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Jennifer’s Kids on the Cover of December Savvy Family Magazine

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Click the images below to read the cover story about Saint Louis Closet Co. as well as Jennifer’s December Organizational column!

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YWCA’s 2008 Leader Lunch Recognizes Jennifer Williams

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YWCA Metro St. Louis has announced the names of 10 area women who will be recognized at the 28th Leader Lunch on December 4 at the Millennium Hotel, in downtown St. Louis. The annual Leader Lunch is the premier event that recognizes the contributions of women in the workplace and the community. This year, the more than 1,200 people who are expected to attend, will celebrate the achievements of eight Leaders of Distinction in business, a Racial Justice Leader and a Future Leader.

Since its inception, more than 280 women have been named to the Academy of Leaders based on their leadership in the workplace, efforts to promote racial justice and to positively influence colleagues, professional women and other community members. The luncheon also provides an opportunity for St. Louis businesses to recognize individual women in their own companies who are making significant contributions. Last year, more than 65 leading companies supported Leader Lunch, the major fund-raiser for the YWCA, and honored their own women Leaders in the Workplace.

“Supporting women by recognizing how they contribute to businesses and to society is important,” said Brenda Newberry, chairman, chief executive officer and founder of The Newberry Group, Inc. and chair of the Leader Lunch 28 Steering Committee, which plans the event. “I’m honored to support Leader Lunch and this year’s list of accomplished women.”

The YWCA Leaders of Distinction for 2008 are as follows:

Business/Corporate Management-Sharon Fiehler, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Peabody Energy; Debra Hollingsworth, vice president of external affairs, AT&T-Missouri; and Nancy Pechloff, managing director, St. Louis and regional managing director, Great Plains for Protiviti, Inc.

Education- Zelema Harris, ED.D., chancellor, St. Louis Community College.

Entrepreneur/Business Owner- Jennifer Williams, founder and president, Saint Louis Closet Co., Saint Louis Cellars and 22 Company.

Government/Politics- The Honorable Claire McCaskill, United States senator from Missouri.

Nonprofit Management- Billy Collier, retired executive director, United Services.

Professions- Cheryl Walker, J.D., attorney at law of counsel, Bryan Cave LLP and president of Obasi Enterprises, LLC.

 2008 Racial Justice Leader- The Honorable Brenda Stith Loftin, associate circuit judge, St. Louis County Circuit Court, Division 33.

2008 Future Leader- Jillian Lynum, senior, Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School.


For more information about Leader Lunch 28 and how companies can recognize their own women leaders at the event, call the YWCA Development Department, 314.531.1115, ext. 289; e-mail kmwest@ywcastlouis.org or visit www.ywcastlouis.org

YWCA Metro St. Louis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women, developing youth and eliminating racism. It focuses on race equity issues and offers transitional housing, early learning, crisis intervention, life skills training, and youth and teen development. It is celebrating 103 years of service in St. Louis.

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Jennifer Featured in Friends of Wings Annual Magazine

Friends of Wings, the Pediatric Hospice Program at BJC Hospital, is a very near and dear cause to Saint Louis Closet Co. owner Jennifer Williams.  She is currently serving as the President of the organization’s Honorary Board.  She was also featured in the group’s annual magazine, with a two-page spread about her involvement with the Friends of Wings Program. Click the image below to read the whole story!

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Jennifer Featured in St. Louis Magazine!!

St. Louis Magazine’s “Women in Business” feature in their October issue has a full page story about Saint Louis Closet Co. owner Jennifer Williams! Click the image below to read the full copy.

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SLCC Owner Recognized With YWCA Award

Each year, the YWCA honors at least 10 outstanding professional women with induction into the YWCA Academy of Leaders, and Saint Louis Closet Co. Owner, Jennifer Williams will be one of this year’s recipients.  The YWCA wrote that Jennifer, “is being recognized not only for her many achievements, but also for her strong commitment to leadership and to the St. Louis Community.” All of the winners will be recognized at the 28th Annual Leader Lunch on Thursday, December 4th at the Millenium Hotel in downtown St. Louis.

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Owner’s Keynote Speech at The Presidents’ Forum of St. Louis

On February 7, 2008, Saint Louis Closet Co. President, Jennifer Williams, was the keynote speaker at the Entrepreneurship Institute’s Presidents’ Forum.  The Entrepreneurship Institute is a national, non-profit company providing strategies and practical solutions for corporate leaders.  To hear her speech, given to a roomful of fellow entrepreneurs, click the link below:

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SLCC Owner Named Finalist for International Femtor Award!!

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Jennifer Williams, President of Saint Louis Closet Co. and Saint Louis Cellars wine store, has been named one of just four finalists for the eWomenNetwork Foundation International Femtor “Made it to a Million Award 2008.” Less than 2% of businesses will ever make it to $1 million profit mark.  Saint Louis Closet Co. reached that milestone during its sixth year in business.

Since opening Saint Louis Closet Co. in 1991 with just herself and a van, Jennifer Williams has grown her business to a multi-million dollar company that employs over 50 people.  In November 2007, she opened her newest entrepreneurial venture: Saint Louis Cellars, a retail wine store, which is connected to the newly renovated $6 million Saint Louis Closet Co. building in Maplewood, Missouri.

eWomenNetwork is the #1 resource for connecting and promoting women and their businesses worldwide. The term Femtor means “a wise and trusted woman providing knowledge, inspiration and practical information to other women.”  Femtor acknowledges the mentoring work done from a female experience and knowledge base. These experienced women seek out ways to teach, share their wisdom and help other women find their wings.

EWomenNetwork, Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, EWomenNetwork, Inc. is the fastest growing membership-based professional women’s networking organization in North America. They are committed to helping women and their businesses achieve, succeed and thrive in the new economy.

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SLCC Featured on Cover of National Publication!!

St. Louis’ own Saint Louis Closet Co. is featured on the cover of June 2008’s CLOSETSmagazine, a nationally distributed publication. The magazine featured the company’s nine-foot wide women’s reach-in closet. Features included were antique white thermo-fused laminate (TFL), long hang, double hang, slanted shoe shelves and more. This is Saint Louis Closet Co.’s first appearance on the cover of this national periodical that reaches over 25,000 readers each month.

CLOSETSmagazine provides eager readers with in-depth coverage of who and what are shaking up the industry. The only magazine to serve this thriving market, CLOSETS delivers breaking news, management tips, market trends, marketing ideas, hot new accessories, innovations and close-up views of high-end custom projects.

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Jennifer Williams Named Finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneurship Award

Jennifer Williams, President of Saint Louis Closet Co., has been named as one of just 21 finalists for the 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurship Awards in the Central Midwest. This group of exceptional entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business, academic and community leaders.  The winners will be revealed at a gala event on June 18, 2008 at the Sheraton in Overland Park, Kansas.  Jennifer is not only one of just five finalists from St. Louis, but she is also the only woman on the list for the second year in a row.

“These finalists are the best of the best, embodying the unique spirit of entrepreneurism,” said Randy Buseman, Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Markets partner for the Kansas City office.  “They positively impact our region in a major way, through jobs, community growth and development and innovation.  Ernst & Young is proud to salute them.”

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