Do you want to rise up in your company faster? Have you, or those you know, been passed up for promotions? Not received recognition for the great work you’ve been doing, or feel bored with the limited role you’ve been given? Don’t wait for others to notice you’re doing a good job at work, turn your current job into the job you’ve wanted all along. At a minimum, you have the power to make your current job into the perfect stair-step for your dream job. The speakers on this panel have all reached

Do you want to rise up in your company faster? Have you, or those you know, been passed up for promotions? Not received recognition for the great work you’ve been doing, or feel bored with the limited role you’ve been given? Don’t wait for others to notice you’re doing a good job at work, turn your current job into the job you’ve wanted all along. At a minimum, you have the power to make your current job into the perfect stair-step for your dream job. The speakers on this panel have all reached levels of success that people their age should not have been able to accomplish, and they will share their stories and strategies for rising from just a member of the team to the stars. If you want to make yourself irreplaceable and the most highly valued person in your company, you should come learn from those that have already done it across various fields and sectors. KCNBMBAA and MCC Penn Valley will provide an intimate environment for you to really get to know the speakers and their stories.PANELISTS

Callie Merritt-Jones – Associate City Manager, Google Having earned her BBA in Finance from Howard University, and MBA from Harvard Business School, Callie has always seized every opportunity she came across. In a few short years she has created her own destiny with a resume of positions ranging from Director of Retail Operations and Director of eCommerce (Embarq) to Director of Emerging Channels (Sprint). Dr. Joe Seabrooks – President, MCC Penn Valley In the extremely low mobility field of education, Dr. Seabrooks has catapulted himself into positions of leadership. Fueled by thinking outside of the box at critical times, Dr. Seabrooks has an extremely accomplished resume which includes establishing and leading the Division for Diversity & Inclusion at UMKC and becoming Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas. Quentin Jennings – Partner, Polsinelli Shughart Quentin has risen to partner in one of the most highly respected and fastest growing law firms in the country. A shareholder in Polsinelli, Quentin has already worked on deals ranging from $100k-250million, and has built a strong reputation in corporate transactions, startup ventures, and M&A. Philip Morris – Associate COO, HCA Having excelled in administrator roles at Georgetown University Hospital, Alameda Health Systems, and Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Philip has proven an ability to repeatedly rise to positions of leadership. As the Associate COO at HCA, he is helping create a world-class example of leadership in medicine. MODERATOR Eze Redwood – Partner, Wings Cafe After graduating from Williams College at 19, Eze oversaw 30 direct reports at a boutique marketing firm before 20. By 27 Eze had been on seven boards of directors and had a career ranging from youth leadership development with the US Dept. of State to running an internal think tank at an investment bank. Eze is currently a 2015-16 Shafik Gabr fellow and a partner at Wings Cafe, recently listed as one of the top 10 restaurants to watch in 2016. COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT Chris Goode – Owner, Ruby Jeans Juicery A serial entrepreneur, Chris is the Creative Director of Goode Image which does creative branding, marketing awareness, event planning, sponsorship retrieval and campaign awareness. Most recently, Chris started Ruby Jeans juicery, which has blazed a path for a healthy lifestyle by showing that complete living can taste good. KC Black MBA Association is an organization centered around developing the skills of current and future African American MBAs. Attendance and membership is open to all, regardless of degree or professional title.
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