Alumnae Reunion

July 16 & 17, 2024, Kansas City

“Bridging Generations: Celebrating 35 Years of Excellence.”

Join alumnae from different Challenge Class years coming together to celebrate our shared history and accomplishments. The camaraderie will include professional development, a future vision workshop, class reunion corners, local Kansas City flair, and much more.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Katie at to discuss options.

Alumnae Reunion Details

Clarkson Construction Company Crossroads New Corporate & Entertainment Space
1737 McGee Street
Kansas City, MO

Hotel Indigo Kansas City – The Crossroads
2020 Grand Blvd Kansas City, MO 64108
Make your reservation via the Booking Link.

Objectives for All Attendees

  • Experience a mini “Challenge” session, in a different city each year.
  • Reconnect with old friends & colleagues/your class cohort and other class participants
  • Meet new women leaders and grow your network
  • Equip you to be your best self – personally and professionally
  • Create new memories and have fun
  • Support Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 | 11am – 9pm
Kansas City

11:00 am – Registration and Networking

1:00 pm – Welcome – Dr. Julia Gaines, GMLF Board President

1:15 pm – Group Activity

1:30 pm – “Under Construction” Women in Leadership Panel

An update on all things under development in Kansas City, including women from multiple generations and their leadership experiences. Attendees will be encouraged to share their life “under construction” aspects.

  • FACILITATOR: Bridgette Williams, Executive Director, Heavy Constructors Association
  • Alise Martiny, Current: International Vice President, Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association; Previous: Business Manager, Greater Kansas City Building & Trades Association (first woman ever to hold that position)
  • Fahteema Parrish, Owner/Founder, Parrish & Sons Construction (KC Chamber’s 2023 Small Business of the Year)
  • Kelly McClellen, Co-Founder, Tradeswomen Building Bridges, Secretary, Heartland Women in Trades

3:00 pm – Breakout into Class Reunion Corners

4:00 pm – Keynote Barb AllenCrowd the Rungs; Advocate, Mentor, Sponsor

5:00 pm – Expanding Career Pathways – Agilities by The DeBruce Foundation

6:00 pm – KC Crossroads Arts District Tour led by Lisa Pena founder of  KC Urban Hikes

7:30 pm – Dinner and Reunion Hospitality at Clarkson Construction Crossroads Location

9:00 pm – Unwind at Jim Leedy Bar and Restaurant, Hotel Indigo

Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Kansas City

Enjoy breakfast in a group or on your own at Hotel Indigo (included in negotiated room amenities)

Sunrise Yoga

10:00 Unique behind the scenes tour of CPKC Stadium – Home of the Kansas City Current

11:00 Registration begins for Women of the Year luncheon if you can join us for both events.

1:00 Joint Events conclude

Alumnae Reunion Presenting Sponsor

Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation Sponsor - Clarkson Construction

Alumnae Reunion Sponsor

Photo Credit: Connie Taylor (GMLC 2022)

Special Thanks to Our 2024 Reunion Planning Team!

  • Dawn Attaway, Class of 2023
  • Kate Bender, Class of 2020
  • Rosalind Cochran, Class of 2013
  • Mara Cohara, Class of 2010
  • Audrey Danner, Class of 2020
  • Kim Gasper, Class of 2022
  • Lori Gregory, Class of 2020
  • Phyllis Hardwick, Class of 2022
  • Jennifer Ingraham, Class of 2008
  • Leigh Ann Taylor Knight, Class of 2010
  • Cindy Miller, Class of 2020
  • Lacy Haden-Peaches, Class of 2022
  • Leigh Ann Prothro, Class of 2023
  • Kelley Stuck, Class of 2015
  • Kate Sweeten, Class of 2022
  • Joni Wickham, Class of 2018