Speakers

Keynote Speakers – Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans

Henry Timms has recently been named CEO and President of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and is the former President and CEO of the 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community center that creates programs and movements to foster learning and civic engagement. He is the cofounder of #GivingTuesday, a global philanthropic movement that engages people in nearly 100 countries and has generated hundreds of millions of dollars for good causes. Read more.

Jeremy Heimans is the co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a New York based organization that builds social movements for a more open, just and habitable world. He is the co-founder of GetUp!, an Australian political organization, as well as Avaaz, the world’s largest online citizens’ movement, now with more than 47 million members worldwide. Read more.

Timms and Heimans co-authored the book New Power: How Power Works In Our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make it Work for You, described by David Brooks in the New York Times as “the best window I’ve seen into this new world.” Their thinking on “new power” was featured as the Big Idea in Harvard Business Review, as one of 2014’s top TED talks with over 1.4 million views, and by CNN as one of the Top Ten Ideas to Change the World in 2015.

Our Speakers

Seth Baker is a local fundraising and nonprofit professional who brings perspective from working for Cerner’s First Hand Foundation and the Crittenton Children’s Center. Baker serves on the Ability KC Board and volunteers his time with various youth development organizations. Read more.

Ashley Beard-Fosnow is Executive Director of American Public Square. She has worked for the UMKC Foundation, Missouri Jobs with Justice and Mother’s Refuge. She serves on the board of Hope Haven of Cass County and on the Division of Youth Services Advisory Council of Missouri’s Department of Social Services. Read more.

Janice Benjamin is Vice President of the University of Kansas Health System. Benjamin built their philanthropy program from the ground up, supporting clinical innovation and excellence in patient care. She is a past president of the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri and was a board chair of the Central Exchange. Read more.

Jeffrey Byrne is the Co-Founder and CEO of Byrne Pelofsky + Associates, LLC. and has helped more than 350 organizations raise more than $1,500,000,000. Byrne’s fundraising experience spans nearly three decades, with expertise in spearheading major gift, capital and endowment campaigns for prominent nonprofit organizations both locally and nationally. Read more.

Katie Gates Calderon is a partner with Shook Hardy & Bacon, focusing on corporate defense for product liability and consumer protection matters. She also advises clients on data security and data privacy compliance. Pro bono work is important to Gates Calderon, and she represents clients in family court. Read more.

Audra Clark is the founding Executive Director of City Year Kansas City, an education-focused nonprofit that help students in high-need schools stay in school and on track to succeed. Under Audra’s tenure, City Year Kansas City has more than tripled in size and is now serving 4,000 students in six Kansas City public schools. Read more.

Precious Stargell Cushman is the CEO of Community LINC, one of Kansas City’s leading service providers, focused on stabilizing, empowering and rehousing homeless families. Cushman had a long career in business before choosing to move into the nonprofit world, including positions at Wells Fargo, Bank of America, UMB and FiServ. Read more.

Wendy Doyle is the President and CEO of the Women’s Foundation, where she promotes equity and opportunity for women and their families. Doyle has worked with the National Kidney Foundation and Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and served on the boards of Nonprofit Connect and Civic Opera Theater. Read more.

Jeff Fendorf is Program Manager of American Public Square. He is responsible for program development and implementation, identifying and engaging experts to participate in APS events. Prior to joining the organization, Fendorf was owner of R.J. Fendorf Antiques and served as VP of Community Development and Operations for El Centro, Inc.

Kimiko Black Gilmore is the Chief of Staff for the UMKC Chancellor. Shas over 25 years in the nonprofit and government sectors, including as the Assistant City Manager for KCMO, where she provided oversight in the areas of housing, health, human relations and neighborhoods. Gilmore serves on multiple boards in the community. Read more.

Ryan Gray is a sales executive for Hallmark Cards and President of Impact KC, Kansas City’s most dynamic giving circle, which has raised more than a million dollars for local nonprofits. Ryan also serves on the board of the Children’s Mercy Cancer Center auxiliary and works with the Sherwood Autism Center. Read more.

Scott Helm, Ph.D., is the director of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management’s Executive MBA program, and is associate director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Helm has served as a consultant to the Kauffman Foundation, Samuel U. Rodgers, and the Kansas City Royals (for their Urban Youth Academy). Read more.

Lisa Rinehart Hoffman is a media relations consultant, focusing primarily on the legal and small business communities. She currently serves on the national board of Youth Volunteer Corps, UMKC’s Friends of the Conservatory board, and The Pembroke Hill Parents Association Board. Lisa is a past president of the Junior League. Read more.

Whitney Hosty is a senior philanthropic advisor for the GKC Community Foundation. Hosty oversees the Foundation’s donor education program and guides families and private foundations in their philanthropic investments. The Community Foundation has ranked among the top 1% of community foundations in the country since 1999. Read more.

Gloria Jackson-Leathers is Senior Director of Kansas City Civic at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She is responsible for leading and funding initiatives that address various civic and social issues in the Kansas City area that fall outside the Foundation’s core focus areas of education and entrepreneurship. Read more.

Nicole Jacobs-Silvey is Founder and President of Connection Coach KC where she focuses on connecting people to their purpose and passion so they can reach their potential. Previously, Jacobs-Silvey served as the Associate Director of External Relations at UMKC where she staffed the 72-member Board of Trustees. Read more.

Monique Johnston, Ph.D. is Director of Education at the Missouri Humanities Council where she works to connect Missourians with the people, places, and ideas that shape our society. Johnston uses her local nonprofit work and international research experience to support statewide efforts to develop diverse cultural exhibits, lectures and symposia. Read more.

Max Kaniger is the Founder and Executive Director of Kanbe’s Markets in Kansas City, Missouri. Established in 2016, Kanbe’s Markets is a nonprofit organization working to eliminate food deserts in the Kansas City area. Kaniger’s goal is to serve the community through the distribution of organic and nutritious produce. Read more.

Kari Keefe is the Executive Director and co-founder of the KC Social Innovation Center, connecting community leaders to programs, innovators and technologies to reshape education and transform workforce development to better prepare our kids for college or a career. Read more.

Maggie Kenefake is the Managing Director of the Fountain Innovation Fund at the Enterprise Center of Johnson County. Previously, Kenefake directed fund operations for Portfolia, an investment community focused on engaging female investors, and served at the Kauffman Foundation working on the Kauffman Fellows Program and Initiatives for Women Entrepreneurs. Read more.

Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, and was a long-time political correspondent for The Kansas City Star. Kraske is the host of KCUR’s Up to Date, and has worked as a political analyst on KC television. Kraske has covered every president since Gerald Ford and seven presidential conventions. Read more.

Mark Logan is the founder of idealect, a social innovation design firm. idealect uses human-centered design methods to help clients in the private, nonprofit and civic sectors achieve social impact through innovation. Before launching idealect, Logan led the innovation practice at Barkley and founded Moonshot, Barkley’s innovation lab. Read more.

Jay Lorsch, Ph.D., is an organizational theorist and the Louis Kirstein Professor of Human Relations at  Harvard. He is the author of more than a dozen books, and is currently Chairman of the Harvard Business School Global Corporate Governance Initiative and Faculty Chairman of the Executive Education Corporate Governance Series. Read more.

Alana Muller is a consultant and Community Director of American Public Square. In this role, she is responsible for providing strategic insights, community outreach and project management. Muller is also a networking speaker, workshop facilitator, coach and author. She is the former president of Kauffman FastTrac and was an executive with Sprint. Read more.

Ramón Murguía serves as a Trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and on the board of the Wyandotte Health Foundation. Previous board service includes the GKC Community Foundation, Francis Families Foundation and Jacob L. Loose Foundation. Murguía is an attorney with Watson & Dameron. Read more.

David Oliver is a trial lawyer with Berkowitz Oliver LLP. He has a board consulting practice and serves on the boards of AlignED, William Jewell College, DeLaSalle School, MRIGlobal, the UMKC Trustees, Teach for America-KC, the Spencer Art Museum, the Francis Family Foundation, and more. Read more.

Joe Reardon is the President/CEO of the GKC Chamber of Commerce. While Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS, Reardon led the effort to bring Google fiber to KCK and saw the opening of Sporting Park. He is a former President/CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. Read more.

Bob Regnier has been the Chairman, President and CEO of the Bank of Blue Valley since its formation in 1989, and has over 45 years of experience in all areas of banking. Regnier is a Director of the University of Kansas Hospital and Konza Valley Capital, and serves on many community boards. Read more.

Hayley Besheer Santell is CEO of MADI Apparel, a women’s underwear and loungewear line that donates a pair of underwear to a woman in need for every pair sold. She’s donated over 5,000 pairs. Now MADI is teaching at-risk women to sew donation pairs. Made in the US by women for women. Read more.

Rachel Sexton is COO of VPR Companies and oversees operations for VPR Creative Group and Patient Outreach Program. She’s been recognized in KC Business Magazine’s Most Influential Women, Ingram’s Magazine’s 40 Under 40, KC Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business PharmaVoice’s top 100. She is a Past President of the JLKCMO. Read more.

Terri Sorensen is the CEO of Friends of the Children. Sorenson oversees strategic direction, fundraising, expansion and evaluations. Sorensen was recently selected for the Results for America’s Moneyball for Government Nonprofit All-Star Team. Read more.

Gina Stingley is Director of Market Strategy for global architecture firm Populous. She has 17 years of B2B marketing experience and has guide Populous to some of its most successful years on record. Gina is Chair of the KCMO Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund and is a member of the JLKCMO. Read more.

 

Anne St. Peter is the Founder of Global Prairie. The team at Global Prairie helps their clients create a healthier world through marketing. St. Peter is a member of the board of directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, and a director on the holding company board of Bank of Blue Valley. Read more.

Clarence Tan is the co-founder and CEO of Boddle Learning. While still in college, Tan developed games and learning platforms for municipalities in South America and companies in the United States. He is a champion for the positive impact of using educational games for student engagement. Read more.

John Thomson is the founder and CEO of PayIt, a cloud-based digital government and payment platform solution provider for state and local government. PayIt delivers citizens a personalized experience for simplifying transactions. PayIt’s innovative, mobile-first approach to the market has resulted in numerous industry awards. Read more.

Amy Tysseling is the CFO of DEMDACO, where she leads the evolution of their strategic plan. Tysseling feels fortunate to be at DEMDACO, whose purpose is to “pursue business the way it ought to be.” An active community volunteer, she will be the Chair of the Leawood Chamber of Commerce in 2020. Read more.

Justin Watkins is founder and Creative Strategist of Native Digital, a marketing firm specializing in brand, content, social media and search. Over the past 16 years Watkin’s professional experience has included interaction design, branding and digital strategy for organizations near and far. He is a tireless connector of data and creative intuition. Read more.

Carolyn Watley is Vice President, Community Engagement at CBIZ Employee Benefits, Kansas City’s largest employee benefits consulting firm. Watley also gives her time extensively in the community, with the GKC Chamber of Commerce, KC Rising, the Metropolitan Community College Foundation, KU Advancement Board and other organizations. Read more.

Ryan Weber is President of the KC Tech Council, representing KC’s tech industry internationally as a board member and Co-Chair of the Technology Councils of North America. Locally, he also serves on the Summit Technology Academy advisory board. Weber was recently listed in the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Power 100.” Read more.

Joni Wickham is the Chief of Staff for Mayor Sly James and provides counsel to the Mayor on a wide range of topics. She has close to two decades of experience in national, state and local politics and an extensive background in strategic communications, public policy and organizational leadership. Read more.

Nico Wiggins is an educator turned media producer focused on cultivating conscious content and driving conversations around next generation social issues. Wiggins created Nico Giles Media to amplify the narrative around the challenges of our time. While at Kansas State University, Wiggins launched two minority-male focused retention and graduation programs. Read more.

Susan B. Wilson, Ph.D., is the Vice Chancellor of the Division of Diversity and Inclusion at UMKC. Wilson is a licensed clinical psychologist and leads the diversity organizational development strategy for students, faculty, staff and the community. She contributes her time and talents to numerous civic and community endeavors. Read more.