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CharacterPlus & the Center for Character & Citizenship @ UMSL are hosting a new series that will highlight women who Walk with Purpose & Lead with Character.

We are grateful for all you do to represent empowered and purposeful women leaders. Your leadership sets an example for others and is making a difference! Because of this, we wanted to invite you to join us for a special Educational Women in Leadership Series called "At the Table." CharacterPlus and the Center for Character and Citizenship at UMSL are hosting this new series that will highlight women who Walk with Purpose and Lead with Character. We would like to include you in the invitation to join us At the Table as we connect and collaborate over purposeful conversations, dinner, and drinks.


This Leadership Series will consist of four separate dinner events throughout the year, which will be held at different dining venues throughout the region. Each evening will be centered around the message from an influential women leader who will share her story of the power of leading with and on purpose. Our dinner table conversations will connect to the messages shared by our guest speaker.

As an At the Table participant, you will grow your PLN and extend your own thinking around the power of being a woman who leads with purpose to impact those you serve. We are excited to create the space for women leaders like you to continue to stretch your thinking, grow in leadership, and be intentional about leading with purpose at the front and center.


We hope you are interested in joining us At the Table. With limited seating capacity and in order to keep this intimate and powerful, we are only inviting a select group of 50 women leaders in education. Thanks to the generosity of a Kern Foundation Grant that is funding a portion of this event, the participant cost is $200 for the series. This fee covers appetizers, seated and plated dinner, and dessert at all four events. There will be a cash bar available at each venue, and all dinners will be from 6:00-8:00PM.


Our first dinner kicks off on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at SqWires in Lafayette Square. The pre-dinner connections and conversations begin at 6:00PM with appetizers and cash bar available. We will begin our conversations as we listen to Bethany Johnson-Javois tell her story of how PURPOSE impacted her leadership and life. Conversations will grow from there as we share a meal together.


At The Table #1 | Date: September 16, 2021 | Restaurant: SqWires | Speaker: Bethany Johnson-Javois 

CEO, St. Louis Integrated Health Network & Former Managing Director for the Ferguson Commission

At The Table #2 | Date: November 11, 2021 | Restaurant: Cyrano’s | Speaker: TBA

At The Table #3 | Date: February 10, 2022 | Restaurant: Maggiano’s | Speaker: TBA

At The Table #4 | Date: April 7, 2022  | Restaurant: Carnivore | Speaker: TBA

No payment due now, in the RSVP you can let us know your payment preference.  You purchase the entire series and if you can’t attend one of the events you may send someone in your place. If you have questions, please contact Kristen Pelster, Senior Director of CharacterPlus Programming, kpelster@characterplus.org or Dr. Julie Sperry, Director of CharacterPlus Academies, jsperry@characterplus.org.