Women of Achievement 2013 Bio: Merry Mosbacher
Merry Mosbacher leads the charge in Community Betterment. In addition to all of her volunteer work with the many community organizations listed below, she is also a principle of Edward Jones where she is responsible for the $8 billion dollar Insurance Annuity Products area, which represents approximately 18% of the firm’s overall trade revenue United Way of Greater St. Louis: Merry has been engaged with United Way for too many years to count. They have come to rely on her as a “keeper of the mission.” For at least a decade she has been hosting women leaders from Edward Jones at her home annually to kick off the United Way campaign. In 2004 and 2005 Merry became the fifth of 10 distinguished women to ever lead the United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Women’s Leadership Giving Society, which is ranked in the top five of 1,800 United Ways across the globe. In those two years she generated more than $7 million to help people in the St. Louis region. In the last several years, Merry has taken on the leadership for engaging de Tocqueville Women ($10,000+) and new members. She initiated United Way’s focus on encouraging “household gifts” as a way to engage the non-workplace spouse and families. She and her husband, Jim, are Maritz Circle contributors and have invested countless hours into orienting new and prospective givers about the importance of United Way’s mission. Merry not only understands United Way’s mission of helping people; she lives it. According to Orvin Kimbrough, Executive Vice President Major Gifts, Merry is one of the best volunteers they have ever had the pleasure to know and work closely with.
STAGES ST. LOUIS: In her role as STAGES President of the Board of Trustees Merry has brought new rigor to the Board, inspiring greater participation in all the organization’s efforts, especially strategic planning. She has engaged fellow Trustees in broadening community awareness of STAGES and increasing support for our Stages’ educational and artistic programs, especially the Urban Arts Initiative which brings its educational outreach programs to urban schools and community groups who do not have the funding for traditional theatre programs. With a focus on the future, Merry has also led Stages to invest in new facilities, including the new Kent Center for Theatre Arts which will open this spring in Chesterfield. Washington University in St. Louis: Merry is currently the Chair of the Eliot Society Patron’s Committee which recognizes donors who contribute $10,000 – 25,000 annually to the University on an unrestricted basis. Eliot Society funds are used for scholarships, student assistance programs, educational resources, faculty development and recruitment, and facility improvements.
Teach for America: As a strong advocate for Teach for America, Merry and her husband sponsor several teachers to help enhance public education for kids in low-income communities in St. Louis. Although 16 million American children face the extra challenges of poverty, an increasing body of evidence shows they can still achieve at the highest levels. St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf: Merry has been involved with St. Joseph’s for over 30 years. She is a Board Member and former Board Chair. She helps keep alive the school’s commitment to the auditory-oral education, spiritual and emotional growth, and personal development of hearing-impaired children and young adults. Today, much focus is being placed on St. Louis’s new online therapy program called ihear.
YWCA Metro St. Louis: The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Merry sits on the board and is a member of the strategic planning committee. She also formed the Academy of Leaders task force to help engage the 270 + women who have been honored by the YWCA over the past 30 years in the mission.