Lyceum Agenda 20192019-01-17T01:45:03+00:00

Agenda | April 23, 2019

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Morning Keynote Speaker:

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.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker:

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.

Lunch Keynote Speakers:

What Leadership Can Learn from Rock & Roll with Tayna O’Callaghan and Wayne Strickland

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.

Breakout Speakers:

The Millennial Leader + Your Board of Directors

Aaron Fulk, CEO/Founder Lillian James Creative

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.

Finding Significance

Lauren Schieffer, CSP

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.

Raise Your Financial IQ

Nancy Tengler, SVA Chief Investment Officer

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.

Team Building

Veronica Cochran, L.I.F.E. Concepts

Dr. Veronica Cochran has served in a variety of managerial and executive leadership capacities within industry leading organizations over the last 20 years. Dr. Cochran launched L.I.F.E. (Leadership Is For Everyone) Concepts, a unique leadership development company in 2011, after a distinguished career of leadership and contribution. She was recently named CEO of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in November 2017. Veronica has served on a host of councils and committees dedicated to promoting diversity, improving customer loyalty and advancing organizational excellence.


Wendy Reynolds, CEO Morrill & Janes Bank and Kim Yates, VP Marketing Lee Jeans

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.

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