Women’s Leadership Council


The Humane Society of Missouri Women’s Leadership Council provides opportunities for professional women to connect with each other and direct their time, expertise and support toward making a lasting difference in the lives of abused, neglected or abandoned animals in St. Louis and Missouri.

The Humane Society of Missouri Women’s Leadership Council provides opportunities for professional women to connect with each other and direct their time, expertise and support toward making a lasting difference in the lives of abused, neglected or abandoned animals in St. Louis and Missouri.

The WLC 2019 Project: Second Chance Pet Transport – Put your membership to work! Help the WLC raise $125,000 in 2019!
In 2018, 1,914 animals were transported from overcrowded shelters to HSMO shelters, giving these animals a far greater chance of finding loving homes in the St. Louis area.  These transports have the additional benefit of freeing up space at the sending shelters so they can help more animals.  A win for everyone!
In addition to working with multiple out-state Missouri shelters, the program has allowed HSMO to forge relationships with animal welfare organizations in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Arizona.

Our team frequently works with these other shelters to:

    • Train shelter staff in proper shelter hygiene and animal care
    • Provide appropriate vaccinations
    • Provide spay/neuter surgery for transported animals
    • Treat heartworm positive animals

HSMO’s Second Chance Pet Transport program employs two full-time Transport Coordinators and two transport vans which will continue to increase the number of companion animals that can be placed in forever homes for many years to come.

Due to the continuing need for this program and the benefits it extends to our partnering animal welfare organizations, the Women’s Leadership Council Steering Committee has decided to fund the project for a second year. This funding continuity will allow HSMO to create a firm foundation for the program’s future success.

Our Second Chances Pet Transport program saves lives by transporting animals from overcrowded shelters to HSMO to find forever homes.

Women's Leadership Council Members

      • Enjoy opportunities to network with other HSMO Women’s Leadership Council members while helping provide a safe and caring haven to abused, neglected and abandoned animals.
      • Receive invitations to select Women’s Leadership Events such as Purses for Pooches, specially tailored HSMO seminars and more!
      • Are entitled to a 10% savings in the Humane Society of Missouri Gift Shops.
      • Receive recognition in Tails, the Humane Society’s quarterly magazine.

Photos from our 3.27.19 Executive Women's Speaker Series Event

Save the Date for Upcoming Events!

2019 Executive Womens Speaker Series – Thursday, October 10, 2019 • 5:30pm at HSMO’s Best Buddy Pet Center

Free for current WLC members. $20 for non-members. Register now »

The September 5 event with Nina Leigh Krueger has been postponed until 2020.

2019 Executive Women’s Speaker Series Presents: Francine Katz

Francine Katz served as Chief Communications Officer for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. from 2002 until 2008 when the company was sold. In that role, she was responsible for all of Anheuser-Busch’s internal and external communications both domestically and internationally. She also oversaw the departments responsible for Anheuser-Busch’s corporate social responsibility activities, environmental outreach programs, alcohol awareness and education programs for both underage and adult audiences, corporate social responsibility research, community affairs, community relations and the company’s archives and library.

Katz provided strategic communications counsel to Anheuser-Busch executives on corporate reputation and governmental issues. She also served as one of Anheuser-Busch’s chief spokespersons with the media, having appeared on “60 Minutes,” “Dateline NBC,” “The Today Show,” “The History Channel” and other high-profile media. Under her tenure, Anheuser-Busch ranked No. 1 in the beverage industry for social responsibility in FORTUNE magazine’s “America’s Most Admired Companies” and “Global Most Admired Companies” for five years in a row.

Katz was a member of the company’s Strategy Committee, which was comprised of the Anheuser-Busch’s 17 most senior officers. Katz was the first woman to be appointed to the Strategy Committee.

Katz joined Anheuser-Busch as associate general counsel in the company’s legal department in 1988. As an attorney for the company, she handled legal aspects of marketing and distribution efforts in the southwestern region of the United States and represented the Budweiser brand nationally and internationally. Before joining Anheuser-Busch, Katz practiced law for five years with the St. Louis law firm of Armstrong, Teasdale, Schlafly & Davis where she specialized in general corporate law with an emphasis on banking and securities regulation.

Katz has served as a consultant to various companies on corporate social responsibility and communications issues. She is a member of the board of Farmer’s Fridge, a Chicago-based innovative food start-up with locations in New York, Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis. Katz is also a board member of the following not-for-profit organizations:

  • Gateway to Hope
  • The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi

During her tenure at Anheuser-Busch, Katz served as a board member of Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Anheuser-Busch International, Inc. and Busch Entertainment Corporation.

Katz was raised in St. Louis and holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Washington University and a law degree from St. Louis University Law School. Katz and her husband, Simon, have two daughters, two sons and four grandsons.

Join us on October 10, 2019 at HSMO’s Best Buddy Pet Center at 5:30pm! Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, networking, and an exclusive presentation from Francine Katz. Register Now »

Unsure of your membership status? Email Libby at lbeldner@hsmo.org or call 314.951.1530