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Sherry Turner
Wednesday, August 26

Sherry Turner

Women's Capital Connection

Sherry's effect on Kansas City-area business can be seen through the lives of the hundreds of businesswomen each year whom she helps find jobs, start businesses, get financing or invest in other businesses. Turner is executive director of the Women’s Business Center, founder of OneKC For Women, president of the Women’s Employment Network and founder of the Women’s Capital Connection.

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Marcelo Claure
Wednesday, September 23

Marcelo Claure

Sprint

Marcelo Claure is the CEO of Sprint Corporation. He became Sprint President and CEO on August 11, 2014, and has served on the Sprint board of directors since January 2014. Prior to Sprint, Marcelo was Chairman, President & CEO of Brightstar, a company he founded in 1997 and grew from a small Miami-based distributor into a global business with more than $10 billion in gross revenue in 2013.

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Keith Molzer
Wednesday, October 14

Keith Molzer

Flyover Capital

Keith is General Partner of Flyover Capital, a Kansas City based venture fund that invests in seed-stage growth companies in the Midwest. For the last eleven years, Keith has served as Founder & CEO of Balance Innovations, the leader in cash office software solutions for the retail industry. Keith is active with many local startups as an angel investor and currently has eight active investments.

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Henry & Tom Bloch
Tuesday, October 27

Henry & Tom Bloch

H&R Block

Henry Bloch is the co-founder and honorary chairman of the board of H&R Block, which he and his brother, Richard, founded in 1955. Tom Bloch, son of Henry ascended to CEO in 1992 but he quickly found unfulfilling. After much soul-searching, Tom resigned in 1995 to become an middle school math teacher. He later co-founded the University Academy, a public charter school where he continues to teach.

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Barnett Helzberg
Wednesday, November 11

Barnett Helzberg

HEMP

Barnett was the Chairman of the Board at Helzberg Diamonds from 1962 to its sale in 1995. He grew the company from 15 stores into the third largest jewelry retailer with 145 stores in 23 states by the time it sold in 1995 to Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffett). Barnett then founded the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP), a mentoring program by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.

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Sandy Kemper

Sandy Kemper

C2FO

Ron LeMay

Ron LeMay

OpenAir Equity Partners & FarmLink

Leo Morton

Leo Morton

UMKC

Diana Kander

Diana Kander

Kauffman Foundation

STRETCH

STRETCH

Grinders

Toby Rush

Toby Rush

Eye Verify

Becky Blades

Becky Blades

Startistry Publishing

Grant Burcham

Grant Burcham

Missouri Bank

Micah Baldwin

Micah Baldwin

Graphic.ly

Barnett Helzberg, Jr.

Barnett Helzberg, Jr.

Chairman / Founder HEMP

Gary White

Gary White

Water.org

Maria Meyers

Maria Meyers

Director, UMKC Innovation Center

Danny O'Neill

Danny O'Neill

The Roasterie, Inc.

Thom Ruhe

Thom Ruhe

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Herb Sih

Herb Sih

Founder of Think Big Partners

Tim Barton

Tim Barton

CEO at Freightquote

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