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Editor’s Note: Congratulations to the 2021 Class of Most Influential Women, and thanks to the panel of judges who selected them! These honorees come from diverse backgrounds and work in a range of industries, but they unite in their passion for their professions and the community. They each use their platforms to promote causes they care about, and where they lead, others will follow. On leadership, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg says, “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” These women live up to that charge, and our community is reaping the benefits.
—Christine Temple, Executive Editor
Urban Studios LLC, a natural light photography studio and pop-up event space, opened; the Missouri State University Foundation became the new owner of event venue The Old Glass Place; and Polk County’s dining scene expanded with the opening of Flat Creek.