Promoting women in business, education, government and health initiatives to advance regional economic growth.

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Economic Development Awards

Winning Women in partnership with the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and the Metro East Counties of St. Clair, Monroe and Madison recognize women with the Women Influencing Now…Regional Economic Development Awards. Winning Women established the awards to honor and recognize women in three areas: entrepreneur, executive and public service. Winning Women seek to recognize women in the bi-state region who make an impact in promoting women in business, education, government and health initiatives to advance regional economic growth.

Ruth Saphian (Co-Chair), Kathy Meath (Co-Chair), Linda Moen, Beth Davis


Education & Mentoring

Winning Women works to foster economic growth and provide leadership in developing and supporting our future workforce. The organization offers interested, motivated young women- as young as high school students - opportunities to meet and learn about available career options and to interact first hand with active, successful female executives. Education and mentoring opportunities focus on traditional and non-traditional occupations and apprenticeships in the private and public sectors.

Tricia Ferguson (Chair), Debbie Schroeder-Saulnier, Lisa Bell-Reim, Lorenza Pasetti, Martha Karlovic


Winning Women provides unique, professional events, offering venues for interaction with successful peers and for sharing valuable insights. At the Winning Women Business Forums, accomplished women present and discuss their own success stories, including difficulties or setbacks encountered along the way in achieving their dreams and goals.

Lisa Bell-Reim (Chair), Becky Fine, Martha Karlovic



The purpose of the membership committee is to increase quality membership within Winning Women. The committee seeks out qualified women in the region and personally invites them to join. The potential candidates are put through an interview process and are then presented to the board for acceptance. The committee also assists new members in maximizing their participation and increasing their potential with Winning Women.

Becky Fine (Chair), Lisa Bell-Reim, Abby Tuttle


Political Inroads

Winning Women supports women's visions, voices and priorities related to critical economic and social issues by creating unique opportunities for education, involvement and leadership in the political arenas. The organization provides elected and appointed officials a unique resource, including access to information and important connections and introductions to female business leaders.

Linda Moen (Co-Chair), Kathy Meath (Co-Chair), Past Representative Kathlyn Fares, Julie Davidson, Marie Glancy


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Michelle Esswein (bio)
Founder, President and CEO

The Board:

Becky Fine

Marie Glancy
Mercy Health Plans

Linda Moen

Karla Teasley
IL American

Beth Davis
Clear Channel Radio

Sara Wade
Express Scripts

Dawn Runge
SSM Health Care

Julie Davidson
United Healthcare

American Heart Association

Girl Scouts

Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Missouri Women's Council