Trish Muyco-Tobin photo by Sarah Crowder; makeup by Amy Koehler; hair by Ren Binder of Renditions Salon. Shot on location at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Who inspires you? If you were among the hundreds of guests who gathered at The Ritz-Carlton this week to salute the Women of Achievement Class of 2014, you didn’t have to look too far for a source of motivation.

Have you ever considered being a foster parent? Perhaps Linda Sher’s example can pave the way: Five dozen foster kids have been welcomed into her home through the years. Do you enjoy teaching? Follow the lead of Virginia Braxs, who mentors Latino kids preparing for college. Do you want to do your part to help heal the sick? Get to know Diane Levine, who has devoted much of her life’s work to helping those afflicted with HIV and AIDS.

The great thing about being honored as a Woman of Achievement is that these ladies aren’t content to rest on their laurels. Turn to p. 20 to read about Joan Quicksilver, who, in 1966, was the youngest ever to receive the award. If you know Joan, you know that she keeps on keeping on.