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GAME Conference is about growth, action, measurement and engagement strategies for your business.

Speakers
GAME - Growth • Action • Measurement • Engagement

All GAME sessions are from 7:30 to 10 a.m.


Iyabo Dedmon

Iyabo Dedmon

As a small business owner, do you ever wonder if you have the right people in place to lead your company toward a successful future?

Do those of you who manage others often have more staff challenges than you can handle?

Do you wonder if your employees are capable of taking over leadership positions?

Iyabo Dedmon, President of ThriveOn Concepts, helps business owners and employee teams develop talent from within. Through workshops, staff retreats, new leadership development, company culture assessments and executive coaching, ThriveOn Concepts helps teams achieve excellence by tapping into the talent of their current employees.

An expert in organizational culture, Iyabo believes that core values water the seeds of how communication happens within in the workplace.

A Leadership Coach practitioner in the International Coach Federation, Iyabo has worked with companies in Africa and the U.S. Please welcome Iyabo Dedmon as we learn about the concepts that will move your business forward and how to create a thriving culture for your employees.


Brian Graves

Brian Graves

As a veteran, Brian Graves served more than 27 years in uniform where he devoted his career to developing future leaders and building high performing organizations.

Brian has worked with a broad spectrum of clients including emergency management professionals, government employees, military leaders, school administrators and small business owners.

He is also a former two-time Baldrige Examiner for the Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) program and has extensive experience in training, leadership development and coaching for improved organizational performance.


Katherine Alsip, MSOD

Katherine Alsip, MSOD

Katherine believes that everyone holds the potential to be and do something great. Her passion is to help organizations understand the needs of their people. She works with them to build leadership capacity so they can meet the challenges of tomorrow by developing the people they have today. She fulfills this passion in her role as Vice President of Operations for ThriveOn Concepts LLC. In this role Katherine has the opportunity to empower, add value and make an impact on others and the community.

Katherine has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Clarke University, where she also minored in sociology and biology while playing collegiate softball. In 2017, she graduated from Avila University in Kansas City with her master's in organizational development. Katherine also holds an Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate and Coaching Certification from Avila University. Katherine achieved certifications through TTI Success Insights as a Professional Behaviors Analyst, Professional Driving Forces Analyst and Professional Emotional Quotient Analyst. She is currently working on receiving her ICF ACC credentialing.

Katherine enjoys staying involved in the local professional community as a member of ATD-KC, SHRM-KC, KCODN, ICF-Heartland Chapter, NKC Business Council, MAGLCC and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Katherine was recently accepted to participate in the Barnes Leadership Series sponsored by the Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Looking to strike up a conversation with Katherine? Just mention pickleball, the Kansas City Chiefs or a recipe involving avocados, and you have her attention.


Erica Brune

Erica Brune

Erica Brune is President of Lever1, a Kansas City-based professional employer organization (PEO) providing human resources, payroll and employee benefit solutions. Within five years of launching Lever1, Erica helped drive the company to become Missouri’s Fastest Growing Company of 2017—ranked No. 44 in the nation by Inc. magazine. With Erica’s guidance, Lever1 has secured an industry-wide reputation of excellence, operational reliability and thought leadership.

Her team’s customer-first mindset drives the PEO to achieve greatness for its clients and help them succeed. From providing free HR training workshops to serving on the board for local non-profits, Erica is engrained in the community and giving back continues to be an incredibly important aspect of Lever1. Erica's expertise has been shared in renowned publications including Kansas City Business Journal, PEO Insider and Thinking Bigger Business.

In addition to Lever1, Erica holds a dual role as CAO of another Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Company, Blue Chair Holdings – which includes subsidiary Gragg Advertising. Erica's role is to lead the financial team and oversee the administrative functions for the holding group. In the nearly 10 years that Erica has been part Blue Chair Holdings, she has successfully assisted the company through 11 startsups and two acquisitions.

Recent recognition includes Kansas City Business Journal’s 2016 Women Who Mean Business Honoree, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2017 and 2018, KC Business Magazine 2015 Most Influential Women in Business and a 2015 Startup of the Year Honoree by American Business Awards, among others.


Cheryl Wright

Cheryl Wright

Cheryl Wright, President of Darda Human Resources Advisors, works with companies to understand and effectively leverage the value of their employees. She has over 30 years of human resources leadership experience across multiple industries including manufacturing, business services, distribution and telecommunications. She uses her vast knowledge to partner with business owners and managers of people to develop and implement practical strategies to create a work environment that retains and motivates their employees.

Cheryl received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University and her graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also received a Certificate in Executive Education from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Though she is a native of Virginia, Cheryl relocated to the Kansas City area from Atlanta in 2005. In addition to being active in her church, she is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (national and Johnson County chapter), Central Exchange, KCK Area Chamber of Commerce and the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce, and is a board member of Gateway of Hope. Cheryl is also a Career Transition Consultant for Lee Hecht Harrison and a Continuing Education Instructor at Johnson County Community College.