Everyone leaves a legacy.
Maybe it’s the secret family pie crust recipe, like Jan Horton’s, which was impossible to duplicate without it.
Certainly, it’s our children and the traditions and values they will carry on after us.
For some, it’s a successful business that helps people earn their livelihoods and adds value to the community. Sometimes, it’s being a successful businesswoman, like Jewell Thompson Schweitzer, mapping a route that more women would follow in time.
Service to our country is a significant legacy, one left by Paul Ripley, who spent 32 years in the Missouri National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves.
Beyond their personal stories, the people profiled in this year’s report also share a common commitment to extend their legacies to their broader communities, to people they will never know and impact they may never see.
They are true legacy leaders.