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Gretchen Adamson

Partner at Beyond HR Solutions

Gretchen Adamson has been an HR professional since 1998. She gained her experience working for an international water well, mineral exploration and energy services company. In 2001, she earned a master’s degree in human resources from Ottawa University, and she has her PHR.

Although she has a generalist background, she gravitates toward the talent management areas of HR. Her expertise lies in employee relations, training and development, talent acquisition, coaching, succession planning and assessments. Gretchen is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, is a Strengthscope practitioner, and is a licensee and has nine years of experience with the Culture Index.

Creating Beyond HR Solutions and seeing it grow over the past 5 years has been a tremendous achievement in her career. She has a passion for helping individuals develop and progress in their careers. “I like to consider the whole person’s life when entering into a coaching engagement," she says. "The past is informative to the present and I enjoy guiding people to their best self.”

The client groups she works with range in size from 20 people to 14,000 people. Beyond HR Solutions is a practice developed to strategically assist companies to take their organization to higher levels through their people.

John Wright

Partner at Beyond HR Solutions

John Wright has spent his entire professional career in a variety of leadership roles ranging from entry-level manufacturing supervisor to the C Suite level as senior vice president of human resources. In addition to his numerous years in human resources, John gained progressively higher levels of responsibility in the areas of manufacturing, operations, administration, sales and quality. In these roles, John had individuals reporting to him and engaged in coaching and developing employees ranging from entry-level production workers to staff executives and division presidents. His coaching style has developed over the past 40 years and includes formal training in coaching along with countless individual engagements, both formal and informal in nature. Using feedback from individuals connected with the coachee, probing discovery questions, outside assignments, observation and goals established with the coachee have proven to be a successful process.

John is experienced in all aspects of HR in addition to coaching and is a true generalist. In his career his responsibilities have included, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Formulated and oversaw a $25 million healthcare budget
  • Developed and delivered numerous leadership development programs
  • Certified in numerous management development programs
  • Myers-Briggs certified
  • International HR responsibilities
  • Responsible for legal HR compliance
  • Led succession planning
  • Part of six-member executive committee for a billion dollar international company
Aviva Amjera

Aviva Amjera

Co-founder, president and chief operating officer, SoLVE

After almost 25 years of leading strategy creation and implementation, new product development, brand management, consumer marketing and organization redesign, there’s no marketing problem Aviva Amjera hasn’t SoLVEd.

Prior to SoLVE, Aviva was a partner with The Partnering Group and worked for Accenture. She’s consulted for blue chip companies including Nestle USA, Post Foods, Sara Lee, Kimberly Clark, LG Electronics, Bauer Hockey, 3M, Northwest Airlines and Fingerhut.

Before her consulting years, she was a senior leader at Hallmark Cards in many areas including product development, innovation, retail, corporate strategy, customer strategy and business transformation. She launched, grew and reinvented iconic marketplace programs partnering with many brands and retailers like Disney, Starbucks, The Komen Foundation, Walmart and Walgreens. 

Aviva’s been on both the consulting side and the client side of the relationship. This gives her a unique perspective on working with SoLVE’s clients.

“It’s about helping our clients in a way that’s relevant to them. We don’t have a cookie cutter approach. We roll up our sleeves, partner, coach, teach and work alongside our clients. I’ve been the client and I’ve been the consultant. I know what feels good as a client and I know what feels bad. I want our clients to feel great about working with SoLVE.”

Aviva is an accredited Angel Investor and the board chair with the Women’s Capital Connection, Kansas City’s only female Angel Investing group. She is an active member of the Central Exchange and is also on the board of the Greater Kansas City chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP).

Aviva has a BA in economics and policy studies from Rice University, and an MBA in marketing, management and strategy, and non-profit management from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Born and raised in upstate New York, Aviva has made Kansas City her home for 22+ years. She is married with one daughter, three “bonus” children and three grandchildren. Aviva enjoys running, yoga, entertaining and traveling.

Teddi Hernandez

Teddi Hernandez

Co-founder and chief executive officer, SoLVE

Prior to starting SoLVE, Teddi Hernandez was co-owner and president of Just For Her Marketing and Retail Events. The business grew during her time there because she came to deeply understand the needs and challenges of local small business owners. She identified a need for a new kind of consulting firm in Kansas City. So she created SoLVE.

Teddi’s career began as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C., and she worked on multiple state and presidential campaigns. After leaving the Hill, she became a lobbyist for Hallmark Cards.  Hallmark brought her to Kansas City, where she led teams in product development, licensing, customer strategy, integrated marketing, advertising and promotions. She led strategic alliances with companies like Apple, Disney Consumer Products, American Girl, Starbuck’s and Major League Baseball.

“I believe that all things are possible with the right amount of creative problem solving. I love being a true consumer in the marketplace and I believe anyone can create big ideas with the right amount of intuition and common sense.”

Teddi’s commitment to community service is extensive. She was co-founder of the National Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C., and co-founder and chairperson of Kansas City Race for the Cure. She has served on the boards for Camp Encourage and Kansas City Komen Foundation. She is currently a board member for Children’s International and for the Blue Valley Special Olympics. She serves many ministries at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal church.

Teddi graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and also studied at the Oxford Pol University in Oxford, England.  Her passion for American politics led her to UMKC, where she completed her coursework for a master’s in political science. 

Teddi has five children, all adopted from around the globe, a 2-year old great-niece who also lives with them, and one great husband.  Together they love watching their children in high school football and baseball, competitive gymnastics and Special Olympics.  Teddi loves the Broncos, Royals and “Real Housewives,” and relies on her faith for everything to live her life to the fullest.

Terri S. Turner

Terri S. Turner

TST Business Strategies LLC

Founder of TST Business Strategies LLC, a boutique business coaching firm, Terri S. Turner specializes in marketing and business improvement programs that help clients turn messages into money.

Her clients — boomer entrepreneurs, service professionals, coaches, consultants, health and wellness trainers, and business teams — seek to make informed business growth decisions based upon the wants and needs of buyers.

Terri helps clients discover their “Distinctly You” voice by guiding them through an in-depth process that brings clarity to:

  • Who they are,
  • What they do, and
  • Whom they do it for.

Once the “Distinctly You” message is completed, the fun begins. Terri and the client validate a sustainable business model to support success, then select the online and offline distribute channels for their business growth messages.

The result: Terri’s clients turn their passions into marketing messages that move buyers to action. “Literally, we turn messages into money,” she says.

A serial entrepreneur, Terri is also:

  • Founding partner of EnCorps45, an education and entrepreneur development organization that supports professionals 45 and older
  • A managing partner of iWerx, an entrepreneurial and enterprise coworking development center in North Kansas City

Vicki S. Cannon

Cannon Social Media Solutions

It’s easy to get lost in the chatter of social media. With more than 25 years of marketing experience — the past eight specifically in social media — and a keen eye for what works and what doesn’t, Vicki helps clients tune in to what really matters: connection, conversation and conversion. She meets each client — individual or corporation — right where he or she is at and cuts through the noise to co-create a strategy that works. In her own words, "I am a trainer, a strategist and the person others trust to give it to them straight."

Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth Allen


Elizabeth Allen is the principal of MarketSmartz, a Kansas City-based consulting firm that teaches companies and individuals how to drive demand for what they can uniquely supply. A self-professed “accidental entrepreneur,” Elizabeth delivers cutting-edge insights and practical advice on the future of employment and how everyone can participate meaningfully, either as an employee, entrepreneur or free agent contractor in an “economy of one.”

Self-employed from the age of 25, Elizabeth has worked in every facet of strategic market planning, sales automation and executive sales management. She has served as a facilitator for The Kauffman Foundation's FastTrac program and as a mentor for the University of Kansas MBA Graduates Entrepreneurial Program. Elizabeth has served as a marketing expert for projects with Sprint, IBM, 3M and Pfizer, and is a founding member of the Kansas City United Way Women’s Leadership Council. Her ministry includes volunteer work as a congregational care minister at the Church of the Resurrection, where she hosts a weekly prayer and support group for those in transition. Endorsed by multimillion best-selling author Michael E. Gerber of the E-Myth fame, Elizabeth is the author of “The Economy Of One: The CODE for Free Agents,” “The Contractor’s CODE for Marketing & Sales” and “Driving Demand.”

Dan Stalp

Dan Stalp

President of Sandler Training

Dan Stalp has over 24 years of experience leading, training and coaching high performing individuals.

He has risked everything and completely started over twice, career-wise, once in 1993 and most recently in 2005.

Dan has co-authored two books, "The Reunion" and "Another Reunion," about career significance and how being grateful plays an instrumental role in being the best you can be.

When not being mistaken for a certain Hollywood movie star, Dan and his wife, Lisa, are traveling to Dallas, Texas, and to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to visit their two grown daughters. Or they are attending high school football, rugby, baseball and lacrosse events for their two sons.