Main Goals of our Chapter.

• Learn. Come learn how other Tech Leaders rose up and strategies to move professionally forward.

• Discover. Success stories and and ideas you did not know existed plus feedback on what works.

• Connect. Mingle with other top Tech Leaders to pick up on best practices, mentors, and ideas.

About the Planning Organization?

The Tech Leaders Association ( is a fast growing membership organization of over 30,000 Tech executives and leadership positions who are committed to the development and advancement of technology in the corporate arena. Each of our 70 metro-based chapters and 30 state-based chapters features successful top local Tech executives who volunteer to share their ideas, strategies, and what worked for them with other rising and aspiring tech leaders at our monthly meetings or annual conferences. The overall planning of the Tech Leaders Association's yearly events and chapter meetings is managed by the Executive Summits which is dedicated to supporting a number of associations globally. The co-planners of the conference series are:

Shelley Taft  
Shelley joined the team 14 years ago and serves as a Senior Program Director responsible for events planning and speaker selection for a number of our events. Before joining our team she had a similar role with Vistage (a worldwide association of CEOs) for 12 years.

Ginger Whatley  
Ginger is an accomplished events manager with a proven record of planning dynamic events with diverse audiences. She has particular expertise in strategy and events participation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia.

Melissa LeEllen  
Melissa plans, directs and initiates marketing for a number of our events. She has extensive success both in events planning and communications across a number of industries. She holds a Bachelors of Science from Augusta State University.

Barbara Willis  
Barbara is responsible for keeping our planning team on task and efficient. Barbara is highly personable, communicating directly with our speakers and members to ensure their expectations and outcomes are exceeded before and after event day.

  Maria O'Mailey  
Maria is helping along our product line with event planning and speaker booking. Maria is highly diversified and has studies all across the globe, including her masters degree in Communications and Globalization from Aalborg University.

Ginger Whitley  
Ginger is responsible for events planning and moderation across a number of our key conferences and events. She holds a Bachelors in Management and holds her MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Julie Carpenter  
Julie leads our research and publications function responsible for member services. These include meeting summaries, monthly book summaries, best practices and news. She has a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Memphis.

Shelly Fisher    
Shelly joined our team late last year for Shelly Fitz-gerald who left to pursue other opportunities. She serves as an events planning director responsible for key events, chapter speaker and event planning, and responsibility for our annual conferences.

How Soon Can I Login to the Online Resources?

You may login to view the Kansas City Tech Leaders Community online resources (included in your registration) immediately after registering (note: use your email as the password the first time and you will then be prompted to create a unique password). The only exception to the immediate access is group tables as we enter those people into the registration system manually (allow 2-3 days from when you submit your group table reservation names/emails).

May I Cancel?

Yes, you may cancel for a full refund for up to 30 days. If you still wish to cancel please start a chat.

May I Be a Sponsor or Speak?

Potentially yes, if your product or service adds value to the participants. Please see the Sponsorship page for more info. If you have a special story or topic that would inspire the audience please send it to for consideration

How Did You Find Me?

It is always from one of two sources. Either a past registrant suggested your name to be invited to this year's conference, or we researched your name, title and what you do on LinkedIn and thought you would be a good fit with the other attendees.

Are there Continuing Education Credit Hours (i.e. CEUs, CPEs, etc)?

Not automatically as credit approvals are state-by-state but you can manually submit the agenda in most states for credit. Also if you login you can print a completion certificate if needed for each speaker's presentation.

Registration Terms?

Our full attendee registration terms are located  Here


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"I really liked the presentations."  - Felix Malave, GlobeNet

"I liked the variety of presentations."  - Greg Fleck, Landstar Systems

"I enjoyed the variety of presenters."  - Jason Ricci, Johns Eastern Company

"I enjoyed the networking."  - John Barry, ITech Consulting Partners

"I attended and enjoyed the vendor presentations the best."  - John Ball, Director, United Way

"The presenters and presentations were all excellent – I appreciated the breaks that allowed us to talk with the vendors at the tables that presented and to speak with the vendors that were only tabling."  - Josette Dzencelowcz, Travelport

"I attended and appreciated that there wa a large turnout."  - Justin Redifer, ProviderTrust

"I liked the networking the best. I think this years was the best I have been to. Keep up the good work."  - Mark Ridings, TWRA

"I liked the variety of speakers that attended and the how each of them brought something new and exciting to the table to learn from."  - Lauren Ewers, HR Coordinator, Veristor Systems