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COLUMBIA - Working men and women in Columbia met Thursday night to learn how to be effective leaders in business. 

They took part in the first night of a four-night series hosted by the Women's Network, part of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. 

During the series, attendees learn and apply different skills to excel as leaders in the workplace. The series was open to everyone. 

Women's Network Coordinator Kristen Grusenmeyer said the group is hoping to reach people who otherwise wouldn't have access to this type of training. 

"We just kind of saw a need for some development that are in many sessions that aren't maybe like a full day that you have to take off to go to," Grusenmeyer said. "In our communities we don't have a lot of opportunities like that." 

Thursday night's guest, Beth Ziesenis, works with updating workers on the latest technology and incorporating it into their workplace. She said the program is a great step to bringing a workforce into the 21st century. 

"The womens' leadership programs that they have here are imperative, bringing together people who need to network, who need to stay together to advance their careers," Ziesenis said. "These leadership programs are perfect for letting people work on different skills at different levels over a series of time."

The next three sessions will take place October 27, November 3 and November 10.