Executive Women's Leadership Council

Mission of the EWLC has been defined as:

  • to promote the visibility and advancement of women in business leadership positions
  • to advocate on behalf of women in business through collaboration with like-missioned organizations
  • to instill best practices and initiate new ideas to support women’s success in business
  • to promote the awareness of and provide support for the KC Chamber’s ATHENA Awards Celebration

The EWLC is composed of area Women Executives. The women typically work with or run a program to lead women’s leadership/advancement within their organization. Joining the council is by invitation only and is a three-year term. If you’re interested to learn more, speak to membership team or Kristine Vainovska Twidwell.

The EWLC has also created a scholarship for young women in the Chamber’s highly-regarded Centurions leadership training program. Centurions mission is to prepare a cross-section of our community’s emerging leaders for their role in shaping the future of Greater Kansas City.


EWLC hosts two-three networking events per calendar year, co-sponsors the Centurions Women’s Leadership Forum in addition to organizing ATHENA awards celebration.

Executive Women's Leadership Council Members

Abby Wendel, UMB Bank
Amy Castillo, Ability KC
Angela Hurt, Veracity Consulting
Ashley Thorne, KC Southern
Christine Ricci , U Break I Fix
Courtney Thomas, Newhouse
Dana Foote , KPMG
Elizabeth Frank, AMC
Jenny Housley , Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Jill Marchant, Hallmark
Julie Pierce, Henderson Engineers, Inc
Kara Larson, Evergy
Kathrine Swanson, Metropolitan Community College
Kathleen Boyle Dalen, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Kenda Caskey, Burns & McDonnell

Kim Herman, PNC Bank
Lesley Elwell, JE Dunn
Lisa Krigsten, Dentons
Lynn Parman, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mara Cohara, Lathrop GPM
Mary Jane Judy, Polsinelli
Mary O'Connor, Country Club Bank
Niki Donawa, Truman Medical Centers
Polly Thomas , CBIZ/ MHM
Rebecca David, U.S. Engineering Company
Sheri Johnson, McCownGordon
Sue Lapointe, Accenture
Susan Johnson, Andrews McMeel Universal
Suzanne Williams , Barkley
Wendy Reynolds, Bank of Blue Valley