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Kansas YP Summit

Posted on May 2, 2016 by under Events, Leadership.    

Every time I feel like I’m almost caught up with the blog, stuff happens and I’m behind again. So, we’re almost caught up but we were busy this weekend so there’s still a lot of stuff to catch you guys up on.

Here are some pictures from the Kansas YP Summit last week.

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I’m so glad work approved me to attend because they had some fantastic speakers lined up: Stephanie Sharp, Armando Minjares, Heather Morgan, my friend Aaron Wirtz, Richard Rierson, Christina Long, Ted Kriwiel, Mark McCormick, and keynote speaker Jon Acuff, author of Do Over, Start, and Quitter. Some friends of mine had breakout sessions in the afternoon as well.

I wanted to go to the pre-summit social at the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park but I didn’t end up leaving Topeka until 6 PM. The mingle was only scheduled to run until 8 PM so I was too late. At least I got to go to the actual summit.

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Retired educator, Jan Davis, did an ice breaker activity in her opening remarks.

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She asked us to form groups for three. This was my first group. That’s Kat on the left and Amy in the middle. Amy is with the Kansas Leadership Center and actually had a breakout session in the afternoon on storytelling.

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This is my second group.

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My friend Ebony did a wonderful job as the event emcee.

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I also got selfies with a couple of the speakers — Stephanie, pictured above, and Aaron, pictured below. You might recognize Aaron from his TV commercials. He’s brilliant.

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I remember meeting him when he first started working for the car dealership. Four years later, he’s an icon. I’m not surprised because he is a marketing genius. And, he’s super talented to boot.

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I also some selfies with my coworkers.

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Here’s a photo of Amy at her breakout session.

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I paired up with Chelsea from our Topeka office for the activity. This is a picture of her “leaning” into her story.

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Here’s a picture of our keynote speaker, Jon Acuff, who was both insightful and funny.

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Here’s a selfie with my friend Ryan and his daughter, who was a wonderful breakout session assistant. I walked into the session a little bit late and she walked over and gave me a handout. She was on top of it.

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Here’s a selfie of me with my activity partner.

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Christina, below, has inspired me to design my own decade.

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Ted, has inspired me to be more selfless.

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And then we had closing remarks by Mark McCormick.

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It was a truly amazing day and I feel very grateful that I had the opportunity to attend.

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