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2019 Campus-Wide Leadership Series


What is the Campus-Wide Leadership Series?

The Campus-Wide Leadership Series presents highly successful professional leaders from all fields from our KUMC campus, the Kansas City community and beyond. Our primary goal with this leadership series is to teach people how to be leaders through the stories of other's experiences.

Who Should Attend? 

All employees (faculty and staff), trainees and learners are encouraged to attend. This includes KUMC, the University of Kansas Health System, KUMC RI and all others at the KUMC and Westwood campuses. Those from the Wichita, Salina and Westwood campuses are welcome to join via Live Stream.

How Do I Register? 

  • To attend the KUMC campus event, click on an upcoming blue title or "Register Now" button below to sign up. Lunch is provided to the first 75 registered participants who show up at each event.
  • LIVE STREAM AVAILABLEat  The link can be opened in any browser and on mobile devices during the hour of the presentation.
  • VIDEO RECORDINGS - Access specific 2019 video recordings by clicking the video icon below, next to the title you wish to hear. To view presentations recorded between 2006-2018, visit our video archives. 

2018-2019 Schedule

**All events are held from 12-1pm in G013 School of Nursing Auditorium, with the exception of the November 16 event, which will be held in G109 HEB.** 

Special Veteran's Day CWLS - November 16, 2018  - "Deployment Diary: A Recent Middle East ExperienceLee A. Norman, MD, MHS, MBA, LTC, MC, US Army

Description -- Dr. Norman recently completed an 8-month deployment to the Middle East as 35th Infantry Division Surgeon, overseeing the healthcare and health protection of 12,000 troops. The lessons and experiences he'll share are relevant to civilian leaders as well, plus he has some really great stories and photos you'll find interesting, poignant, and revealing. 

 About Lee A. Norman -- Lee A. Norman, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota, did his residency in family medicine in Texas and his aerospace medicine training in the United States Air Force at Brooks AFB in San Antonio. After serving in the USAF as a family physician, flight surgeon, and combat medicine instructor, he practiced medicine in Seattle for 20 years, also serving as clinical associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Norman has served as a chief medical officer of complex health systems for over 26 years, most recently at the University of Kansas Health System and before that the Swedish Health System in Seattle, beginning in 1991. He currently is clinical assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Norman was on the governing board and Chairman of the Puget Sound Blood and Tissue Transplant Center in Seattle and currently is a board member of Heart to Heart International,a humanitarian organization based in Lenexa, Kansas. 

In his military role, Norman is a lieutenant colonel in the Kansas Army National Guard, stationed at Joint Forces Headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, reporting to the State of Kansas Adjutant General. LTC Norman, as the State Surgeon of Kansas, guides medical troop sustainment and training, health services support, force health protection, biosecurity, and serves as advisor and liaison to emergency management and Homeland Security elements. He is an advisor to the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center. He recently returned from a Middle East deployment where he was the 35th Infantry Division Surgeon. In this role he was the senior medical commander over 12,000 US soldiers plus coalition nation forces and civilian non-combatants, encompassing the three ongoing named operations - Freedom Sentinel, Spartan Shield, and Inherent Resolve.

Dr. Norman has two masters degrees, one in health planning and systems analysis from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, and an executive MBA degree from the University of Washington Graduate School of Business. He has two grown children, two grandsons, and an energetic Australian shepherd, Blue Dog. Dr. Norman is a Midwesterner, born and raised in Iowa. His hobbies and interests include reading, cooking, canning and pickling, technical mountain climbing, and collecting Eskimo art, including native carvings, masks, etchings, and baskets. He resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

January 11, 2019 - "A Conversation with Veronica Malone"

Veronica Malone is a world-renowned swim coach with a storied career. She was the founder of the Kansas City Blazers Swim Team in 1975 and subsequently served as the served as the head coach and general manager from 1975 to 2010. Some of her other accomplishments and positions include:

 USA Swimming's Top 25 Most Influential People in the history of swimming
 Recipient of the USA Swimming Award in 2001 - the highest award given from USA Swimming for outstanding contributions to the United   States and the sport of swimming
 USA Swimming's Olympic International Operations Committee member from 1984-2008
 Consulting coach to the 1988, 1992 and 1996 U. S. Olympic Teams
 Head coach, USA team at 1994 World Championships
 American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Hall of Fame inductee in 2009
ASCA Board of Directors 1991-1994 and 1995-2004
ASCA 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee
ASCA Gold Award for 20 years of national-level coaching achievement

In addition to talking about her leadership experiences coaching at a high-profile level for over 40 years, Veronica will share her story of transitioning to a woman. She will talk about her journey and path to transition, as well as how her transition has shaped her advocacy and work following her retirement from coaching.

February 8, 2019 - "The Power of Applied Learning" - Nicholas Comninellis, MD, MPH, DIMPH - Chief Executive Officer & President, Institute for International Medicine

Nicholas Comninellis is Founder and President of INMED, the Institute for International Medicine, for whom he is a full-time volunteer. He is also faculty in the Department of Medical Humanities at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Over a two year period Dr.  Comninellis served inner city citizens at Shanghai Charity Hospital, and over another two years lead a healthcare ministry in the war-besieged  nation of Angola in southern Africa. Dr. Comninellis next served for six years in the Kansas City public hospital before launching INMED in 2003. He attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, the Saint Louis University School of Public Health, and was a family medicine resident at John Peter Smith Hospital. Dr. Comninellis also earned a professional diploma in tropical medicine from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and became board certified in both public health and family medicine. His authored books include Shanghai Doctor, Where Do I Go From Here, and INMED International Medicine & Public Health. Dr. Comninellis is a classical guitarist, a leader at Shoal Creek Community Church, and is faculty advisor for Cru at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He was recognized as the 2009 United Nations Association of the United States World Citizen and is the 2015 University of Missouri-Kansas City Alumni of the Year.

March 8, 2019 - "Leveraging LinkedIn to Succeed Despite Obstacles" - Aaron Fulk - CEO/Founder, Lillian James Creative

In 2016, as a single mom without a college degree, Aaron Fulk founded her marketing agency, Lillian James Creative, in her garage. Aaron leaned on her marketing and legal experience, tapped into her personal and professional networks, and utilized her intuition and ambition to overcome obstacles and conquer challenges, in order to experience personal growth and achieve company goals.

Aaron is a self-taught thought leader in the marketing industry and is part of the 8th entrepreneurial cohort of Scale Up! Kansas City. Aaron sits on the Marketing Council for the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri and the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. Aaron has been featured in publications such as the Junior League's Inside Scoop and Thinking Bigger Business Magazine and has recently received a GEM award for her innovative marketing initiatives for the Junior League's largest fundraising event.

Aaron regularly produces her own podcast, The Cocktail Hour Podcast, where inspirational women in business share ideas and concepts that are designed to motivate, inspire and challenge today's businesswoman. Aaron has been a speaker at Leadership Lyceum, Women In Sales, Social Media Club of Kansas City, Leawood Chamber of Commerce, Global Entrepreneurship Week, Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, and Central Exchange.

Aaron and her company have come a long way since 2016. She has grown her company out of her garage and through 4 office spaces (so far) and has established a strong creative team of 13. With almost 14,000 LinkedIn connections, Aaron excels at understanding and strategically leveraging online platforms to build her network, expand her influence, and grow her company. 

At the Campus-Wide Leadership Series, Aaron will share insight on how to leverage LinkedIn to achieve personal and professional growth and will offer tangible tips and self-taught knowledge about what the #1 networking site can do for you and your brand.

April 12, 2019 - "What Trauma Taught Me About Happiness" - Lindsey Roy, Chief Marketing Officer, Hallmark Greetings

Lindsey used to live a normal life. Until she didn't.

In 2013, she was in a tragic boating accident where she lost her left leg, severely injured her right leg, and lost temporary function of her right arm. In  hat moment, and in the moments of recovery following, everything about Lindsey's perspective changed.

As a Vice President of Hallmark Cards, Lindsey recognizes that life problems and work problems inevitably co-mingle. Through her dynamic and deeply personal talk, Lindsey will advise audiences on managing disruption through perseverance. She will talk to the CWLS audience on how to harness their inner strength to push through tough times -- and make life whatever you want it to be.

May 17, 2019 - "A Conversation with Davyeon Ross" - Davyeon Ross, Co-founder and COO, ShotTracker

An innovative technology leader and widely recognized entrepreneur, Davyeon Ross has almost 20 years of experience in the technology space. Ross is currently a Co-founder of ShotTracker Inc. ShotTracker is a sensors based technology that provides statistics and analytics in Practice and Games. ShotTracker investors include Magic Johnson, David Stern, GreyCroft, Elysian Park Ventures, Ward Ventures and others.

In Oct. 2011, Digital Sports Ventures, founded by Davyeon Ross, was acquired by Digital Broadcasting Group, a top 5 Video Ad Network headquartered in New York, with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and now Overland Park KS.

As CEO of Digital Sports Ventures, Davyeon Ross negotiated the rights to Division I college sports video across seven major conferences, and set the strategy for the company's portfolio of content and interactive technologies. His vision of uniting college sports and digital media into affordable, turnkey solutions has opened new doors for publishers, advertisers and agencies seeking to engage sports fans in a targeted manner.

Prior to launching Digital Sports Ventures, Ross served as lead technical and management consultant for eVergance Partners, managing projects across the United States, Europe and Canada for clients including Research in Motion (BlackBerry), T-Online, Business Objects, Sasktel, Mattel, Siemens Medical Systems, Nortel Networks and others. Prior to eVergance, Ross began his technology career as a software engineer for Sprint, playing critical roles in the development of the company's Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Knowledge Management applications.

A native of Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies, Ross earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Benedictine College and an MBA from Mid-America Nazarene University. Ross is also a 2009 Pipeline Fellow

Series Background

The KUMC Campus Wide Leadership Series is an opportunity unlike any other on campus, It aims at all employees and trainees with the purpose of sharing stories of leaders in the community and beyond. The leadership series was one of our most consistently well attended programs for the last 14 years.

We look for three basic components in a Campus-Wide Leadership Series presentation.

  • First, we ask presenters to "tell their story"-- their background; what drives them; who their mentors were or who inspired them along the way; and what obstacles they had to overcome and how they overcame them to reach their level of success.
  • Second, "address their personal leadership style" -- present the challenges and solutions to keeping everyone focused on the goal simultaneous to overcoming inherited handicaps in their business or life's dream; obstacles and limitations imposed on the job or task at hand; public relations and scrutiny; the challenges one faces from a diverse world; and two or three tips about their personal methods, style or philosophy about how to lead a team to success. 
  • Lastly and for the majority of the presentation we ask them to provide a unique focus from their own field or business, whatever that may be.


The series is organized by the Office of Academic & Student Affairs (OASA) and co-sponsored by the University of Kansas Hospital, and the University of Kansas Schools of Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing. All events are offered at no cost to the participants, and lunch is provided to the first 75 participants on the pre-registration list who show up. For questions or suggestions, please contact Jenny Memmott. 

Last modified: Apr 15, 2019