Women’s Leadership Society

The Women’s Leadership Society (WLS) is a growing community of over 3,000 women who collectively give their time, talent and treasures to help people in the St. Louis region. We use the power of our community to bring driven women together to address social issues and work to create a solid foundation for our region.


Our members network with fellow members through formal and informal events throughout the year. We use the power of our community to bring driven women together to make a positive impact in the communities we call home.


We strongly believe that every woman can harness the skills required to lead at work, in the community, and at home. Our members come from different industries and backgrounds and use their unique experiences to inspire and challenge one another. Through the Women’s Leadership Society, we’re working to create a solid foundation for the St. Louis region.


The Women’s Leadership Society is proud to offer the WLS Mentorship Program, led by and for our Leadership Givers who identify as female. We are a community of engaged and inspired women who help each other reach personal and professional goals. The program runs annually and is offered exclusively to Leadership Givers. Learn more about our mentorship program!

Your Dollars at Work


provides a month’s supply of diapers for 75 toddlers


provides a two-week hotel stay for a domestic violence victim needing immediate shelter


supplies five homebound seniors hot meals for six months

Ready to Join?

A gift of $1,000 or greater gives you access to join one or more Leadership Giving Societies and helps people in the St. Louis region live their best possible lives.

2022 Women’s Leadership Society Cabinet Members

Susan Stith, Cigna, 2022 Chair  

Sheila Alsup, ICL Specialty Products Inc. 

Andrea Barry, Deloitte 

Caroline Battles, Ascension 

Julianne Callaway, RGA Reinsurance Company 

Karen Dupske, Daugherty Business Solutions 

Julie Erickson, Rx Outreach 

Shannon Favazza, Edward Jones 

Mary Fernandes, Bayer U.S. LLC 

Kristin Guehlstorf, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 

LaVicki Hart, Coldwell Banker Gundaker 

Alexis Hershey, Midwest BankCentre 

Megan Hoffman, Cigna 

Cheryl Jones, Girls Incorporated of Saint Louis 

Karen Jordan, Dentons 

Lori Knudson, Aegion Corporation 

Michelle Ko, Edward Jones 

Nancy LeVault, Programs and Services for Older Person 

Margaret McDonald, HOK 

Angie Minges, Nestle Purina PetCare Company 

Jamie Orf, KellyMitchell Group, Inc. 

Kristen Polchinski, U.S. Bank 

Lindsay Rozycki, Starburst Data 

Christy Sales, Edward Jones 

Tracy Shepard, Edward Jones 

Pam Weston, Centene Corporation 

Mary Ann Wymore, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. 

Patricia Zahn, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Past Women’s Leadership Society Chairs

2021: Margaret McDonald, Susan Stith 

2020: Margaret McDonald, Michelle Ko 

2019: Sharon Price John, Michelle Ko 

2017-2018: Ellen Theroff 

2015-2016: Penny Pennington 

2013-2014: Marilyn Bush 

2011-2012: Cassandra Sanford 

2009-2010: Deb Hollingsworth 

2008: Jan Holloway 

2006-2007: Ellen Sherberg 

2004-2005: Merry Mosbacher 

2002-2003: Patricia Mercurio 

2000-2001: Linda Locke, Juanita Hinshaw 

1998-1999: Francine Katz 

1996-1997: Mary Ann Krey