Business as Mission
Join Damon Young, Vice President of Mahaney Group, as he walks through their leadership development and branding strategies that center on providing opportunity for others through construction. Damon will walk through Mahaney’s 2019 rebrand and 2016-20 Leadership Development programming to see how they are using business as mission to uphold a promise to their employees and their customers.
Damon Young is a proud member of the Kansas Business Community with a passion for service, workforce development and leadership. He is on the Board of Directors of the Wichita and Kansas Chambers of Commerce and is the 2020 Chair of Lead Wichita, an area non-profit that hosts the Global Leadership Summit at Intrust Bank Arena. As Vice President of Mahaney Group, Damon leads his organization’s sales and business development efforts.
Geography does not have a monopoly on good ideas. There are brilliant and successful businesses all across Kansas. This session will show examples, empower the inner entrepreneur in you, and give you access to resources. NetWork Kansas is growing an entrepreneurial environment across Kansas by providing access to resources to start and grow small businesses. We are a statewide network of non-profit business-building resources that help entrepreneurs and small business owners startup and grow successful businesses.
Sarah LaRosh, Product Manager, Rural Entrepreneurship, Western Kansas. Sarah is a member of NetWork Kansas in 2017. She is a graduate of Tabor College in Business Administration and a concentration in Accounting and Finance. Sarah is based out of rural Osborne County where the LaRosh family homesteaded in 1871 and is still deeply entrenched in agriculture. She currently serves as the board chair of the Osborne County Community Foundation and has a tremendous passion for rural Kansas, is “Rural by Choice” and a Kansas Explorer. With three young children Sarah has devoted countless time, talent and treasure to ensuring the betterment of Kansas.
No organization is exempt from the danger of drifting away from its original mission. This workshop will explore the dangers of mission drift and unpack some of the safeguards to protect the organizations we lead.
Jon Wiebe, President MB Foundation since 1998. Jon earned a B.A. degree from Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado. He was a youth pastor for four years at Belleview Acres Mennonite Brethren Church before joining Andersen Consulting as a Staff Consultant and then Norwest Bank as a Financial Analyst. Jon has held a number of positions within the local church and with several nonprofits, including being Chair of the Board of More For Less, Denver CO.
Celebrating sub-optimum models in a broken world: How to start, when to stop and what it takes to sustain the work of making the world a better place.
Ted Kriwiel, is the CEO of Moonbase Labs – a powerhouse team of engineers, designers, painters and storytellers- where he helps companies harness their data and use technology to create new business models. He graduated from Wichita State’s entrepreneurship program in 2012 and has been involved in the local startup community ever since. He’s a home-grown Kansan who currently lives in Wichita, where he enjoys going on long walks with his wife Ellie, their son Lewis, and dog Maebe.
Entrepreneurial Social Justice
Hiring ex-offenders gives you the opportunity to tap a candidate market that some people are afraid to reach out to but it comes with it’s own set of challenges. Come to talk about the benefits, joys, and risks of running a company that hires persons with a criminal record.
Aaron Dixon is the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of First Impressions Litter Management, LLC (FILM) in Wichita Kansas. He founded the business with his father in 2015. Aaron has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Wichita State University.
After graduation, Aaron decided that he needed a change from the medical field, but still wanted an opportunity to help and serve others. He founded FILM with the mission of providing employment to those who may not have many job opportunities based on circumstances or even past choices. Aaron currently provides an income source to 12-18 individuals. His Christ centered approach to forgiveness and encouragement has provided a model work force.
Entrepreneurship 101 Keys to Unlocking Your Entrepreneurial Spirit
Our focus will be to explore the importance of developing an entrepreneurial mindset regardless of your vocation. We will share some key ideas to better understand entrepreneurship and address some misconceptions.