Conversations from the Top in Kansas City - Nov. 2

Tuesday, October 24 at 04:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Diana Toman, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Compass Minerals, will be the guest of honor at the eighth and final session of Central Exchanges’ Conversations from the Top series for 2017. Arvest is proud to support this moderated fireside chat with executive women in leadership throughout Kansas City.

Diana will share her insight on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 11:45am to 1:00pm at Central Exchange Downtown (1020 Central, Kansas City, Mo.). Registration is required. More info here* on how to register.

Diana Toman joined Compass Minerals as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary in November 2015. Ms. Toman is responsible for directing the company’s legal and government affairs and is the executive sponsor of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative and Sustainability Initiative.

Prior to joining the company, Ms. Toman served as vice president, strategy and general counsel, Asia Pacific and Africa, for General Cable Corporation, a Fortune 500 global wire and cable manufacturing company, based in Thailand. Her experience includes multiple roles in senior management, including corporate counsel and corporate secretary positions at Gardner Denver, Inc. and Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. Ms. Toman began her career as an attorney with the law firm of Levy & Craig, P.C.

Ms. Toman serves on the Kansas Bar Association’s Board of Governors, the Kansas City Repertory Theater Board of Directors, and as Secretary of the Parent - Teacher Organization Board as Secretary for the Aubrey Bend Middle School in Overland Park, Kansas. Diana is a member of the Missouri Bar, Johnson County Bar, American Bar Association, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals; the Association of Corporate Counsel; Association for Women Lawyers of Kansas City; The Central Exchange; National Association of Corporate Directors; and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. 

Ms. Toman earned her doctorate in law from the University of Kansas – School of Law and her Master of Business Arts and Bachelor of Arts in political science and English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Tags: Kansas City
 

Arvest Community Garden: Growing Our Community One Seed at a Time

Monday, October 16 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
In the spring of 2014, the first seeds were planted in the Arvest Community Garden in Greater Kansas City. The garden was offered as a starting point for local individuals wanting to learn more about community gardening and local garden initiatives. The garden consists of 12 raised beds, nine of which are rented or utilized by Arvest volunteers for donations.

Over the past few years, our volunteers have experience many successful harvest seasons, with this year being no different. On Friday, September 29th, our Arvest Community Garden volunteers spent hours harvesting sweet potatoes and tomatoes. Arvest was able to donate 394 pounds of sweet potatoes and 27 pounds of tomatoes to Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP).

The donated goods go to REAP’s emergency food pantry which offers a well-balanced and nutritious selection of canned and dry goods, bread, vegetables, meat and dairy products. REAP strives to provide each family enough food to last two to three weeks. Arvest is proud to partner with REAP to help them meet this need.

 

Tags: Kansas City
 

Conversations from the Top Oct. 25 in Kansas City - Dr. Angie Besendorfer

Wednesday, October 11 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Dr. Angie Besendorfer, chancellor of WGU Missouri, will be the guest of honor at the seventh session of Central Exchanges’ 2017 Conversations from the Top series. Arvest is proud to support this moderated fireside chat with executive women in leadership throughout Kansas City.
 
Dr. Besendorfer will share her insight on Wednesday, October 25th from 12:00pm to 1:15pm at Central Exchange South (6201 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS). Registration is required.
 
During the Conversations from the Top series, you will hear inspirational stories and insight from women who have faced challenging issues throughout their journey to the top of their field and October’s speaker, Dr. Angie Besendorfer, is no different. Besendorfer champions college attainment for working adults who wish to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree and leads the efforts to connect students and community stakeholders with WGU’s online competency-based model of higher education.
 
Besendorfer has spent 23 years in the field of education in Missouri, implementing innovative and technology-focused learning strategies. Before joining WGU Missouri, Besendorfer was the assistant superintendent of Joplin Schools for eight years leading advancement in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and facilities. She was also an adjunct professor at Missouri State University, teaching in the master’s program for Educational Administration.
 
Among the innovations Besendorfer has championed is a focus on digital learning. She took the lead in the Joplin district’s recovery after an EF-5 tornado hit 10 schools. As the leader in designing and building cutting-edge new schools, Besendorfer guided the community to re-imagine high school education.
 
Besendorfer holds a bachelor’s in education from Missouri Southern State University, a M.S. in Elementary Administration from Central Missouri State University and a doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Missouri. 
 
Besendorfer has been a featured presenter at the International Leaning Forward Conference, the National Institute of Medicine, and has presented widely on 21st Century Education. She is a member of the regional Workforce Investment Board and the Mercy Hospital Community Advisory Board. Besendorfer is active with the area Rotary Club, museum complex, and Chamber of Commerce. Besendorfer has also received several accolades for her work including the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, the AASA Women in School Leadership Award and the Tri-State Business Journal Most Influential Woman.
 
More information here*.
 
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Tags: Kansas City
 

Conversations from the Top in Kansas City

Thursday, September 07 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Kay Barnes, two-term Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, will speak at the sixth event of Central Exchanges’ 2017 Conversations from the Top series. 
 
Arvest is proud to support this moderated fireside chat with executive women in leadership throughout Kansas City.Mayor Barnes will share her insight on Friday, September 15th from 11:45am to 1:00pm at Central Exchange Downtown (1020 Central St, Kansas City, MO). Registration* is required.
 
In the Conversations from the Top series, you will hear inspirational stories from women who have faced challenging issues as they worked their way to the top of their field. They share insight about their journey and will give you things to think about in how you can achieve your own goals. September’s speaker, Mayor Kay Barnes is a native of St. Joseph, Missouri. She earned a B.S. degree in secondary education from the University of Kansas, Masters Degrees in Secondary Education, as well as Public Administration – Organizational Behavior from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  
 
Mayor Barnes is the embodiment of servant leader. She is a nationally recognized consultant and trainer who has developed a unique foundation of learning and experience in education, human resource and organizational development. With over 25 years of professional and volunteer experience interfacing among political, corporate, governmental and not-for-profit sectors in the community to initiate and facilitate positive change she has the strong ability to conceptualize, problem solve, communicate practical alternatives and develop long-term goals.
 
One of the first two women on the Jackson County Legislature and elected to the Kansas City council in 1979, Barnes was the first female mayor of Kansas City and has received the most credit for her work in improving Downtown Kansas City and working for initiating the revitalization of the urban core. She is also credited with the Sprint Center arena in Kansas City that opened on October 10, 2007. She was first elected mayor on her birthday in 1999, and re-elected for a second term in 2003. In late 2007, Barnes announced she would run in the Democratic primary for Missouri's 6th congressional district, held by four-term Republican Sam Graves.
 
Mayor Barnes is the Distinguished Professor and Founding Director for Public Leadership at Park University. She sits on the boards of private and public corporations and was appointed a Fellow of the Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas. She has been honored with numerous national and regional awards and recognitions. She is a founding and original member of Central Exchange.
 

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Tags: Kansas City, Missouri
 

Shalea Walter Named to Centurions Leadership Program in Kansas City

Thursday, August 10 at 02:05 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program has welcomed local Marketing Manager Shalea Walter to its 2019 class. 

Shalea Walter

The two-year program allows participants to explore opportunities and issues in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Its mission is to prepare a representative cross-section of the community’s emerging leaders as they shape the future of greater Kansas City. 

Shalea received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Legal Studies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. She joined Arvest in June of 2012 with the acquisition of Union Bank, where she had served as their Marketing representative since 2008. Shalea is very involved in the local community. She has served as a committee chair for Phoenix Family Housing’s Annual Fundraising event for seven years. She also volunteers for Charlie’s House, a local non-profit dedicated to the safety of children in and around the home. 

Shalea enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband, Ryan, stay busy with two children under the age of five.

Congratulations, Shalea!

Tags: Kansas, Kansas City
 

Congratulations Barbara Christ of Greater Kansas City

Friday, August 04 at 12:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest in Greater Kansas City has yet another reason to be proud of their associates. The local sales manager, Barbara Christ, was named one of the NextGen Leaders by the Kansas City Business Journal.

The goal of the NextGen Leaders program is to pinpoint those in the Kansas City business and civic community who are beginning to wield their influence through leadership at their companies, on nonprofit boards or through other community involvement. The Kansas City Business Journal helps connect them with each other, current leaders in Kansas City and KCBJ readers.

Barbara has dedicated over 20 years to Arvest Bank and the financial industry (#BankOnHer). She is responsible for the delivery of retail and small business banking throughout the Kansas City region.

Barbara received a bachelor’s degree in education from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. Before relocating to Kansas City in 2010, Barbara served as the program manager and curriculum developer for the Arvest training education and development department.

Barbara is very active in community organizations, holding a board position with Junior Achievement and volunteering her time with urban core outreach programs. She enjoys spending time with her family and trying to keep up with her two active teenage boys.
 
Congratulations, Barbara!
 
Tags: Associates, Community Support, Kansas City

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