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LAST MEETING:  April 8 (by ZOOM).   The meeting was called to order by Co President Sage Taber.
–Co President Jan  Horner encouraged members to reserve their spot at therMay branch meeting event: A Picnic in the Park.
–Past President/IBC Rep. Jean Elliott thanked members for their support of the IBC fundraiser, and congratulated 2021 Barbara Lackritz Awardee Mary Jermak.
–Public Policy Chair Angie Janik reminded members of Public Policy issues information available on the AAUW website, and how to get involved.  She announced that April is sexual assault awareness month.
–DFS Chair Janet Sloey announced new websites to visit and said our next “in-person” Dollars event will be a visit to the St. Louis Aquarium, on August 10. She thanked members for their continuing support of the DFS program.
–STEM Chair Susan Fenwick reported that awards for the STEM Girls of Promise program were delivered to the two high schoolsthe branch supports:  Maplewood-Richmond Heights and Valley Park.
–Governance Chair Marsha Weppelman announced changes to the branch bylaws to cover the cancelling of the AAUW Named Gift Awards program, and new provisions in Roberts Rules of Order governing ZOOM meetings
.–May Branch Event Chair Jane Hemer reminded members that reservations must be in by May 5.
–The new slate of officers was announced and a vote was held.  Duly elected are:
Co President: Jan Horner
Co VP Membership  Judy Stagoski, and Co VP Membership  Linda Roberson
Finance Officer : Pat Shores
Co VP Program: Marcia Block
AAUW Fund Officer: Marian Bauer
One office remains: Public Policy Co Chair.

Yvonne Ward announced our speaker.  Mary Jo Gorman, MD, MBA, whose topic was “Advancing the Cause:  Strategies for Different Stages of Life”

Dr. Gorman brings a unique combination of medical training, entrepreneurial vision and operational excellence. She is currently the CEO of Healthy Bytes, a company that connects registered dietitians to providers and employers.
Dr. Gorman was a founder and Lead Managing Partner at Prosper Capital in St. Louis. This venture fund increased women entrepreneurs’ access to early growth capital and mentorship resources and invested in 29 women-led companies. She founded and built the largest national telemedicine company in the Intensive Care Unit space, Advanced ICU Care. Dr. Gorman started one of the first hospitalist groups in the United States, grew this into the largest provider in St. Louis, and later sold the company to IPC-The Hospitalist Co.
Dr. Gorman serves on the board at Check-Cap (CHEK). Her non-profit board service includes membership on BioGenerator and she is a member and past board chair of Marian Middle School. She received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington University’s Olin School of Business, the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2011 and was named to the 2009 Top Influential Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine. She earned her master’s degree from Washington University, her medical degree from Southern Illinois University, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry/biology from St. Louis University.

Hear Dr. Gorman’s talk