SHRM-KC Monthly Luncheon - Unleashing The Potential of Talent: Here, There, Everywhere
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When: July 9th
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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Unleashing The Potential of Talent: Here, There, Everywhere

Laura Evans
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation


July 9, 2019 | 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

As we enter an era defined by rapid change, advancing technology and globalization, how do we help our organizations think differently about the work we do (or want to do) and the capabilities needed to do it successfully?   When people (aka human capital) are our organization’s most strategic asset, being able to engage their time and talent in a way that meets their needs as well as ours matters.   Are we embracing the gig economy and the opportunities that it brings?  Or are we paralyzed by the increased complexity and perceived risk of doing things differently?   How are we equipping and educating our leaders on the advantages and limitations of each ‘tool in the toolbelt’?   Taking a more strategic, diverse portfolio approach to talent helps us be more agile and adaptable to changing market conditions, increasing our value to the organizations we enable and support. 


About our speaker.  Laura Evans is a business and education advisor-in-residence in Education for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she works on initiatives in both the K-12 and postsecondary areas. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Evans was a senior director in talent development at Cerner Corporation, where she was responsible for leading corporate learning and development, strategic workforce development initiatives, and community relations. Earlier, Evans was a senior director in workforce strategy at Cerner, where she defined and developed workforce development and pipeline strategies to address current and future talent needs. She served as a founder and board chair of Northland CAPS and was an advisory board member of Blue Valley CAPS. She is the current chair of the KC Rising Human Capital Committee. Evans has a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Trinity University.

This program has been pre-approved for 1.0 hour of PHR/SPHR BUSINESS 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

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - New Member Orientation

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

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