Speaker Date Topic
NO MORNING MEETING Mar 31, 2017
NO MORNING MEETING

Mark your calendar to join us for Happy Hour on Thursday, March 30th. Destination TBD.
 

Morning Meeting-Merrell R. Bennekin Apr 07, 2017
Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement in Kansas City: A Road to Building Community Trust
Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement in Kansas City: A Road to Building Community Trust

Kansas City’s Board of Police Commissioners Office of Community Complaints (“OCC”) is one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating civilian oversight agencies. Merrell R. Bennekin was recently appointed Executive Director. He has been with the Board of Police Commissioners for the past 15 years, most recently as Deputy Executive Director. 

In his presentation, Mr. Bennekin will provide a brief history of civilian oversight and OCC in Kansas City, Missouri. He will explain how the process works in relation to the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, and also discuss future plans for the OCC.

Bennekin is a native of Eatonton, Ga., and was raised by two educators. After graduating with honors from Morehouse College, Bennekin earned a law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. While there, Bennekin met Kedra Williams. The two later married and now have two daughters., 41, who has been with the Board of Police Commissioners for the past 15 years, said he is looking forward to serving in his new role as Kansas City’s Office of Community Complaints.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article128727949.html#storylink=cpy

Bennekin is a native of Eatonton, Ga., and was raised by two educators. After graduating with honors from Morehouse College, Bennekin earned a law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. While there, Bennekin met Kedra Williams. The two later married and now have two daughters.

Long active in the community, Bennekin is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity among other community and civic groups.


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article128727949.html#storylink=cpy
Morning Meeting- Speaker TBD Apr 07, 2017
TBD
Morning Meeting-Nate Olson Apr 14, 2017
Crema- Business Development Strategist
Crema- Business Development Strategist

http://www.crema.us/

 

Morning Meeting- Charles A. Serrano Apr 21, 2017
A Trip to Cuba
A Trip to Cuba

Charles Serrano is the Managing Director of the The Antilles Strategy Group, Cuba Trade & Public Affairs Consultants.

No other American has traveled to Cuba more in the past 20 years than Charles Serrano.  Since 1994, Mr. Serrano has planned, coordinated and executed more than 130 missions to Cuba for American business leaders, academics and researchers, scientists, lawyers and other professionals.
 
Mr. Serrano’s understanding of the socio-historical environment of the island has allowed him to fit into Cuban society, nurturing relationships with its musicians and other artists, its budding entrepreneurial class, and its governmental leaders.  His internal knowledge, awareness and understanding of the Cuban government, the sentiment of the Cuban people and ability to forecast and anticipate Cuban social and policy shifts is truly unique and will be a valuable asset to any strategy development team in which he participates.
 
For the past two decades, Mr. Serrano has established key relationships in all sectors of the Cuban economy, including government and non-governmental organizations.  He has bridged the gap between the professionals from the U.S. and Cuba, linking counterparts from the two nations in academics and in permitted commercial projects in the areas of agriculture, medicine and telecommunications.  For example, Mr. Serrano has relationships with more than a dozen Cuban ambassadors around the world, including Mr. José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, the present Ambassador of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C.
 
In 2002, Mr. Serrano organized and executed the first and only Biotech Conference and Academic Exchange, engaging American business CEOs, executives and leaders and Cuban professional counterparts in the biotech and related fields.
 
In 1999, Mr. Serrano planned and executed Illinois Governor George Ryan’s historic trip to the Cuba, the first sitting governor to visit the island.  The trip included a delegation of 91 Illinois business, civic and political leaders.  In 1998, Mr. Serrano drafted, lobbied and secured passage of the first state legislative resolution in the United States calling for the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States.
 
Mr. Serrano is an international policy consultant on Caribbean Basin and Latin American affairs, providing clients with strategic real-time analysis of socio-political activity and changes occurring throughout Latin America, including Cuba.  For over 30 years, he has served as a planning, policy and economic development adviser to non-profits, corporations, institutions and private individuals.
 
Mr. Serrano is a veteran of the U.S. Army having received an Honorable Discharge.  In 1981, Mr. Serrano earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Theology and Biblical Languages from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.  In 1998, Mr. Serrano earned a Master in Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Mr. Serrano was awarded a HUD Fellowship in 1997-1998.  He is an EDI/MacArthur Fellow.  He is an American Assembly Fellow at Columbia University in New York.  Mr. Serrano is 1999 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago.
 
Born and raised in Chicago to Puerto Rican parents, Mr. Serrano speaks fluent English and Spanish.  He has lived in various Latin American countries and has extensive relationships in Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.  He maintains homes in Chicago and Puerto Rico.
Morning Meeting- Bob Dusin Apr 28, 2017
Workplace Zombies, and How Leadership is Creating Them
Workplace Zombies, and How Leadership is Creating Them

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 getting a little better every day. He has over 30 years 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 Business Consultant, Bob has helped numerous organizations create motivating work environments and develop highly effective leaders.

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.

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 TBD May 19, 2017
Cornerstones of Care
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