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MBA Speaker Series

The MBA Speaker Series includes short seminars and workshops to help MBA students enhance their educational experience. These events cover a wide range of topics ranging from guest lectures given by business leaders on current economic issues to seminars on career development, soft skills, and how to use business software packages.

All students in the Professional MBA and Accelerated Professional MBA program are required to participate in a minimum of 3 MBA Speaker Series events during the course of their degree program. Students may attend as many events as they'd like, and many Speaker Series events (particularly guest speakers from the business community) are open to alumni and/or the general public.

Please note: New events will be added to this list as dates are confirmed. Check this page periodically for updates. If you have any questions about the MBA Speaker Series, please contact Robin Baer, MBA Programs Office Assistant, at baerro@umkc.edu.


Spring 2017 MBA Speaker Series Events


Volunteer Opportunity at Hope Faith Ministries

Saturday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Hope Faith Ministries Outlet
9148 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS

Join the UMKC Staff Council - Outreach Committee as they partner with Hope Faith Ministries, a Christian ministry dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of homeless and impoverished men, women and children in Kansas City. Hope Faith offers the services and resources to enable them to journey from dependence to independence.

Volunteers are needed to assist with lunch preparation, serving, and the clothing ministry from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Spaces are limited and RSVP is required, so please register on the volunteer webpage. If you'd like to receive Speaker Series credit for attending, please e-mail Robin Baer at baerro@umkc.edu afterwards with a brief (1 paragraph) summary of the event.


Networking is Not Easy, But Crucial!
Sponsored by the KC Chapter of the National Association of Professional Women

Tuesday, April 25, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gordon Biersch
100 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO

Does networking scare you? Or, are you unsure of where to get started to build a network? Join the NAPW KC Metro Chapter for our April meeting where we will have a low-pressure discussion about networking. We will take a deeper look at why we struggle with networking, why women network differently than men, why it is critical to our success, and how to be more successful in networking. You'll also have the opportunity to meet and connect with other female professionals in the Kansas City area. It's a great opportunity to start building a foundation for successful networking relationships.

Spaces are limited and RSVP is required, so please register online. If you'd like to receive Speaker Series credit for attending, please e-mail Robin Baer at baerro@umkc.edu afterwards with a brief (1 paragraph) summary of the event.


Women-Owned Business Spotlight: Ashley Kendrick Real Estate

Wednesday, April 26, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 105
Kansas City, MO

Join us on the 4th Wednesday of each month, as we highlight Women-Owned businesses around Kansas City. In April, we will be recognizing Ashley Kendrick with Ashley Kendrick Real Estate. All while making new connections, and sharing light snacks, beer, and wine. Networking will begin at 5:30pm, with a short presentation around 6:30pm. Please note - both men & women are invited to attend this event. If you have friends or colleagues that would be interested in attending, please feel free to share the event.

Spaces are limited and RSVP is required, so please register online. If you'd like to receive Speaker Series credit for attending, please e-mail Robin Baer at baerro@umkc.edu afterwards with a brief (1 paragraph) summary of the event.


Building Blochs of the MBA Speaker Series
The Speaker Series, which builds and enhances the MBA program, has hundreds of participants each semester. To give you an idea of the range of topics covered by the MBA Speaker Series, please review the list of the events that have taken place in recent semesters:

  • Icing the Competition: The Entrepreneurial Roots of Snow & Company
  • Learn How One Entrepreneur Turned Metal into Art- L. William Zahner
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Degree: Enactus and ACG
  • Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Inductee- Terry Van Der Tuuk
  • Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Inductee- Dan Lowe
  • Gender Issues in the Workplace: What Really Matters
  • Coffee with Danny O'Neill, 2015 Regional Entrepreneur of the Year (Entrepreneur Week)
  • Volunteering at Harvesters regional food bank
  • Financial Leadership Panel at UMB Financial Corporation headquarters

Henry W. Bloch School of Management
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-235-2215

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