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This event is for Forum members only.

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Forum Members: $40.00

Join us for a bus tour full of interesting details regarding influential women in St. Louis. The bus tour will be followed by lunch and connection with Forum members.    

About the Tour: Brick City Broads
From Madame Chouteau to Annie Malone, from the first female presidential candidate to a speeding steamboat captain and so many more, this tour shows how history has been shaped by the women who’ve made St. Louis their home.

Registration will close on one week prior to the event. Refunds are available to your prepay balance or original payment method prior the close of registration. Once registration has closed, we have submitted our expected attendance count to the venue and/or caterers. Please note that we may opt to extend registration for circumstantial reasons. The
date above will continue to be the last date that a refund will be available. For more information, please contact admin@stlforum.org.

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3/2/20249:45am to 1:30pm


This event is open to Forum members and prospective members.

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Members: $40.00
Guests $50.00

Join us for a Trivia & Happy Hour  with six rounds of exciting trivia, including questions about St. Louis and Forum topics. This event is open to prospective members of St. Louis Forum and will be a great opportunity to introduce a friend or colleague to our organization!

The room will be set up with tables of 8 team members. We encourage you to recruit members to form a team. If you know who you want to play with, please email admin@stlforum.org to reserve a table. If you don't have any preferred teammates, we'll pair you with other Forum members and guests.

An appetizer buffet and bar service will be provided. The Lodge Des Peres does not allow outside food and beverage.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to test your knowledge and have a great time!

Registration Begins: 5:00 pm
Trivia Begins: 5:30 pm
Event Concludes: 7:00 pm

Registration will close on one week prior to the event. Refunds are available to your prepay balance or original payment method prior the close of registration. Once registration has closed, we have submitted our expected attendance count to the venue and/or caterers. Please note that we may opt to extend registration for circumstantial reasons. The
date above will continue to be the last date that a refund will be available. For more information, please contact admin@stlforum.org.

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3/21/20245:00pm to 7:00pm


This event is for Forum members only.

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Members: $40.00

Join us for breakfast at The St. Louis Club for Igniting Your Next with Cynthia Bentzen Mercer, Ph.D., co-author of Now, Near, Next: A Practical Guide for Mid-Career Women to Move from Professional Serendipity to Intentional Advancement!

Igniting Your NEXT

Our research revealed that throughout the long cycle of mid-career or when at the door of one’s encore career, many women grow professionally restless on more than one occasion. And, while we can attribute feeling stuck or unfulfilled to social norms or lack of time, at its’ root, the cause is unactualized potential. You have more to offer than you have fully realized.

Now, Near, Next debunks the myth that putting your head down and working hard is the best way to attain your greatest possibilities. Energizing self-agency means taking control of your path ahead. You look forward with intentionality, action, and reflection. 

Regardless of your career stage, it is time to amplify your potential by making room for yourself, bringing forethought to your journey, and developing a roadmap to your Now, Near, Next.

To learn more before our gathering, you can pre-order Now, Near, Next at www.zealoftheheel.com/book/now-near-next, Amazon, or wherever books are sold. Orders placed before March 19 include $478 of free bonuses. In addition, you may wish to participate in the free mid-career audit and download the Now, Near, Next Blueprint at www.zealoftheheel.com/now-near-next.

Registration Begins: 8:00 am
Event Concludes: 10:00 am

Registration will close on one week prior to the event. Refunds are available to your prepay balance or original payment method prior the close of registration. Once registration has closed, we have submitted our expected attendance count to the venue and/or caterers. Please note that we may opt to extend registration for circumstantial reasons. The date above will continue to be the last date that a refund will be available. For more information, please contact admin@stlforum.org.


Cynthia Bentzen Mercer, PhD 
FOUNDER AND CEO OF BENTZEN PERFORMANCE PARTNERS, LLC, AND CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER OF THE ZEAL OF THE HEEL, LLC

Cynthia is a distinguished talent and organizational development strategist. With over three decades of international business experience, she has transformed corporate culture by identifying, unleashing, and nurturing human potential.

Cynthia's expertise centers on workforce cultivation, anchored in integrity, passion, service excellence, and diversity. She is renowned for her ability to ignite professional growth and foster innovative and progressive environments.

In her personal life, Cynthia is a loving mother of two adult children, a mother-in-love, a grandmother, and a breast cancer survivor. She is a dedicated leader and passionate about helping women and organizations unlock their full potential.

About The Book
​Now, Near, Next
Cynthia Bentzen-Mercer, PhD and Kimberly K. Rath, MBA

For some women, mid-career feels like a merry-go-round. You begin your career eager to jump on. You pick the pink pony and hold on tight. You might move to the purple pony during the first stop. Look, Mom, no hands! 

However, a few years later, you look up and are still belted into the same saddle, on the same ride, following behind a new group of riders, going in circles.

You need a bigger amusement park and a more challenging ride! 

A must-read for all women trying to find or fight their way to what is possible. The methodology outlined in Now, Near, Next debunks the myth that just putting your head down, enjoying the ride and working hard is the best way to realize your fullest potential.

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4/4/20248:00am to 10:00am


The tickets available through St. Louis Forum are discounted from the market rate. Please note that this event is not produced by St. Louis Forum. Please do not use prepay balance to pay for this registration.

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Forum Members: $TBA

Join us as we celebrate our fellow members as they are honored at the annual Titan 100 awards ceremony on April 24th, 2024. St. Louis Forum women represent 10% of this year's honorees. The Titan 100 is a program to recognize a premier group of 100 CEO’s and C-level executives in a region. Representing both the private and public sector, these leaders are Titans of industry who demonstrate exceptional leadership, vision, passion, and influence in their field. 

This year, the following St. Louis Forum members are being honored:
  • Jennifer Bardot, G.R.I.T. LLC
  • Sheila Burkett, Spry Digital LLC
  • Donna Calamia, Persimmon Woods Golf Club
  • Vanessa Cooksey, Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis
  • Pepe Finn, Stern Brothers & Co.
  • Leslie Gill, Rung for Women
  • Linda Haberstroh, Phoenix Textile Corporation
  • Carolyn Hentschell, Handi-Craft Company
  • Melissa Lackey, Standing Partnership
  • Mindy Mazur, Lents Mazur & Associates, LLC 
  • Julie Peters, The Woman’s Exchange of St. Louis
  • Susan Trautman, Great Rivers Greenway

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4/24/20245:30pm to 8:30pm


Join me for an intimate conversation at my home about what drives us and our leadership while overlooking the Mississippi River. We will have a spread of various foods for all dietary needs. Alcohol will not be served.

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5/13/20246:30pm to 8:30pm


I live in O'Fallon, MO and would love to host at my home. My husband is a trained Chef and will prepare a lovely meal in the comfort of our home. Please let me know of any food restrictions. I promise it'll be worth the journey. :)

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5/14/20246:00pm to 8:00pm


Please join me for a meal at Agavero Grill & Cantina in Collinsville.

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5/15/20246:00pm to 8:00pm


Please join me for a meal in Florissant. Please note that alcoholic beverages will be served with dinner; nonalcoholic selections will also be available.

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5/16/20246:00pm to 8:00pm


This event is for Forum members only.

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Member: $50

Join us to celebrate our 2024 Trailblazer! Nominations close on March 1st and the honoree will be announced in late March. Click here to complete a nomination or to learn more about the Trailblazer Award.

The Trailblazer Award was created in 1994 to recognize a woman who’s an influential community leader, "the first” in her field, or made a significant contribution toward elevating the image of women in business.

Registration will close on one week prior to the event. Refunds are available to your prepay balance or original payment method prior the close of registration. Once registration has closed, we have submitted our expected attendance count to the venue and/or caterers. Please note that we may opt to extend registration for circumstantial reasons. The date above will continue to be the last date that a refund will be available. For more information, please contact admin@stlforum.org.

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5/17/202411:00am to 2:00pm


Please join me for a evening out at one of St. Louis's exciting new restaurants Sado — a real treat for sushi lovers.

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5/17/20246:30pm to 8:00pm


Please join me for a casual dinner at my home in University City, MO. I am happy to offer gluten free menu items if needed and will have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available.

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5/21/20245:30pm to 7:30pm


You are invited to Jinzen Restaurant in Clayton which features an eclectic Pan-Asian menu. Host Anna Crosslin prefers the guests are Forum members she hasn’t already met.

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5/23/20246:30pm to 8:30pm


Please join me for lunch and an afternoon of networking in my home.  If you have food or beverage restrictions that will affect the menu, please include in your registration.

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5/24/202412:00pm to 2:00pm


New Members from the 2024-2025 Class are invited to celebrate with Forum committee chairs, ambassadors and board members!

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Registration and Networking
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch Service and Program

A choice of several entrees will be available at the time of the event.

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9/18/202411:00am to 1:30pm


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