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Kristy Umscheid, Kaylene Plummer and Randy Kufah, all from Farmers State Bank, Westmoreland.

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HE 2015 TRI-STATE LEADERSHIP AND

Human Resources Conference moved

to the Missouri side of Kansas City with

conference sessions and accommodations at the

InterContinental Hotel. “Lessons in Leadership:

Straight Talk from a Green Beret” was the opening presentation

from Mark Johnson, a retired Special Forces officer. Johnson‘s

motivational appearance focused on confidence in yourself,

concern for employees and commitment to excellence as

primary components of a good leader.

A panel discussion that answered direct questions about

leadership and HR challenges proved to be a very well attended

and interactive session. Panelists included Mike Jacobson,

CEO of NebraskaLand National Bank in Kearney, Nebraska;

Rosalee McNamara, Law Partner at Lathrop & Gage in

Kansas City, MO; and Toni Walsh, HR Professional at Country

Club Bank in Kansas City, MO. The panel discussion was

moderated by Loretta Summers, Summers Advisory Group.

Key points by panelists included: the understanding that the

greatest competitive edge is in human capital and leveraging

that capital will determine how you are positioned; and leaders

must effectively articulate the plan to employees and they need

to know how their position fits into that plan. Following this

session, participants were guests of Country Club Bank on

Tuesday evening for a networking reception.

Honey Shelton, Interaction Training, held a lively session

titled, “Stirring Up Excellence at the Bank.” She explained that

culture that is alive with excellence is made up of employees

who treat each other like customers. Training and coaching

go together like salt and pepper and they must be part of the

culture to have excellence. Honey gave multiple practical tips

for the beginning of a healthy culture change.

Concurrent sessions included, “We Have to Talk – Managing

Difficult Conversations” by Honey Shelton; “Hot Topics in

Employment Law” by Sue Willman, Spencer Fane & Brown;

and “Developing Performance Goals and Standards” by Loretta

Summers, Summers Advisory Group.

The closing speaker was Dale Spencer, Inspirational Speaker

and Survivor. His topic was “Don’t Fear It: Embracing Life’s

Journey.” His message was about how to use fear to be

successful in life by understanding where it comes from. The

session ended on a high note with his inspirational message of

overcoming his fear following a tragic accident that left him in

a wheel chair.

Mark your calendar for the 2016 Tri-State Leadership and HR

Conference on March 22-23 in the Kansas City area.

TRI-STATE LEADERSHIP

AND HUMAN RESOURCES

CONFERENCE