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Amby Lewis, founder/CEO of A Girl Like Me Network wants to empower and support girls from age 12 through 18. Lewis and AGLM treasurer Kelly Routh say they want to help by teaching awareness, life …

K. Patrick Douglas, attorney and partner with Douglas, Haun & Heidemann PC, says his father and a former law partner have played a big role in his development. Douglas is one of Springfield Business …

K. Patrick Douglas, attorney and partner with Douglas, Haun & Heidemann PC, says he’s learned a lot about leadership from mentors. He says you must value your team and work for the best interests …

Kirk Baumann, team member experience manager with O’Reilly Hospitality Management, says mentors have been instrumental in his life. He says O’Reilly’s mentoring program helps employees develop …

Margo Spilde, founder and CEO of GRASP, says her mentor advised that if you focus on your passion, the rest will fall into place. She says focusing outward to help others will change your life. …

Rita Baron, principal with Baron Design & Associates, LLC, talks about her experience in architecture, opening a restaurant and finding a mentor. She says failure is a great experience because it …

Gary Gibson, general manager of City Utilities, says he’s been very fortunate to have good mentors in his life. Gibson says he tries to give back by mentoring through work and volunteering with Big …

Motivational speaker Zach Troutman says his grandmother and a coach helped him discover his passion. He founded Follow the Leader to normalize conversations about mental health after dealing with …

Ashley Fletcher, licensed clinical social worker, says her mentor was excellent at helping therapists understand their own self worth as well as that of their clients. Fletcher says this helps …

Donald Babb, former CEO and executive director of Citizens Memorial Hospital, says his grandfather was his first mentor. “He always told me, you can do whatever you want to do,” Babb says. “You …

“I don’t care what position you’re in, you need to have someone else who’s been there and done that… to bounce things off of, talk about your mistakes,” says Paul Long, Vice President …

Janice Goocher, owner and designer of Canvas Connections, turned her side passion into a business. Goocher, who loves artwork and challenging herself with new things, says she began hosting parties …

Jill Reynolds, Private Client Advisor with Commerce Trust Company, says it’s gratifying to see progress in employees she’s mentoring. Reynolds thinks all employees should be mentored because they …

“I think with the millennial generation, there is a misconception of just kind of flying by the seat of our pants, or we only take passion project jobs or things like that,” says Jenn Darden, …

Curtis Millsap, owner of Millsap Farms, says their business model has changed over their twelve years in business. He says the question is no longer whether something is possible, but rather what …

Judy Hadsall, President and CEO of Multipli Credit Union, says she started in banking as a teller, but knew she wanted to get into commercial lending. She says her former boss, Rex Johnson, was …

Mark Walker, a local CEO and a member of the Drury University Board of Trustees, says employers are increasingly seeking college graduates who have some kind of meaningful real-world, hands-on …

“Sometimes you have mentors that are very informal — they don’t even know that they’re your mentor, just people that you admire and, I think, want to emulate,” says Crista Hogan, Executive …

“It’s so incredibly helpful to have a group of people that I know I can shoot a text to or I can grab coffee with and say, ‘Hey, what do I do here,’” says Hector Cruz, Director of Alumni …

“He’s just a really innovative thinker; he’s a creative guy. He developed the Murney blog and he just kind of has a refreshing approach to the whole idea of marketing a business,” says Tyler …

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