Speaker Date Topic
Brian Klaas Jul 19, 2024
Update on the Bloch School and Higher Education
Update on the Bloch School and Higher Education

Brian Klaas joined the Henry W. Bloch School of Management as Dean in June 2017. Since coming on board with Bloch, Klaas has been focused on ways to grow the Bloch School’s awareness and engagement in the Kansas City metro. His key initiatives include modernizing the Professional MBA program, increasing overall enrollment and elevating the Bloch School brand.

Klaas most recently served as Senior Associate Dean for Research and Academics and Director of the Riegel & Emory Human Resource Center at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Klaas is also a Professor of Management and previously served as Chair of the Department of Management and Faculty Director for the Master of Human Resource program. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

Klaas has published extensively in such areas as human resources, dispute resolution and labor relations. His work has been published in some of the leading journals in his field, including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology and Human Resource Management, among others. He also has served on the editorial boards for a number of these journals and has had his research funded by organizations such as the Society for Human Resource Management, the Upjohn Institute and the Gevity Institute.

Esther L. George Jul 26, 2024
The Federal Reserve Bank of KC - Challenges and Opportunities Ahead
The Federal Reserve Bank of KC - Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

ESTHER GEORGE Session Description

The post-pandemic recovery for the U.S. economy has been marked by strong growth, a tight labor market and high inflation.  Policymakers at the Fed and Treasury (and the public) must now navigate the tough terrain of bringing inflation down and addressing the consequences of deficit spending in an expansion.  Ms George will talk about the challenges and opportunities ahead.


Esther L. George was president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a member of the Federal Open Market Committee from 2011 to 2023. Her Federal Reserve System service spans more than 40 years including considerable experience as a bank supervisor.  In 2009, she served as the Federal Reserve’s acting director of Banking Supervision and Regulation in Washington D.C. 

George was actively involved in the Federal Reserve’s work to ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of the nation’s payment system, including leading the effort to establish instant retail payments known as the FedNow Service.  She hosted the Kansas City Fed’s annual Jackson Hole international Economic Policy Symposium. 

As president and chief executive officer, she led a workforce of 2,100 Federal Reserve employees serving the seven states of the Tenth Federal Reserve District through the Bank’s headquarters in Kansas City and its branch offices in Denver, Oklahoma City and Omaha. Under her leadership, the Bank was known for its community engagement, leadership development and technology services. 

George currently serves on the boards of the Hallmark Corporation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and the Kansas City 2026 World Cup.   


Terry Dunn Aug 02, 2024
100 Years of JE Dunn
100 Years of JE Dunn

Dunn is retired as of December 31, 2014 from JE Dunn Construction Group, Inc. where he worked for 40 years.

Terry Dunn joined J. E. Dunn in 1974 as contracts officer and was made Vice President and Treasurer in 1978. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in 1979, Executive Vice President in 1980, President in 1986, and Chief Executive Officer from 1989 to 2013. During his leadership as President and CEO, he led a team that grew the business from an $80 million regional contractor to a $2.8 billion national contractor. He retired as the President and Chief Executive Officer of JE Dunn Construction Group, Inc., the holding company for JE Dunn Construction Company and other affiliates across the nation. He was active in all facets of the business with extensive experience in construction operations and retired in 2019 as Director of JE Dunn Construction Group, Inc.

Mr. Dunn is very active in civic and community volunteer work. Upon retirement, he formed DD Ranch Leawood for Senior Executives who have retired from major companies and are staying actively engaged as investors, directors and entrepreneurs in corporate, civic and charitable initiatives. He is married and has three sons and a daughter and fourteen grandchildren.

Johnny Waller Jr. Aug 09, 2024
Expungement program UMKC; Survival & Gun Violence in KC
Expungement program UMKC; Survival & Gun Violence in KC

An Agent of Change speaks on The Other Kansas City, and Finding Solutions 

Johnny Waller Jr. is the C.E.O of The JLW Group L.L.C & Clear My Record Expungement Program Manager at the UMKC School of Law . When Mr. Waller is not working on his organizations, he works in the community on various social justice issues including ranging from the reduction of violence to the civil restoration of second chance citizens rights. He has also worked to pass local and state legislation along with members of the community in an effort to build a united, more equitable Kansas City. Mr. Waller graduated with honors from Johnson County Community College with an associate degree in Business Administration. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Business Management and Master degree in Organizational Leadership and Development from Rockhurst University.
Mr. Waller is currently a board member with Synergy Services and brand ambassador at GiFT (Generating Income for Tomorrow) in addition to serving on various committees throughout Kansas City including the GreenLight Fund, Minority Business Coalition and founder of the Rockhurst University Alumni Group of Color.

Today he dedicates his free time working in the community as a change agent. Having lived a life of crime and success, he has a unique understanding of what it takes to overcome the many barriers people face and how to change their life for the better. He collaborates with non-profits, colleges and other organizations sharing his story and experiences in an effort to help find solutions to issues that continue to plague our community. He believes that through mutual understanding and hope that we all can make a profound positive impact in our community.


Bill Quatman Aug 30, 2024
The Hyatt Skywalk Collapse: What Really Happened & Why?
The Hyatt Skywalk Collapse: What Really Happened & Why?

Mr. Quatman is a licensed architect and attorney, who received two degrees in architecture from the University of Kansas and obtained his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Bill is a member of both the AIA and DBIA Colleges of Fellows and he is a fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA). He has been named one of The Best Lawyers in America and he is annually rated a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent lawyer.

Bill was in private practice for 24 years, focusing on design and construction claims. From 2008 to 2021, Bill was Senior Vice President and General Counsel to Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Inc., one of the nation’s largest design and construction firms. Bill now serves as an arbitrator and mediator with Quatman ADR, LLC in Kansas City, Missouri and is on the board of the Skywalk Memorial Foundation.

Attendees will learn:

The reason the skywalks fell and design decisions that led to a critical change.

What happened to the two engineers involved and how this event changed building codes nationwide.