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When: January 8th
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Grand Street Cafe
4740 Grand
Kansas City, Missouri 
United States
Contact: Lori Maher McCombs, Executive Director
(913) 948-8623

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Defying the Odds

Dr. Troy Nash


January 8, 2019 | 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

Dr. Troy Nash uses his own personal story of growing up on welfare, living in housing projects, getting off the streets by going to the Air Force, to earning 6 advanced degrees, traveling to over 72 countries, becoming the first African American partner/shareholder in a real estate firm in the midwest. He relates this to having a positive mindset, how to avoid negative distractions, and how to achieve. He uses his personal experience to help organizations increase performance. 


Attendees will learn how to: 

·       Develop strategies to meet the needs of your organization in an uncertain time

·       Identify tools to develop and maintain a positive mindset to perform at your top

·       Determine solutions to resource management

·       Think creatively about how to adapt to the changing environment

·       Learn Dr. Nash’s Success Principles to Defy The Odds increasing your personal best at work and in life.


About our speaker.  Dr. Troy Nash is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the current President of the Kansas City Chapter. NSA professional members’ skills, expertise and experience power the most recognized and respected professional speakers in the industry today. As a keynote speaker, peak performance expert, and experienced trainer and facilitator, Dr. Nash speaks directly from his life experience. He defied the odds and now shows organizations and individuals how to be more innovative and productive. Speaking in over 40 countries and across the United States to numerous corporations, governmental entities, educational institutions, professional associations, nonprofits, and global leadership conferences, Nash’s style is high energy, authentic and humorous. Organizations benefit from his upbeat presentations, expert facilitation, and impactful training workshops, seminars, and breakout sessions.

He is an innovator, pioneer, and maverick leader who blazed a path as a successful real estate entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and global humanitarian. He cares about the world and the people in it. Troy grew up the hard way and defied the odds. He rose from a poor inner city street kid living in public housing, on welfare with no father in the home, to becoming a two-term elected official in Missouri, traveling the world promoting humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchanges, earning six advanced degrees including a doctorate in education, an MBA, and a law degree, to becoming the first African American executive named partner/shareholder in a top commercial real estate firm in the history of the State of Missouri; shattering a glass ceiling that existed since Missouri became the 24th state on August 10, 1821.

Labeled “at-risk” early in life, the almost high school dropout shares his personal story of how he avoided drugs, crime, and toxic relationships by setting goals and staying focused while everything around him was falling apart. Dr. Nash knows what it feels like to be counted out by everyone around him. Growing up, he had to find a way to dream of a better life and yet be socially acceptable on the streets. It wasn’t easy. Even his own family laughed at him for following a different path. It was his combination of talent, skill, and ability to adapt quickly to new and changing environments, Nash says was critical to his mental and physical survival. Dr. Nash connects with other people’s lives-their struggles and overlooked opportunities-because he has been through it all. From a difficult start early in life to meeting business, political, and thought leaders all over the world and throughout the country, these experiences are all part of his improbable life’s journey. Deciding difficult challenges and the opinions of others would not define him, his determination and focus on self-development fueled his obsessive drive to succeed.

Today, Dr. Troy Nash serves as a keynote speaker and facilitator throughout the United States and around the world in places such as Cuba, Taiwan, China, England, France, Spain, the Czech Republic, South Korea, Japan, Hungary, Croatia, Australia, Peru, Tanzania, South Africa, Belgium, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mexico, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Morocco, Egypt, Estonia, Costa Rica, Jordan, and many more. Dr. Nash brings together his challenging childhood, tough life experiences and overcoming incredible odds to encourage individuals to pursue their dreams and defy the odds. Dr. Nash works with organizations to greatly enhance their capabilities and performance. He knows exactly what it takes to succeed because he’s lived it. Whether increasing employee drive, expanding personal productivity, or providing training and professional development, team collaboration, sales success and/or communication techniques, Dr. Nash will deliver results participates can walk out and start applying immediately. His list of clients includes a wide cross-section of organizations ranging from some of biggest corporations in the world, to global NGO’s, to high schools and colleges across the country. Whether you are a corporate leader looking to turbo charge your organization and employees, or an association, nonprofit, or government entity crafting strategies for success – Dr. Nash has the practical experience, formal and common-sense education to get the job done. No Gimmicks. No Hype. No made up or exaggerated stories. Only results. Let him help you Defy the Odds.

This program has been approved for 1.0 hour of PHR/SPHR recertification credit through the HR Certification Institute ( and SHRM CP/SCP professional development credit through SHRM (

Registration Fees

Members - $35

Non-Members - $50

Student Members - $10

Program Schedule

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - New Member Orientation

11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Luncheon & Program

A special thank you to our meeting sponsor!

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