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7th Annual Awards Luncheon

November 1, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center         

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The GKCBLN DisAbility Champions Luncheon celebrates outstanding achievements in disability inclusion in the workplace.  What better time to do this than around National Disability Employment Awareness Month?

Event Emcee: John Holt, News Anchor WDAF FOX4 News

Keynote Presentation featuring Deb Dagit:

“Own Your Privilege and Power, Then Share It”

When we hear the word leader, we usually think about someone who has an impressive job title and major responsibilities.  There are literally millions of books and You Tube videos on the topic of what it takes to be a good leader.  Professional leadership training offered from some of the most prestigious schools and companies in the world touch less than .001% of the population, and even most of those who matriculate from these elite programs still describe themselves as ill-prepared to lead others.

With all of those resources, why is it so rare that leaders believe they understand what they need to do, or believe in their ability to be effective?  We all admire a few truly inspiring leaders, but most of us would say there are way too few who “show up” as leaders. 

As a short statured woman in a wheelchair due to a brittle bones condition, Deb Dagit does not fit most people’s image of a leader.  Raised by a working class single Mother, she was not expected to become self-sufficient much less a leader.  Through a series of illustrative stories, Deb will share her journey of discovering that power and privilege is situational, and something that we all experience.  The key to leadership is to be self-aware, and then make the time to authentically lend your knowledge and experience to someone feeling vulnerable.  

Deb Dagit is a sought-after consultant and speaker on the topics of diversity and inclusion. She started Deb Dagit Diversity LLC in 2013 to deliver the practical, just-in-time services and products she wished were available when she was a VP & Chief Diversity Officer. As Merck's VP and CDO for almost 12 years, Deb was responsible for global equal opportunity, employee relations, recruiting and staffing, and diversity and inclusion. 

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2016 Sponsorship opportunities include: Keynote Sponsors, Supporting Sponsors and Table Sponsors. Did you know that part of the benefits of our Corporate Memberships include being listed as a sponsor for all of our events and free registrations?

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Past DisAbility Champion Award Recipients

Cerner Corporation
Wagstaff & Cartmell, LLC
UMB and City Wide Maintenance
Rose Estates and Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics
Fulfillment Plus, Grundfos Pump and KPMG

Past Volunteers of the Year

Teresa Salinas
Larisa Brown
Tim Menne
Sue Willman
Brenda Perkins
Keith Wiedenkeller

Past President's Award Recipients

Tony Ali
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