SPEAKERS.

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RACHEL DRUCKENMILLER

Recognized as the #1 Health Promotion Professional in the U.S. and a 40 Under 40 Game Changer, Rachel Druckenmiller is a national thought leader in the field of employee engagement and wellbeing.  With over a dozen years of experience, Rachel leads experiential learning sessions, keynotes, workshops and trainings to help leaders and their teams, organizations and associations be more resilient, connected, confident and collaborative - virtually and in person. She is a Certified Virtual Presenter and Certified XCHANGE Guide, and she has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Health Science.

 

Rachel posts inspirational videos on LinkedIn - sometimes singing! Follow her there and on her website www.UnmutedLife.com.

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NATALIE BRIGHT

Bright has twenty-five years of experience lobbying on behalf of Kansas business and state associations at the state and federal levels.  Her expertise is in lobbying business issues, specifically in the areas of taxation, human resources, insurance, judicial reform and transportation.

 

Bright has a joint degree in business administration and political science from the University of California-Riverside.  She received her law degree from Washburn School of Law in 1998 and began lobbying for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry during the 1998 Legislative Session.  In 1999, Bright left the Chamber to work as a contract lobbyist.  In 2008, Bright joined her law school classmate, Marlee Carpenter, and opened her current firm. 

Bright is licensed to practice law in state of Kansas and resides in Shawnee, Kan. with her husband Kevin and four children.

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MELODEE COLBERT-KEAN

Melodee Colbert Kean is the owner and operator of seven yr old, MEs Place SoulFood Kitchen in Joplin, MO. Born and raised in Joplin, She is and has been, an actively involved community member, leader and supporter for a number of years. She currently serves on the Missouri Women’s Council, Joplin Chamber of Commerce, Connect 2 Culture and Downtown Joplin boards.

She is often a panel guest, participant, speaker or contributor to many projects and events seeking leadership, communication, building business relationships, and engagement experience.

Melodee is a Joplin history maker. Serving for 14 yrs as Joplin MO’s first ever, Black female elected official to the Joplin City Council. Four of those years serving as history making Mayor Pro Tem and history making Mayor respectively. 

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MIKE HENKE

Mike's passion for building strong teams led to the creation of Mike Henke Inc, and he works with organizations throughout the country in the areas of Leadership Training, Recruiting & Retention, and Positive Workplace Environment.  Mike has created over 50 training programs, is a former SHRM Chapter President, and has been selected to present at 8 SHRM State Conferences, 6 Disrupt HR events, and for 31 chapters!

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MELODY RAYL

Melody Rayl is a Partner in the Kansas City office of national Labor & Employment litigation firm Fisher Phillips.  Her practice focuses on all aspects of employment litigation and counseling.  Melody has defended employers in all types of discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuits in both state and federal courts.  She also frequently provides training to her business clients on a variety of employment related topics and regularly counsels employers through difficult situations with an eye to preventing lawsuits before they occur. 

Melody has been named a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Star for six consecutive years.  Melody has served her community as an elected official, having been twice elected to the Board of Trustees of Johnson County Community College.  

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TPC VISION

Angelique O’Bryan, Kayla Thomas, and Stephanie Cumley are members of the TPC Vision team.  They provide HR solutions to clients with employee counts ranging from 4 employees to over 400 employees.  Combined they have approximately 50 years of experience in human resources and have worked in or with different industries.  All three have earned bachelor’s degrees and are HRCI and/or SHRM certified.  They have also furthered their education through Master’s programs and/or other HR certifications.  As HR professionals, their goal is to provide strategic support to help their clients meet business objectives. Together, they focus on keeping clients compliant with the ever changing employment laws, exploring the link between company culture and organization effectiveness, and using technology to streamline processes.

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ALEX VIGLIOTTI

Alex Vigliotti has been building and managing Healthcare, City, and Corporate Human Resource Management and Performance Management Software for over 25 years.  Compass provides secure web-based performance evaluations based on over 3000 built-in industry-specific Position Descriptions with specific key performance indicators determined by each individual Position Description; our clients are Hospitals, Medical Facilities, Cities and Municipalities, and Manufacturing Businesses.  Alex has led his companies to become award winning software developers winning Windows® Awards for Best HR Software 3 years in a row; advisor to the United Kingdom College of Nursing on Healthcare Competency Standards; and named inventor on the US Patent inventing the technology to deliver 340b “Affordable Prescriptions for the Poor”.

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ELIZABETH WENTE

Elizabeth collaborates with employers to (1) develop a culture aimed at preventing employee issues; (2)
address employee issues in a manner that will reduce the potential for employment-related litigation; and (3)
implement practices and policies that will put employers in the best defensible position if they do encounter
employment-related litigation. She focuses her practice on five primary areas.
The first area is assisting employers with preparing and implementing sound practices, procedures, and
agreements. The second area is conducting employee training. The third area is advising Human Resources representatives on day-to-day situations. The fourth area is conducting audits and investigations. The fifth area is managing litigation when it arises. She pratices Labor and Employment law at SpencerFane in Springfield, Missouri.

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