Event Types
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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Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

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

Bob Bennett became the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, in January 2016 after a 25-year career in the US Army. He leads the Smart City initiatives, a suite of projects including: data analysis, Public Wi-Fi, digital kiosk installation, and smart lighting programs in the city’s downtown core. Kansas City’s initiatives earned an Edison Award (Gold) for Collective Disruption” and civic innovation in 2017. Bob is currently working on plans to extend Smart City infrastructure throughout the 318 miles of KCMO with an emphasis on Digital Inclusion and partnering with Avis on deployment of the first fully Connected Vehicle Fleet in a municipality. 

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

Lori Slettenhaugh is PT Associate Professor, Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Lori holds a B.S. Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State Engineering, and a Master of Physical Therapy from Rockhurst University

Experience & Certifications
Licensed Physical Therapist with several years of experience in outpatient orthopedic settings.

Lori Slettehaugh, KCK Community College
Jan 19, 2018

As well as a Realtor, I'm an opera singer, actor and teacher. I've been performing with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City for three seasons. I live with my wife, Sara, and my dog, Boone.

Alex Goering, Opera Singer
Jan 26, 2018

KC for Refugees is an interfaith organization that seeks to unite all who have a passion for welcoming and supporting those who have been forced to flee their home countries and settle here in the greater Kansas City area. We work closely with local UNHCR resettlement agencies to coordinate refugee support activities.

Dr. Sofia Khan is also an internist in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her medical degree from Dow University of Health Sciences and has been in practice for more than 20 years

To learn more about Sophia's work, visit these websites:

KC for Refugees

Dr. Sophia Khan, Founder
Feb 02, 2018

The discussion will include stories about some of the legendary stars of the Negro Leagues and how their passion for the sport helped usher in the Civil Rights movement in America. To learn more about the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, click here.

Bob Kendrick, President, NLBM
Feb 09, 2018

My name is Michelle Neuschafer. I was born and raised in Salina, KS.  After high school, I attended Kansas State University and received my BS in Elementary Education.  After a few years of teaching I went back to school and received my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Wichita State University.  This is my 16th year teaching and have taught a number of different grades ranging from 1st-5th.  I believe my heart lies with the primary grades even though my fifth grade classes were amazing.  I currently teach at Cedar Creek Elementary, located in Olathe.  I spent the majority of my career teaching within the Title 1 schools, so teaching at Cedar Creek has been a definite change for me.  Even though change is good, my goals for students have stayed the same.  I truly believe that no matter your background, learning style, home life or behavior, if a teacher focus’ on what the child can be and could achieve, instead of what they aren’t and can’t do, every child will amaze you and show success. I have always tried to treat my students how I expect my own children to be treated by their teacher. By doing this, I feel a true and loving relationship is created, which in turn also assists with student success. 

Feb 16, 2018
Feb 19, 2018
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Vocational Visit- Truman Library, Feb. 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Feb 23, 2018
Larry Campbell, Author & Adventurer
Mar 02, 2018

Enactus brings together a diverse network of university students, academic professionals and industry leaders around the shared mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. By contributing their talents to projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, Enactus participants are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change.

UMKC Enactus
Mar 09, 2018


Growing up in a small Illinois town, Louise (Lou) Graul Eisenbrandt decided to join the Army in order to “see the world.” After graduating as a Registered Nurse in June 1968, she attended basic training, then headed to Ft. Dix New Jersey, her first duty assignment.

In September 1969, she received orders for Vietnam, arriving there on November 1. During her year at the 91st Evac Hospital, she cared for GIs, South Vietnamese soldiers and civilians, and even Viet Cong and NVA soldiers. From malaria and hepatitis to double amputees, massive head traumas, and deadly bullet wounds; Lt. Graul saw it all.

Since 1970, she has made four return trips to Vietnam, the latest in September 2014, when she joined 11 other vets making their first return trip to the country. 

For the past 30 years, the author has been sharing her experiences with students and community groups. In addition, she is Chairman Emeritis of the board of Turning Point in Leawood, KS. Her other interests are travel, photography, golf, gardening, and finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.

Lou lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband, Jim. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.

To read her book, visit here.

Lou Eisenbrandt, Author, Nurse
Mar 16, 2018

Travis Perret’s passion is helping people get back to doing what they love to do without the limitations of chronic pain. This passion was developed early in his career when visiting his parents for the holidays. He noticed, due to pain, his dad was having difficulty getting up from a chair and then wincing with every step. When asked what was wrong his dad informed him that the doctors were recommending a spinal fusion. His dad was diagnosed with a Spondylolisthesis, a condition in which the vertebra in the low back slides forward over the vertebra below and puts pressure on the nerves causing low back pain and weakness in the legs. The pain was so bad his dad was unable to enjoy the Christmas holidays. Seeing his dad in that much pain was difficult for Travis to witness.

After doing a quick assessment, Travis was able to determine that the cause of the pain wasn’t a vertebra issue but an issue with the function on his dad’s hips. He gave him some corrective exercises for his hips. A week later his dad reported feeling slightly better. Travis then made some adjustments to the exercises and positions. A month later the pain his dad was experiencing during the holidays had decreased by 90% and he was feeling better than he had in months. To this day, 20 years later, his dad still does his exercises and has never had another issue with his back.

Travis graduated from the University of Kansas and received his degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy. He was a decathlete on the University of Kansas track and field team. After graduating, he was hired by The Egoscue Method and worked for Pete Egoscue for seven years. He then returned to the Midwest to open Exercise Therapy of Kansas City. He is a speaker, author, and has owned and operated Exercise Therapy of Kansas City in Overland Park, KS for 13 years. He has two little girls, Sierra and Stella, and when he is not in the clinic you will find him on the playground with his daughters. 

To read Travis' book, visit here.

Travis Parret, Author, Fitness Instructor
Mar 23, 2018

David J. Ekerdt is Professor of Sociology and Gerontology at the University of Kansas. From 1988-1997 he was Associate Director of the Center on Aging and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He directed the KU Gerontology Center from 2003-2016. He teaches the sociology of aging and research methods, and he has supervised graduate students on both campuses.


David Ekerdt, KU Ph.D. Gerontology
Mar 30, 2018

Update the club on the future of the Games for Good.

Terry Berkbuegler, Games for Good
Apr 06, 2018
Jane Brown
Apr 13, 2018

About Melissa Robinson

Elected in April 2014, Board of Education chair Melissa Robinson is representing Sub-district 4. Robinson has received an Associate of Arts degree from Kansas City Kansas Community College, a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Masters of Business Administration from Webster University. As the current President of the Black Health Care Coalition, Robinson is dedicated to her community and the constituents of the Kansas City Public Schools. Living by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous quote, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character-- that is the goal of true education," she is a steadfast leader and advocate for education and the advancement of our students.

Contact Information

Melissa Robinson, KCMO Public Schools School Board
Apr 20, 2018

The eighth Archivist of the United States, John W. Carlin was appointed by President William J. Clinton in 1995. He immediately began a comprehensive strategic planning effort that resulted in a 10-year plan to refocus the agency and bring it into the 21st century.

One of the major initiatives of NARA's Strategic Plan is the Electronic Records Archives (ERA), which aims to preserve and provide access to virtually any type of electronic record created anywhere in the Federal Government. This is an unprecedented effort involving partnerships with other Federal agencies and experts in the private sector to solve the problem of preserving the ever-increasing volumes of diverse, complex digital records that are being created worldwide. The entire Federal Government--indeed, today's "information society" at large--has a stake in ERA's success.

Mr. Carlin also obtained Federal funding for a much-needed and extensive renovation of the 70-year-old National Archives Building in Washington, DC, and for important conservation treatment on the treasured Charters of Freedom--the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

With the National Archives Foundation, he led a campaign to raise private funds to enrich the experience for visitors to the National Archives. The result is the National Archives Experience, an interactive, multicomponent program that takes visitors on a journey from the Charters into the much wider world of the National Archives and the human stories that our records tell.

The National Archives Experience has the Charters of Freedom as its centerpiece, surrounded by the William G. McGowan Theater, the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery, the Boeing Learning Center, and the Public Vaults. The exhibition spaces of the Public Vaults convey the feeling of going into the stacks and vaults of the National Archives, where visitors can explore and celebrate the spirit of America through the great documents and great stories of our history.

In 2004, the Society of American Archivists honored Mr. Carlin for his "exemplary contributions to the archival profession," saying he had "served with distinction." And Government Computer News gave him its National Merit Award for Technology Excellence in Government, citing his "dedicated career in public service and commitment to advancing technology in Government."

Before becoming Archivist, Mr. Carlin had a distinguished career in public service, business, agriculture, and education. A native Kansan, he served in the state legislature for eight years and was Speaker of the House his last term. In 1978, he was elected Governor of Kansas and served two four-year terms. Following his political career, Mr. Carlin joined the faculty of Wichita State University in Wichita, KS, teaching graduate courses in public administration. He was Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Superconductivity in Lawrence, KS, when appointed Archivist of the United States.

Mr. Carlin resigned as Archivist effective February 15, 2005. As of early 2009, he is visiting professor and executive in residence in the School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.


John Carlin, former KS Governor
Apr 27, 2018