KCKCC to sponsor women’s networking event

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College is sponsoring a one-day only event designed specifically for women in the Kansas City community.

The 2015 Women’s Life Brunch and Awards Ceremony is from 1 to 6 p.m. July 26 in the Artis Event Space, 3016 Cherry St. in Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are $10 for Champagne and Commerce; $21.50 for general admission (brunch, Champagne and Commerce) and $30 for VIP, which is an all-access pass with special seating and a gift bag. VIP Tables are also avaible for $160. Tables seat six and include gift bags and a bottle of champagne.

During the awards ceremony, women in business will be recognized with the “Community Choice Award.”

The Women’s Life Brunch is a new event with the goal of empowering women and their entrepreneurism and philanthropic efforts. The goal of the event is to educate and stimulate supportive relationships among women in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

During brunch, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers focusing on a variety of topics from balancing family and career to health and wellness. Speakers include:

• Cheyenne Bryant – interim president of the San Pedro and Port of Los Angeles NAACP. Visit www.mentaldetoxbook.com to learn more about her book, “Mental Detox.”
• Alisa J. Henley – founder of Destiny Consulting, LLC, a full service human resources and organizational development firm that offers services to governmental and non-governmental entities. She is also the founder of the Sunshine Organization, which provides leadership development training and strategic planning services to churches and faith based organizations. She is currently teaching for Park University and Benedictine University and has authored two books. Read more at www.alisahenley.com.
• Nyauna Cravens – wife, mother, entrepreneur and a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, she has started two companies. The first, “Propkey Investments” is a real estate investment firm, where she buys, sells and rents properties. Her second venture is called “Realistic Health,” teaching a holistic approach to health, focusing on an alkaline diet. Cravens will be speaking on the importance of “finance” and taking the proper steps to building “financial security and freedom.”
• Kenyatta Gant – also a mother, wife and owner of Pink Lipps- Lipstick Collection that she started in her own Kansas City home. She will be speaking on the importance and struggles of obtaining “balance” between growing a business and raising a family.

For more information or to register for the event, visit centerlinkllc.com. Sponsorships are also available for students who would like to attend. For more information on this opportunity, contact Alicia Hooks by July 20 at 913-288-7388 or come to Room 3379.

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at KCKCC.

Getaway car driver in five bank robberies sentenced to prison

A Kansas City, Mo., man who took part in five bank robberies in Kansas and Missouri was sentenced Monday to about 4.5 years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Dale Williamson, 35, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., to five counts of bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted driving a getaway car in the following bank robberies:

• April 24, 2014, UMB Bank, 6252 Raytown Road, Raytown, Mo.
• May 12, 2014, First Bank of Missouri, 7001 North Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, Mo.
• May 22, 2014, Bank of America, 15811 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, Kan.
• May 30, 2014, Commerce Bank, 9501 Antioch Road, Overland Park, Kan.
• May 30, 2014, Commerce Bank, 3606 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, Mo.

Grissom commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble for their work on the case.

Clinton to speak at La Raza conference in Kansas City, Mo.

On Monday, July 13, Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address an audience of 2,000 Latino advocates and leaders at the 2015 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference, held at the Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, Mo.

“We are thrilled that Secretary Clinton will join us to speak to the thousands of Latino community leaders who will gather in Kansas City next week,” said Janet Murguía, president and CEO of NCLR. “We look forward to hearing about her vision for the country and her thoughts on the issues of greatest concern to our community.”