Greater St. Louis Chapter of WIFS

St. Louis, Missouri


October 23, 2019
11:30 am ~ 1:00 pm

You are Invited to Join Us:

Women's Inclusion ~ A Panel Discussion

Speakers Include:
Steve Gorin, Doug Potts, and Stephen Lenivy 

Description of the Talk:

Companies face increasingly non-linear complex problems.  One single person doesn’t have the skills and experience to solve these problem; you need diversity of thought, background, different skillsets, and experiences.  Our panel will discuss the importance of women in the workplace and their thoughts about encouraging and coaching the women in the group.

About our Speakers:

Steve Gorin is a partner in Thompson Coburn LLP, a law firm headquartered in St. Louis with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.  He also was a partner in a CPA firm with a total headcount of 10.  Steve gave legs to the Fellows Program of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section (RPTE) – a program designed to provide opportunities for young leaders, with a strong diversity component.  He also co-chaired RPTE’s Membership Committee and another RPTE committee promoting leadership development and succession.  Steve was recognized as an Unsung Hero for leading efforts to redevelop a senior affordable housing community and his support for other charitable causes. For more information Steve, see

Douglas A. Potts, St., MAI, AI-GRS is VP, Chief Appraiser at Commerce Bank
Primary Market Area

St. Louis Metro Area -- MO & IL
Secondary Market Area
Outstate Eastern Missouri and Western Illinois

Primary Practice Focus
Appraisal Review & Environmental Consulting; Appraisal Policy and Compliance; Appraisal Management;

Business Services
Appraisal • Appraisal Review • Consulting • Data and Information Analysis • Environmental Valuation and Consulting • Financial Workouts • Foreclosure / REO • Mortgage Lending Consulting • Real Estate Tax Valuation and Consulting

Stephen Lenivy, CPA is a Tax Manager at BDO USA, LLP. 
Steve has significant experience in federal and state corporate and partnership tax compliance and a client base that includes both taxable and tax-exempt clients in healthcare, trade, and fraternal organizations, social services, and manufacturing.  Extensive project management and client relations experience, with a strong focus on relationship development and client retention through effective communication and strong technical knowledge base.

There is NO charge for this event but please rsvp so we order enough lunch for everyone.  You can rsvp by clicking under the events column on the circle by the October 23 event.
 Event Location:
101 S Hanley Road, Suite 800
St. Louis, MO 63105

A Big Thank You to Our 2019 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.

Education * Mentorship * Networking * Local Events * MDRT Membership * Recognition * Your Voice * Online Resources * National Conference *
Social Media * Association & Industry News * Speaker's Bureau *
and much, much more!

Meet Our 2019 Leadership Team

Stephanie Martinez          Kelli Lewis              Carol Hofer   
  President                    Vice President             Treasurer

 Kathy Pallartio                                  Carrie Burggraf         
Membership Chair                         Community Outreach