Taylor Hartley
genKC Coordinator
KC Chamber

genKC Learns to Connect With People Who "Stretch Your Thinking" and Other Sage Advice

Here at genKC, we are passionate about providing opportunities for young professionals to learn and grow their careers. The most recent Grow to CEO event was a packed house chock-full of helpful hints and impactful advice, thanks to our host, Polsinelli, community leaders, and sponsors Bank Midwest and FleishmanHillard.
Panelists Kara Hendon (Senior Partner & General Manager at FleishmanHillard), Peter Clune (US President & Chief Operating Officer at Lockton Companies), Wendy Guillies (President & CEO at Kauffman Foundation) and Russ Jones (Litigation Department Chair at Polsinelli) spent the session encouraging young professionals by answering questions and sharing their personal stories and insights. Thanks to our moderator Major Baisden (Co-founder & Chairman of Baisden Consulting) for asking thoughtful questions!

April Grow To CEO Panel

Here’s a few take-aways from Grow to CEO:
Embrace Where You Are Right Now: Peter Clune reminded the attendees that in order to get the most out of your career, you must embrace each stage. Set realistic goals for the stage you are in now. Young professionals in the early stages of their career should focus on building their network, establishing credibility and learning the industry.
Mentors – Professional Guidance: According to Kara Hendon, mentors should be telling you things you may not want to hear. True growth comes from a leader who will be honest with you. Wendy Guillies attributes a lot of her growth to relationships that stretched her thinking and encouraged personal and professional growth.

April Grow To CEO
Say Yes: Russ Jones suggested that the best way to growing your network is saying yes to volunteer opportunities within the community. Kara Hendon stressed that professionals will not grow until they step outside of their personal or industry silos. Say yes to relationships inside and outside of your organization. Say yes to opportunities, big and small, as you never know where they will lead you.
Thoughts on Having a 5-Year Plan: Everyone should have one, but do not let it restrict you. Wendy Guillies never imagined that she would be the president of the Kauffman Foundation. She encouraged attendees not to get so laser focused on one plan that you miss the opportunities that are available to you. Russ Jones echoed Wendy’s sentiments by encouraging young professionals to keep doors open, and to not discount any opportunities.

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A few of the nearly 300 attendees were:
Dan Friedrichson (MRI Global)
Lindsey Bucholz (H&R Block)
JT Cattle (United Way of Greater Kansas City)
Misha Chopp (UBER)
Ashley Suratt (The University of Kansas Hospital)
Dr. Mozella Dyer (National Black MBA Association, Inc.)
Delany Smith (Cerner)
Sydney Miln (Reach Out & Read Kansas City)
Lyndsay Burden (Children’s Mercy)
Zach Wolfe (Homeywll FM&T)
Linda Harris (IVLP Program)
Mishelle Martinez (Polsinelli)
Samuel Teats (UMB)
Tanesha Goshon (YMCA – Greater Kansas City)
Camila Alejandra Tapia Morales (DreamBuilder Project in Chile)

Posted: 4/17/2017 5:00:45 PM