Professional Women of NAPW St. Louis, MO Discussed Diversity Issues Faced by Women in the Workplace

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National Association of Professional Women St. Louis, MO Chapter hosted Michelle Martin, CEO of AMM Empowerment, who talked about diversity issues faced by women in the workplace at February Chapter meeting.

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Bridgett shared many inspirational quotes by renowned women to encourage the women to forge ahead with their dreams and goals, as she had learned to do, while balancing career and home,

Members and guests of the NAPW St. Louis, MO Local Chapter gathered on January 14th for a professional networking meeting at Lewis Rice, a law firm in downtown St. Louis located at 600 Washington Avenue.

Guest Speaker Michelle A. Martin, CEO of AMM Empowerment, got the group of professional women talking about their own experiences in the workplace when she presented, “Diversity Issues Facing Women.”

The attendees participated in a lively networking session earlier in the evening as they ate their brown bag dinners and enjoyed delicious snacks provided by the meeting’s host Bridget Genteman Hoy.

At the conclusion of the networking portion of the monthly meeting, NAPW St. Louis Chapter President Lisa M. Pettis, Owner of REFORM, a personal training and health and wellness business, greeted the attendees and introduced the evening’s guest speaker.

“Michelle A. Martin was the guest speaker and shared her presentation, “Diversity Issues Facing Women,” which stirred up a great discussion among the group,” said Lisa.

Some of the issues covered in Ms. Martin’s presentation included the use of terms in the workplace, such as ‘gal’ or ‘honey;’ disparities in pay between men and women; the need to be mentored and to mentor others; and the importance of open and honest communication. Ms. Martin ended the presentation with action questions to encourage the women to move forward in addressing diversity issues in the workplace. The group of professional women engaged in more discussions on diversity, as the guest speaker continued to answer questions.

The Chapter President next invited Bridget Genteman Hoy, the Woman in the Spotlight for the month of January, to take the floor. Genteman Hoy delighted the women with the history of the Lewis Rice law firm, which began with a diverse partnership, stemming from Methodist and Jewish backgrounds. Ms. Genteman Hoy practices intellectual property and commercial litigation law, but said that she knows all of the lawyers in the law firm and can refer potential clients based on their needs. Ms. Genteman Hoy shared her military background in the U.S. Air Force and how much she learned during her service, her educational background, and her beginnings at Lewis Rice, which also included the birth of her two children.

“Bridgett shared many inspirational quotes by renowned women to encourage the women to forge ahead with their dreams and goals, as she had learned to do, while balancing career and home,” said the Chapter President.

Lisa presented a certificate to Bridget to thank her for sharing her experience as a lawyer and to Michelle, to thank her for sharing her expertise on diversity with the Chapter.

The next St. Louis Chapter meeting will be held on March 11th at Lewis Rice, 600 Washington Avenue, St. Louis at 6:00pm. Guest speaker Deborah Luxton will present: What Makes a Good Leader? And the Woman in the Spotlight will be Hania Bednarski. Visit the St. Louis Local Chapter Page on for all meeting updates.

Members/guest in attendance included: Hania B. Bednarski, D.O. Hania is a Board Certified General Surgeon with fellowship training in both breast oncoplastic surgery and hand surgery. She completed her general surgery residency training at many trauma centers in New York City. When she completed her residency, she sub-specialized initially in hand surgery at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, where she also trained in many reconstructive surgical procedures–mainly breast reconstruction. After working purely as a hand surgeon in New York for three years, Hania decided to further sub-specialize in breast oncoplastic surgery. She matriculated from exactly such a program in New York. Her current services focus on comprehensive breast care. Hania performs all procedures from the biopsy, to the surgical resection for cure, and the final reconstruction of the breast.

Bridget G. Hoy is a Litigation and Trial Attorney at Lewis, Rice in St. Louis, Missouri. Her firm has over 150 lawyers practicing in all of the primary legal specialty areas, and is one of the major regional law firms in the Midwest. During her career, Bridget has helped companies of all sizes navigate legal disputes in state and federal courts around the country, including contract disputes, intellectual property disputes, personal injuries disputes, and more. She has also assisted businesses and individuals in general corporate matters, working closely with her transactional colleagues at Lewis Rice. Bridget makes a real effort to understand the needs of her clients so they get tailored legal assistance. She enjoys volunteering her time with numerous charities, including literacy programs for young children, and also providing legal services to those who cannot afford a lawyer through Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and pro bono programs with the federal judicial system.

Michelle Martin, CEO of AMM Empowerment, LLC. Her skills and areas of expertise include education and empowerment. She is currently involved with the Society of Human Resource Management/Association of Legal Administrators/Diversity Officer's Network. She received her Juris Doctorate in Law (Labor/Employment) from St. Louis University School of Law in Missouri.
Cheryl Robinson-Moore, Director of Health Center Operations at Grace Hill Health Centers, Inc. She is responsible for the overall planning, management, implementation, and coordination of nursing care services and nonclinical functions provided at multiple health center locations. Cheryl ensures efficient patient flow and enhanced productivity through effective supervision and coordination.

LaDonna Turner, Founder and CEO of Smart Ideas Consulting Firm, LLC (SICF). She offers clients a combination of micro and macro services. With 17 years of experience working in human service programs at all levels including direct client services, management, and administration, LaDonna is a highly specialized and skilled human services consultant. LaDonna recently secured a contract with her business-congratulations LaDonna!

New Member, Courtney Bond, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, which specializes in financial services. Courtney’s skills and areas of expertise include retirement income, client relations and client services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Business Administration from Southeastern Missouri State University. She is also currently involved with Urban Financial Services Coalition and the ABC's Of Money Management. Courtney will be sharing financial tips with the St. Louis Chapter in May, which will include a question and answer session, so mark your calendars!

New Member, Jennifer H. Stinebaker, Information Systems Developer at Parcel Insurance Plan, which specializes in specialty insurance. Jennifer’s skills and areas of expertise include information management and business administration. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with an emphasis on Information Management from Webster University.

Guest Afifa Yusef, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, which specializes in financial services.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. NAPW provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network, and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.

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