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Agenda | April 23, 2019

Invest in You: RISE | Overland Park Convention Center 

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7:30 AM | Breakfast & Networking

8:30 | Morning Keynote | Carla Harris

Tools for Maximizing Your Success

Carla Harris will speak about the proven strategies that have helped her and that will help you to maximize your success in the seat that you are sitting in or the seat that you aspire to sit in. She will discuss the importance and the power of perceptions in the workplace, the key relationships that you must have in order to ensure your success and the power of authenticity and its place as a part of powerful leadership.

Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. In her 30 year career, Ms. Harris has had extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Carla Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. She is an accomplished leader, author and singer.

10:15 | Morning Breakouts

The Balance of Grit & Grace

Much has been written of late about the power of ‘grit’ — the act of simply working hard and making things happen — as being a key ingredient in the formula for success. Yet, grit without the complementary skill of ‘grace’ is not sufficient for the leaders of today — and this is particularly true for women. Great leaders (and great humans) must be driven, brave, and focused, yet they must balance those qualities with those of forgiveness, compassion, and empathy. In this session, you will learn how to better balance grit with grace and the importance of harnessing both qualities to increase your leadership effectiveness.

Wendy Reynolds joined Heartland Financial in 2011 and has nearly 25 years of consumer and commercial banking experience. Since joining Heartland, Wendy has served in positions of increasing responsibility including: Summit Bank & Trust Branch President, Centennial Bank and Trust Senior Vice President & Senior Lending Officer, and Centennial Bank and Trust Executive Vice President & Commercial Banking Manager. In 2018, Wendy was named President and CEO of Morrill & Janes Bank and Trust.

Kimberly Yates is a strategic executive, brand builder, and inspiration leader. Most recently, she has served as the VP of Marketing for Lee Jeans. Kim joined the VF Corporation and Lee Jeans in July 2015 with the intent of retelling the story of the 130-year-old authentic, American Lee brand. Prior to joining Lee, Kim grew her career via both sales and marketing at Procter & Gamble. From 2012-2015 Kim served as the VP of Marketing for the P&G luxury beauty business in New York City.

Making Diversity & Inclusion Part of Your Company’s DNA

Al-Husein Mudhany has served as Executive Assistant Coach & Senior Consultant at The Duncan Group since 2016. He regularly keynotes around the world inspiring and motivating administrative support professionals and their teams. Prior to coaching, training, and keynoting, Al-Husein was Chief of Staff to the PayPal CHRO and Senior Executive Assistant to the Facebook CIO. He currently serves as one of five Global Ambassadors to the 2018 World Administrators Summit and sits on the advisory board of C-Suite Executive Support Professionals. In 2016, Al-Husein was awarded Best Executive Assistant in all of Silicon Valley, by the Admin Awards.

Raising Your Financial IQ

Nancy Tengler, SVP, is the Chief Investment Officer for Heartland Financial USA, Inc. where she oversees $1.5B in client assets as well as a team of investment professionals and the company’s financial planning initiative. Prior to joining Heartland, Tengler was President, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Fremont Investment Advisors in San Francisco. Before Fremont, she was president and chief investment officer of Global Alliance Value Investors. Her latest book, “The Woman’s Guide to Successful Investing: Achieving Financial Security and Realizing Your Goals” was released in August 2014, by Palgrave MacMillan. She is a frequent guest on CNBC, Fox News and Good Morning Arizona.

Work/Life Blend

Rhiannon Ally is a mother, wife, daughter, news anchor, and author. Rhiannon is currently an Emmy Award-winning evening news anchor at KSHB-TV, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to joining KSHB-TV, Rhiannon was co-anchor of “CBS4 This Morning” and “CBS4 News at Noon” at WFOR-TV in Miami, Florida. “Mommy, Please Don’t Go to Work!” is Rhiannon Ally’s debut children’s book. This is a plea she has heard hundreds of times from her children, Roman and Camila. She wanted to write a book addressing this topic and explain to kids that while mommy has to work, they are always #1.

11:45 | Lunch & Keynote | Tanya O’Callaghan & Wayne Strickland

What Leadership Can Learn from Rock & Roll

Tanya O Callaghan is an established freelance musician / bassist with an eclectic impressive career to date. 100% born and raised in Ireland where her musical journey began, she is now based in Los Angeles. Tanya has made her mark both on stages and in studios worldwide playing with artists such as Maynard James Keenan (Tool/APC), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Westlife, The Corrs, Michael Angelo Batio, Orianthi and shows such as The Riverdance and The Voice.

Wayne Strickland is a business coach, consultant, speaker, and enlightened leader who believe leaders fail because they fail to develop new skills as they grow as leaders. For almost forty years, Wayne’s consumer, retail customer and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry knowledge have allowed him to lead and sustain Hallmark as one of the world’s most powerful brands. He is an avid cyclist, guitar player and singer who hope’s to go on tour with a band when he grows up. He is proud to call Kansas City home.

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1:45 | Afternoon Breakouts

Building Community Within Teams

Major General (MG) Gervais is currently serving as the Director of the Synthetic Training Environment, Cross Functional Team headquartered in Orlando, FL and she also serves as the Deputy Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center for Training at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Her previous key assignments were:

  • The 28th Chief of Chemical and the Commandant of the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School
  • Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, Kentucky.
  • Chief of Staff, Iraq Train and Advise Mission Director, Baghdad, Iraq
  • Commander, United States Army Environmental Command, Edgewood Arsenal, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

Finding Significance

Significance is making every part of the world you touch better for having interacted with you. It’s about creating a lasting impact and a positive legacy. You don’t have to change the world – only the world around you. In this engaging presentation, master storyteller, Lauren Schieffer highlights keys to creating that lasting impact for yourself. Finding Significance is a humorous, eye-opening presentation that will lift you to a richer, more transcendent vantage from which you can discover a deeper, more rewarding definition of success.

Lauren Schieffer, Certified Speaking Professional, is an international speaker and author. The daughter of an Air Force career officer, the lessons she learned from her dad have helped her make smart decisions and overcome adversity with humility and a sense of humor. With a varied career, she has navigated just about every aspect of corporate America – from trucking to achieving top-tier Sales Director status for a global cosmetics firm to managing a non-profit foundation. Today, she speaks around the to associations, organizations, federal, state and local governments, as well as Fortune 500 companies – helping them improve the effectiveness of their communication, increase productivity, increase employee engagement and reduce unnecessary conflict.

Leader-Shift: Shift from Managing People to Developing Potential

Leadership is evolving as we know it. Traditional hierarchal leadership models are being replaced by more collaborative models. The most effective leaders are willing to shift from simply managing people to developing potential. They understand that great results are produced as they develop not only their leadership genius but the unique leadership potential of their teams. We will be examining 3 critical leadership functions needed to transform your team and achieve breakthrough results!

Veronica Cochran’s life work has been spent helping countless people realize their leadership potential in a variety of settings including corporate offices, healthcare systems, schools, universities, and churches, and the administrative profession and its professionals are no exception. As the CEO of International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), Veronica has a deep passion for elevating the perceived value of office and administrative professionals and looks forward to advancing the critical work surrounding this profession. As a leadership development expert and strategist, Veronica partners with both individuals and organizations to increase leadership capability and effectiveness.

The Millennial Leader

Conventional leadership doesn’t always resonate when talking about Millenial Leadership. Understanding the platforms that lend themselves to leading as a Millenial is imperative to success, productivity and culture. Some of the platforms we will look at are

  • Building a strong personal brand on social platforms and including taking advantage of a strong LinkedIn following
  • Finding purpose and passion while displaying honestly and vulnerability
  • Being “Consciously Unbiased” when leading and growing a diverse and inclusive team
  • and more!

Aaron Fulk started her marketing agency, Lillian James Creative, in her garage in 2016 after working more than a decade in agencies. She paired that experience with her expertise in the legal field to create a brand new business model then tapped her personal and professional network to grow the company and team out of her garage and through three different offices (so far). With more than 14,000 LinkedIn followers, she excels at understanding and strategically leveraging online channels to grow her network, her voice, her influence and her company.

Courtney Thomas is President & CEO of Central Exchange. Following eight years of delivering an innovative vision and strategic focus to significantly expand Wayside Waif’s financial position and mission impact, Courtney led the merger of two Kansas nonprofits to form Great Plains SPCA, where she served as President & CEO for over six years. As the top executive, she set the vision and strategy for Operations, Marketing, Fundraising and Business Development, while leading agency Culture, Human Resources and Finance activities. In February of 2017, Courtney took the helm at Central Exchange to enhance and execute a new strategic plan to advance the organization through 2020.

3:15 | Afternoon Keynote | Diana Kander

Why Curiosity is the Secret to Accomplishing Your Professional Goals

Diana Kander will show you how you create big audacious goals and accomplish them faster and with purpose. Most people reaching the peak of their potential, lose their curiosity and develop personal blindspots, hindering personal growth. Diana will demonstrate why the more success you experience, the bigger the threat of falling into one of the three expert traps: over-confidence, self-delusion, and fear of failure. Most importantly, Diana will show you why curiosity is your greatest asset to drive constant personal growth.

Diana Kander is the New York Times Bestselling Author of All  In Startup a novel outlining lessons for launching successful products through the story of a struggling entrepreneur competing in the World Series of Poker. Today, Diana is a keynote speaker and innovation coach for Fortune 1000 companies. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her high school sweetheart and husband, Jason, and their son True.

4:30 | Reception

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If you have questions about Lyceum Sponsorship, please contact Kerry Gentry Hartnett at 913.333.3923 or kerry@centralexchange.org.