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Ashley Beard-Fosnow serves as the Executive Director of American Public Square. American Public Square is a nonpartisan nonprofit that seeks to change the tone and quality of public discourse. They organize programs that feature expert panelists and audience members with opposing views talking to each other, civilly, about controversial topics. Though these discussions may not always change minds, everyone walks away with a better understanding of the other side, a key step toward respect, compromise, and resolution.

Aug 24, 2018

A Clinical Perspective on Alzheimer's

Eric Vidoni, PT, PhD is director of the Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core for the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center and a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  Dr. Vidoni got his Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2001. In 2008, he completed his MSPT and PhD as part of a joint curriculum at the University of Kansas. With Dr. Swerdlow, he oversees the Kansas Dementia and Aging Research Training Program and regularly lectures to student physical therapists on the brain, motor control, aging and dementia. As core director, he organizes dementia-focused educational outreach opportunities for healthcare providers and the lay public throughout the region.

Dr. Vidoni also serves as the Scientific Director of the Physical Health Interventions Team (PHIT). PHIT serves as a clinical trials unit for lifestyle studies (primarily diet and exercise). By using the PHIT, investigators at KUMC can draw on over 30 year of collective experience with community and lab-based exercise and lifeystyle modification trials.

Aug 31, 2018

Jeff Shackelford is the Executive Director of Digital Sandbox KC, a proof-of-concept center designed to help move early-stage entrepreneurs from concept-to-commercialization. It is a regional approach to identifying very early technologies, which, with the right assistance from industry experts and seasoned entrepreneurs, can be advanced toward commercial viability. The mission of the Digital Sandbox is to connect innovation to industry with the goal of producing breakthrough products and services that have significant impact on the digital landscape.  

Since launching in 2013, Digital Sandbox has funded development projects for 100 local, early-stage start-ups and has assisted in securing over $52M in equity investment for 70 Sandbox companies.  These companies have created over 600 new Kansas City area jobs.  

Mr. Shackelford has a unique and diverse professional background with a rare combination of Fortune 100 enterprise experience coupled with entrepreneurial, start-up and early stage ventures that includes a successful track record in capital fund-raising of over $500M.

Mr. Shackelford holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Kansas.


Sep 07, 2018