Speaker Date Topic
Morning Meeting- Bob Dusin Apr 28, 2017
How to Stop Creating Zombie Employees
How to Stop Creating Zombie Employees

Zombie employees check their brain at the door and drain the company of productivity, innovation and energy. They can manifest themselves in various ways – disengaged workers, people who do as little as possible – but the results are the same. And they have a significant negative effect on everyone else. See the behaviors that create them, and how we can stop this cycle.

Bob Dusin is a partner at HPWP Consulting, LLC.

Raised on a wheat farm in western Kansas, Bob has always been driven by the idea of constant improvement and getting a little better every day. He has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry and, as a project manager, guided the construction of the tallest concrete high-rise in the United States. As a construction leader, his primary focus was to create the most effective and motivating work environments possible.


In addition to his work with organizational leadership development and coaching, Bob speaks at numerous expos and seminars throughout the year on a wide range of performance and leadership topics.


Bob has performed stand-up comedy, has served as the host and announcer for numerous charity and corporate events, and is an actor in radio and television commercials. He enjoys hunting, remodeling, and pretty much anything outdoors. Bob is married to Beth and they have two sons, Nick and Matt.

Morning Meeting- Bernard Franklin, Ph.D May 05, 2017
Kansas State College Advising Corps
Kansas State College Advising Corps

Kansas State College Advising Corps (KSCAC) is a "best-fit" college advising model that helps low-income, first-generation and underrepresented high school students navigate the complex issues associated with selecting and entering a university of their choice. KSCAC places recent college graduates in high schools full time to encourage Kansas students to explore and attain their postsecondary options. 

Piloted in summer 2016, KSCAC serves six high schools from the Shawnee Mission School District, the Olathe School District and the Turner School District. These districts have a significant population of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, or the districts are forecasted to have a significant ethnic and income shift. More than 10,000 students enrolled in the six partner high schools will be direct beneficiaries of this program.

Dr. Bernard Franklin is a national recognized leader and consultant advocating for children who come from hard places.  He has served as Vice President of urban education, and President of Kauffman Scholars, a college access program of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and President of Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley (KCMO).  Currently he is Assistant Vice President at Kansas State University, Executive Director of the Kansas State College Advising Corps, and Director of University Programs for the Shawnee Mission (KS) School District.  

Dr. Franklin has twice been honored one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans in Kansas City (1998, 2009).  His work and contributions to urban boys was recognized in the opening chapter of Bill Cosby’s new book, “Come On People” (2008).  The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce honored him with their distinguished Leadership Award (2009) for contributions to urban education.  The Kansas City Downtown Council awarded Franklin as an “Urban Hero” for his work in public education (2009).  Most recently, Franklin was awarded the MLK “Living Legacy Award” from MidAmerica Nazarene University (2011).
    
Dr. Franklin has served on the board of Truman Medical Center, and as the Midwest region chair of the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee (2005-2010), and the Community Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of KC.  Finally, Franklin was a member of the KC Mayor’s Bi-State Innovation Task Force which was charged with recommending how Google Broadband fiber technology rolled out in the KC urban communities, the first US city to receive Google Broadband.  .  
Currently, Franklin serves on the boards of two significant public charter schools in Kansas City who are implementing and are influenced by his work around trauma informed teaching and learning:  Gordon Parks Elementary Charter School, and University Academy, supported by the generous philanthropic gifts of the Helzberg (Jewelers) and Bloch (H&R Block) families.  

Dr. Franklin has an MS in Counseling and Behavioral Studies (1989, University of South Alabama), and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Higher Education Administration, with an outside emphasis in Family Studies (1996, K-State).  His research area for both advanced degrees was boys and men’s development.  Franklin has served as a higher education consultant and has advised numerous local, national and international organizations on a wide range of education, leadership, diversity, urban father and family issues, and is regarded as a leader in articulating the daunting challenges facing the urban community.  Franklin is the widowed and proud father of a daughter (Christina, 21, KCK), and three sons (Brandon 37, Topeka; Morgan 27, Topeka; and Blake 26, KCK).

Morning Meeting- Chuck Allen May 12, 2017
Against All Odds
Against All Odds

Chuck Allen, born and raised in urban of Wyandotte County, overcame the odds to earn two degrees and start four non-profits, including the Urban Scholastic Center - An award-winning ministry that is impacting thousands of lives in urban Wyandotte County. theusc.org

You can also watch this short video for more information.

Chuck was born and raised in urban Wyandotte County, Kansas. He received a scholarship from Kansas State University to compete as a sprinter on the K-State track team. While at K-State, Chuck earned degrees in graphic design and education. Upon receiving his degree in education, he received the “Outstanding Student in the College of Education” award. Over the years, Chuck's drive to serve youth has paired him with organizations such as the Wyandotte County juvenile detention center, the Blue Valley School district, Kansas City Youth for Christ, and the National Center for fathering. Chuck is the founder of the Urban Scholastic Center, and three other non-profit corporations. Under his direction, the Urban Scholastic Center has earned several awards, including the prestigious National Christian Foundation Passion Award, four times, the Kansas City Kansas School district Reason’s To Believe award, Donnelly College Delta Award, and the Dr. Charles J. Briscoe Urban Ministry award, to name a few. Chuck has been married to his wife, Tricia, for 23 years and they have four children. Their oldest son is a graduate of Stanford University, one of their daughters is a senior at Wheaton College. Their other daughter attends a community college in Chicago and will transfer to Wheaton next year, and their youngest son is a junior at Sumner Academy.

Morning Meeting- Speaker Jennifer Hurst May 19, 2017
Cornerstones of Care
Cornerstones of Care
Investor Relations Manager
Overview of programs and services offered by Cornerstones of Care and ways Rotary members can become engaged
 

Bio:  My name is Jennifer Hurst and I have been with Cornerstones of Care for 5 years.  I am very passionate about issues that face our community’s children and families.  I am a strong advocate for providing the tools and resources necessary for the success of every child and individual in our community in hopes that one day, no one in Kansas City shall be victim to abuse, neglect and other preventable trauma.  To learn more, visit https://www.cornerstonesofcare.org/

 

Morning Meeting- John T. Kuehn, CDR USN (retired) May 26, 2017
75th Anniversary of our nation's "Trafalgar"
Morning Meeting- Debra Sheffer, Ph.D. Jun 02, 2017
"The Buffalo Soldiers: Their Epic Story and Major Campaigns"
"The Buffalo Soldiers: Their Epic Story and Major Campaigns"

Dr. Debra Sheffer will discuss her book The Buffalo Soldiers: Their Epic Story and Major Campaigns.

This fascinating saga follows the story of the Buffalo Soldiers as they participated in key events in America's history. Sheffer discusses the impetus for the earliest black military service, how that service led to the creation of the Buffalo Soldiers, and how these men - and one woman - continued to serve in the face of epic obstacles. The work celebrates their significant military contributions to the campaigns of the American frontier and other battles, their fighting experiences, and life on the plains. Starting with the American Revolution, the book traces the heroic journey of these legendary servicemen from the period when black Americans first sought full citizenship in exchange for military service to the integration of the military and the dissolution of all-black regiments. Several chapters highlight the special achievements of the 9th and 10th United States Cavalry and the 24th and 25th United States Infantry. The book also features the accomplishments - both of the unit and individuals - of the Buffalo Soldiers in battle and beyond.

Morning Meeting- Dan Smith, Cerner Jun 09, 2017
History of Cerner, recent expansion and where Cerner is heading
History of Cerner, recent expansion and where Cerner is heading
Morning Meeting- Speaker TBD Jun 16, 2017
Morning Meeting- Mark Brigman, Ph.D Jun 23, 2017
"Power of Partnership"
"Power of Partnership"

Mark Brigman is the founder and principal consultant at Kansas City-based Fidelis One, a training and consulting firm that specializes in helping companies grow by leveraging the power of strategic partnerships. Mark talks with Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon about situations in which a strategic partnership can be beneficial, how to identify a good strategic partner, how to set goals, communicate effectively and measure results.

 

NO MORNING MEETING Jun 30, 2017
CHANGING OF THE GUARD
CHANGING OF THE GUARD