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2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Owner & Principal Consultant
CML Collective, LLC
Propel: Recognizing the Power of your Process
The power to persevere comes with the persistence to stick to a purpose despite great difficulty. In this inspiring talk, participants will gain insight on how to move through doubt and discomfort to propel them along their path of purpose.
About the Keynote Speaker:
Christina Long is an entrepreneur and community-builder who is passionate about diversity, inclusion and economic development through entrepreneurship.
Long is a Wichita native, Wichita State University graduate and owner of CML Collective, LLC, a graphic design and communication services firm. She is also the Founding President/CEO of Create Campaign, Inc., a tax-exempt nonprofit she established to help urban entrepreneurs in Kansas to launch, innovate and grow.
Long leads the Wichita Urban E-Community, has served on the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors and is a new author of her debut book, “For the Greater Success.” Her numerous honors include receiving the: Chamber’s Exceptional Young Leader Award, earning a Wichita Business Journal Leaders in Diversity Award and being named the Kansas Minority Business Advocate of the Year by the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development. Long is married to Jonathan and the couple has three brilliant children, Amarah, Malcolm and Jordyn.
2020 CONFERENCE PRESENTERS
KNOW YOUR WORTH: IN THE WORKPLACE
THE POWER OF PIVOT
PRESENTED BY: KAMI POWER, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY,
CEO BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, SPIRIT AEROSYSTEMS
Have you ever wondered if there is something more you can get out of your work and your career? How you can identify and utilize your skillset to move from just surviving your workday and start thriving? Does perseverance mean just hanging in and hanging on for the ride or is there an opportunity to drive the bus?
In this talk, Kami will draw upon her unique experience of being a woman in the male-dominated world of manufacturing and leading a global organization through two significant industry-changing events this year, including a pandemic. She will identify the tools and tips she discovered throughout this transformational year that helped her to persevere and not only survive, but thrive! This talk is intended to challenge your perceptions of what it takes to persevere in business and help participants understand how to embrace the pivot.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Kami Power is the Director of Strategy and CEO Business Management at Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Since January 2020, Kami has also led Spirit’s Enterprise Risk Management and Crisis Management functions. In this role, she was responsible for guiding the global Spirit organization through its response to the industry-changing events of the 737 MAX grounding and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to this role, Kami served as the Program Director of the Boeing 747 and 767 Programs at Spirit. She also held the role of Special Projects leader for the Spirit Twin Aisle Programs. In addition to her roles in Program Management, she has held many other positions within Spirit including Business Manager for both the Chief Administration Officer and Vice President of Human Resources, Special Projects leader, Labor Relations Manager, and Benefits Specialist.
Power holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a minor in Human Resource Management from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Newman University in Wichita, Kansas.
Outside work, she enjoys participating in efforts to advance the Wichita community, mentoring and she is actively engaged with the Boy Scouts of America. She enjoys traveling, reading, talking about personal finance and loves spending time with her son.
KNOW YOUR WORTH: IN THE COMMUNITY
BORN FOR MORE
PRESENTED BY: DR. KATE HAMM, OD,
VIRTUAL ADVOCACY CHAIR FOR THE WICHITA METRO LEAGUE
OF WOMEN VOTERS
100 years ago, women earned the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Since then, women have been a large force in the political landscape as public servants, voters, and activists. In 2020, we are seeing more women run for political office than ever before, and take on new political roles (such as a Vice Presidential Candidate for the first time ever). So what can we as women do in our communities to continue the legacy of the suffragists? Join us as we make civic engagement tangible and discover your worth in our community.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Dr. Kate Hamm OD is an optometrist who has a deep passion for women and advancing women’s issues via political action. Her passion began when she advocated for patients rights in DC, and in Topeka during her time in Optometry school. During her time in school she created an organization to close the wage gap within Optometry and currently hosts a podcast to discuss advancement of equality within Optometry. She currently teaches negotiation courses and is a negotiation coach for Optometrists. After moving to Wichita, Kate joined League of Women Voters Wichita- Metro to continue her passion in politics and voters rights. Currently Kate serves as a board member and the Virtual Advocacy Chair for the Wichita-Metro League of Women Voters.
KNOW YOUR PERSONAL WORTH
YOUR ACTION PLAN: 5 STEPS TO FINISH 2020 STRONG AND START 2021 STRONGER!
PRESENTED BY: MARIAMA BEEMER,
CEO AND FOUNDER, T.E.A. TOPICS INTERNATIONAL
Is it too late to set new goals for 2020? Is it too early to start your 2021 plans?
Life can get out of control while we juggle a million things, and it's easy to lose ourselves in the process. But, It's never too late or too early to reassess your productivity, redefine your life's purpose, and reset your current and future goals.
My goal is to equip you with the tools you need to take you from where you are today to where you want to be.
During this session, you will get useful strategies and applicable frameworks you can apply immediately to:
Re-Connect with our vision
Re-Charge our passion
Re-Claim our purpose
I will share the most up-to-date and research-backed tools focused on helping you create a balance in your life. Join me to uncover secrets that the most successful people know, boiled down to a simple yet powerful action plan.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Mariama Beemer is helping us dig deeper inward so that we can achieve greater outward success. She is the CEO and founder of T.E.A. Topics International. Her professional development conference's mission is to empower women to succeed through self-discovery and self-acceptance.
With over a decade immersed in the technology field, Mariama is passionate about the science behind our enigmatic brain as it relates to success. As a professional development enthusiast, speaker, and facilitator, she focuses on sharing critical skills for sustainable growth. She thrives on change and is always seeking meaningful ways to help her audience by guiding them to understand their “why.”
She has learned many valuable lessons from being challenged by language differences, professional and personal situations, and belief systems. She now prides herself on her ability to serve others by sharing her experiences.
She is renowned for her original and engaging workshops, presentations, and courses. Trained in modern learner techniques and adult learning theories, she teaches individuals how to succeed in business and life, using effective frameworks, practical methodologies, and research-backed techniques. She is at home in an inclusive environment of trailblazers devoted to growth and empowering one another to reach higher levels.
CREATING THE TABLE PANEL DISCUSSION
While some progress is being made, women are still vastly underrepresented in positions of power, where true change is made. So, what can we do to step up and be seated at the decision-making table? In this discussion, our panel of changemakers will tell us how they found their way, and what actions women can take to be included.
CARLA ECKELS: KNOW YOUR WORTH CONFERENCE EMCEE, DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY FOR NEWS AND ENGAGEMENT, KMUW
Carla Eckels is Director of Cultural Diversity for News and Engagement at KMUW. She has been an award-winning announcer and news producer for KMUW since 1996. Carla also produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations that airs Sunday nights at 6 p.m.
She annually emcees Gospelfest at the Wichita River Festival and was voted Best Disc Jockey by subscribers of The Community Voice. Prior to coming to KMUW, Carla was the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition at WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and co-hosted a nationally syndicated gospel radio show in Cincinnati. Carla was also program director for KIBN, the Inspirational Black Network in Wichita, hosted the Joyful Sounds gospel show on Q92-FM and produced the number one gospel radio show on KSJM 107.9 JAMZ from 2004 to 2007.
Carla has reported on national news stories for NPR, such as the Hesston shootings, BTK serial killer case, Scott Roeder trial, Greensburg tornado and the 1958 Dockum Drug Store sit-in. In October 2018, she received the Sonny Slater Award for Service to Station and Community from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. In January 2018, Carla was honored with the Drum Major Award at Wichita State University's MLK Unity Walk. Several of her news stories have been recognized with first place awards from the KAB, including the 2018 special program ‘Hope For The Future’: The Dockum Sit-In, Sixty Years On and the 2018 sports feature Hot Towels, Tapered Cuts: Local Barbershop Welcomes NCAA Tournament.
She received the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award in 2017 for her work on the story Then And Now: The Summer Of Justice and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Newman Basketball Coach And Wife Recount His Struggle With Depression—And His Return To ‘Normal’. In April 2016, Wichita State University presented Carla with the Wayne Carlisle Distinguished Service Award in April 2016. The Carlisle Award is presented to a WSU professional who models the standard of extraordinary service exhibited by the late Wayne Carlisle.
KATY TYNDELL: ATTORNEY, ACTIVIST
Katy Jackman Tyndell is the Assistant Manager of Tallgrass Management, LLC, where she manages daily operations and serves as legal advisor for several affiliated companies.
Prior to moving to Wichita in 2013, Katy worked as Staff Attorney for the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, DC, assisting with the passage of the historic tribal provisions contained in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.
Katy is an active volunteer for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She helped launch the Wichita chapter of this national advocacy organization in 2016. She is the current president of her local homeowner association and recently joined the Wichita Branch NAACP.
Katy is a proud graduate of Stanford University (BA 2004) and The University of Maryland School of Law (JD 2009). She is licensed to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Katy’s husband and three young children inspire her to do more and be more every single day. With their support, there are no limits.
GWYNNE E. BIRZER: UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
The Honorable Gwynne E. Birzer, the sixth United States Magistrate Judge sitting in Wichita, Kansas, was appointed to the bench on July 1, 2015. Judge Birzer holds an Associates Degree from Kansas City, Kansas Community College, two degrees from Washburn University; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice received in 1989, and a law degree received in 1992.
Following law school, Judge Birzer practiced law in Topeka, Kansas in the public sector as an assistant public defender, an assistant district attorney, and as an assistant attorney general, and in the private sector in her own firm.
In 2004, Judge Birzer relocated to Wichita, Kansas where she worked at the Sedgwick County Public Defender’s Office. In 2006, she joined Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, LLP where she specialized in medical malpractice defense litigation. Judge Birzer has served on the Board of Governors on both the Kansas Bar Association, and the Wichita Bar Association, and she has served those organizations on various committees. In 2011, Judge Birzer became a partner in the firm, and she served in that capacity until her judicial appointment.
In addition to her judicial responsibilities, Judge Birzer serves her community on various boards and civic organizations. She is also a Kansas Fellow of the American Bar Association. Judge Birzer and her husband, Michael, have a 15-year-old son.
LACEY CRUSE: SEDGWICK COUNTY COMMISSIONER
Lacey Cruse is a first-term County Commissioner for the 4th District of Sedgwick County, KS, which covers the northcentral part of Kansas’ second largest county. Running as Democrat, Cruse was elected to the Sedgwick County Commission in November 2018 and began serving in January 2019.
Before entering politics, her professional career included work as an accomplished singer/songwriter and senior living management experience in marketing, advertising, branding and consulting. Performing remains a passion for Cruse as she pursues her career in public service.
As a County Commissioner, Cruse focuses on various community issues including improving behavioral health, strengthening community partnerships, including diverse and marginalized voices, serving vulnerable residents, expanding economic development efforts, and building civility on the five-member County Commission.
As a mother of two young daughters, Cruse was inspired to run for elective office as a way to help restore civility to local politics, improve her community’s quality of life, retain young people and fulfill other community goals.
Cruse serves on multiple volunteer boards including the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coalition; The Kansas African-American Museum; HumanKind Ministries; Arts Council; Criminal Justice Coordinating Council; and Downtown Wichita
DANIELLE JOHNSON: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, WSU OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Danielle Johnson is a partner in Inclusive Growth Strategies and the Assistant Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Wichita State University. Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from WSU. She is currently pursuing her master's in Public Administration at WSU's Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs.
Danielle Johnson is a conversation catalyst, inclusion and diversity educator, community mobilizer, coach, and certified Emotional Emancipation Circle Facilitator. Danielle has dedicated the last two decades providing I&D programs, training, and facilitated dialogues that enrich the organizations and communities she works with.
Danielle provides diverse educational, social, and cultural
experiences. Alongside Danielle's passion for inclusion and diversity, she serves on several Wichita community boards. Danielle is a proud board member for the following organizations; Community Operations Recovery Empowerment Inc (CORE), Wichita Urban Professionals, Rise Up For Youth, Wichita State President’s Diversity Council, WSU College of Health Professions Dean’s Advisory Council, Wichita Branch NAACP, Sedwick County Democratic Party, HealthCore Clinic, Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. Danielle has taken courses with Advance Kansas Class VI, Kansas Leadership Center, Young Professionals of Wichita Leadership Academy and Leadership Wichita.
Danielle and her spouse, Councilmember Brandon Johnson, are busy with three kids Khairi, Aria, and Arin. When they're not busy with family life, they are working to create positive changes and a more inclusive and equitable environment.
DONNA WIRTH: COMMUNITY ADVOCATE
Donna Wirth is a community advocate in Wichita, KS. She is a native Kansan originally from Wellington.
Donna's advocacy in Wichita has included:
Being a part of the work to save McAdams Pool, now McAfee Pool, and is currently involved in creating a 501c3 for promoting pool activities there when the pool opens in 2021;
Partnering with Rep. Stephanie Yeager and rallying local citizens and the U.S. Humane Society Lobbyist to prevent the return of inhumane greyhound racing to Sedgwick County;
Working with advocates to petition the City Council to stop their efforts to increase term limits;
Advocating for police reform, attending/speaking at City Council meetings in protest of the Andrew Finch killing;
Speaking out against our City’s sweetheart deals with developers, the privatization of public park space, and the demolition of historically designated buildings;
Donna is currently a member of the Sedgwick County Democratic Women, the Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, and other organizations that emphasize women's rights and equality for all. She is also on the planning team for the Women's March – Air Capital.
In addition, Donna is a Democratic Precinct Committeewoman and a delegate to Congressional District 4 and a delegate to the Kansas Democratic Party.