Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez oversees anti-poverty programs for more than 50,000 families across El Salvador, Costa Rica, Peru, Nicaragua and Mexico. He’s spent more than 500 days traveling to program sights and witnessing what incredible transformations can take place take place when we decide to listen to mothers who are raising their…

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Ann Brandau

Ann Brandau is a public health professional with extensive experience in overseeing and implementing community health initiatives. Her undergraduate degree is in Human Services and she holds a Master’s in Business Administration. She currently sits on the Kansas Board of Regents. For 13 years she has served as the 3rd…

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Steve Fortuna

Steve Fortuna is an entrepreneur with a background in engineering and finance. Steve holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Boston University, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University. He began his career as a hardware design engineer at…

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Albert Chmielewski

Dr. Albert Chmielewski was born in Poland and lived there until he was 10 years old, at which time he moved to the United States with his family. He moved to Wichita Kansas and lived there while going to school and working part time at an electronics store. After finishing…

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Lindsey Dinneen

Lindsey Dinneen creates and shares beauty, joy, and light through positive expression as an entrepreneur, writer, leader, teacher, and mentor. She is a success and lifestyle coach at Life, But Better, is the owner of VidaDance Studio, and the Artistic Director of the non-profit VidaDance Company. She is the founder/producer…

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Adam Long

Be more careful on who you partner with in pursuing your dreams. Some partnerships may look good at the onset, but can cause problems later along.   Adam Long is an investor, and the managing member at Oasis Capital LLC. He is also a board member at Old Main Capital…

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John Kitchin

Identify the mission, and then figure out how to complete the mission with the understanding that what may have worked yesterday may not work today.   John Kitchin is a reputable trial attorney, and brings more than 25 years of legal experience to Kansas City. Over the years, he’s been…

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Akshay Anand

Be relentless in finding the best product at the best value. Your bottom line matters. Penny saved is penny earned.   Akshay Andy Anand is the Founder and CEO of Karats Jewelers in Kansas City. Where did the idea for Karats Jewelers come from? I grew up in the jewelry…

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Dr. Peeran Sandhu

Keep moving on and don’t worry too much about the future. Keep exercising, eat well and meditate.   Dr. Peeran Sandhu was raised in a small village in Pakistan. As a child he was the one who often helped those in need, caring for them when they were ill and…

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Michael Helmstetter – Co-Founder of TechAccel

Study the pathways that others have taken to success. Dr. Michael Helmstetter serves as Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Technology Acceleration Partners (TechAccel LLC). TechAccel leverages the technical expertise, regulatory infrastructure and the global distribution network of the world’s leading agriculture and animal health companies by matching sourced technologies…

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Bradon Laughridge – Co-Founder of PolicyZip

Brandon Laughridge is the Co-Founder and President of PolicyZip, a nationwide online insurance agency specializing in Medicare and Life insurance. He previously founded and sold two online businesses in financial services. Where did the idea for PolicyZip originate? My partner and I sold our online marketing business in 2014. We…

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