Rosie was launched in 2016 by Rachel Anderson and Paige Oxendine with assistance from United WE to support, assist and serve as an advocate network for women who are current and prospective founders, business owners and leaders in the Springfield region. Its mission is to help connect, partner, collaborate, and continue to increase the support and access to resources for women as it relates to professional development, business assistance, and leadership. It will now transition to become a Leadership Springfield program.
Since starting Rosie, membership has grown to over 1,000+, over 50 members have been appointed to boards, and more than 100 organizations signed on to an Equal Pay Pledge.
“I’m very proud of what Rosie has been able to accomplish and the change it sparked. Leadership Springfield is the hallmark of community engagement, and this transition will provide additional support to develop and support women in leadership in our community,” said Rachel Anderson, cofounder of Rosie and director of efactory.
“Rosie and its 1,000+ members have achieved a great deal over the last six years. I feel fortunate to live in a community with such a strong network of influential women and am excited for Leadership Springfield to incorporate this work into their ongoing mission to inspire, develop, and connect Springfield’s leaders,” said Paige Oxendine, cofounder of Rosie and consultant with Habitat Communication & Culture.
“Our Leadership Springfield team is thrilled to continue their legacy of empowering women leaders in the Ozarks. We’re committed to preserving the original mission and accessibility of Rosie while also leveraging Leadership Springfield’s infrastructure to support this network of leaders,” said Carrie Richardson, Executive Director of Leadership Springfield.
Leadership Springfield will soon announce future plans for Rosie. Sign up for the Leadership Springfield Rosie newsletter and follow along: