Today’s Trivia: What State Auditor of Missouri is focused on bringing private-sector best practices to state government with a focus on cybersecurity?

By Mirella Flores

Nicole Galloway is the 37th and current State Auditor of Missouri, and a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner. Galloway holds bachelor’s degrees in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.Nicole_Galloway_3.16.2016

Prior to her public service, Galloway served as corporate auditor with Shelter Insurance. Galloway began her career in public service as an auditor with Brown Smith Wallace, LLC., a public accounting firm, where she audited Fortune 500 companies domestically and internationally, as well as insurance companies throughout the U.S.

On 2011, Galloway assumed office as the Boone County Treasure. As Treasurer, Galloway managed a $100 million investment portfolio. Galloway helped Boone County become the first Missouri County to maintain an online search and claim system for unclaimed property. Through this system, Galloway’s office distributed about $20,000 in unclaimed property in 2014. Furthermore, Galloway developed a debt insurance policy that brought increased transparency to the process. While in this position, Galloway also served on the board for the Missouri Technology Corporation and the Missouri County Employees’ Retirement Fund. As a board member of the later one, Galloway helped expand retirement benefits to members’ same-sex spouses.

Following the death of the late Tom Schweich, Galloway’s commitment to improving Missouri were recognized when Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed her as State Auditor on April 2015. Upon taking the oath of office, Galloway stated one of her first priorities would be to bringing private-sector best practices to state government with a focus on cybersecurity. As State Auditor, Galloway manages about 115 employees and serves as the independent, professional overseer for Missourian government.

In 2015, Galloway was recognized as one of Columbia Business Times’ 20 Under 40. Regardless of the recognition, Galloway is committed to holding the Missouri government accountable, because of that Galloway is an important women in public service we ought to recognize.

Come Celebrate 50 Women and their Stunning Ceramics

By Danielle Lyons

This event, spo50Years_logo.jpgnsored by the University of Missouri Kansas City Women’s Center and the American Jazz Museum showcases 50 diverse women artist from around the world and the contributions they are making to the ceramic arts. Special thanks goes out to the curators, Alex Kraft and Anthony Merino; two talented artist themselves. As well as Arzie Umali, assistant director of the UMKC Women’s Center, for organizing the event. The 50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics. The exhibit will be displayed through March 16th through May 13th. The artists on showcase are an array of diverse and hugely talented artists.

Come out and experience the beauty and art that these powerful women have created!

Today’s Trivia: Who was an appellate Court Judge assigned to redistrict Missouri’s state legislative map on 2011?

By Mirella Flores

Lisa White Hardwick_3.15.2016Honorable Lisa White Hardwick is a Kansas City native. She received her Bachelor’s from the University of Missouri- Columbia in 1982 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1985.

Upon graduation, Hardwick joined the Shook, Hardy & Bacon, a U.S. private law firm based in Kansas City and the 87th largest in the U.S. (according to The National Law Journal, 2012). Hardwick was a partner at this firm from 1992 to 2000. During this same time, Hardwick also served on the Jackson County Legislature.

In 2001, Hardwick was appointed as a judge of the Jackson County 16th Circuit Court, where she served from January 2001 to May 2011. Hardwick left this position because she was appointed as a judge on then Missouri Court of Appeals Western District. The Missouri Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court for the state of Missouri, which means it is an intermediate step between the trial courts and the courts of last resort in the state. The Western District Court of Appeals is the state’s largest intermediate appellate court. This court usually handles around 40% of the appellate caseload in Missouri. Hardwick retrained this position at the 2002 general election, and again at the 2014 general election. We can expect the Honorable Lisa White Hardwick to maintain her position in the Missouri Court of Appeals until 2026.

The results from the 2010 Census showed an increase in population and regional shifts within Missouri. This meant the state legislative map needed to be reconfigured. At first, bipartisan citizens appointed to this task. Upon them failing to reach agreement, Hardwick and five other appellate court judges were appointed by the Missouri Appellate Apportionment Commission to reconfigure Missouri’s state legislative map within 90-days. Under Hardwick’s leadership as the Commission Chair, they proposed a redistricting plan for the Senate and for the House. The changes were not welcomed, as the new district boundaries would change the complexion in Southern Missouri. The Commission’s Senate redistricting plan was struck down in court, and it was also determined that the Commission lacked the authority to draw a second map. A new commission was convened to make a second attempt. The new commission issued a final state Senate district map on March 12, 2012.

Hardwick’s public service efforts have not gone unnoticed. Some of Hardwick’s honors include receiving the 40 Under 40 Award by Ingram’s Magazine and the Up and Comers Award from the Kansas City Business Journal.

Today’s Trivia: Who was the first Black woman to serve in the Missouri Senate?

By Mirella Flores

Happy Monday and third week of our #Roos4WHM trivia contest! We kick-off this week by recognizing Gwen B. Giles’ work in improving people’s lives in St. Louis, MO.

Daisy_Lee_Gatson_Bates_3.2.2016Giles began her political career during the Civil Rights Movement. During the 1960’s, Giles served as a political campaign manager for Ruth C. Porter, a Civil Rights leader in St. Louis, MO, and U.S. Representative William L. Clay, Missouri’s first Black Congressman.

In 1970, Giles was appointed by St. Louis Mayor A. J. Cervantes to the position of Executive Secretary of the St. Louis Council on Human Relations. Just three years later, Giles was appointed as Commissioner of Human Relations by Mayor John Poelker. In this position, Giles increased legal protections for women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

In 1977, Giles was asked to run in the December 6 special election to replace Senator Franklin Payne’s seat in the Fourth District Senate. Giles ran and won. Giles ran for full term the following year and won with 92% of the votes. During her term as a senator, Giles served as co-chair of the Legislative Black Caucus and was part of the Bi-State Development Agency. Giles did not stop there. During here political career, Giles was also appointed Executive Secretary of the St. Louis Council on Human Relations and as the Director of the Civil Rights Enforcement Agency. Through her work on these positions, Giles actively worked to eliminate employment discrimination of racial marginalized groups by the companies who had contracts with the city. Later in her career, Giles worked to end discrimination for racial marginalized groups in housing and public accommodations. In 1981 Giles was appointed by Mayor Vincent Schoemehl Jr. to lead the St. Louis City Assessor’s Office. Giles was the first women and the first Black person to hold this position. Gile’s live-long work to end discrimination led to the St. Louis Committee for Freedom of Residence honoring her for her efforts in fighting discrimination.

Giles devoted her life to public service. She invested her time and energy to the securing civil rights and to improving the living conditions for St. Louis citizens.

Today’s Trivia: Who was the Kansas City civic leader recently inducted into the UMKC Starr Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015?

Adele Hall

Adele Hall, 1931 – 2013, was a much beloved woman in Kansas City, best known as a civic leader and philanthropist. Many know Hall because of her marriage to former CEO and chairman of the board of Hallmark Cards, Donald J. Hall, Sr., but it was her commitment to community service and generosity that made her such a leader in Kansas City.

A champion of children’s needs, Hall served as board chair of Children’s Mercy Hospital, who named their Hospital Hill campus after her following her death in 2013. Nationally, Hall volunteered with the National Commission for Children, raising awareness on issues pertaining to children beyond Kansas City. Along with Children’s Mercy, Hall served on many local boards, including the Salvation Army (for which she served over 30 years), Nelson-Atkins Museum of art, Pembroke Hill School, American Red Cross, and Starlight Theatre, as well as board chair of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. To say her interests in the local community were numerous and broad is putting it lightly.

On top of her commitment to local civic leadership, Hall served on the national boards of United Negro College Fund, the Points of Light Foundation, American Academy of Pediatrics, Partnership for Children, the Menninger Foundation, George Bush Presidential Library Center, and the Library of Congress Trust Fund.

Along with local service and children’s needs, Hall was instrumental in starting and supporting women’s groups in Kansas City, and was the co-founder of both the Central Exchange, which helps women enhance their careers, and the Women’s Public Service Network, which provides the support for women looking for leadership positions, ranging from corporations to state government.

Hall has been well recognized by organizations in Kansas City and around the nation for her dedication and tireless work to help others. Such awards include Philanthropist of the Year from the Kansas City Council on Philanthropy, the William F. Yates Trustee Medallion for Distinguished Service from William Jewell College, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Nebraska (her alma mater, where she studied elementary education and English). UMKC has honored Hall twice, first by awarding her with the Chancellor’s Medal in 1987, and most recently, her posthumous induction to the UMKC Starr Women’s Hall of Fame. On top of this, STOP Violence Coalition named her the Kindest Kansas Citian, and in 1990 she was the first woman named Kansas Citian of the Year.

Adele Hall’s contribution and commitment to Kansas City was immeasurable, and she left an incredible legacy of dedication, selflessness, and community.

Today’s Trivia: Who was the first woman Mayor of Kansas City?

Kay Barnes

Fun fact: Kay Barnes was first elected Mayor on her birthday.

Many of the vibrant, exciting, colorful aspects linked to the heart of Kansas City is thanks to the dedication of Kay Barnes, the first woman elected as Mayor of Kansas City in 1999. During her 2 terms as Mayor, Barnes was instrumental in the development and revitalization of Downtown Kansas City. With this multibillion-dollar campaign came the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the H&R Block Headquarters, the Power and Light District, the opening of the Sprint Center, and on top of that, the conversion of old building into urban apartments.

Prior to this revitalization, Downtown Kansas City was referred to as an “urban wasteland,” with residents having no interest of making their way to the heart of the city. It is safe to say that this is no longer the case. During the World Series, the Power and Light District was packed with thousands of fans cheering on the boys in blue. The Kauffman Center attracts a diverse patronage nearly every week, some weeks 5 days a week to either of its +1,600 seat halls.

Barnes is a native of Missouri, and holds degrees in secondary education from KU and UMKC (go Roos!), and in her early years worked as a teacher and with Cross-Lines Community Outreach. Prior to being appointed 54th Mayor of Kansas City, Barnes was a Kansas City Councilwoman and served on the Jackson County Legislature.

Following her term as Mayor, Barnes ran for Congress, along with becoming the Founding Director of the Center for Leadership at Park University’s Hauptmann School for Public Affairs, a position she still holds today. Barnes has no intention of running for public office in the near future, but is a supporter of those seeking office. In 2015, Barnes was inducted into the UMKC Starr Women’s Hall of Fame. On top of this recognition, Mayor Sly James is been working to honor the development Barnes instituted Downtown

Barnes has been celebrated for her creativity, collaboration, trust, assertiveness, character, and ability to bring together a community. Her work as Mayor was instrumental in making Kansas City the diverse, cultural, and energetic city we know it to be today.

Today’s Trivia: What City Councilwoman also served on the Kansas City Council from 1987-1994?

Katheryn Shields, 4th District Councilwoman

by Logan Snook

Shields was elected Councilwoman of Kansas City’s 4th District at-large in 2015, alongside Jolie Justus (from Monday’s trivia question!). Shields has a long history of working for Kansas City, beginning with her first run in the Kansas City Council from 1987-1994, as well as serving three terms as Jackson County Executive. On top of that, Shield’s ran for Kansas City Mayor in 2007. She recently took a break from government work, and has returned this year as one of the 5 women on the 13-seat City Council, all of whom were elected in 2015. For her 4-year term, Shields has been appointed to serve as Vice Chair of the Neighborhoods and Public Safety Committee, Vice Chair of the Youth Development Committee, and as a member of the Legislative Committee.

Shield’s is an active leader in environmental issues, and has been recognized by her work as former Councilwoman and former County Executive for her environmental and sustainability initiatives. Along with this, Shields is a proponent for public art funding, and also worked to renovate both Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums, and extend their leases to the Chief’s and Royals respectively to 25-years.

For her current term, Shield’s is focus is on a return to the “basics,” implementing programs on better road, bridge, and sewer maintenance, as well as revitalizing City Planning and historical architectural heritage.

For anyone who wants to follow Shield’s activities in Kansas City and with the City Council, like her Facebook and Twitter pages, where she frequently posts about on goings in Kansas City.

Today’s Trivia: Who is the woman who serves as Assistant City Manager of Kansas City?

Kimiko Gilmore, Assistant City Manager, Office of the City Manager, Kansas City, MO

by Logan Snook

As Kansas City Assistant City Manager, Gilmore, is a celebrated public official making a difference in the Kansas City community. She has a rich and varied background from her 25 years of experience working in non-profit and government sectors. She has held roles with important community organizations ranging from short term and crisis counseling with Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), Deputy Regional Director of northeast Missouri to Senator Claire McCaskill, to Community Relations Director with Swope Community Builders.

Gilmore’s current appointment as Assistant City Manager focuses on special projects throughout Kansas City. There is a vast diversity in the projects she has collaborated on, including housing asset transfer plan, ReBuild KC, and Green Impact Zone, an initiative for sustainable improvements throughout Kansas City originally conceived by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II. Most recently, Gilmore has been celebrated for her leadership role in coordinating the A Royal Celebration Parade and Rally following the Royals World Series Championship.

Along with her work on the Green Impact Zone, Gilmore has worked with organizations and committees to help improve Kansas City’s role in conservation and sustainability.

Today’s Trivia: Who is the Kansas City 4th District Councilwoman who also served on the US Senate for eight years?

Jolie Justus, 4th District Councilwoman

by Logan Snook

Our first Local Woman in Public Service and Government is a native of Kansas City, and a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of law.

Councilwoman Jolie Justus is a champion of social and economic justice in Kansas City and Missouri. Elected to the 4th District Councilwoman in 2015 following her eight years as Missouri State Senator, Councilwoman Justus is one of the most recent edition to the Kansas City, MO City Council. The former Missouri State Senator began her tenure as 4th District Councilwoman of Kansas City, MO in 2015, where she has been appointed the Chair of the Airport Committee, Vice-Chair of the Finance and Governance Committee, Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee, and member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

During her eight years as Missouri State Senator, Justus worked to reform Missouri’s criminal justice system, and worked as an advocate for neighborhood development, working families, women, and children. In the final two years of office, she served as the Senate Minority Leader, and held leadership roles in the Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

Along with her responsibilities as Councilwoman, Justus is the Director of Pro Bono Services for the law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP. On top of this, she spends time volunteering with numerous community organizations, including our own campus! As an alum of the UMKC School of Law, Justus volunteers as an Adjunct Professor at the UMKC School of Law, and also serves as the chair of the UMKC Chancellor’s LGBT Council. Justus has spent a large part of her career as an advocate for women and children.

Councilwoman Justus is endorsed by Progressive Women’s Coalition and Greater KC Women’s Political Caucus, as well as the recipient of three awards from the Greater KC Women’s Political Caucus.

Today’s Trivia: Who was the lawyer who fought for the rights of working class women during the Suffrage movement?

By Mirella Flores

Suffragist, social reformer, and 2016 National Women’s History Month Honorees, Inez Milholland, ends our first week of Women’s History Month Trivia Contest questions, and what a way to go out!

Inez_Milholland_3.4.2016Milholland attended Vassar College, where she excelled as a student. During a trip to London during the summer after her sophomore year, Milholland meet Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and was transformed into an ardent political radical. While in London, Milholland participated in a number of Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) demonstrations. Upon her return to Vassar, Milholland wrote the Vassar Miscellany about the English Suffragettes, and noted her disappointment with American woman’s efforts. Milholland was active in the Suffrage movement at Vassar, even after the President banned Suffrage meetings. During her last year at Vassar, Milholland staged a series of rooms featuring women in living tableaus, which demonstrated the value of Suffrage to the fellow students.

After her graduation from Vassar in 1909, Milholland made her first appearance as a Suffrage speaker when she stopped a parade for President William Howard Taft. After being rejected from the law schools at Yale, Harvard, and Columbia because of being a woman, Milholland attended the New York University School of Law from which she received a law degree in 1912. While a law student, Milholland continued to be involved in the Women’s Suffrage, as well as other social advocacy, such as the shirtwaist and laundry worker strikes in New York City. Miholland was arrested at this demonstration. After getting her law degree, Milholland was a furious advocate for labor reforms. Milholland pushed for better wages and hours for the girls working in New York City’s many department stores, and the city’s women factory workers.

In 1913, Milholland helped organize the Suffrage parade in Washington D.C. the day before President Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated. This became Milholland’s most memorable public appearance as led the parade through crowds of drunken men, all while riding a large white horse and wearing a crown and long white cape.

Three years alter, Milholland joined the National Women’s Party in support for a universal Suffrage constitutional amendment. Milholland had the role of the “Flying Envoy,” and as such she tour the Western states seeking to gain popular support. On October 19, 1916 as she was delivering an address in Los Angeles, CA, Milholland suddenly collapsed after having asked, “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty.” Milholland was hospitalized and passed away 10 days later due to anemia.

Milholland’s legacy is one of fighting for the recognizing of the humanity of all classes and genders. Although she did not get to see the passing of the 19th amendment, Milholland worked tirelessly for this cause.