Women’s Leadership Council

WLC Upcoming Events:

  • November 17, 2021: Book Club — “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah
  • December 1, 2021: WLC Holiday Party, Old Warson Country Club

Past Events:

  • January 2021 Book Club: “The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life — and Saved an American Farm” by Sarah Frey (author attended event)
  • February 2021 Book Club: “The Book of Lost Friends” by Lisa Wingate
  • March 2021 Book Club: “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman
  • April 2021 Book Club: “The Mother-in-Law” by Sally Hepworth
  • June 2021 Book Club: “Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey” by Kathleen Rooney
  • July 2021 Book Club: “On Fire” by John O’Leary (author attended event)
  • August 2021 Book Club: “Broken Horses” by Brandi Carlile
  • September 2021: WLC Executive Women’s Speaker Series: Dr. Carolyn Henry, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri- Columbia. Click hereto watch the recorded event.

Professional Women Making a Difference

Join other professional women connecting to make a lasting difference in the lives of abused, neglected or abandoned animals in St. Louis and throughout Missouri.


and enjoy the benefits of being a Women’s Leadership Council member.
Join today.

Shih Tzu

  • Complimentary event invitations to spring and fall WLC events for member and a guest ($80 value) + invitation for two to annual holiday party ($100 value)
  • $35 raffle ticket for designer handbag at Purses and Pumps for Pooches and Pals
  • 10% savings in HSMO gift shops

Golden Retriever

All previous level benefits

  • Two additional raffle tickets for the Purses and Pumps for Pooches and Pals ($70 value)

St. Bernard

All previous level benefits

  • Total of 5 raffle tickets for the Purses and Pumps for Pooches and Pals ($175 value)

Great Dane

All previous level benefits

  • Upper level member event receptions, include opportunity to meet event speakers, other major donors and HSMO executive team members

Irish Wolfhound

All previous level benefits

  • Private reception with speakers before events

Standard Poodle

All previous level benefits

  • Photo shoot with your pet or an adoptable pet by HSMO photographer

Contact Libby Beldner, Manager of Leadership Giving, to renew your membership, learn more or ask questions at 314.951.1530 or LBeldner@hsmo.org

WLC 2021 Impact

In 2021, the WLC has chosen to continue to fund two critically important programs at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Medical Center of Mid-America (AMCMA). They are “SNIP” (Spay Neuter Incentive Program), and “CHIEF” (Caring Heart Inspired Emergency Fund).

The SNIP program provides low-cost spay and neuter surgery to cats and dogs throughout Missouri. In 2020 alone, the Humane Society of Missouri performed 3,562 low and no-cost spay/neuter surgeries. Not only are these procedures the only way to preventing animal overpopulation, but they also provide several long-term health benefits to pets.

CHIEF is a dedicated amount of funding that is used at the discretion of the Humane Society of Missouri’s medical director to offer  necessary veterinary care to animals in need as they are identified throughout the year. Without assistance from CHIEF, pet owners would be unable to provide the life-saving medical care needed and would have no other option except to surrender their beloved pet to the shelter.

Already in 2021, the AMCMA’s veterinarians have seen an increase in the number of heartworm-positive dogs over the same time last year. Because it’s spread by mosquito bites, heartworm infections are more frequent close to the Mississippi River and its tributaries, and St. Louis is the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois Rivers. Additional research suggests that if a dog is heartworm positive, there is a 90 percent chance that other animals in the neighborhood have also been exposed to the parasite. Sadly, heartworm affects dogs of all ages, including young healthy dogs, who then must undergo months of expensive and challenging medical therapy to clear the parasite and prevent early death. It can often be challenging for someone who is facing financial hardships to provide this care to their cherished pet. This is when the dedication of the Women’s Leadership is invaluable.

WLC Project Progress

$44,045.98 29%