Greater St. Louis Chapter of WIFS

St. Louis, Missouri


WIFS Greater St. Louis Chapter hopes that everyone is being safe, healthy and trying to stay as virtually connected as possible. We will get through this!! 

We are committed to helping in any way that we can and keeping social distancing as part of our practice during this unprecedented time, we are going be having our "luncheons" via Zoom.

We look forward to seeing you all virtually!

There will be no charge to attend any of the
upcoming luncheons via Zoom meetings.


WIFS Upcoming Luncheon

September 23, 2020
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

You are Invited to Join Us:
Elder Law & Special Needs
Moderators:  Martha Brown & Carrie Burggraf

Description of talk:
Martha & Carrie will discuss the unique legal needs of the elderly, people with disabilities and the families who care for them.

About our Moderators:

Martha C. Brown has been practicing in the field of Elder Law and Special Needs for over 30 years and is a Certified Elder Law Attorney* as certified by the National Elder Law Foundation.  Her firm, Martha C. Brown & Associates, LLC concentrates on the unique legal needs of the elderly, people with disabilities and the families who care for them.

Ms. Brown is active in various committees and associations.  Ms. Brown served for eight years on the St. Louis County Disciplinary Committee for the Missouri Supreme Court, which is a committee that handles disciplinary matters involving attorneys.  Ms. Brown is a past board member and current member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national, by invitation only, alliance of disability lawyers. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and of the American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel.  Ms. Brown is a board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, St. Louis Chapter, the College of Education and Allied Health Professions Board at Fontbonne, the Housing Options Provided for the Elderly and is a former board President of the Association of Aging with Developmental Disabilities.

Ms. Brown has received numerous awards for her work with the elderly and disabled, including the 2008 Powley Award, presented to a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, who is recognized in their community as a leader in promoting a greater understanding of the rights and needs of elders and persons with special needs and advocating for those rights. She has also been designated a "Super Lawyer" every year since 2006 and named "Best Lawyer in America" every year since 2013. Ms. Brown has been appointed to the Missouri Guardianship Statutory Reform Task Force and completed advanced training to become certified as a Mediator in the areas of Adult Guardianship and Eldercare from Zena D. Zumeta, J.D., a nationally known expert in the area of Elder Mediation.

*Neither the Supreme Court of MO nor the Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifications, organizations or specialist designations.

Martha C. Brown & Associates, LLC
473 N. Kirkwood Rd., 2nd Floor
St. Louis, Missouri 63122
Phone (314) 962-0186
Fax (314) 962-1298

Carrie grew up on a college campus, Alderson Broaddus University, and left home as an adult with three degrees.  She thought she would be a teacher, but fell in love with Anatomy and Physiology, which started her journey as a physician assistant.  After working in women's health and family medicine, she specialized in genetics and internal medicine because she thinks older people have so much to contribute.  While raising kinds, Carrie was very active with her kids in the Rockwood School District, at SLUH and at Washington University in St. Louis. Today, when she isn't working with inspiring clients who need help at home, she loves to cycle, bake homemade cinnamon and apple pie, and travel with her husband to visit their adult sons on the East Coast. 

     invitation to come.

Congratulations to our very own Joanna Pallardy who had her opinion/wellness artical pulished in the latest issue of WIFS AdviseHER! (pg 23)

Click on the link to read!!


A Big Thank You to Our 2020 Sponsors:






Greater St. Louis Chapter WIFS
As the preeminent professional organization for women in the insurance and financial services industry, Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) is dedicated to attracting capable women to the insurance and financial services sector, developing their talents and advancing them toward their fullest potential. 

The Vision of the Greater St. Louis Chapter of WIFS is to provide industry knowledge, best practices, leadership development, networking opportunities and support for women in all financial services related industries.

The Greater St. Louis Chapter of WIFS was founded in 2015. We are committed to advancing women working in all areas of the financial services industry in the greater St. Louis area.

We meet monthly for lunch-and-learn style meetings that feature a guest speaker on a topic that positively impacts the success of our Member's business. Each meeting also includes mastermind time which gives you one on one connection with Members and guests when you need resources, ideas, and inspiration to grow your business.

In addition to structured monthly meetings, we enjoy making meaningful connections and having fun! We have quarterly social events which strengthen our relationships and grow our sphere of influence in a more relaxed environment.

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and much, much more!

Meet Our 2020 Leadership Team

                               Kelli Lewis              Kathy Pallarito         
                                President               Vice President         

                            Anna Bertrand           Carol Hofer
                                Secretary                Treasurer     

           Carrie Burggraf          Heidi Martin          JoAnna Pallardy
              Sponsorship            Membership          Comm. Outreach