Kim Bridges     Topics: Financial Planning, Retirement Planning, Wealth Management, Social Security, Estate Planning, Tax Planning, Insurance, Investing

Kim Bridges specializes in providing customized financial planning solutions to high net worth individuals and families as part of an overall personal wealth management strategy. Kim joined the organization in 2008, and has over 8 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Kim has been a key figure in promoting BMO Private Bank's Women and Wealth initiative and has given numerous educational presentations for women throughout the United States. She also has developed and delivered training on women's financial issues for advisors through the Women's Interactive Network at Schwab, BMO Private Bank, and the Financial Planning Association.  Professionally, Kim holds her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Certified Private Wealth AdvisorSM, and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ designations. Kim is an active member of the Financial Planning Association and the Academy of Financial Services.

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Donna Craig
     Topics: Work Balance, Leadership, Work Effectiveness, Goals, Communication

 Donna Craig is the Founder and President of Leadership Resources, LLC. She founded Leadership Resources, LLC in 1999 as a office of Leadership Management International, Inc. (LMI). Donna is the managing partner for LMI in the Kansas City market with the responsibility of expanding the company’s presence in the area.With experience from retail to government to owner of two businesses, her clients have the advantage of her 25+ years experience in the fields of sales, management, recruiting, people development, and planning and 22 years in organizational development. 

Donna describes her business and focus as being “a leadership development company.” By implementing a true development process to develop the people in her clients’ businesses they realize: increased productivity; improved communication; greater organizational performance; and increased bottom line growth.  Her clients are owners, executives, professionals and managers within closely held businesses.

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Nancy Fry, Ph.D., MBA     
Topics: Leadership, Influence, Power of Respect, Employee Engagement, Employee Well-being 

“Everyone, everywhere, everyday deserves to be treated with respect.” This is a deeply held value for Nancy and is the core of her work as a speaker, coach, and consultant. She helps leaders use the power of respect to increase their influence and prestige and inspire greater productivity, creativity, well-being, and success. She is passionate about helping people experience fulfilling and satisfying lives at work and to stop the contagious cycle of workplace bullying.  

Nancy holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed psychologist.  A former finance executive at Sprint Corp., Nancy also has an MBA and 20 years of business experience.  Leveraging both her passion for business and psychology, Nancy co-led a team creating a neuroleadership development training program and a coaching program for CIMBA, in Asolo, Italy for 2 years.  Nancy was a speaker at the first Women’s Empowerment Conference 2.0 sponsored by Mayor James in 2015. She has been a speaker at numerous companies, professional organizations, and conferences.

Karen Glickstein
Karen Glickstein     
Topics: Social Media (legal and practical concerns), Human resources, Employment law

Karen R. Glickstein is a Shareholder in Polsinelli PC’s Kansas City office.  She focuses her practice on assisting employers in a wide variety of employment and human resources issues. In addition to providing day to day preventative advice to clients, Ms. Glickstein has tried several employment matters to jury verdict and in arbitration.  She represents clients in front of a number of administrative agencies, as well as in state and federal courts throughout the country. 

Ms. Glickstein speaks and writes frequently and has recently spent a significant amount of time advising clients, lawyers and judges on legal issues arising out of the increased proliferation of social media.  Ms. Glickstein was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to its Civil Rules of Procedure Committee.  She is a past chair of DRI’s Employment Law Committee and a past member of DRI’s Law Institute.  She is also a past Board Member of the Board of Directors of both DRI and of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

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Debra Kunz     
Topics: Communication, Change Management, Leadership, Business Growth, Teamwork, Team Building

Sought out for her practical wisdom, Debra Kunz is the Owner and Chief Catalyst of DkK Group, LLC, a business coaching and consulting company based in the Kansas City area. She is a Certified Business Coach with 24+ years of experience that includes 15 industries. During her diverse career, Debra has consulted and coached small and medium sized businesses as well as large corporations.

As the mastermind of the Deliberate Growth™ System, she works with clients to raise revenue and manage growth. Her clients have realized results such as achieving record revenue, maximizing the benefits of leadership or ownership transitions, navigating industry shifts, elevating productive teamwork, expanding sales opportunities, and boosting revenue out of stagnation.

As an engaging speaker and facilitator, she has shared her knowledgeable and motivating style with numerous private events, a college commencement ceremony, and television and radio interviews.

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Joyce Layman     
Topics: Beyond the Comfort Zone, The Networking Shift

Joyce Layman is a national speaker, author, connector and 2013 presenter at TEDxUMKC. As a former wallflower in the world of business networking, she knows firsthand what it takes to overcome the greatest obstacle you'll face - the four inches between your ears. Her passion is inspiring people to step out of their current habits, push comfort zones and navigate change to leverage new opportunities that are already surrounding them.

Joyce combines her extensive training and experience in the science of mindset and the art of business connections to provide the one-two punch that gives her clients an advantage over their counterparts and their competition. Her practical wisdom can be immediately applied to turn everyday encounters into real results.


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Mary Lewis     
Topics: Communication, Negotiation, Leadership, Change Management, Teamwork, Office Politics, Sustainability

Mary D. Lewis is a sought-after speaker at local, regional, and international events who helps people discover their “inner negotiator.”  A participant in Harvard University’s inaugural “Teaching Negotiation: A Symposium on Excellence and Innovation for Teachers and Trainers,” Mary speaks on a broad range of topics critical for success in today’s fast-paced business environment.  With a thirty-year career spanning the U.S. Army, a Fortune 500 company, and graduate level adjunct positions at two universities, Mary weaves her experience in leadership, technology, and supply chain management into compelling presentations designed with a practical “you can do it” approach. In addition to her skill in front of audiences that range from entry level through executives, Lewis is a contributor to various online and print publications.  Lewis has an Executive MBA from Rockhurst University, an MA from Webster University, and a BA from Penn State University.  Mary, who works full time as a supply chain professional at a large telecom company, is the founder and president of The Negotiating Academy, offering seminars, training, and keynote presentations.  

Joni Lindquist
Joni Lindquist
    Topics: Emotional Intelligence, Strengths-Based Leadership, Change Management, Financial Planning, Retirement Readiness, Life and Career Transitions, Building Your Personal/Professional Brand, Financial Fitness

Joni has role modeled her philosophy of Career Mountain Climbing (it’s no longer about the career ladder!) by making career changes over the course of 25+ years. Joni spent 21 years in corporate America, holding executive roles in marketing, product, sales and strategic planning. She shifted gears in 2005, working within small companies to advance their growth.

Joni is currently Financial Planner and Career Coach at KHC Wealth Management. KHC helps business leaders achieve their life goals through financial planning, investment management and career management services. As a Certified Career Management Coach, Joni assists business leaders in becoming more effective leaders, proactively managing their careers and handling career transitions. Her clients appreciate the “been there, done that” perspective Joni brings from her real world leadership experiences. Joni has also recently completed a certification program for personal financial planning and assists clients with their financial plans as well.

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Peggy Lukken     
Topics: Negotiation, Conflict Awareness, Dispute Resolution

Peggy Lukken is a highly and uniquely qualified conflict specialist. As the principal of Cottage Mediation Services, she is an experienced and accomplished mediator. She earned a Master of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from the Werner Institute at the Creighton University School of Law and was awarded the 2014 Academic Achievement Award for her superior academic achievements in Creighton's graduate program.

Peggy's formal education, partnered with perspectives gained through mediation experiences, allow her to perceive, understand, engage, and resolve conflict in advanced and progressive ways. More than a decade in elementary and adult education has provided her the experience necessary to be a dynamic and engaging trainer and facilitator, able to work with diverse groups of any size and accommodate a wide range of abilities.

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Denise Mills     
Topics: Mentoring, Networking, Women's Networks, Gender Diversity, Politics in Corporate Environments, Career Management

Denise Mills, is Founder and Chief Mindset Officer of LeaderFuelNow. Her company creates custom leadership development programs, facilitates women’s round tables, provides executive coaching, and assesses cultural impact.

Not only do Fortune 500 organizations seek her out.  In 2010 Denise Mills received a phone call from the United Nations NGO community inviting her to spearhead a new global initiative “Celebrate Positive”. The purpose? To increase positivity worldwide. She also works with the US State Dept facilitating leadership discussions with the highest ranking female parliamentarian in over 150 countries. This past Fall she facilitated the land reform strategic plan in the Ukraine. 

 Denise has received numerous business awards including being named one of Kansas City’s most influential women; Top 25 Small Business Award and The Kansas City Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business".

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Dr. Linda Moore     
Topics: Effective Us of Power, Life Balance 101, Power: The Key to Successful Leadership, The Psychology of Effective Leadership, Recognizing and Coping with Stress

Dr. Linda L. Moore is a licensed psychologist practicing in Kansas City, Missouri. She is President of Linda L. Moore and Associates, a company which offers individual and group therapy, executive coaching, management consulting and presentations for organizations and associations around the country. She holds an appointment at Park University as Hauptmann School of Public Affairs Distinguished Fellow of Leadership. Additionally, she is the former President and Co-Founder of CenterPoint, an outpatient counseling center; and the former host of a daily radio talk show and the on air contributing editor on psychology for Kansas City’s ABC-Channel 9 evening news.

Dr. Moore has worked extensively throughout the United States and abroad and is known for her work with women, leadership training, addictions, stress management, and human relations. Dr. Moore writes and publishes on women and power, leadership, and stress management. She is currently at work on a manuscript titled What’s Wrong With Me?

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Alana Muller     
Topics: Networking, Relationship Building, Executive Presence, Personal Branding, Purpose

Alana Muller is a Networking speaker, workshop facilitator, coach and author of the book, Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking and a companion blog, Her accessible, relevant, immediately actionable approach to professional Networking for those interested in Connecting with others, getting involved in their community, seeking to advance their career or looking to build social relationships, has helped thousands of people formulate a strategic mindset around Networking while creating a game plan to get out there and Connect.

Alana enjoys Connecting with people around the country and has been a contributor to, The Huffington Post, CNBC and other publications and was a featured speaker at TEDxOverlandPark. Alana is the former President of Kauffman FastTrac, a global provider of training to entrepreneurs which was created by the Kauffman Foundation. Additionally, Alana spent a number of years as an executive with Sprint.

Marilyn O'Hearne     
Topics: Influential Leadership, Change Management, Renewal

Marilyn’s audiences walk away with new insights, shifts in thinking, and action plans. Her faith in others’ ability for transformation, her gentle strength and excellent cultural competency and communication skills promote the trust and inspiration required for engaging audiences and producing sustained coaching results. Globally trusted and recognized, Marilyn’s experience includes coaching United Nations, Environmental Protection Agency as well as local business and community leaders; Training and Mentoring Coaches, Direct Communication and Renewing Your Vision and Spirit programs.

Marilyn O’Hearne, MA, International Coach Federation Master Certified Coach is a globally experienced (since ’98) executive, leadership, and mentor coach and speaker. Marilyn contributed to Coaching by the Book and Law and Ethics in Coaching and has authored a workbook, 2 column series, and many articles as well as being frequently quoted by the media. She has been on national and international stages and radio programs.

Maureen Purell     Topics: Change Management, Active Listening, Workplace Development, Emotional Intelligence, Intuitive Leadership

Maureen Purcell is an ICF accredited career coach and owns her own company, SoLwork.  Maureen works with individuals who want to take ownership in their careers, allowing them to grow their impact, success and happiness in their worlds of work.  She leverages the strengths of her clients allowing them to navigate their soul’s desire in the world of work.
  An educator at heart, Maureen creates personal/career development seminars that incorporate coaching and Emotional Intelligence techniques, giving attendees tools to guide them in their career journeys long after the presentation.   Her 20+ years in the work world has given her insights into what it takes find the sweet spot for both the individual and the organization so both can thrive together. 

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Anna Randazzo     Topics: Women in STEMM, Leadership, Strategic Planning, Team Building

Results driven executive with a strong business acumen and comprehensive experience spanning both large scale operations and business development. Former management consulting executive with 20 years experience helping Fortune 500 companies transform to realize their strategic goals. Developed consulting program management methodology and metrics, as well as directed major changes in business systems across a broad range of industries on an international level for the world’s leading consulting firm. Expertise in defining strategic direction; managing operations to drive business growth; leading major business initiatives to implement world-class processes and automated solutions; building, motivating, and coaching winning teams; developing alliance partnerships; performing business development; directing marketing campaigns, networking, building and maintaining excellent client relationships; and delivering exceptional results.

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Lauren Schieffer     
Topics: Leadership, Communication, Conflict Management, Team Building, Well-Being and Personal Growth, Women's Empowerment

For the past 15 years, Lauren Schieffer has been helping global audiences find their individual significance, communicate respectfully and avoid unnecessary conflict.  Able to relate to and energize everyone from the custodial staff to C-Level executives, Lauren Schieffer has spent her career pinpointing characteristics of significance, how to understand differing communication styles, and how to prevent and manage conflict from the High Road.

Her clients include The United States Departments of Labor, Agriculture, Veterans Affairs and Justice, Colgate Palmolive, QuikTrip, CenturyLink, InterContinental Hotel Group and State Farm Insurance.  Lauren’s first book, Road Signs on the High Road of Life was listed in LifeStyles Magazine as a Top Ten for Corporate Gift Giving.  Her enthusiasm is contagious and her passion unmistakable.

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Robin Sterneck     Topics: Leadership- through Chaos, Lessons Learned, Talent Development, Women's Network, Change Management, High Performing Teams  

Robin brings 30 years of business & leadership to Central Exchange's Emerging Leaders Program curriculum and conversations as co-facilitator. Her corporate work as an investment banker, large P&L Leader, Marketing Director & Head of Talent Development bring a broad breadth of first-hand experience & strategies to the table as audiences learn to define and refine their own leadership styles.

Robin’s ongoing work with over 50 companies and not-for-profit organizations enable her to bring both a time-tested and fresh perspective to developing and seasoned leaders in high performance cultures. As a co-founder of two major, international women’s networks and a mentor to scores of professionals, she brings a macro and micro approach to advancing tomorrow’s leaders.

Emma Toops
Emma Toops     
Topics: Leadership, Team Building, Communication, Marketing, Management, Networking

Emma is a retired Army Major who served on Active Duty from 1996 – 2013. She was a CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) Officer and served in roles that included Special Staff CBRN Advisor; Plans and Exercises Officer; Commander (twice); Training Management Team Chief; Academic Operations Officer; and Operations Orders Manager. She served at all organizational levels in the United States and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Emma is now an Entrepreneur. Her first business was an insurance agency. She shifted to Toops Consulting, LLC after discovering a passion and unique talent for Bridging the Veteran / Civilian Culture GapTM. She applies her military experience and educational background in consulting businesses on Veteran Programs, public speaking and educational workshops, and personal coaching for Veterans and Military Spouses.

Laura Wynn     
Topics: Business Development, Networking, Team Building, Career Management, Sustainability, Personal and Professional Growth, Empowerment

Laura educates large and small audiences of professionals on the importance of building strong business alliances within their community by choosing to “network purposefully”. These critical thought and behavioral strategies are taught through a variety of keynote presentation and training formats. Presentations are modified based on the group in focus.
Founder of BLT Networking™ and Linking Women Personal & Professional Development Network™,
Laura shows serious professionals how to create a significant group of referral partners that will know the exact fit for immediate business; resulting in a higher number of closed business deals and fewer cold call leads.

Often called a ‘relationship broker’, Laura is regarded as a power connector and empowering influence.


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