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Mark Your Calendars For Maryville University’s 2021 Season Of The Force Leadership Series.

Beginning in February, the program will move to a temporary virtual format. It will include the same engaging content and connections, reconfigured into and a safe and convenient virtual setting. Learn more about this exciting line-up of women leaders below:

Spring Virtual Leadership Series – Livestream / Networking – (a registration link will be shared in late January 2021)
All events will include a panel discussion moderated by Jami Dolby, Director of Development, Maryville University.


Women and STEAM: Creating A Welcoming Environment

Feb. 25, 2021
  • Passion Bragg, Normandy Schools Collaborative STEM champion
  • Dena Ladd, Executive Director, Missouri Cures
  • Chrystal Riley-Stark, Senior Vice President – MasterCard Worldwide


Established in 2013, our Force initiative is a community-driven program that engages women of all ages and interests along three key focus areas:

  • Philanthropy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Mentoring

The program’s mission and vision support a range of activities.

Mission: Maryville’s Force initiative drives conversation and relationships among both current and emerging female leaders through innovative experiences.

Vision: Through lifelong learning, talent development and mentoring, the Maryville Force initiative inspires and motivates female leaders in the St. Louis community.

Force provides professional development and networking opportunities throughout each year, providing avenues for women to learn, engage with one another, and discover ways to become more involved in causes they believe in. The program also collaborates with other women’s initiatives, celebrates women who inspire and motivate, and raises awareness of social, economic and cultural issues.


Past Events

Women Making a Difference
in the Community

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019
  • Nora Amato, Executive Director, Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Leslie Gill, Executive Director, RUNG
  • Opal Jones, President and CEO, Doorways
  • Julie Pole, Executive Director, Food Outreach
  • Michelle D. Tucker, President and CEO, United Way of Greater St. Louis

Entrepreneurship from a Woman’s Perspective

DECEMBER 5, 2019
  • Dr. Tammy Gocial, Interim Dean, John E. Simon School of Business, Maryville University
  • Dr. Patty Hagen, Executive Director, T-Rex
  • Gloria Carter Hicks, President and CEO, Hicks-Carter-Hicks
  • Brandyn Jones, Founder and Executive Director, Animal House Cat Rescue and Adoption Center


Health Care and Its Professions:
Women Leading the Way

FEBRUARY 6, 2020
  • Christine Candio, FACHE,
    President and CEO, St. Luke’s Hospital Corporation
  • Dr. Michelle Jenkins-Unterberg, Dean, Walker College of Health Professions, Maryville University
  • Candace Jennings, Regional President, SSM Health St. Louis
  • Tracie Berry McGhee, Executive Director, SistaKeeper