Event Types

State of KS Banking and Finance

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


Oct 20, 2017

UMKC Women's Basketball Program Update

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.

Oct 27, 2017

Non-Profit Day- 6 Charities, 5 minutes each

Nov 03, 2017
Nov 05, 2017
1:00 PM – 7:25 PM

District 6040 Governor Visit

Nov 10, 2017

Hemingway at 18

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.

Nov 17, 2017


Nov 24, 2017

Marketing a Different Way

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.

Dec 01, 2017

The Power of Partnership

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!

Dec 08, 2017

New England Patriots Quarterback and K-State Alumni

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

Dec 15, 2017

Dimensional Innovations KC Innovation Company that doe

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.

Dec 22, 2017


Dec 29, 2017

KCMO Smart City Efforts

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. 

Jan 05, 2018

A Sense of Urgency -Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

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.

Jan 12, 2018

The State of Healthcare

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.

Jan 19, 2018

Past and upcoming shows in Kansas City

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.

Jan 26, 2018

KC for Refugees

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

Feb 02, 2018

Changed the Game and America, too

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.

Feb 09, 2018

Elementary School Writing Contest

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

Please Plan to Attend the Vocational Visit

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

Feb 23, 2018

Traveling the Missouri River

Mar 02, 2018

National Competition Presentation

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.

Mar 09, 2018

Vietnam Nurse: Mending & Remembering


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.

Mar 16, 2018

Pain Free Life, Eliminate Chronic Pain

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.

Mar 23, 2018

Struggle over Social Security

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.


Mar 30, 2018

Games for Good: Be an Ambassador

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

Apr 06, 2018

GSE Experiences in Argentina

Apr 13, 2018

Forecast for KC Public Schools

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.

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Apr 20, 2018