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Two Business Leaders to Speak at Forest Park's Master Class Series

April 19, 2012

Two prominent women business leaders will be the featured speakers in the next Master Class Series at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

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Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge

Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport since January 2010, and Adrian E. Bracy, chief executive officer of the YWCA Metro St. Louis since August 2009, will present their success journeys and engage afterwards in a question-and-answer session. The program begins at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts on campus, located at 5600 Oakland Ave.

The Master Class Series is co-sponsored by the STLCC-Forest Park Business Club and St. Louis Business Journal. The spring semester has been the inaugural launch of the program, and to date, news anchor Vickie Newton of KMOV, funeral home director William C. Harris and Sweetie Pie's restaurateurs Robbie Montgomery and Tim Norman have been the featured speakers.

Adrian E. Bracy moved to St. Louis from Arizona to become the CEO of the YWCA, but she was no stranger to St. Louis, having previously worked for more than a decade as an executive for the St. Louis Rams. She left in 2007 to become the chief financial officer for the Arizona Cardinals. Bracy has more than 20 years of senior management finance experience with professional sports teams, including the Miami Dolphins.

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Adrian E. Bracy

That brought her back to St. Louis is what she says is her calling: "To inspire and make a difference in the lives of women and girls." The YWCA mission - "eliminating racism and empowering women" - is the right fit at the right time in her career and life.

She had served on a number of non-profit boards, including that of YWCA Metro St. Louis. She has received numerous awards throughout her career, including: St. Louis Business Journal Most Influential Business Women Award, African-American Women of Distinction Award and Black Enterprise 50 Most Powerful Black Women in Business.

Bracy graduated from Morgan State University in Baltimore with a bachelor's degree in accounting and has a master's degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University. She also has completed the Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Leadership programs. She and her husband Vernon have one son, Donovan.

Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge logged 25 years in aviation management positions with American Airlines, Trans World Airlines (TWA) and Ozark Air Lines prior to overseeing Lambert. She had been managing director of American Airlines' St. Louis operation from 2002 to 2010, and before that vice president of TWA's North American Operations, responsible for an $800 million budget encompassing 100 airports and 8,000 TWA employees. Currently, she manages 500 employees, with revenues averaging $165 million annually. She is also chairwoman of the 17-member St. Louis Airport Commission.

She is engaged in numerous St. Louis business and civic organizations. She is chairman of the Advisory Board of John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University and is a board member for the Regional Commerce and Growth Association. She is also the past president of the Executive Board for Habitat for Humanity St. Louis as well as an executive board member for the Variety Club. She has been honored multiple times by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of St. Louis' 100 Most Influential Leaders. Last fall, she was honored with a Women of Distinction Award by the Missouri Athletic Club.