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Dr. Brian Klaas, KC Dean of Bloch School

Brian Klaas, Ph.D., has been appointed Dean of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Klaas is currently Senior Associate Dean for Research and Academics and Director of the Riegel & Emory Human Resource Center at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, one of the top 75 graduate business schools in the country as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Klaas is also a Professor of Management and previously served as Chair of the Department of Management and Faculty Director for the Master of Human Resource program. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

Klaas’s appointment was announced this week by Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at UMKC.

“The Bloch School is Kansas City’s source for management education in both the for-profit and not-for-profit spheres. Dr. Klaas is a distinguished educator and a proven leader from a highly regarded school of business who has been very well received by the faculty, students and staff at the Bloch School,” Bichelmeyer said. “Dr. Klaas comes with strong references and recommendations. He has the knowledge and skills to lead the Bloch School into the future, and to help us achieve the goals we have set for the school.

“We are preparing our students to be tomorrow’s leaders in Kansas City and beyond, and Dr. Klaas understands this responsibility. We are excited that he sees the opportunity and potential that is in the Bloch School and in Kansas City.”

Klaas said he is honored to have been selected to serve as the next Dean of the Bloch School of Management.

“I look forward to working with an outstanding team to help fulfill Henry Bloch’s vision for excellence. The school has all of the ingredients necessary for continued progress. It has impressive students and programs; strong support from university administration and key stakeholders within the community; and talented and dedicated faculty and staff,” he said.

“With all of this, there are exciting opportunities to deepen partnerships with organizations in Kansas City and beyond, to develop new programs in response to emerging needs, to enhance accessibility by leveraging technology, and to find new ways for partner organizations to serve as learning laboratories, where students and faculty help tackle critical organizational challenges.”

Klaas has published extensively in such areas as human resources, dispute resolution and labor relations. His work has been published in some of the leading journals in his field, including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management, Personnel Psychology, Industrial Relations and Journal of Management. He also has served on the editorial boards for a number of these journals and has had his research funded by organizations such as the Society of Human Resource Management, the Upjohn Institute, and the Gevity Institute. During his time at USC, Klaas has served on a wide range of college and university committees and worked extensively with undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students.

Morning Meeting - Dr. Brian Klaas, Dean
Oct 06, 2017
Oct 07, 2017
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

As the Founder and former CEO of Boulevard Brewing Co., John McDonald will share his experiences with us on starting up Missouri's second largest brewery.

Morning Meeting - John McDonald
Oct 13, 2017

Miki Bowman, Kansas State Bank Commissioner, will speak about the State of Kansas' Banking and Finance.


Morning Meeting - Miki Bowman
Oct 20, 2017

Jacie Hoyt was named the 10th head coach in UMKC women's basketball history on May 11, 2017. Hoyt took the helm of the Roos program after spending the past three seasons (2014-17) as an assistant coach at Kansas State. Previously, she was an assistant coach at Nevada (2011-14) for three years. She was a team captain and standout point guard at Wichita State from 2006-09.

Morning Meeting- Jacie Hoyt
Oct 27, 2017
Mornng Meeting-Non-Profit Day
Nov 03, 2017
Nov 05, 2017
1:00 PM – 7:25 PM
Morning Meeting - Allen Garner, District Governor
Nov 10, 2017

Steve Paul, Author, ex KCStar journalist, tells us about Hemingway at 18 years of age. You can read more about Steve Paul and his writing here.

Morning Meeting - Steve Paul
Nov 17, 2017
Nov 24, 2017

Grant got his professional start in the mergers and acquisitions world working first on the legal side then buy-side analysis, valuations and eventually transition management.  After roughly a decade of analyzing, valuating and transitioning hundreds of small and mid-market businesses, Grant naturally gravitated towards evaluation of marketing and advertising expenses – the one line item in a P&L that he found most businesses struggle to understand and measure.

Grant started PROOF in 2012 with the idea of creating a way to bring clarity and understanding to marketing and advertising by combining statistics with emotional measurement.  Today, PROOF is emerging as a market leader and has performed almost 200 research projects for organizations helping them understand the emotions of their customers and identify the most effective messages and mediums to generate more sales.

Morning Meeting- Grant Gooding
Dec 01, 2017

Dr. Mark Brigman, Founder & Chief Consultant, FIDELIS ONE

Mark is an expert at turning collaborative relationships into highly functional competitive advantages. While working for a Fortune 100 technology firm, he traveled across the US and to numerous European countries establishing and leading multi-million dollar partnerships. Since the early 2000s, his passion and expertise in strategic partnerships led him to speak on numerous occasions, including an international conference in London to 600 people.

Before founding FIDELIS ONE, Mark served as Chief Operations Officer and VP of Client Services at two national firms. His pedigree also includes a Ph.D. in Business Administration & Leadership, Master’s in Economics, 13 years as a strategic partnership lead for a Fortune 100 firm, US Patent Inventor, Adjunct Professor of Business & Economics, six-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and University of Central Missouri Advisory Board Member.

Mark’s passion and ability to build lasting business partnerships is a unique gift. He created the Strategic Partner Leadership Model™ (SPLM) as the culmination of his 20 years of experience in forging industry leading partnerships so the best practices could be shared with others!

Morning Meeting - Mark Brigman, PhD
Dec 08, 2017

Longtime quarterback Steve Grogan spent 16 seasons in the NFL, all with the New England Patriots, and played in 149 games under center from 1975 to 1990. At the time of his retirement, Grogan was the Patriots’ all-time leader in passing yards (26,886) and passing touchdowns (182), and he is still fourth in team history with 35 rushing touchdowns during his career. He was inducted to the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1995, and his No. 11 is the only one currently retired by his alma mater, Kansas State.

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Morning Meeting- Speaker Steve Grogan
Dec 15, 2017

As Chief Operating Officer, Tom Collins leads Dimensional Innovations’ strategic growth and client facing operations. Tom brings a 15+ year track record of delivering exceptional results as an operations and finance executive. His experience includes leadership in marketing, design, architecture, as well as fabrication, installation, and engineering environments and he has served as an officer and/or executive leader for public and private companies. Tom brings this experience, coupled with a Big 4 consulting background, to help DI’s clients find solutions that deliver unique value to customers, stakeholders and employees.

Morning Meeting - Tom Collins
Dec 22, 2017
Dec 29, 2017
Morning Meeting- Bob Bennett
Jan 05, 2018

Aaron North is the vice president of Education at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he serves as a member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team and leads a team of program officers who are funding or researching programs designed to ensure more Kansas City students of all ages have access to education options preparing them for education, work, and life after high school.

Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, North served as the founding executive director of the Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA). Before leading the startup effort at MCPSA, North worked for the education team at Volunteers of America of Minnesota, as a school resource center director at the University of Minnesota, and in the Minnesota Department of Education’s Office of Choice and Innovation. He taught high school English in rural North Carolina as a Teach For America corps member and worked for Andersen Consulting and Sprint PCS prior to his teaching experience. North has helped create or catalyze several education programs in Kansas City, including the Ewing Marion Kauffman School, Kansas City Scholars, and SchoolSmartKC. He is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and serves as board chair of both Kauffman Scholars, Inc. and the Ewing Marion Kauffman School.

North earned a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Kansas.

Morning Meeting-Aaron North
Jan 12, 2018