Columbia College will hold an event called HerTomorrow on Sept. 29 that features prominent and successful female speakers with Mid-Missouri roots.

Each speaker will discuss her personal experiences and thoughts on the state of women in the world now and in the future. The speakers will be:

  • Verna Laboy, a health educator with the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services and counselor with the Center for Women’s Ministries in Columbia.
  • Adonica Coleman, an executive at A2D Events.
  • Bini Sebastian, a doctoral student in counseling psychology at MU.
  • Janice Dawson-Threat, a minister on Second Missionary Baptist Church’s leadership team and a member of the steering committee for the Women’s Network of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
  • Cyndi Frisby, a professor of strategic communication at MU.
  • Charity Goodwin, pastor at Missouri United Methodist Church.
  • Anna Haney, CEO and co-founder of Tin Can Technologies and Noviqu.
  • Cheryl Unterschutz, executive director of Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run.
  • Rachael Sparks, a self-employed life coach at Inner Spark Consulting and B3 Core.
  • Mason Aid, a consultant at Mason Aid Enterprises and an LGBTQ+ advocate.
  • Anne Churchill, an entrepreneur at AnnaBelle Events and Jubilee Planning Studio and a motivational speaker with ACE Speaking.
  • Kas Jacquot, CEO and jewelry designer at Kas A Designs.
  • Linda Godwin, a physics and astronomy professor at MU and a former NASA astronaut.

HerTomorrow coordinator Sean Spence said in a news release that the goal was to assemble a roster of "incredible women" to speak.

"We worked hard to build a schedule of very different but equally powerful women, and I think we've done that," Spence said.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Columbia College’s Bixby Lecture Hall. Tickets are $25 and include morning coffee and lunch. Visit HerTomorrow's website to register.

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  • Member of the fall 2018 Community Outreach team. I am a senior studying print and digital news editing.

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