#InternationalWomensWeek: A Week of Posts Celebrating STL Women

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Full disclosure: We were going to do a single post about International Women’s Day yesterday, but we decided that simply wasn’t enough. There’s too much good going on in this city to limit ourselves to just one day. So we’re expanding the celebration to turn it into a whole week of blog posts honoring some seriously inspiring women right here in St. Louis.

The theme for 2015’s International Women’s Day is “Make It Happen,” a pledge to encourage women to engage in effective action by advancing and recognizing women who have achieved remarkable success. It fits this city: STL’s women are innovators, leaders, groundbreakers, entrepreneurs, designers, writers and glass-ceiling-shatterers.

Each day this week, we’ll celebrate one or two ladies who are making waves in town. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, but will give you a look at some of the go-getting women making it happen here in town.

Nicole Hudson, courtesy of Hudson.

Photo of Nicole Hudson by Jarred Gastreich

Nicole Hudson
Strategy Consultant|Because Really LLC.

An entrepreneur and leader on the move, Hudson founded her own businesses, Because Really, a strategic consulting company that puts her expansive knowledge of digital media to use by helping others. Not only was she been the executive producer for multimedia artist Ben Kaplan’s 27-minute film, “Living Like Kings” (currently showing at the World Chess Hall of Fame), but she has also received a handful of prestigious honors and awards for her influential work to support her hometown. And as if she weren’t busy enough, Hudson co-founded St. Louis For The Love to create an engaging platform and community to celebrate all the positive things going on in the city. Her newest project: managing media and communications for the Ferguson Commission.
For more on Hudson, check our her feature in our 2015 Innovation Issue.


Mary Kogut. Photo by Wesley Law.

Mary Kogut. Photo by Wesley Law.


Mary Kogut
President and CEO | Planned Parenthood of St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri

On Jan. 8, Mary Kogut, former vice president of patient services, was appointed  president and CEO of the region’s Planned Parenthood organization. Kogut has been with the agency for 34 years and has exhibited her passion and commitment to the mission, work and services provided by Planned Parenthood. In her day-to-day, Kogut oversees more than 160 employees and an $11 million budget for eight health care centers that serve about 50,000 men and women annually.
For more about Kogut, check out ALIVE’s March Archetypes page.

Who do you find inspiring here in town? Hashtag #IWWSTL to join the discussion on Twitter @ALIVEMagSTL.

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