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Explorer + Entrepreneur + Executive [clear filter]
Monday, September 11

5:00pm CDT

Second Annual Innovation Partnership Program Demo Day w/ Mayor Sly James
Come hear from five Kansas City startups who, through the City’s Innovation Partnership Program, are working with the City of Kansas City, MO to launch their ventures and make Kansas City a better place to live, work and play.

Monday September 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm CDT
WeWork Corrigan Station
Tuesday, September 12

11:00am CDT

Building Inclusive Tech Communities
The Full Employment Council is building relationships with employers, educational training providers, job seekers, and community stakeholders to expand employment opportunities in the IT Industry through the TechHire Initiative. Individuals from diverse backgrounds can train for careers in Information Technology, one of fastest growing industry sectors in our nation.  

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Clyde McQueen

President and CEO, Full Employment Council
Clyde R. McQueen serves as President and CEO of the Full Employment Council (FEC), the Administrative Entity/Fiscal Agent for 2 Workforce Development Boards. Since 1987, under the leadership of Clyde McQueen, FEC has provided progressive and innovative job training and employment... Read More →

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Scott Boyce

Workforce Development Professional, University of Central Missouri's Workforce Central
Scott Boyce is a Workforce Development Professional at the University of Central Missouri’s Workforce Central.

Bruce Ives

Analyst, University of Kansas Health System
As a member of the Release and Environment Analyst team, Bruce helps application analysts update Epic software by organizing the review, build, testing, and depoloyment of updates. Bruce believes solving problems and building repeatable processes helps all levels of the health system... Read More →
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Monica Johnston

Director of Workforce Development, Metropolitan Community College
Monica Johnston is the Director of Workforce Development for the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Institute for Workforce Innovation. In this role, Monica directs instructional delivery for all workforce and business development programs including Healthcare, OSHA and Safety... Read More →
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Joe Macklin

Grammy-nominated Music Producer
Regarded as one of the music industry’s most innovative music producers, Joseph “Jo Blaq” Macklin has quickly become a light of his own in the music industry. Jo has accomplished a lot in his 10 year music career, having worked with many of the mainstream artists of our time... Read More →
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Robert Manigold

COO, Code Koalas
Robert Manigold is COO of Code Koalas a Digital Agency specializing in Enterprise Drupal Solutions.  Raised in Texas with a background in aviation Robert has a passion for Inclusion, specifically digital and disability inclusion.  Robert is proud to be a supporter of Full Employment... Read More →
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Ria Moss

Talent Acquisition Lead Recruiter, University of Kansas Health System
Ria is a Talent Acquisition Project Lead Recruiter at The University of Kansas Health System. She currently provides direct sourcing and talent acquisition services to The University of Kansas Health System since 2010. She has recruited both clinical and non-clinical positions. She... Read More →
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Neelima Parasker

Founder & CEO, SnapIT Solutions
Neelima Parasker is the Founder and CEO of SnapIT Solutions an Innovative Technology solutions company. Neelima is a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical and Master of Science in Computer Sciences. Neelima received the prestigious WOC ‘Technology All Star’ National Award in STEM... Read More →

Tuesday September 12, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm CDT
Missouri Career Centers

7:00pm CDT

Strategies & Tips on Building Up Your Network Locally & Nationally
Listen to how local entrepreneurs Bryan Shannon of TicketRX and Kiley Summers of SpenDebt used their network to raise their first $100K.  Gain tips and strategies on staying connected to individuals with those on your network list. Learn how to identify a hit list of who you want to meet.  Get filled in on who you should be meeting with in KC and how to be a valuable asset to others.  

Event sponsors include: 
  1. Project United Knowledge

  2. UMKC Bloch Venture Hub

  3. Fly With the Hive

  4. Kansas City National Black MBA’s

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Bryan Shannon

Founder, TicketRx

Tuesday September 12, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
UMKC Block Venture Hub
Wednesday, September 13

9:00am CDT

Why Communities Should Be Investing in Inclusivity - a panel discussion with Rodney Sampson
Please join us for a panel discussion featuring Rodney Sampson on Why Communities Should Be Investing in Inclusivity.
  • Rodney Sampson, Chairman, The Opportunity Hub
  • Carlanda McKinney, Founder, Aphrodite Bra Company 
  • Wayne Threatt, Managing Principal, WBT Strategy Consulting
  • Dell Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City 

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Kirk Perucca

President & CEO, Project Equality

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Dell Gines

Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Dell Gines is the Senior Community Development Advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His primary focus is entrepreneurship led development and entrepreneurship ecosystem building. He has authored three guides and one eBook on the subject.  Dell also is a well traveled... Read More →
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Carlanda McKinney

Founder, Aphrodite Bra Company
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Rodney Sampson

Veteran tech entrepreneur, angel investor, startup ecosystem builder, published author, philanthropist.
Rodney Sampson is a veteran tech entrepreneur (with two exits), venture investor, selective advisor, four time published author and experienced authority of the evolution of the innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem for all. He currently serves as Chairman at Oppo... Read More →
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Wayne Threatt

Managing Principal, WBT Strategy Consulting LLC

Wednesday September 13, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
WeWork Corrigan Station

11:00am CDT

Demand Generation: Aligning Sales and Marketing Efforts
What is Demand Generation? From the technology to aligning sales and marketing, get a high-level understanding of what it takes to build a revenue generating engine and how to make sure it never stops running.

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Dan O'Reilly

During his almost 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations, Dan has worked with companies of all sizes, from 30 – 30,000. He has and extensive knowledge around developing and deploying demand generation engines to create scalable growth. His go to market expertise... Read More →

Wednesday September 13, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm CDT
Thursday, September 14

12:00pm CDT

Hiring Fest
Open to all job seekers! Bring your resume and talk with hiring representatives from some of Kansas City's top tech companies, including:
  • Cox
  • Cerner
  • Balance Innovations
  • Sprint
  • Allied Global
  • LightEdge
  • Garmin
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Firemon
  • Balance Point
  • RiverPoint
  • My Super Dispatch
  • Valorem
  • Federal Reserve Bank of KC
  • Lathrop & Gage
  • SMG
  • and many more!
To share your resume digitally with all companies who will be in attendance, please upload through this link.

Thursday September 14, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Plexpod Westport Commons
Friday, September 15

12:30pm CDT

Tech Entrepreneurs: Built to Win

12:30PM - 1:30PM: Open Networking
1:30PM - 2:30PM: Welcome by UMKC’s Chancellor, Leo E. Morton, followed by opening remarks and panel discussion 

From startup to acquisition, join us for an interactive discussion on developing a business into a highly sought-after property. We discuss product and company development and how to know when you have a winning product.  Panelists share their expertise on honing your story, generating capital, developing teams, and managing challenges.  With a look to the future, we address how to maintain your edge during advancing technology.  Plus, we discuss “untapped” where the next opportunities are in business.    

Sponsored by Blue Symphony, LLC. Presented by KCSoul.com and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.-Delta Rho Chapter.

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Sherry Lumpkins

Principal, Blue Symphony LLC
Sherry Lumpkins is Principal at Blue Symphony LLC, a web development and business solutions company based in Kansas City, Missouri. She has over 20 years of experience in technology including systems development, custom database design, project management and mobile applications... Read More →

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Jason Crain

Entrepreneur in Residence & Technical Product Manager, Amazon
Jason Crain works at Amazon.com as Entrepreneur in Residence, Technical Product Manager. He leads data acquisition for their computer vision organization, focusing primarily on hardware recognition. Previously, he was the Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer at Partpic, Inc. Maintaining... Read More →
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Leo E. Morton

Chancellor, UMKC
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Eze Redwood

Founder & CEO, Rise Fast
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Davyeon Ross

Co-Founder, ShotTracker
An innovative technology leader and widely recognized entrepreneur, Davyeon Ross has almost 20 years of experience in the technology sector. Ross is Co-founder / COO of DDSports Inc. a team sports performance platform fueled by wearable and smart equipment data. DDSports first product... Read More →

Friday September 15, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm CDT

4:00pm CDT

Creating the Ultimate Super Schools: Connecting Industry to K-12 Learning Environments
Today, we are a connected society, connecting to information, communities, ideas and individuals from around the world.  Education is struggling to keep up with the pace of change in this new revolution. What are the demands of the technical industry and how are those skills being reinforced in the K-12 learning environments?  Join us to learn how to leverage your connections, information, and ideas to make true change in your K-12 school communities.

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Katie Boody

Co-Founder & CEO, The Lean Lab
A native of Kansas City and the daughter of two community organizers, Katie Boody has worked in public education in KCMO since 2008. Seemingly always involved in the "startup" phase of organizations, Katie was a charter corps member of Teach For America Kansas City, a founding member... Read More →
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Laura Gilchrist

Instructional Coach, Turner School District, KCedu
Laura Gilchrist is a Champion of Collaborative School Leadership & Connected Ed/City Ecosystems to elevate youth. Laura is the Instructional Coach at Turner High School in Kansas City. She spent 20 beautiful years as a middle school science & social studies teacher doing PBL, multi-media... Read More →
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Dr. Steve Lumetta

CEO, Gordon Parks Elementary
Dr. Steve Lumetta is the Chief Executive Officer, starting in July 2017. He brings fifteen years of experience in education as an administrator and teacher in the Liberty School District. He earned his undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Education at University of Kansas, a Masters... Read More →
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Clarence Tan

Founder/CEO, EdCoda
Clarence Tan is an entrepreneur and has been developing games and e-learning platforms in the edtech space for the past 6 years. While still studying for his undergraduate degree in Business & Finance at UMKC, he started a gaming startup with a couple friends where they developed... Read More →
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Dr. John Vandewalle

CEO, Lumen Touch
John began his career as a high school teacher and research scientist. He worked as a physician in the teaching hospitals in Johannesburg, South Africa where after he ventured into the pharmaceutical industry as Medical Director. He then worked in various global positions with Marion... Read More →

Friday September 15, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
WeWork Corrigan Station