MEET THE SPEAKERS
One day to renew with two dynamic keynotes, three breakout sessions, and endless Inspiration.
At the Midwest Leadership Summit, take time to refresh, reset and RENEW.
"The event made an impact in my life, and I immediately started putting action plans into place for myself and my fellow associates."
–– 2020 Midwest Leadership Summit Attendee
Nicole Jacobs Silvey is a community-minded connector who strives to empower others to live their best lives. With 20+ years in the not-for-profit sector, she is both mission-driven and passionate about Kansas City, the community she calls home.
In 2018, Nicole launched Connection Coach KC where she serves as the President and Founder. As a connection coach, Nicole connects people to their purpose and passion so they can reach their full potential. Passionate about diversity, inclusion and philanthropy, Nicole created a training series called At the Table that assists not-for-profit boards with the intentional recruitment and retention of board members from diverse backgrounds. The training series focuses on the principles of shared power and inclusive leadership as the foundation of a strong board culture.
Nicole has a variety of interests but is most passionate about empowering women, access to quality education, and issues of social justice. She resides in Fairway, Kansas with her loving husband, Patrick and her son, Rowan.
Liz Bohannon is the co-founder and co-CEO of Sseko Designs, a socially conscious fashion brand that works to educate and empower women in East Africa. She is also the author of Beginner's Pluck, where Liz shares the lessons learned from her 10-year journey growing Sseko from three women under a mango tree, into a successful international fashion brand that provides employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities to thousands of women across the globe.
Among other notable honors, Liz was recently named a top three Transformation Leader by John Maxwell, Forbes listed her as a top 20 public speaker in the U.S. and Bloomberg Businessweek named Sseko as a top social enterprise to watch.
Liz spends her days encouraging and equipping women to build lives (and businesses!) of purpose and impact and her nights and weekends wrestling, snuggling and wrangling her two sons with her husband (and business partner!) Ben.
Kim Newton is passionate about leadership and innovation. She’s an exceptional developer of people and has advised hundreds of leaders personally and professionally. She has a unique right-brain/left brain approach to helping people and companies meet their full potential.
During her two decades at Hallmark she directly influenced global corporate strategy and led transformation across a $4B diversified portfolio of top brands. She has been recognized multiple times as a top African American in corporate America. Kim is an active investor in and advisor to several female-led businesses.
As the founder of Alexis Enterprises, LLC, Kim brings to life all of her passions. An art studio focused on her one-of-a-kind art quilts. The Intentional Pause™ Project, a media, product and experience platform helping women to embrace pausing as a powerful way forward to achieve their dreams. And her line of handcrafted specialty gift quilts positioned as extraordinary keepsakes for self or others.
Kim lives in Kansas City with her husband, Nikki, and their daughter Piper.
Dr. Kevin Sansberry II is a behavioral scientist and executive coach whose work is motivated by the need for evidence-based, inclusive and equitable approaches to urgently and proactively transform and coach leaders, eradicating toxic behaviors that threaten profitability, innovation and the overall well being.He is an impactful executive coach, focused on providing research-informed solutions in various settings such as higher education, nonprofit, sales, and corporate environments. He is also the founder and principle of KEVRA Consulting, a firm that utilized research-based solutions to address organizational challenges such as inclusion, equity and belonging, HR strategy and leadership coaching and development.
Kevin has written extensively on topics in various areas such as CEO narcissism, abusive supervision, workplace authenticity and is currently working on various ventures to further connect the research and best practices to help organizations detoxify and thrive.
Kevin earned his doctorate in business administration from The University of Missouri-St. Louis where he focused on the impact of abusive supervision on the organizational culture/climate, and employee coping behaviors. Kevin received his MBA from The University of Missouri-Kansas City with an emphasis in leadership & change in human systems and general management and his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Central Missouri.
JONI IS ALL ABOUT GRIT, GRACE, AND GETTING THINGS DONE.
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Joni and her indisputable southern accent arrived in Kansas City almost 10 years ago after leading initiatives within state and federal government as well as advocacy organizations. In her eight years with the mayor’s office—the majority of them spent as Chief of Staff—Joni has proven herself as an accomplished political strategist, communications expert, and organizational leader. She directed public policy initiatives, communications tactics, and administrative decision-making during her tenure, all while promoting women’s leadership and empowerment issues.
An artful negotiator, Joni helped steer Sly’s major development projects in Kansas City while raising the city’s profile at the national and international levels. Her front-row seat at city hall shed light on how local government is still very much a man’s world, and this motivated her to create a first-of-its-kind women’s empowerment initiative, which has been implemented in several major cities.
Prior to her time at city hall, Joni worked with the American Federation of Teachers, the Missouri Department of Transportation, and in the office of Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. While a student at Meredith College, where Joni received her Bachelor of Arts in political studies, she studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. An accomplished alumnus of University of Missouri where she earned her Masters of Arts in political science, Joni was the recipient of the 2019 University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs Mel Carnahan Public Service Award.
Joni is the author of the best-selling book titled, “The Thin Line Between Cupcake and Bitch: Taking Action, Driving Change and Getting Results.”
DISRUPTION + THE ART OF INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP
Executive Director of Global Communications & Intellectual Programming
Dr. Brandon Martin
Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Saint Luke’s Health System
Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell Director & CEO
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Rosana Privitera Biondo is a native of the Kansas City area, graduating from Visitation Grade School, Saint Teresa’s Academy, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has spent the last 46 years in the employment of Mark One, becoming company President in 1994.
Due to her leadership, Mark One Electric has been a part of many of the area’s largest electrical projects, such as the Harry Truman Library, Waddell & Reed, KCI – New Terminal, DOT’s Pretzels, Truman Medical Center, KC Museum, IRS Service Center, Kauffman Stadium Renovations, and the Kauffman Performing Arts Center.
She is also the Manager and Member of the family Real Estate Business. Rosana is actively involved in the Kansas City community, serving on the Board of Directors for several economic and charitable organizations.
Michelle is a strategic leader who is deft at implementing change management strategies necessary for a comprehensive and effective diversity and inclusion and professional development program. In her current role, Michelle has been charged with being a strategic advisor and educator to the Children’s Mercy Hospital System (CM) where she uses data to assess cultural competency and develops action plans to close gaps. Representing the perspective of patients, families, employees, community partners, and suppliers, she also collaborates with CM leaders to address health disparities and foster a workplace culture of inclusion while establishing and maintaining relationships with peers and partners in key organizations.
She resides in Kansas City with her husband, Judge Brian C. Wimes, and their three daughters.