Afternoon Keynote Speaker:
Elizabeth Smart, Survivor, Activist and New York Times best-selling author of My Story. After surviving one of the most harrowing experiences any of us could imagine, Elizabeth has focused her life on helping others and being an example that you can thrive and live after trauma. Your past does not define your future.
Choose one of these dynamic breakout sessions to attend during the morning session.
Cheryl Snapp Conner, Ronetta Francis, Jil Jordan Greene & Christy Rutherford
Authors of the best-selling book Champions Never Tell are sharing insight to let women know they can choose a different path when it comes to dealing with toxic workplaces, sexual harassment, and discrimination. They’ll offer tools to enable women to get past the painful experiences and preserve their mental and physical health.
Cheryl Snapp Conner is founder and CEO of SnappConner PR and creator of Content University™. She is a popular speaker, author and national columnist on business communication and PR. In 2014, ClearPoint Strategies named her one of the world’s Top 20 Business Thought Leaders to Follow. Conner is a popular contributor to the Entrepreneurs channel for Forbes and a guest contributor to WSJ Startups.
Ronetta J. Francis is a seasoned employment attorney, with over 23 years combined experience, practicing as a senior trial attorney with the federal government for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also served as in-house counsel for Walmart Stores, Inc. where she bridged her legal background with business acumen, leading the employment compliance and ethics functions for Walmart, as the Vice President of US Ethics and Employment Compliance.
Ronetta is a motivational speaker and leadership coach, and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Jil Jordan Greene is CEO of The People Resource Group, a Change Management, HR Consulting, Leadership & Development Firm; as well as an author, radio host and national speaker. At The People Resource Group, Jil provides Human Resources services, business strategies, and solutions that help organizations accelerate their growth and increase their bottom line.
Jil spent 15 years in corporate America working for some of the country’s top Fortune 500 companies in the restaurant, hospitality, and entertainment industries, in roles ranging from Recruiter, Vice president of Human Resources, and Chief People Officer. She has received numerous awards and national recognition for her work in the field of Human Resources.
Christy Rutherford is the President of LIVE-UP Leadership, a leadership development and training company. A certified Executive Leadership Coach, she’s also a keynote speaker, radio show host, and author. She has been recognized with the Coast Guard Dorothy Stratton Leadership Award, Cambridge Who’s Who Amongst Executives and Professionals, Career Communications STEM Technology All-Star and the Edward R. Williams Award for Excellence In Diversity.
Christy served more than 16 years as an active duty Coast Guard officer and is the 13th African American woman to achieve the rank of Commander in the Coast Guard’s 225+ year history representing a demographic of just .1%. A Harvard Business School Alumna, Christy also holds certificates from Georgetown University and is a degreed Pastry Chef.
Who is Your Target Consumer?
SolveKC with Aviva Ashmira & Teddi Hernandez
Are you launching a new business or a new product?
Do you feel like your business sales have plateaued?
If we asked you who is your target consumer, could you describe them in 10 words or less?
Do you really know what your consumer target needs and how you can help solve it?
Why is your sales team stuck?
SolveKC will host an interactive, hands-on workshop focused on helping you identify and create your target consumer persona. Through this workshop you will begin to better understand how to talk to your target consumer, what they are needing from you and how you can engage with them more effectively. This workshop will help your team improve your companies marketing, product development and sales. SolveKC promises to push you to think differently about your target consumer and always with a healthy dose of fun while we do it.
Aviva is SoLVE’s co-founder, and CEO.
After almost 25 years of leading strategy creation and implementation, new product development, brand management, consumer marketing and organization re-design, there’s no marketing problem Aviva hasn’t SoLVEd.
Prior to SoLVE, Aviva was a partner with The Partnering Group and worked for Accenture. She’s consulted for blue chip companies including Nestle USA, Post Foods, Sara Lee, Kimberly Clark, LG Electronics, Bauer Hockey, 3M, Northwest Airlines and Fingerhut.
Before her consulting years, she was a Senior leader at Hallmark Cards, in many areas including Product Development, Innovation, Retail, Corporate Strategy, and Customer Strategy, and Business Transformation. She launched, grew and re-invented iconic marketplace programs partnering with many brands and retailers, like Disney, Starbucks, The Komen Foundation, Walmart and Walgreens.
Aviva’s been on both the consulting side and the client side of the relationship. This gives her a unique perspective on working with SoLVE’s clients.
“It’s about helping our clients in a way that’s relevant to them. We don’t have a cookie cutter approach. We roll up our sleeves, partner, coach, teach and work alongside our Clients. I’ve been the client and I’ve been the consultant. I know what feels good as a client and I know what feels bad. I want our clients to feel great about working with SoLVE.”
Aviva is an accredited Angel Investor and the Board Chair with the Women’s Capital Connection, Kansas City’s only female Angel Investing group. She is an active member of the Central Exchange, the Upper School Chair on the Executive Council for the Pembroke Hill School and is on the Board of TomboyX in Seattle, WA. Aviva is also on the Board of the Greater Kansas City chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP).
Aviva has a BA in Economics and Policy Studies from Rice University; MBA in Marketing, Management & Strategy and Non-profit Management from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Born and raised in Upstate New York, Aviva has made Kansas City her home for almost 25 years. She is married with 1 daughter, 3 “bonus” children, and three grandchildren. Aviva enjoys running, yoga, entertaining and traveling.
Teddi is SoLVE’s co-founder.
Prior to starting SoLVE, Teddi was Co-Owner and President of Just For Her Marketing and Retail Events. The business grew during her time there because she came to deeply understand the needs and challenges of local small business owners. During this time Chick Events was created for small to mid-sized local companies. She identified a need for a new kind of consulting firm in Kansas City. So she created SoLVE.
Teddi’s career began as a Legislative Assistant in Washington DC. After leaving the Hill, she became a lobbyist for Hallmark Cards. Hallmark brought her to Kansas City, where she led teams in product development, licensing, customer strategy, integrated marketing, advertising and promotions.
“I believe that all things are possible with the right amount of creative problem solving. I love being a true consumer in the marketplace and I believe anyone can create big ideas with the right amount of intuition and common sense.”
Teddi’s commitment to community service is extensive. She was Co-Founder of the National Race for the Cure in Washington DC, Co-Founder and Chairperson of Kansas City Race for the Cure. She has served on the boards for Camp Encourage, Kansas City Komen Foundation, Children International and Blue Valley Special Olympics. She is currently on the Endowment Board for Lake Mary and serves many ministries at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal church. In August of 2018, Teddi opened a small women’s boutique called Full Bloom in Martin City.
Teddi graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and also studied at the Oxford Pol University in Oxford, England. Her passion for American Politics led her to UMKC where she completed her coursework for a Masters in Political Science.
Teddi and her husband have 5 busy children all adopted from around the globe. Together they love watching their children in high school football and baseball, competitive cheer and Special Olympics. She loves the Broncos and Royals, reading, laughter and relies on her faith for everything to live her life to the fullest.
PropelHer – Insight. Influence. Impact.
There is no greater time to be a woman in business. Corporations are waking up to the fact that there are strong disparities in numbers between men and women at higher levels of business leadership. Are you a woman who has worked so hard but feel your career just isn’t moving? Do you wonder why? Would you like a stronger, more promising career trajectory? It’s time to accelerate women to be influential leaders with greater impact, it’s time to PropelHer!
International speaker, author, educator and business coach, Barbara Teicher, CSP, brings 25-plus years of developing leaders in Fortune 50-500 companies, government agencies and associations. She specializes in women in leadership, effective business communication and leadership development. She is the creator of The PropelHer™ system. Barbara is endorsed by Kent Babb of The Washington Post for her book, “It’s HOW You Say It®” Effective Business Communication Skills. Barbara has been seen or quoted on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, as well as major newspapers across the country. She has delivered presentations to senior officers of the most recognized brands in the world.
Final Breakout Speaker: Coming Soon!
Who will it be?
Check back soon to see who our final breakout speaker will be!
Early Afternoon Breakouts
During the early afternoon, you’ll have your choice of one of the following breakout sessions.
Type R Personality
How do you disrupt the norm to recreate your own epic life? The key is understanding how to equip yourself with the tools, and adapt a winning personality that will change your mind and change your life. Learn the different personality types for success and how to embrace a new personality type that fosters change.
Dionne King serves as the CEO of DMK Consults, LLC, a consulting firm that provides boldly creative services to develop businesses and empower professionals to excel. Ms. King’s expertise is sought out by an impressive list of global firms, national companies and non-profit organizations. Ms. King provides leadership strategies that effectuate change; she is versed in race relations, strategic inclusion initiatives, leadership development and alternative dispute resolution. Ms. King is a strategic change agent, and known for her innovative leadership development sessions, national companies and non-profit organizations. Ms. King provides leadership strategies that effectuate change; she is versed in race relations, strategic inclusion initiatives, leadership development and alternative dispute resolution. Ms. King is a strategic change agent, and known for her innovative leadership development sessions.
Why you MUST have a personal brand to stay career relevant
Having an online footprint that you own is essential to your career strategy. You can’t afford future employers or potential customers finding the wrong information about you – or worse no information at all. Learn how to build your personal brand story, as well as strategies and tactics to own and share it online. When you leave, you’ll be ready to grow your online community, establish yourself as a thought leader, and even become LinkedIn famous.
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 10,000 LinkedIn followers, she excels at understanding and strategically leveraging online channels to grow her network, her voice, her influence and her company.
The Authenticity Movement
Authenticity is the key to living a truly fulfilled life, yet society has taught us that success is defined by tangible achievement. We strive to meet societal, cultural and familial definitions of success and often wonder why we feel as if something is missing when we’ve achieved those measurable goals, having neglected the intangible elements that fulfill us emotionally and spiritually. Recognition of programmed behavior and thought patterns is critical to transforming your mindset, allowing you to go forward living a life empowered by self-awareness and confident self-expression. As leaders, we have the unique opportunity to foster a culture of authenticity within our teams and organizations. The benefits of this shift have the ability to affect all levels of our organizations, including the bottom line.
Maki Moussavi is a transformational success coach focused on helping people create lives defined by their desires rather than societal or familial constructs of success. Too many put up with a life spent surviving rather than thriving. Maki’s passion is helping people discover their personal programming and the patterns in which they operate in order to break through to a life where they unapologetically live according to their own expectations, not those of others. She specializes in providing a process around transformation to streamline the path to change. Maki has a Master of Science degree in genetic counseling and counseled patients before embarking on a 12-plus year corporate career prior to becoming a coach.
Panel Discussion: Thriving in a Male Dominated World
What does it take to thrive in a world so often associated with men? Our panelists will share their pearls of wisdom, insights, challenges and accomplishments for navigating this not so unique path. In a world of #MeTooNowWhat, these women have not just survived, but thrived and have accomplished incredible milestones along the way. This dynamic group of women is sure to leave you inspired and motivated to tackle even the most daunting goal.
Check back soon for our other panelists!
Patti Phillips, CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports
Patti Phillips has dedicated her career to coaching, mentoring, and inspiring women at all levels and in all industries. As the CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports—the nation’s premier organization that develops, connects, and advances women working in collegiate athletics—she uses the keen insights she’s gathered from her relationships with search firms, hiring committees, and university presidents to coach up women and help them grow in their careers. Applauded for her authenticity, charisma, and tireless commitment to women’s advancement and development, Phillips is a well-known keynote speaker on topics such as leadership, teamwork, and culture. In 2014, she presented a TEDx Talk on the topic of potential.
During her seven years as CEO of the Women Leaders in College Sports, the association has seen triple-digit growth in membership, has been rejuvenated with a renewed focus on advancing and empowering women, has undergone a name change and organizational transformation, and has established itself as the premier leadership association for women in athletics. Under Phillips’ direction, the association provides a road map, resources, and coaching for women wanting to advance into leadership positions. It also launched the Women Leaders podcast in 2017 which highlights the successes and career paths of women leaders both in and outside the industry.
Prior to joining the association, Phillips served as the executive director of the Women’s Intersport Network, based in Kansas City, Missouri, for 11 years. Additionally, Phillips was a color analyst for ESPN, FOX Sports Midwest, Sooner Sports, and Metro Sports television broadcasts of collegiate women’s basketball and volleyball games.
Earlier in her career, Phillips worked for the NCAA as the CHAMPS/Life Skills program coordinator and prior to that was the head women’s basketball and volleyball coach at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. There, she inherited a losing basketball program and transformed it into a regional power; the team received its first national ranking in school history with Phillips at the helm.
Phillips was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 and both the Baker University and O’Hara High School athletic halls of fame in 2011. She received the NCAA’s Champions of Diversity Award in 2015, and the Petey National Leadership Award in 2017. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and as past president for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Phillips received her degree with honors from Baker University and earned her master’s in athletic administration and sport psychology from the University of Kansas.
Ethel Davis, CEO of VZD Capital
Ethel J. Davis is the CEO and Portfolio Manager of VZD Capital Management, LLC. She is the first African-American female to own a 100% of a Registered Investment Advisory firm in the Midwest and one of few within the U.S. Her 25 years of investment experience earned her recognition by the Kansas City Business magazine as a 5-Star Wealth Manager. She is firmly ensconced in the top 2% of money managers in the Greater Kansas City community.
Titles are one thing; heart, passion and dedication quite another. Talk with Ethel and it quickly becomes crystal clear that while her business is money, her passion passes numbers and goes right to the heart of who she is as a professional, mentor, woman and daughter. Ethel is a financial maven by leveraging her investment experience to understand each client’s goals, objectives, time horizon and emotional state of mind. She makes it her mission to extract their stories, filter the information and then build a customized solution that fuels their dreams, honor their heritage and exceed their financial expectations.
She grew up in a family rich in love but with moderate income, Ethel learned that money isn’t always easy to talk about. Instead of shying away from the subject she embraced it. She studied to cure her own lack of knowledge and in doing so realized that what she really loves is the people and stories behind the numbers. She treats clients the same way she treats her family and friends; they are unique, each deserving, each worthy of her time, attention, expertise and honesty. She believes in everyone, no matter the circumstances, and understands that everyone deserves the chance to create a legacy that honors their beliefs.
Mid Afternoon Session
During the mid afternoon session, we are excited to offer you the option of attending a third breakout session
or joining a small group discussion with a recognized Thought Leader.
Performance Mindset Training
Resilience is one of the best indicators of success in all aspects of life. However, most only know part of the formula. Former NFL player, Jon McGraw will share the rest of the formula along with powerful takeaways to boost your resiliency.
Jon McGraw is currently an entrepreneur and mentor after a successful NFL career. During Jon’s 10-year NFL career, his leadership skills earned him the position of team captain and NFLPA team representative. Jon also completed NFL-sponsored business management and entrepreneurship programs at Harvard Business School and Wharton Business School.
After retirement though, he realized that pursuing his dreams had been anything but “a dream.” Although he played for both of his childhood favorite teams, he spent most of that time working a “dream job” that was a stressful and unfulfilling means to an end. For a while, all that stress and anxiety was a good motivator, but ultimately it cost him his health, performance, and enjoyment.
Only at the very end of his time in the NFL did he shift his focus…and then, started enjoying football again. He experienced greater fulfillment and better performance, and realized that a subtle change in mindset made a major impact on his performance.
Today, Jon dedicates himself to teaching teams in business and sport how to take back control of what matters and take on a life-changing “Performance Mindset.” Using proven methods from performance science, along with an “inside-out” approach to dynamic change in the workplace and in life, the team at Vision Pursue has helped some of the top businesses and sports teams turn struggle into success.
Panel Discussion: Purpose Drives Relevance and Resilience
Daniel Pink discusses purpose as a key element in motivation. To achieve relevance and resilience, women need to understand how their own purpose drives motivation. Within this session you will understand how having a strong purpose drives us in sustaining our own motivation and that of our organizations. While this panel features top women leaders in higher education, there are lessons for everyone, and every field, among this dynamic group of Thought Leaders.
Panel Presented by University of Kansas Edwards Campus
During this hour-long segment led by key female business and community thought leaders, you’ll have the chance to network and dialogue with others as you gather in small groups to discuss a topic of mutual interest.
- Marketing Trends
- Leadership Development
- Thriving in a Male Dominated World
- Navigating Career Changes
- The Civic Minded Leader
- Wellness in the Workplace
- Innovating for the Future
Questions about the Lyceum? Please contact Kerry Gentry Hartnett at 913.333.3923 or firstname.lastname@example.org.