and in her field of work.

Join with us in celebrating the inaugural recipients!


Kathryn Chval, PhD

Dean, MU College of Education

Read her profile here.


Judy Starr

Chief Financial Officer, Central Bank of Boone County

Read her profile here.

Health Care

Dr. Bridget Gruender

Owner, Liberty Family Medicine

Read her profile here.


Rachel Holman

CEO, Les Bourgeois Vineyards

Read her profile here.

Public Service

Stephanie Morrell

Associate Circuit Judge, State of Missouri

Read her profile here.

Real Estate

Elizabeth Mendenhall

CEO, Re/Max Boone Realty

Read her profile here.


Celeste & Stella Hardnock

Owners, My Sister’s Circus

Read their profile here.

Professional Excellence

Susan Hart

Partner and Vice President, Huebert Builders Inc.

Read her profile here.

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