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The 15th Annual Leadership Lyceum is SOLD OUT!

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Morning Keynote Speaker:

Daniel Pink, New York Times best-selling author of Drive and To Sell is Human. Daniel joins the Lyceum this year on the heels of the release of his newest book, When. Timing, it’s often assumed, is an art. In When, Pink shows that timing is really a science. Learn the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school and at home.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker:

Elizabeth Smart, Survivor, Activist and New York Times best-selling author of My Story. After surviving one of the most harrowing experiences any of us could imagine, Elizabeth has focused her life on helping others and being an example that you can thrive and live after trauma. Your past does not define your future.

Hometown Heroes:

Mindy Corporon, Co-Founder and CEO of Boyer & Corporon Wealth Mgt., Co-Founder & President of Faith Always Wins Foundation

Trauma in some form affects each of us during our lifetime. Piloting re-engagement in all areas of our lives is crucial to making it back into the workplace as a valuable employee, team member and leader. Mindy, a successful entrepreneur and Faith advocate, will share her story of resilience and the intentional healing process that needs to occur in our working environments.

Mindy Corporon is a Managing Member and Co-Founder of Boyer & Corporon Wealth Management, LLC and serves as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Mindy’s focus is on continuously developing strategy and improving the firm’s processes and suite of services. She also meets personally with clients, frequently acting as liaison with other professionals. As part of BCWM’s comprehensive approach on behalf of its family and institutional clients, Mindy often coordinates meetings among the key individuals who comprise the client’s professional wealth management team.

Mindy’s greatest passion is to lead the Faith Always Wins Foundation and the Reat Griffin Underwood Memorial Fund which were established to celebrate the memory of Mindy’s son Reat and her father, William L. Corporon, MD, who were tragically murdered in a hate crime in the Spring of 2014. SevenDays is a challenge for young and old, to embrace diversity across races, religions and cultures. Through three events, Faith, Love & Song, Faith, Love & Kindness and Faith, Love & Walk, we hope to promote understanding and encourage kindness to Make a Ripple to Change the World. The SevenDays Ripple features seven nested rings – four filled with color and thee left empty. The three empty rings signify the lives tragically taken from us on April 13, 2014. But the other four show that even through this tragedy, our community possesses a spirit filled with color, vibrance and life, that can never be taken away.

Lindsey Roy, Hallmark Greetings Chief Marketing Officer, Professional Speaker

A rising star, Lindsey was named one of the youngest VP’s ever in the history of Hallmark Cards. She had a great family and community.  Life was good. Then a tragic boating accident while on vacation changed her world forever. Through a challenging recovery process, Lindsey learned impactful lessons on how to harness disruption and turn your biggest challenges into your greatest opportunities.

Lindsey Roy is a brilliant storyteller with a captivating story.  A tragic boating accident while on vacation almost claimed Lindsey’s life and left her with an amputated left leg, severely injured right leg and injured right arm. Through a challenging recovery process, Lindsey learned impactful lessons on how to harness disruption and find clarity in the chaos.

A fresh voice on the speaking circuit, Lindsey has been heralded for her authentic style and universal message.

Lindsey has spent over sixteen years in the corporate environment, leading teams in innovation, digital development and product merchandising.  She was named Vice President at Hallmark Cards at just thirty-two years old, one of the youngest VPs ever in a company with over a 100-year history and in the top 1% of brands worldwide.

Lindsey combines her unique life experience, corporate background and emotional intelligence to truly connect with audiences.

Lindsey lives in Kansas City with her husband, Aaron, and children, Mitchell and Morgan.

Morning Breakouts

Choose one of these dynamic breakout sessions to attend during the morning session.

#MeToo Now What?

Ronetta Francis, Jil Jordan Greene &  Christy Rutherford

Authors of the best-selling book Champions Never Tell are sharing insight to let women know they can choose a different path when it comes to dealing with toxic workplaces, sexual harassment, and discrimination. They’ll offer tools to enable women to get past the painful experiences and preserve their mental and physical health.

Ronetta J. Francis

Ronetta J. Francis is CEO and Founder of Francis Dynamics Consulting Group, a consulting firm focused on executive coaching and leadership development training. As a certified John Maxwell Team Member Executive Coach, Speaker and Trainer, she shares dynamic strategies designed to empower personal development and accelerate organizational performance.

Ronetta is a seasoned employment attorney, with over 23 years combined practicing as a senior trial attorney with the federal government and as in-house counsel for the Fortune 1 company. She bridged her legal background and expertise with her business acumen to lead the company’s employment compliance and ethics functions, as the Vice President of US Ethics and Employment Compliance. 

Ronetta is a passionate public speaker, who believes in the power of positivity and has parlayed her Bloom Where You’re Planted philosophy in to actionable strategies to perceive and achieve the pathways toward successful results — to move from dying on the vine to a season of full bloom.

Jil Jordan Greene is CEO of The People Resource Group, a Change Management, HR Consulting, Leadership & Development Firm; as well as an author, radio host and national speaker. At The People Resource Group, Jil provides Human Resources services, business strategies, and solutions that help organizations accelerate their growth and increase their bottom line.

Jil spent 15 years in corporate America working for some of the country’s top Fortune 500 companies in the restaurant, hospitality, and entertainment industries, in roles ranging from Recruiter, Vice president of Human Resources, and Chief People Officer.  She has received numerous awards and national recognition for her work in the field of Human Resources.

Christy Rutherford is the President of LIVE-UP Leadership, a leadership development and training company. A certified Executive Leadership Coach, she’s also a keynote speaker, radio show host, and author.  She has been recognized with the Coast Guard Dorothy Stratton Leadership Award, Cambridge Who’s Who Amongst Executives and Professionals, Career Communications STEM Technology All-Star and the Edward R. Williams Award for Excellence In Diversity.

Christy served more than 16 years as an active duty Coast Guard officer and is the 13th African American woman to achieve the rank of Commander in the Coast Guard’s 225+ year history representing a demographic of just .1%.  A Harvard Business School Alumna, Christy also holds certificates from Georgetown University and is a degreed Pastry Chef.

Who is Your Target Consumer?

SolveKC.  Teddi Hernandez & Aviva Ajmera

Are you launching a new business or a new product?
Do you feel like your business sales have plateaued?
If we asked you who is your target consumer, could you describe them in 10 words or less?
Do you really know what your consumer target needs and how you can help solve it?
Why is your sales team stuck?

SolveKC will host an interactive, hands-on workshop focused on helping you identify and create your target consumer persona.  Through this workshop you will begin to better understand how to talk to your target consumer, what they are needing from you and how you can engage with them more effectively. This workshop will help your team improve your companies marketing, product development and sales.  SolveKC promises to push you to think differently about your target consumer and always with a healthy dose of fun while we do it.

Aviva is SoLVE’s co-founder, and CEO.

After almost 25 years of leading strategy creation and implementation, new product development, brand management, consumer marketing and organization re-design, there’s no marketing problem Aviva hasn’t SoLVEd.

Prior to SoLVE, Aviva was a partner with The Partnering Group and worked for Accenture. She’s consulted for blue chip companies including Nestle USA, Post Foods, Sara Lee, Kimberly Clark, LG Electronics, Bauer Hockey, 3M, Northwest Airlines and Fingerhut.

Before her consulting years, she was a Senior leader at Hallmark Cards, in many areas including Product Development, Innovation, Retail, Corporate Strategy, and Customer Strategy, and Business Transformation. She launched, grew and re-invented iconic marketplace programs partnering with many brands and retailers, like Disney, Starbucks, The Komen Foundation, Walmart and Walgreens.

Aviva’s been on both the consulting side and the client side of the relationship. This gives her a unique perspective on working with SoLVE’s clients.

“It’s about helping our clients in a way that’s relevant to them. We don’t have a cookie cutter approach. We roll up our sleeves, partner, coach, teach and work alongside our Clients. I’ve been the client and I’ve been the consultant. I know what feels good as a client and I know what feels bad. I want our clients to feel great about working with SoLVE.”

Aviva is an accredited Angel Investor and the Board Chair with the Women’s Capital Connection, Kansas City’s only female Angel Investing group. She is an active member of the Central Exchange, the Upper School Chair on the Executive Council for the Pembroke Hill School and is on the Board of TomboyX in Seattle, WA. Aviva is also on the Board of the Greater Kansas City chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP).

Aviva has a BA in Economics and Policy Studies from Rice University; MBA in Marketing, Management & Strategy and Non-profit Management from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Born and raised in Upstate New York, Aviva has made Kansas City her home for almost 25 years. She is married with 1 daughter, 3 “bonus” children, and three grandchildren. Aviva enjoys running, yoga, entertaining and traveling.

Teddi is SoLVE’s co-founder.

Prior to starting SoLVE, Teddi was Co-Owner and President of Just For Her Marketing and Retail Events. The business grew during her time there because she came to deeply understand the needs and challenges of local small business owners.   During this time Chick Events was created for small to mid-sized local companies. She identified a need for a new kind of consulting firm in Kansas City. So she created SoLVE.

Teddi’s career began as a Legislative Assistant in Washington DC. After leaving the Hill, she became a lobbyist for Hallmark Cards.  Hallmark brought her to Kansas City, where she led teams in product development, licensing, customer strategy, integrated marketing, advertising and promotions.

“I believe that all things are possible with the right amount of creative problem solving. I love being a true consumer in the marketplace and I believe anyone can create big ideas with the right amount of intuition and common sense.”

Teddi’s commitment to community service is extensive. She was Co-Founder of the National Race for the Cure in Washington DC, Co-Founder and Chairperson of Kansas City Race for the Cure. She has served on the boards for Camp Encourage, Kansas City Komen Foundation, Children International and Blue Valley Special Olympics. She is currently on the Endowment Board for Lake Mary and serves many ministries at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal church. In August of 2018, Teddi opened a small women’s boutique called Full Bloom in Martin City.

Teddi graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and also studied at the Oxford Pol University in Oxford, England.  Her passion for American Politics led her to UMKC where she completed her coursework for a Masters in Political Science.

Teddi and her husband have 5 busy children all adopted from around the globe.  Together they love watching their children in high school football and baseball, competitive cheer and Special Olympics.  She loves the Broncos and Royals, reading, laughter and relies on her faith for everything to live her life to the fullest.

PROPELHER™ – Insight. Influence. Impact.

Barbara Teicher, CSP **This Breakout is at Capacity**

There is no greater time to be a woman in business. Corporations are waking up to the fact that there are strong disparities in numbers between men and women at higher levels of business leadership. Are you a woman who has worked so hard but feel your career just isn’t moving? Do you wonder why? Would you like a stronger, more promising career trajectory? It’s time to accelerate women to be influential leaders with greater impact, it’s time to PROPELHER™!

International speaker, author, educator and business coach, Barbara Teicher, CSP, brings 25-plus years of developing leaders in Fortune 50-500 companies, government agencies and associations. She specializes in women in leadership, effective business communication and leadership development. She is the creator of The PropelHer™ system. Barbara is endorsed by Kent Babb of The Washington Post for her book, “It’s HOW You Say It®” Effective Business Communication Skills. Barbara has been seen or quoted on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, as well as major newspapers across the country. She has delivered presentations to senior officers of the most recognized brands in the world.

Power Your Tribe: Create Resilient Teams in Turbulent Times

Christine Comaford — **This Breakout is at Capacity**

In a world of relentless change, resilience is paramount for the success of your team, organization, bottom line. Our ability to adapt and pivot has never been more important. And our ability to help our teams to do so as well is essential.

Inherent in human nature is resistance to change—a basic emotional response that is well-documented by neuroscience. In this game-changing program, New York Times bestselling author and leadership consultant Christine Comaford provides a proven set of neuroscience-based tools to help you guide your team through these turbulent times. Using her simple, proven strategies, you’ll be able to:

Shift groups to focus on outcomes versus problems

Teach your team the 3 essential tools to understand why they do what they do, and to create new behavioral choices

Spark innovation and teamwork in the workplace—and keep it burning

Empower your people to embrace change as a new opportunity for growth

Meet the demands of changing markets, customers, and competitors

Bill Gates calls her “super high bandwidth.”
Bill Clinton has thanked her for “fostering American entrepreneurship.”
For over 30 years Leadership and Culture Coach, Serial Entrepreneur, and New York Times bestselling author Christine Comaford has
helped leaders navigate growth and change. Christine is sought after for providing proven strategies to shift executive behavior to
create more positive outcomes, enroll and align teams in times of change, profoundly increase sales, product offerings, and company
value. Her coaching, consulting and strategies have created hundreds of billions of dollars in new revenue and company value for her
clients. The potent neuroscience techniques she teaches are easy to learn and immediately applicable to help leaders see into their blind
spots, expand their vision, and more effectively influence outcomes.

Early Afternoon Breakouts

During the early afternoon, you’ll have your choice of one of the following breakout sessions.

Type R: Transformative Resilience for Thriving in a Turbulent World

“A thought-provoking stance on uncertainty and resilience…This insightful road map to living in a world of uncertainty will leave readers hoping they too can be type Rs.”  Publishers Weekly

Forget Type As and Bs. The future lies with Type Rs—the resilient individuals, leaders, businesses, families, and communities that turn challenges into opportunities in times of upheaval, crisis, and change.

More than ever, dealing with stress and challenges is about developing our own ability to learn, grow, and innovate as, strategy and leadership expert Ama Marston and veteran psychotherapist Stephanie Marston illustrate in their new book, TYPE R: Transformative Resilience for Thriving in a Turbulent World. In their book they explain how individuals, leaders, businesses, and organizations cultivate Type R strategies critical for navigating disruptive change in our own lives, work and in the larger world.

Find out more or take a Type R free assessment: www.type-r-resilience.com

Why you MUST have a personal brand to stay career relevant

Aaron Fulk, CEO/Founder of Lillian James Creative

Having an online footprint that you own is essential to your career strategy. You can’t afford future employers or potential customers finding the wrong information about you – or worse no information at all. Learn how to build your personal brand story, as well as strategies and tactics to own and share it online. When you leave, you’ll be ready to grow your online community, establish yourself as a thought leader, and even become LinkedIn famous.

Aaron Fulk started her marketing agency, Lillian James Creative, in her garage in 2016 after working more than a decade in agencies. She paired that experience with her expertise in the legal field to create a brand new business model then tapped her personal and professional network to grow the company and team out of her garage and through three different offices (so far). With more than 10,000 LinkedIn followers, she excels at understanding and strategically leveraging online channels to grow her network, her voice, her influence and her company.

The Authenticity Movement

Maki Moussavi, Transformational Success Coach — **This Breakout is at Capacity**

Authenticity is the key to living a truly fulfilled life, yet society has taught us that success is defined by tangible achievement. We strive to meet societal, cultural and familial definitions of success and often wonder why we feel as if something is missing when we’ve achieved those measurable goals, having neglected the intangible elements that fulfill us emotionally and spiritually. Recognition of programmed behavior and thought patterns is critical to transforming your mindset, allowing you to go forward living a life empowered by self-awareness and confident self-expression.  As leaders, we have the unique opportunity to foster a culture of authenticity within our teams and organizations.   The benefits of this shift have the ability to affect all levels of our organizations, including the bottom line. 

Maki Moussavi is a transformational success coach focused on helping people create lives defined by their desires rather than societal or familial constructs of success. Too many put up with a life spent surviving rather than thriving. Maki’s passion is helping people discover their personal programming and the patterns in which they operate in order to break through to a life where they unapologetically live according to their own expectations, not those of others. She specializes in providing a process around transformation to streamline the path to change. Maki has a Master of Science degree in genetic counseling and counseled patients before embarking on a 12-plus year corporate career prior to becoming a coach.

Panel Discussion: Thriving in a Male Dominated World

What does it take to thrive in a world so often associated with men? Our panelists will share their pearls of wisdom, insights, challenges and accomplishments for navigating this not so unique path.  In a world of #MeToo Now What, these women have not just survived, but thrived and have accomplished incredible milestones along the way.  This dynamic group of women is sure to leave you inspired and motivated to tackle even the most daunting goal.

Check back soon for our other panelists!

Patti Phillips, CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports

Patti Phillips has dedicated her career to coaching, mentoring, and inspiring women at all levels and in all industries. As the CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports—the nation’s premier organization that develops, connects, and advances women working in collegiate athletics—she uses the keen insights she’s gathered from her relationships with search firms, hiring committees, and university presidents to coach up women and help them grow in their careers. Applauded for her authenticity, charisma, and tireless commitment to women’s advancement and development, Phillips is a well-known keynote speaker on topics such as leadership, teamwork, and culture. In 2014, she presented a TEDx Talk on the topic of potential.

During her seven years as CEO of the Women Leaders in College Sports, the association has seen triple-digit growth in membership, has been rejuvenated with a renewed focus on advancing and empowering women, has undergone a name change and organizational transformation, and has established itself as the premier leadership association for women in athletics. Under Phillips’ direction, the association provides a road map, resources, and coaching for women wanting to advance into leadership positions. It also launched the Women Leaders podcast in 2017 which highlights the successes and career paths of women leaders both in and outside the industry.

Prior to joining the association, Phillips served as the executive director of the Women’s Intersport Network, based in Kansas City, Missouri, for 11 years. Additionally, Phillips was a color analyst for ESPN, FOX Sports Midwest, Sooner Sports, and Metro Sports television broadcasts of collegiate women’s basketball and volleyball games.

Earlier in her career, Phillips worked for the NCAA as the CHAMPS/Life Skills program coordinator and prior to that was the head women’s basketball and volleyball coach at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. There, she inherited a losing basketball program and transformed it into a regional power; the team received its first national ranking in school history with Phillips at the helm.

Phillips was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 and both the Baker University and O’Hara High School athletic halls of fame in 2011. She received the NCAA’s Champions of Diversity Award in 2015, and the Petey National Leadership Award in 2017. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and as past president for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. 

Phillips received her degree with honors from Baker University and earned her master’s in athletic administration and sport psychology from the University of Kansas.

Ethel Davis, CEO and Portfolio Manager, VZD Capital Management, LLC

Ethel J. Davis is the CEO and Portfolio Manager of VZD Capital Management, LLC. She is the first African-American female to own a 100% of a Registered Investment Advisory firm in the Midwest and one of few within the U.S. Her 25 years of investment experience earned her recognition by the Kansas City Business magazine as a 5-Star Wealth Manager.  She is firmly ensconced in the top 2% of money managers in the Greater Kansas City community.

Titles are one thing; heart, passion and dedication quite another. Talk with Ethel and it quickly becomes crystal clear that while her business is money, her passion passes numbers and goes right to the heart of who she is as a professional, mentor, woman and daughter. Ethel is a financial maven by leveraging her investment experience to understand each client’s goals, objectives, time horizon and emotional state of mind. She makes it her mission to extract their stories, filter the information and then build a customized solution that fuels their dreams, honor their heritage and exceed their financial expectations.

She grew up in a family rich in love but with moderate income, Ethel learned that money isn’t always easy to talk about. Instead of shying away from the subject she embraced it. She studied to cure her own lack of knowledge and in doing so realized that what she really loves is the people and stories behind the numbers. She treats clients the same way she treats her family and friends; they are unique, each deserving, each worthy of her time, attention, expertise and honesty. She believes in everyone, no matter the circumstances, and understands that everyone deserves the chance to create a legacy that honors their beliefs.

Chioma Ugochukwu, Ph.D. Moderator: Thriving in a Male Dominated World

Dr. Chioma Ugochukwu is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Cottey College. She received her Ph.D. in Journalism and a doctoral portfolio in Women’s Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to assuming the role of VPAA at Cottey College, she served as a dean in the School of Social Sciences, Business, and education at Mount Mary University and an assistant dean in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University. Her research interests focus on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender. She has published papers on women’s issues, including a contribution in the book, Women, Men and News: Divided and Disconnected in the Media Landscape.

Prior to her positions in academia, Dr. Ugochukwu was a professional journalist and worked as a reporter, columnist, and features editor. She is a member of the Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society and recipient of several awards, including the “Ada Frances Miller Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism,” the University of Texas at Austin’s “University Continuing Fellowship,” the Broadcast Education Association’s “Research in Progress Award,” and the “Bank of America’s Excellence in Teaching award.” She was also a winner of the Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition.

Dr. Ugochukwu is committed to social justice, and initiated an annual diversity conference at USC Upstate. The conference attracted policy makers, human rights activists, and industry experts who addressed critical issues in human rights and women’s affairs. She has been featured in media interviews, including a Belle Magazine ad where she was named one of USC Upstate’s “Women of Accomplishment.”

Understanding and appreciating the dynamics of difference is important to Dr. Ugochukwu who also presents talks on diversity and cultural sensitivity. She was a recipient of a “Diversity Advocate” award at USC Upstate and honored with a “Golden Roses,” which is awarded to women who support diversity and inclusivity at Marquette University.

In her free time, Dr. Ugochukwu volunteers for charitable organizations including Mobile Meals. She is the vice president of the board of directors, Arts Council of Johnson County, and sits on the board of Courage to Dare, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating breast cancer awareness among women in Africa and the Diaspora. Dr. Ugochukwu was a member of Professional Dimensions- the largest women’s membership organization in Wisconsin dedicated to the leadership and professional advancement of women. She has a passion for empowering young women to overcome challenges that stunt their upward mobility so that they can realize their full leadership potential.

Rosana Privitera Biondo: Thriving in a Male Dominated World

Rosana is a founding employee of Mark One Electric Co., Inc., a specialty electrical contracting firm. In 1994, after 20 years with the company as an employee and as Secretary/Treasurer, she became the President and an owner of Mark One. Rosana currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the company and has three Executive Vice President’s, a Sr. Vice President of Business Development, Operations Director, Director of Administration, Director of Service and Controller. Under her leadership the company has been listed as the #1 electrical contractor in the Kansas City Business Journal.

Past accomplishments of Mark One include a large portfolio in Entertainment, Casinos’, Hollywood, Argosy, Ameristar and Isle of Capri. Racing Kansas Speedway, Sports Venues, Kansas City Chiefs, World Series Champion Royals, Sporting KC. KCI International Airport, The World Renowned Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts. KU School of Business, KC Streetcar.

Current projects include the Amazon Fulfillment Center, CVS Fulfillment Center, Cerner Innovation Campus, St Teresa’s Academy, Rockhurst High School, General Motors Corporation, Kansas City Power and Light – KCP&L, Greenwood Solar, Independence Solar and so many more.

Rosana has been serving on many boards. Her focus currently is Chair of KCADC – Kansas City Area Development Council. Also focusing on the Women in Construction in the KC area thru WCOE, NWBEC and NWBC. She is very committed to her employees at Mark One Electric and the well being of the company.

Rosana is native to Kansas City, she is a devoted wife to her husband Anthony of 24 years and her son Anthony who is starting his freshman
year at Boston University. Rosana is the daughter of Carl and Josephine Privitera and is also blessed to have three brothers; Joseph, Carl
and Anthony Privitera.

Mid Afternoon Session

During the mid afternoon session, we are excited to offer you the option of attending a third breakout session
or joining a small group discussion with a recognized Thought Leader.

Performance Mindset Training

Jon McGraw

Resilience is one of the best indicators of success in all aspects of life. However, most only know part of the formula. Former NFL player, Jon McGraw will share the rest of the formula along with powerful takeaways to boost your resiliency.

Jon McGraw is currently an entrepreneur and mentor after a successful NFL career. During Jon’s 10-year NFL career, his leadership skills earned him the position of team captain and NFLPA team representative. Jon also completed NFL-sponsored business management and entrepreneurship programs at Harvard Business School and Wharton Business School.

After retirement though, he realized that pursuing his dreams had been anything but “a dream.” Although he played for both of his childhood favorite teams, he spent most of that time working a “dream job” that was a stressful and unfulfilling means to an end. For a while, all that stress and anxiety was a good motivator, but ultimately it cost him his health, performance, and enjoyment.

Only at the very end of his time in the NFL did he shift his focus…and then, started enjoying football again. He experienced greater fulfillment and better performance, and realized that a subtle change in mindset made a major impact on his performance.

Today, Jon dedicates himself to teaching teams in business and sport how to take back control of what matters and take on a life-changing “Performance Mindset.” Using proven methods from performance science, along with an “inside-out” approach to dynamic change in the workplace and in life, the team at Vision Pursue has helped some of the top businesses and sports teams turn struggle into success.

Panel Discussion: Purpose Drives Relevance and Resilience

Daniel Pink discusses purpose as a key element in motivation.   To achieve relevance and resilience, women need to understand how their own purpose drives motivation. Within this session you will understand how having a strong purpose drives us in sustaining our own motivation and that of our organizations.  While this panel features top women leaders in higher education, there are lessons for everyone, and every field, among this dynamic group of Thought Leaders.

Panel Presented by University of Kansas Edwards Campus 

Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Ph.D.

Interim Chancellor

University of Missouri – Kansas City

Barbara Bichelmeyer serves as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at UMKC. Prior to joining UMKC in August 2015, Barbara held several roles at Indiana University, including Executive Associate Vice President for University Academic Affairs and Senior Director of the Office of Online Education. She also spent a year as interim chancellor of Indiana University Southeast, in the Louisville metropolitan area. Barbara’s research and grant-activities are focused on the study of how educational systems integrate new technologies and how the introduction of new technologies change educational systems in order to better support student-centered learning and improved human performance. She has served as a consultant for the design, development and evaluation of instructional programs and performance improvement initiatives with numerous organizations. Barbara holds four degrees from KU: B.S. in Journalism; B.A. in English; M.S. in Educational Policy and Administration; and a Ph.D in Educational Communications and Technology.

Steffani Webb, M.B.A.

Vice Chancellor for Administration

University of Kansas Medical Center

For more than 30 years, Steffani Webb has been focused on possibilities. First at Duke University Medical Center and for the past 11 years at the University of Kansas Medical Center, she has espoused servant leadership, performance excellence and innovation in support of the education, discovery, healing and community engagement missions of these two fine institutions. When she took the role of Vice Chancellor for Administration at KU Medical Center in 2011, her personal mission was to transform the organization and its culture by energizing and engaging the workforce. She is accomplishing this transformation by improving the support services departments and by employing the principles of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.

Cheryl McConnell, Ph.D.

Dean, Helzberg School of Management

Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

Rockhurst University

Dr. Cheryl McConnell is the Dean of the Helzberg School of Management and the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Rockhurst University. In her role as dean, she has overseen significant growth in all graduate degree programs, created new degree programs, and led the integration of predictive analytics throughout all business undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In addition, she has substantially increased engagement with the business community and regional organizations. She sits on many boards and is deeply involved in
Kansas City regional economic development initiatives. As Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, she is responsible for coordinating and leading various university-wide initiatives.

McConnell has received numerous awards including the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Rockhurst University Faculty of the Year award, the Helzberg School of Management Perfect Professor Award, and the Rockhurst University Excellence in Teaching Award.

McConnell earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from St. Louis University. She is also a graduate of Wichita State University, earning her Master of Professional Accountancy degree and Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

McConnell has published or presented more than 100 articles, papers or workshops, and she researches and speaks on gender issues related to career advancement and performance reviews. She also speaks on the need for ethical leadership in a time of change and uncertainty.

Cynthia L. Pemberton, Ph.D. (moderator)

Deputy Provost

Professor, Counseling and Educational Psychology

University of Missouri – Kansas City

Cynthia Pemberton has served in the roles of Interim Provost, Deputy Provost, Interim Associate Dean of the School of Education and Chairperson of the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  In her current position as Deputy Provost, she oversees academic support and mentoring, undergraduate research, career services, University College and Academic Advising, academic policy development and undergraduate curricular matters.  She serves as the chief operations officer for academic affairs and provide leadership and support in the implementation of our campus strategic plan regarding student success and completion. 

 

At Missouri State University, Cynthia served as the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services and as the Acting Associate Provost.  As the chief academic officer for the College of Health and Human Services, had had oversight of recruitment, evaluation, and professional development of faculty, department heads, and professional staff.  The College had 165 instructional faculty/staff, 75 staff, approximately 2500 majors, 15 graduate programs, 15 undergraduate programs, within 11 departments and 3 outpatient clinics.  As Acting Associate Provost, Cynthia oversaw university initiatives related to student success (retention, graduation rates, and student learning outcomes). The following units reported to student success: Academic Advising (including pre-college program, transfers and conditionally admitted students), Achievement Center for Intercollegiate Athletics, Academic Assistance (Partners in Education program and Individualized Majors), the Writing Center, Center for Assessment and Instructional Support, First Year Programs, Institutional Research/Student Success.

 

Cynthia’s formal leadership development experience has included the Executive Leadership Academy, University of California, Berkley (2016), the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University (2012) and the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship (2006-2007).

Christine Holt

Associate Provost

University of Missouri – Columbia

In August 2016, Christine Holt joined the University of Missouri, Columbia, associate provost.  Her portfolio encompasses strategic planning, accreditation, targeted faculty hiring, employment discrimination, Title IX, residency appeals, space utilization and planning, liaison for state and regional meetings, and chief of staff for the provost.

During the 2015-16, academic year, Holt was afforded the opportunity to participate in the premiere program in the nation for developing senior leaders within higher education, the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship program.  Throughout the year, she acquired new knowledge and skills in areas that are critical to the sustainment of colleges and universities in the 21st century.

For the fellowship year, Holt was hosted by the University of Missouri, Columbia.  For a significant portion of the year, Mizzou was in the national spotlight, for such things as racial unrest among marginalized students, the stance of the chancellor on a controversial issue related to Planned Parenthood, a non-confidence letter authored by the deans against the chancellor, the stepping down of the chancellor and president, and the firing of a faculty member by the Board of the Curators.  As one can imagine, the year was rich with fodder for a student learning about leadership at the highest level of an organization.

Overall, Holt has greater than 20 years of experience in higher education and compulsory education.  For a period of eight years, Christine Holt was the dean of academic administration at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), and served more than 20,000 students.  In her role, she oversaw strategic planning, enrollment management, space utilization, specialized degree programs, campus outreach, dual enrollment, evening administration, the adjunct office, and the Center for Academic Assistance.  During her tenure at the college, she became known as the “great utility player” by serving in various interim positions, including provost, dean of learning and technology resources, and dean of students.

Before her career at NOVA, she worked as the chief administrator for a satellite center at Catawba Valley Community College in North Carolina.  In addition, Holt was hired as the first career development coordinator for a newly established School-to-Career program for 23,000 students K–12 in eight school districts (ranging from urban to suburban to rural) at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center in Northeast Ohio.

Holt has knowledge and expertise in a field outside of education.  While in Ohio, she earned a law degree and practiced in the areas of family and juvenile law.  For a number of years, Holt was employed as a guardian ad litem for children and the elderly. In addition, she has been trained as a mediator to resolve domestic disputes and custody cases.

Holt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Capital University (OH), a master’s degree in adult education from East Carolina University (NC), and a juris doctor from Cleveland–Marshall College of Law (OH).

Chioma Ugochukwu, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dean of Faculty

Cottey College

Dr. Chioma Ugochukwu is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Cottey College. She received her Ph.D. in Journalism and a doctoral portfolio in Women’s Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to assuming the role of VPAA at Cottey College, she served as a dean in the School of Social Sciences, Business, and education at Mount Mary University and an assistant dean in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University. Her research interests focus on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender. She has published papers on women’s issues, including a contribution in the book, Women, Men and News: Divided and Disconnected in the Media Landscape.

Prior to her positions in academia, Dr. Ugochukwu was a professional journalist and worked as a reporter, columnist, and features editor. She is a member of the Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society and recipient of several awards, including the “Ada Frances Miller Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism,” the University of Texas at Austin’s “University Continuing Fellowship,” the Broadcast Education Association’s “Research in Progress Award,” and the “Bank of America’s Excellence in Teaching award.” She was also a winner of the Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition.

Dr. Ugochukwu is committed to social justice, and initiated an annual diversity conference at USC Upstate. The conference attracted policy makers, human rights activists, and industry experts who addressed critical issues in human rights and women’s affairs. She has been featured in media interviews, including a Belle Magazine ad where she was named one of USC Upstate’s “Women of Accomplishment.”

Understanding and appreciating the dynamics of difference is important to Dr. Ugochukwu who also presents talks on diversity and cultural sensitivity. She was a recipient of a “Diversity Advocate” award at USC Upstate and honored with a “Golden Roses,” which is awarded to women who support diversity and inclusivity at Marquette University.

In her free time, Dr. Ugochukwu volunteers for charitable organizations including Mobile Meals. She is the vice president of the board of directors, Arts Council of Johnson County, and sits on the board of Courage to Dare, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating breast cancer awareness among women in Africa and the Diaspora. Dr. Ugochukwu was a member of Professional Dimensions- the largest women’s membership organization in Wisconsin dedicated to the leadership and professional advancement of women. She has a passion for empowering young women to overcome challenges that stunt their upward mobility so that they can realize their full leadership potential.

Key Conversations — **All Key Conversations are at Capacity**

During this hour-long segment led by key female business and community thought leaders, you’ll have the chance to network and dialogue with others as you gather in small groups to discuss a topic of mutual interest.

  • Entrepreneurship: Challenges facing female Entrepreneurs
  • Marketing Trends: Embracing trends to drive results
  • Leadership Development: Building opportunities for your teams
  • Thriving in a Male Dominated World: Lessons learned
  • #MeToo Now What: What have we learned
  • Navigating Career Changes: Where to start
  • The Civic Minded Leader: The growing world of Corporate Responsibility
  • Wellness in the Workplace: How to bring this focus to your workplace
  • Women in STEMM: Leveraging diversity of gender
  • Innovating for the Future: Thinking outside of the box

Questions about the Lyceum? Please contact Kerry Gentry Hartnett at 913.333.3923 or kerry@cxexchange.iloveljc.com.