Speakers

The speakers at C3KC will push boundaries, inspire possibilities and redefined the way we make a collective impact in our community.

Keynote Speaker

Libby Gill is the former head of communications and public relations for Sony, Universal and Turner Broadcasting. She is now CEO of Libby Gill & Company, an executive coaching and consulting firm. An international speaker and bestselling author, she has shared her success strategies on CNN, NPR, the Today Show, and in BusinessWeek, Time, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and more.

Gill helps established and emerging leaders at organizations including ADP, AMC Networks, Cisco, Disney, EY, Honda, Intel, Kellogg’s, Microsoft, Medtronic, Oracle, PayPal, Royal Caribbean, Safeway, Viacom, Warner Bros. and Wells Fargo inspire purpose and ignite performance.

 

 

Opening Panel Speakers

Dr. Ann Davis

Dr. Ann Davis received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University, and her master’s in Public Health from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Davis began her current academic position at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2001 where she is currently the Ralph L. Smith Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Healthy Hawks pediatric obesity program, and Director of the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition, a joint center between the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital focused on healthy lifestyles in children. Davis is a board certified pediatric psychologist, an elected member of the Society for Pediatric Research, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and President of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, Division 54 of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Gary Baker

Gary Baker is a Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership.  The Midwest Center is an education and outreach center of the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  He holds an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. with emphasis in nonprofit entrepreneurism and urban education.  His dissertation was a study of the competitive advantages for urban core businesses. He is also serving as a senior research and teaching assistant for an urban core business research project in partnership with Professor Michael E. Porter, Harvard Business School.  The project, The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, explores the various ways to help grow sustainable for-profit urban core businesses based on competitive advantage and advanced business clusters

Scott Hall

Scott Hall is the Senior Vice President for Civic and Community Initiatives at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, a business association representing more than 2,000 members throughout metropolitan Kansas City. In his role at the KC Chamber, Scott leads the KC Chamber’s team engaged in day to day work on many of the KC Chamber’s public initiatives – including projects in education, community health, and young professional development, among others.

Program Speakers

Janice Benjamin

Janice Benjamin is Vice President of the University of Kansas Health System. Janice’s challenge when joining the University of Kansas Health System was to build a philanthropy program from the ground up. In 17 years, the program has grown tremendously to support clinical innovation and excellence in patient care at the region’s leading academic medical center. Janice has served on the boards of many area organizations and has been the president of the Junior League of KCMO.

Claire Bishop

Claire Bishop is a media and communications professional who is on a team leading transformational change at Children International, an 82-year-old organization and Kansas City’s largest nonprofit. In her role as VP, Marketing & Engagement, she leads marketing and communication efforts to help educate supporters, grow and diversify CI’s funding, and drive donor engagement.

Mike Dey

Mike Dey is an executive district sales manager for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, a Fortune 500 company based in Wilmington, DE. In his 17 years with the company, Mike has held a variety of leadership roles and has seen firsthand how community volunteerism through the KCAZ employee network group has positively affected both the community and also the team he works with.

Luann Feehan

Luann Feehan joined Nonprofit Connect in 2012 as the Executive Director. Luann is a sought-after expert on nonprofit trends and best-practices, and a leading voice in Kansas City’s nonprofit community. She also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University, and Mayor Sly James’ Task Force on Civic and Community Engagement.

Tammy Edwards

Tammy Edwards is vice president of Community Development and Strategic Engagements for the seven states of the Tenth Federal Reserve District. She currently serves on the boards of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Kansas City Scholars, the Kansas City Workforce Investment Board, Kansas City Public Television, the Jacob and Ella Loose Foundation and the Prosperity Opportunity Center at Rockhurst University.

Lindsay Hicks

Lindsay Hicks is the Vice President of Development and Marketing for Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City. She leads fundraising efforts in individual, corporate, foundation, in-kind and faith relations donations. She is chairman of the Urban Neighborhood Initiative Funding Committee, a member of the Nonprofit Connect membership committee, Kansas City NARI marketing and futures fund committees, as well as membership adviser for Delta Gamma at her alma mater, the University of Kansas.

Whitney Hosty

Whitney Hosty is a senior philanthropic advisor for the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, a leading provider of charitable giving services. Whitney oversees the Community Foundation’s donor education program and works closely with families and private foundations to focus and guide their philanthropic investments.

Jennifer Ingraham

Jennifer Ingraham is a working mother with 20+ years’ experience in fundraising for the arts and higher education sectors. She is an Assistant Vice President for the UMKC Foundation where she provides strategic leadership for a number of university philanthropic priorities.

 

Gloria Jackson-Leathers

Gloria Jackson-Leathers is director of the Kansas City Civic Engagement program 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.

 

Alana Muller 

Alana Muller is Community Director of American Public Square and responsible for providing strategic insights, community outreach for friend- and fund-raising purposes and project management. Alana is also a networking speaker and author of the book, Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking, and former president of Kauffman FastTrac (a division of the Kauffman Foundation).

 

David Oliver

David Oliver is with the Kansas City law firm Berkowitz Oliver LLP. He is a trial lawyer by profession and invests time in the community where the firm practices law. His civic activities include serving as a board member of the Alliance for Childhood Education; board member of MRIGlobal; board member of the UMKC Trustees; board member of Teach for America – KC; board member of Missouri Advisory Board for Educator Preparation and so much more!

Robin Rowland

Robin Rowland believes her work at Wayside Waifs leading the fundraising, marketing, communications, and humane education programs allows her to make a large impact on the lives of animals throughout the region. Through her professional and volunteer efforts, she has fundraised more than $50 million dollars for various charitable causes. 

Danielle Schaefer

Danielle Schaefer grew up watching her family engage in the world of philanthropy through their family foundation, The Edward G. & Kathryn E. Mader Foundation, which inspired her to dedicate her life to the same work. She is currently the Donor Development Manager for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Mid-America Chapter when she is not working as the Senior Program Officer for her family’s foundation.

Anne D. St. Peter

Anne D. St. Peter is the Founder of Global Prairie. Through marketing, the team at Global Prairie helps their clients create a healthier world. Anne 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. 

 

Cora Storbeck

Cora Storbeck is President of the Hallmark Corporate Foundation and Director of Community Involvement at Hallmark. Cora is an active volunteer, currently serving on the board of the Friendship Inn, as well as volunteering with the Urban Neighborhood Initiative, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas City Police Foundation, WIN KC and more!

 

Sheri Gonzales Warren

Sheri Gonzales Warren has been involved in economic development since 2001. She joined Mid-America Regional Council in 2015 to help spur inclusive economic opportunity in the place she calls home – Kanas City. She is MARC’s Program Director for its postsecondary attainment and workforce development efforts – known as GradForce KC. 

 


Justin Watkins

Justin Watkins is Founder and Creative Strategist of Native Digital, a marketing firm specializing in brand, content, social and search. Over the past 16 years Justin’s professional experience has included interaction design, branding, and digital strategy for organizations near and far. Follow @nativedigital_ on Instagram and Twitter to see Native’s daily hustle and grind.  

 

Lauren Ziegler 

Lauren Ziegler is Community Outreach Manager for VML Foundation. Lauren manages all aspects of VML’s community outreach initiatives. She is also a member of the TEDx KC core planning team, and assists with various internal communications projects and events. Lauran is also involved in KC charitable organizations such as Girls on the Run, Children’s Mercy Hospital and SIDS Resources.

Marlys Shulda , Jeff Fendorf and Monte Holman, American Public Square

Marlys Shulda is Community Development Coordinator, and the former Resource Developer and Intensive Supervision Officer for the Johnson County Department of Corrections. She has also been a political campaign leader for state and national races.

Jeff Fendorf is Program Manager. Prior to joining the organization, Jeff was owner of R.J. Fendorf Antiques and served as Vice President of Community Development and Operations for El Centro, Inc. 

Monte Holman is Communications Coordinator. Monte designs print and digital materials, organizes and executes marketing campaigns, manages social media, and negotiates event a/v logistics. Prior to joining APS, Monte was a freelance graphic designer. He holds a BA and an MA in English from Baylor University.