Speakers

SPARK CHANGE FOR A BETTER KANSAS CITY

Keynote Speaker – Yancey Strickler

Yancey Strickler is the cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter, author of This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.  Yancey will offer us a thought-provoking talk about recalibrating our definition of value and show us how a world of scarcity can blossom into a world of abundance.

 

Our Speakers

 

Mark Adams is Education Director at the Truman Presidential Library and Museum. A history educator who has taught at both the high school and university level, Mark has developed history education programs and coordinated National History Day programs and workshops at the state and regional levels for the past 25 years. Read more.

Tyrone Aiken is the Chief Artistic Officer for the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, and has an extraordinary history of dance, performing professionally since 1983. Tyrone has taught at universities, colleges, elementary and secondary schools, and conservatories in Europe, Asia and the US. He has served on many boards and organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts. Read more.

Ruben Alonso

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Kelly Anders

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Tahir Atwater’s focus is supporting youth by creating, growing and advocating for diverse, equitable and inclusive communities. He is the Director of Donor and Volunteer Engagement for Jackson County CASA, committed to giving voice to youth seeking permanent and healthy homes. Among other organizations, Tahir serves on the community advisory board of the KC Race, Equity and Inclusion Project. Read more.

Thalia Cherry is the CEO of Cherry, Inc., a national licensed clothing and sporting goods company for a wide variety of sports and athletics, including Major League Baseball, Negro League Baseball and hundreds of collegiate and high school associations. She has significant experience mobilizing key stakeholders to achieve collective goals, serving on nearly a dozen boards and projects. Read more.

Mitchell Douglass, M.D. is the Medical Director of University of Kansas Hospital Marillac Campus, a child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient hospital. After medical school he completed residencies in pediatrics, adult psychiatry and child psychiatry. He is excited to discuss how children and adolescents facing a variety of socioeconomic, mental and physical health challenges can thrive. 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.

Jason Gaikowski is Global Lead for VMLY&R’s Experience Practice, serving many of the world’s greatest companies and introducing Design for Business to thousands of executives and professionals across the world. Jason is a passionate and lifelong learner who fuses Human Centered Design, Behavioral Economics, and Competitive Strategy to unlock sustainable value for people, business and culture.  Read more.

 

 

Sheri Gonzalez

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Kurt Graham

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Sarah Haberberger

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Jason Harrington (a.k.a. Rif Raf Giraffe) studied painting and film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After returning to KC he became one of the main cultivators of the Art Alley, as well as a prominent local muralist. His strong ability to organize others led to the creation of the SpraySeeMO Mural Festival. 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.

Jake Jacobsen is VP of Growth & Partnerships at Native Digital, a marketing firm modernizing how brands go to market. Audiences at Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, NPR and Disney have gained from the expertise, insights and enthusiasm Jake shared at national conferences. Through it all the common thread remains the same: compelling storytelling. Read more.

 

Dana Knapp

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Stacey Koenig established the Child Life and Music Therapy programs at Children’s Mercy Hospital, growing them to be nationally recognized programs. She also pioneered the development of hiring patients and parents to ensure that within CMH there is a culture of information sharing, participation and collaboration and that all families are be treated with dignity and respect. Read more.

Moira Mulhern, Ph.D. is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Turning Point, a nonprofit providing vital support to people who are dealing with serious medical challenges. She has extensive experience designing and implementing stress management, resilience, support and training programs for hospitals, nonprofits and companies. She is a sought-after lecturer on stress management, resilience and improving human functioning and performance. Read more.

Deanna Munoz is the CEO and Founder President of the Latino Arts Foundation, a nonprofit created to bring forth the fiercely authentic voice of underrepresented artists through their diverse stories, cultures and beliefs. It’s an artist-based space OF their community FOR their community, where it does not matter your race, your genre or how accomplished you are: all are welcome. Read more.

 

 

Dana Knapp

 

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Stacey Koenig established the Child Life and Music Therapy programs at Children’s Mercy Hospital, growing them to be nationally recognized programs. She also pioneered the development of hiring patients and parents to ensure that within CMH there is a culture of information sharing, participation and collaboration and that all families are be treated with dignity and respect. Read more.

Moira Mulhern, Ph.D. is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Turning Point, a nonprofit providing vital support to people who are dealing with serious medical challenges. She has extensive experience designing and implementing stress management, resilience, support and training programs for hospitals, nonprofits and companies. She is a sought-after lecturer on stress management, resilience and improving human functioning and performance. Read more.

Deanna Munoz is the CEO and Founder President of the Latino Arts Foundation, a nonprofit created to bring forth the fiercely authentic voice of underrepresented artists through their diverse stories, cultures and beliefs. It’s an artist-based space OF their community FOR their community, where it does not matter your race, your genre or how accomplished you are: all are welcome. 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.

 

Jessica Palm

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Sandy Price

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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.

Jeannine Strandjord retired from Sprint Corporation at the end of 2005 where she was the Chief Integration Officer managing the successful transformation of Sprint from a product-centric to a customer-centric operating model. Today she is on the Boards of Euronet Worldwide, MGP Ingredients, JE Dunn, Ewing Kauffman Foundation, Truman Library Institute and the KU Medical Center Advancement. Read more.

Ann Jenrette Thomas is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Stinson, LLP, in Minneapolis. She collaborates to achieve the firm’s goals when it comes to hiring, retaining and advancing diverse attorneys and staff, and supporting clients’ D&I efforts. Ann is the author of The Happy Law Practice: Expert Strategies to Build Business and Maintain Peace of Mind. Read more.

Jennifer Vernon is the Clinical Director of Child and Family Services at Synergy Services. She oversees clinical staff and programming and carries a small caseload of therapy clients. She is an expert consultant to the Department of Justice, sits on the Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and provides trainings nationwide on staff resilience for those working in human trauma. Read more.

Justin Watkins is Founder and CEO of Native Digital, a brand and marketing consultancy modernizing how brands go to market. Native helps clients distill their brand strategy, create compelling messaging and jumpstart marketing initiatives. Clients include POLITICO, Crossroads Hotel, Airshare, C2FO, USAFacts, Populous, Black Girls Code and Kauffman Foundation. 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.

 

Katie Werner

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