Stacy Taubman: Founder + CEO | RISE Collaborative Workspace + RISE Society, Inc.

Stacy is a thought leader in female empowerment and entrepreneurship. Before going out on her own as an entrepreneur, Stacy worked for 12 years in the academic world as a high school math teacher and earned Masters in both Administration and Counseling. In 2013, she founded Girls Dreaming Big, a tutoring and coaching company for teenage girls, which has impacted thousands of teen girls in the St. Louis area. In 2015, she opened her second company, RISE Collaborative Workspace. Stacy has won awards and recognition for her work in the small business industry and is a frequent public speaker on the subject.


Kate Wiegmann: Partner + COO | RISE Collaborative Workspace + RISE Society, Inc.

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Kate serves as a key voice for RISE Collaborative Workspace, bringing with her more than a decade of public relations and community engagement experience. Her extensive client list spans industries from financial advisors to international food service, healthcare systems to educational institutions. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Kate is a seasoned communicator, creative, and strategist. Born into a family of entrepreneurs and mentored by strong female business leaders, she is passionate about empowering women to find their voice and passions.


Rian Edwards: Community Manager


Rian is a graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in both Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies & Political Science. She has volunteered her efforts at various women's non-profits around the country and her focus on women's rights took her to Sweden, where she spent six months researching sexual education and female empowerment. Rian is also a steadfast advocate for the advancement of women owned businesses. She has spent the past two years in Washington D.C. working with Fortune 500 and 1000 companies to certify and support women owned businesses.