Please join us for the Women’s Leadership Network’s annual Networking Reception, a special event for women who are interested in paying it forward, connecting with a diverse network and uplifting our next generation of Girl Scouts. WLN’s Networking Reception is the space where women engage in meaningful conversation, share their knowledge, and learn how they can help our future leaders: today’s Girl Scouts. The event is designed to encourage connections among women that last well beyond the evening.
This year’s theme The Power of Connecting will guide a robust discussion around how women can form professional and personal connections that drive their success. A diverse group of panelists will share personal stories that will help guide table conversations throughout the evening. Attendees will walk away from the event with concrete ideas and an expanded support system to continue their leadership development journeys.
Managing Director, The Simmons Group
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Natalea leads The Simmons Group Wealth Management team at Merrill Lynch and is consistently named to the Forbes “America’s Top Women Advisors” and “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” lists. As a top female advisor in the St. Louis region, Natalea understands the unique challenges that women face when it comes to wealth management. As such, she has made it her personal mission to help close the existing investment gender gap - focusing on bringing financial empowerment to all women. Natalea works with clients to help them define their specific life goals and financial needs by providing comprehensive financial planning.
Natalea is a graduate of the Washington University Executive MBA program, holds a B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Missouri - Columbia, and holds the designation of Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, Certified Private Wealth Advisor and Certified Investment Management Analyst.
Chief Program Officer
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri
Danielle Washington is the Chief Program Officer at Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. Danielle is responsible for managing operational functions integral to serving the needs of our girl and volunteer members. With over 15 years of experience in the non-profit programming space, Washington has an extensive background in the design, development, implementation and management of programs positively impacting the youth in our community, including, but not limited to, career readiness, college persistence, leadership and residential camp programming. Washington has been recognized locally by FOCUS St. Louis as an Emerging Leader and the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 under 30.
Saint Louis University
Sarah Ayers is currently in her third year at Saint Louis University School of Law. There, she is co-president of the Women Law Students Association and is pursuing a concentration in Intellectual Property. She is a law clerk at Danna McKitrick, P.C. Ayers is a 2021 graduate of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. She was awarded Outstanding Senior of the Year as a result of campus involvement. While in school she was an active leader on campus, including Kappa Alpha Theta Women’s Fraternity, Student Ambassadors, Blue Blazers Investment Club, Order of Omega, Omicron Delta Kappa, and others. After graduation she was selected to serve a two-year term as a Young Trustee on the Westminster College Board of Trustees.
Ayers earned her Gold Award and was a recipient of the Dessert First Scholarship in 2017. She remains involved with Girl Scouts as a founding member of the Young Professional Association.
Corporate sponsors of the Women’s Leadership Network enjoy unique recognition opportunities throughout the year while investing in Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri to develop strong, well-equipped, and service-minded leaders for tomorrow’s workforce. The WLN connects you to the leaders of today while Girl Scouts actively develops a pipeline of future leaders in your organization.
Interested in a corporate sponsorship?
Contact Erin Vlasaty, Manager, Corporate & Foundation Relations at 314.592.2365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.