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

Spring 2017 MBA Speaker Series Events

Grow to CEO - Gaining the Edge

Friday, March 31, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Polsinelli Conference Center
900 W. 48th Place, Suite 900
Kansas City, MO

Join genKC in its next edition of Grow to CEO, which offers young professionals the opportunity to network with one another and to hear how Kansas City's top leaders have developed their careers for success. These highly accomplished and influential leaders will share their unique experiences and expertise, providing invaluable insights to help young professionals grow their careers.

The moderated discussion led by Major Baisden of Baisden Consulting will focus on each panelist's path to success: what they have done to develop their personal and professional skills, how they have developed a network to achieve success throughout their careers, and how this all applies to the current and future job market for millennials. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session where audience members will have the opportunity to engage with the panelists and ask questions. Attendees will also have time to connect with other young professionals before and after the event.

Check-in, networking, and a light breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. The panel discussion will be from 8:00-9:00 a.m., followed by networking from 9:00-9:30 a.m. Registration is free, but please RSVP online by March 29.

If you'd like to receive Speaker Series credit for attending, please e-mail Robin Baer at afterwards with a brief (1 paragraph) summary of the event.

Green Dot Training - Influence Culture Change on Campus

Tuesday, April 4, 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
BEH 419

What is Green Dot? Green Dots are small, intentional actions anyone can take to influence culture change on our campus. Some Green Dots are reactive - actions you can take if you witness a potentially violent situation. Some Green Dots are proactive - actions you can take at any time to educate yourself, your friends and make your commitment to ending interpersonal violence clear. Learn more about Green Dot at UMKC.

Join facilitator Antoinette Redmond for a basic overview of how to be an active bystander and how to get further involved in Green Dot. The training will include an interactive project!

RSVP to Antoinette at by April 3.

First Wednesday: A Conversation with Annie Hurlbut Zander

Wednesday, April 5, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
BEH 218

Hear first-hand how co-founder and CEO of Tonganoxie-based Peruvian Connection, was inspired halfway across the world and founded a luxury artisan apparel company, which releases five internationally renowned collections per year and that has retail locations throughout the U.S. and the U.K.

You can view more information on the Regnier Institute website. RSVP is not required for this event. If you'd like to receive Speaker Series credit for attending, please e-mail Robin Baer at afterwards with a brief (1 paragraph) summary of the event.

Bloch and Beyond: Network with students and alumni

Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
River Market Event Place, 140 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO

Join us for a networking reception with Bloch MBA alumni, current students, and prospective MBA students. Share your experiences in the MBA program and make connections to further your career. Business casual attire requested.

RSVP required by April 7. Full details about the event and RSVP information can be found here: Bloch and Beyond

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

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