by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College is hosting a business luncheon next month featuring Gina Soleil, a speaker who focuses on helping businesses improve their profits and increase employee morale.

Soleil, author of “Fuel Your Business: How to Energize Your People, Ignite Action, and Drive Profits,” will present “The Character of Leadership: Courage, Character and Care” from noon to 1:30 a.m. March 12 at KCKCC, 7250 State Ave. The luncheon will be in the Deli Area of Lower Jewell. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $35 per person or a table of eight for $280 and include a copy of Soleil’s best-selling book. Those interested can purchase tickets through the Intercultural Center and the Workforce, Career and Entrepreneurship Center at KCKCC. The luncheon is sponsored by the Intercultural Center, the Workforce, Career and Entrepreneurship Center, KCKCC AAUW and the Women’s Resource Center.

Soleil’s career has been stellar. She began her sales career straight out of high school at a call center in Iowa. Three months later, she was leading the corporate training department. After working for Caribou Coffee Co., she became general manager for Best Buy Corp. at the age of 25 and consulted for some of the nation’s largest corporations before turning 30. She launched Booya!, a global joy movement that offers classes and events, in 2012 and continues to consult, write and work as a motivational speaker.

Soleil has been featured on Fox News and in CEO Magazine as well as numerous other publications.

For more information, contact Barbara Clark-Evans, director of the Intercultural Center at KCKCC, at 913-288-7505.

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

The Armourdale Renewal Association will hold a candidate forum from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Armourdale Recreation Center, 730 Osage, Kansas City, Kan. Candidates must call in advance to the executive director to register at 913-371-5696.

The Armourdale candidate forum is open to all candidates who are on the ballot. There are the same time limits and rules against debating and opponent bashing that have always been in place at Armourdale candidate forums. It is a Neighborhood Business Revitalization organization forum.

In the event of inclement weather, call the organization in advance or check the organization’s website to see if the event will still be held.


A candidate forum will be held at 6:15 p.m. tonight, Feb. 24, at the Frontier Steakhouse, 9338 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

The host of the forum is the Wyandotte County Republican Party.

The forum is for all candidates running for the 1st District, at large, Unified Government position.