January 2022

Dr. Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi Our first WISER Woman of 2022 is Dr. Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering at Missouri State University and the Missouri Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MoLSAMP) MSU site coordinator for the Cooperative Engineering Program. Dr. Obafemi-Ajayi’s work is focused on using machine

November 2021

Dr. Kim Kimminau We are proud to feature Dr. Kim Kimminau, Chief Of Staff & Chief of Strategy, Adjunct Professor of Family and Community Medicine at University of Missouri-Columbia, as our November WISER Woman. Dr. Kimminau is a biomedical anthropologist and health services researcher who has worked

October 2021

Kelly Fischer, Chief People Officer at Benson Hill This month’s WISER Woman is Kelly Fischer. Kelly is the Chief People Officer at Benson Hill. She is a seasoned human resources professional with a breadth of experience in talent strategy, project leadership, change management, and communications. Not only

September 2021

Kim Becking, Attorney Kim Becking is an attorney, serial entrepreneur running two successful businesses, communications strategist and “recovering” political consultant and this November 5th, she’ll be the keynote speaker at our virtual event, WISER Conversations: Refresh, Refuel, Refocus. Create a Work/Life Balance. Kim is an engaging, high-energy,

August 2021

Jamila Owens-Todd, ND Jamila Owens-Todd, ND is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor with a background in Research and Development. In addition to her practice at the Meridian Institute of Naturopathic Therapies (MINT), she is the R & D Manager for PHYTOS Cannabis and the owner of Golden Grocer.

July 2021

Dr. Laura Page, Assistant Dean of Professional Development & Leadership for the University of Missouri Graduate School Our July WISER Woman is Dr. Laura Page. Dr. Page is Assistant Dean of Professional Development & Leadership for the University of Missouri Graduate School. Dr. Page currently provides professional

June 2021

Beth Prusaczyk, PhD, MSW This month's WISER Woman is Beth Prusaczyk, PhD, MSW, Instructor in Medicine, Division of General Medical Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on improving the health and healthcare of older adults, particularly vulnerable older adults such as those with dementia

May 2021

Sonia Hall, Ph. D., President and CEO of BioKansas Our May WISER Woman is Sonia Hall. Ph. D., President and CEO of BioKansas. Dr. Hall has a passion for making careers in science more accessible and inclusive for women and minorities and empowering the next generation of

April 2021

Yemi Akande-Bartsch, Ph.D. is the President and CEO of FOCUS St. Louis Yemi Akande-Bartsch, Ph.D. is the President and CEO of FOCUS St. Louis, an organization which prepares diverse leaders to work cooperatively for a thriving region through experience-based leadership training, civic issue education and public engagement.

March 2021

Lindsey Harrison, Program Manager, BioSTL Lindsey Harrison is BioSTL’s Program Manager for diversity, inclusion, and equity activities. She works to make sure minority owned startups and entrepreneurs have access to the resources and community they need to thrive. In addition to her work in the DEI space, she

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