Meet the Women Behind the Center

Jessie Yankee

Director

Jessie has led the MoWBC team since February 2018. Jessie attended the University of Missouri and graduated with a bachelor’s in business administration – management, followed by a master’s of business administration from William Woods University. While in school, Jessie worked for the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers, where she was first introduced to the world of entrepreneurship. Shortly after receiving her MBA, Jessie opened her first business, EasyPC IT & Computer Repair, which she ran for seven years before it was acquired. She describes it as nothing less than fate that shortly following the sale of her business, the directorship for the MoWBC opened up, describing the opportunity as “meant to be.”

My Passion

Assisting women in entrepreneurship, economic development, and cultivating small business growth in our community.

Community Involvement

Heart of Missouri United Way Board of Directors, the Chamber Small Business Committee, and Chamber Ambassadors.

My Inspiration

Local “lady boss” business owners Erica Pefferman, of The Business Times Holdings, and Susan Hart, of Huebert Builders. I hope to inspire and mentor the way these two women have led so many in the Columbia community.

Sherry Major

Business Coach and Training Coordinator

Sherry provides training and coaching to potential and existing business owners in our eight-county service area and coordinates workshop presenters and an array of topics that will benefit our clients on their entrepreneurial journey.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Sherry came to Columbia to study marketing education at the University of Missouri and has been in the Columbia area ever since. Sherry has had several positions including marketing director of Capital and Columbia malls, advertising sales, high school business management and marketing instructor, director of a Sylvan Learning Center, and most recently, business development for a local payroll processing company.

During her time teaching, she earned a master’s in business administration degree from William Woods University.

My Passion

To pay it forward by encouraging others and helping them follow their dreams.

Community Involvement

Columbia Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Small Business Committee, Best Leadership Columbia class of 2019, Women’s Network, One Million Cups planning committee, Elks Lodge #594, DOLLS

My Inspiration

Doing the best I can all day everyday and helping others to do the same.

Sarah Fuller

Administrative Assistant

Sarah maintains the day-to-day operations of the Missouri Women’s Business Center.

Originally from Illinois, Sarah moved to Columbia to pursue degrees in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri. Upon graduation, she spent time traveling and managing a local coffee shop before coming to the MoWBC.

My Passion

Sarah is passionate about helping others, the outdoors, and learning from those around her.

Community Involvement

Sarah has volunteered with Services for Independent Living and the Tri Sigma Foundation; she currently teaches swim lessons in her free time.

My Inspiration

She is inspired by the many trailblazing women who have worked to create a better world both locally and abroad.

Learn more about our advisory board and their affiliations, as well as our community sponsors and partners.