2022 Women's Leadership Luncheon

The 2022 Women's Leadership Luncheons will feature women who demonstrates leadership, compassion and committment to their community.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Networking: 11 to 11:30 a.m.
Program: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

River City Casino & Hotel Event Center
777 River City Casino Blvd
St. Louis, Missouri

Directions for passenger drop-off and garage parking (PDF).

“My Calling: The COVID-19 Pandemic”

Featured Speaker: Aamina B. Akhtar, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Mercy Hospital South

The 2022 Women’s Leadership Luncheons feature courageous, compassionate women role models. Aamina B. Akhtar, M.D., is one of the featured speaker for the St. Louis luncheon. Aamina B. Akhtar, M.D., is the chief medical officer for Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis and an infectious disease specialist. She was named chief medical officer in September 2019, which was fortuitous with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, just six months later. With her expertise in infectious diseases, Dr. Akhtar was a vital leader for Mercy South, the Mercy health system and the entire St. Louis region. She represents Mercy as a member of the St. Louis Metropolitan Task Force, coordinates Mercy South’s pandemic planning, education and community outreach, and became a leading voice in the community through her frequent media appearances to educate the public including being the first person in the St. Louis area to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. While serving in these leadership roles, Dr. Akhtar continued to serve her patients in the hospital and through her private practice, Infectious Disease, P.C. She serves as president of her practice, managing eight physicians and two infusion centers in addition to providing patient care. She serves on the board of the Infectious Diseases Society of St. Louis where she is currently treasurer and previously served as president. She is a founding member of Helping Hands, an organization in Pakistan which provides funding for school, housing, medical and other needs of the indigent population. Dr. Akhtar is also a member of Mercy Women in Leadership.


“Leading Through the Pandemic and Into the Future”

Featured Speaker: Marsha Benney
Chief Financial Officer, Midwest BankCentre

The 2022 Women’s Leadership Luncheons feature courageous, compassionate women role models. Marsha Benney is one of the featured speaker for the St. Louis luncheon. Marsha Benney, chief financial officer, is responsible for overseeing the St. Louis Midwest BankCentre’s enterprise risk management, finance and accounting, facilities and fraud/security operations. She works with the executive leadership team to develop strategy and to achieve the bank’s strategic objectives. Benney has more than 25 years of financial services and community banking experience. She has particular expertise in partnering both internally and externally to drive optimized business results, engage team members, enhance customer experiences and implement industry best practices.

Benney started her career in community banking, holding various positions in consumer, commercial and mortgage lending operations. She then joined KPMG Audit Services in its financial services audit practice, serving a variety of large and small community banking clients. Benney returned to community banking with First Bank, serving as its senior vice president of risk management. She joined Midwest BankCentre in 2015, leading the bank’s risk management functions and overseeing teams responsible for audit, compliance, enterprise risk management, loan and appraisal review, project management and vendor management. She was promoted to chief operating officer in 2019 and chief financial officer in 2021.


RSVP by February 23, 2022
All CDC guidelines and safety measures for COVID-19 will be observed at the time of the event.
Directions for passenger drop-off and garage parking (PDF).

Sponsorship opportunities available.

For more information, contact:
Debbie Rohrich-Tyler | 314-633-7032 | drohrichtyler@ssndcp.org


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St. Louis, MO 63125

Phone: 314-561-4100



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