Upcoming events and news from around the Leawood area.
Jun. 14, 2014, 07:00pm at
Leawood City Hall,
4800 Town Center Drive, Leawood, 66211
Cost: $70 plus tax prior to the event. $75.00 plus tax - night of event
Tempt your palate with delectable food and beverage samplings from the area's top establishments at one location!
blanc burgers + bottles
Bravo! Cucina Italiana
California Pizza Kitchen
Foo's Fabulous Frozen Custard
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restraurant
Hereford House Restaurant
Mio - an Italian trattoria
On The Border
O'Neill's Restaurant and Bar
Red Door Woodfire Kitchen & Bar
Room 39 at Mission Farms
Talk of the Town Leawood
Tavern at Mission Farms
Ya Ya's Euro Bistro
*Participating restaurants are subject to change
Back by popular demand, the band Souled Out will be performing at this year's event.
To see photos from last years event. PHOTO GALLERY .
Interested in sponsoring the event? CLICK HERE for fantastic opportunities to contribute to the economic growth and success of Leawood!
Extend the fun all summer long by taking home your souvenir wine glass and gift bag full of treats, including valuable vouchers with savings of over $150! Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to make new connections and friends within the Leawood community all while enjoying Leawood's finest! Make sure you invite your friends, neighbors, business associates, and colleagues!
Pre-purchase ticket price is $70 plus tax, you can register online, or call the Chamber office at 913-498-1514 for tickets! The ticket price is $75 plus tax at the door evening of the event. The ticket price includes:
Enjoying extraordinary cuisine all evening long
5 drink tickets
The Souled Out Band
Complimentary soda and water
Souvenir gift bag
Souvenir wine glass
Attendees MUST BE 21 to ATTEND. This is a rain or shine event and tickets are non-refundable.
Use the link below to register today!
Tickets will be mailed to you. Any tickets purchased after May 30th can be picked up at Will Call the night of the event.
All tickets purchased May 31st - June 13th can be picked up at WILL CALL the evening of Saturday, June 14th. If you would like these tickets before the event, you may pick them up at the Chamber office, located at 13451 Briar, Suite 201, Leawood, KS 66209, before 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 13th.
Tickets can be purchased night of the event, if available.
By purchasing tickets online, you agree to the chamber's refund policy as noted at www.leawoodchamber.org/refund_policy.cfm.
Burns & McDonnell
Country Club Bank
Menorah Medical Center
St. Joseph Medical Center
Shawnee Mission Medical Center
Town Center Plaza
WINE GLASS SPONSOR
Town & Country Disposal
SOUVENIR GIFT BAG SPONSOR
Shawnee Mission Medical Center
PRESENTING MUSIC SPONSOR
Menorah Medical Center
See you at A Taste of Leawood 2014! Register Online
Apr. 19, 2014, 07:30am at
DoubleTree by Hilton Kansas City-Overland Park,
10100 College Blvd, Overland Park, 66210
Cost: $21 for members, $95 for discount package (includes all 5 events), and $26 for non-members. Prepayment is required.
By clicking on the "Register Online" link, you agree to the chamber's refund policy as noted at www.leawoodchamber.org/refund_policy.cfm.
Online registration for this event has closed. Please call 913-498-1514 if you wish to register.
The Leawood Chamber of Commerce and the Johnson County Public Policy Council will sponsor the Legislative Breakfast Series to enhance the communication and exchange of information between the business community and the Johnson County State legislative delegation. Legislators will be on hand to discuss issues and offer the most current legislative updates.
Speaking: Senators Rob Olson and Greg Smith; Representatives Stephanie Clayton*, Nancy Lusk and Scott Schwab
All meetings will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 10100 College Blvd., and casual attire is requested. Breakfast will be served promptly at 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:30 a.m.
$21-Single breakfast for Chamber members
$26-Single breakfast for non-members
$95- Chamber member discount package price for all five breakfasts, when paid by noon on Tuesday, January 15.
*Indicates a Leawood representative.
By registering online, you agree to the chamber's refund policy as noted at www.leawoodchamber.org/refund_policy.cfm.
Paid reservations are required in advance.The reservation deadline for this event was Wednesday, April 16th by 12:00 p.m. Sorry, we are unable to offer refunds for cancellations received after the reservation deadline
Apr. 24, 2014, 11:30am at
Country Club Bank,
2nd Floor Conference Room, 13451 Briar, Leawood, 66209 Register Online
Cost: Members & Non Members use the link below to register:
Young Professionals are invited for lunch and an educational program in continuing our mission to bring you the best programs! This event is exclusively for our Leawood Young Professionals Group, members ages 21-39.
Topic: Persuading Difficult People
Understanding how to best persuade difficult people can benefit you in professional relationships. Here are three key points from Kerry Benson's presentation you'll be able to use immediately:
-Understand what drives difficult people
-Learn how to approach difficult people in different ways to accomplish at least part of what you want
-Identify which buttons to push in a positive, persuasive way
Presenter: Kerry Benson, professor of journalism and mass communications at the University of Kansas
Use the Register Online link below and sign up today!
Since available seats for this event are limited, please make plans to attend for the entire time. If you are not able to attend for the duration of the event, we ask that notify us at least 2 business days in advance so that we can make your spot available to another member of our Leawood Young Professionals group.
If you have trouble registering for this event, please email us at Event Registration Assistance.
By registering online, you agree to the chamber's refund policy as noted at www.leawoodchamber.org/refund_policy.cfm.
The reservation deadline for this event is Tuesday, April 22nd by 5:00 pm!
Apr. 17, 2014, 6:00pm at
SelectQuote Insurance Services,
2020 W 89th St, 2nd Floor, Leawood, 66206
SelectQuote Senior is currently hiring ambitious individuals to join their growing team as Healthcare Product Advisors! Plan on attending their OPEN HOUSE to learn more about the many career opportunities SelectQuote Senior has to offer!
•Learn about career opportunities – top agents make $180,000 + annually!
•Talk to current employees
•Tour the building
•Interview on site – Bring a resume!
For more information go to:
Apr. 19, 2014, 8:00am at
South Creek Office Park,
7200 West 132nd Street, Overland Park,
Don't miss the Easter Egg 5K!
This family fun event features a beautiful course that you are sure to enjoy. Face painters for the kids, a visit from the Easter Bunny, great event shirts, post race food and drink, unique finisher medals for all participants, and various age group awards.
A Lil' Bunny Fun Run will be on hand for all youth under the age of 8. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Marillac.
Apr. 20, 2014, 10:00am at
9000 West 137th street, Overland Park, 66221
The Ritz Charles invites you to their
Reservations are open from 10 am - 2 pm.
Call for details and to reserve your spot today!
Apr. 23, 2014, 9:00am at
11221 Roe Ave., Ste 200, Leawood, 66211
Businesses work with outside services every day: lawn workers, cleaning crews, handy workers, and technology services.
In addition, these contractors may work with third parties, and if something goes wrong, you could be held liable for everyone above — unless you take proper precautions.
Learn things to consider when contracting with outside services, such as:
There is no cost to attend. RSVP online: http://bukaty.com/better-your-business
Sherman Botts is an attorney at Lathrop and Gage. He often lectures on risk management issues and helps clients minimize the risk of litigation or arbitration. Mr. Botts also serves as an arbitrator or mediator to resolve complex disputes.
Apr. 24, 2014, 8:00am at
Axcet HR Solutions Offices (4th Floor),
8325 Lenexa Dr #410, Lenexa, 66214
Conventional wisdom says that if I want to get more out of an employee - I can incent them with money or stuff...or I can threaten to fire them. The good old fashioned Carrot and Stick model is the only sure way to get people to do things.
It turns out conventional wisdom is mostly wrong - at least when it comes to motivating people today. External motivators (positive and negative) are nowhere near as effective as internal motivators - and that's what Daniel Pink's book Drive is all about.
The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us
Based on decades of research and scientific studies, there's an obvious mis-match between what the science and research tells us and what businesses actually do when it comes to motivating employees.
The science tells us there are 3 primary motivators for people:
Apr. 25, 2014, 8:00am at
Avila University and five other locations,
11901 Wornall Road, Kansas City, 64145
Only $100 per team with a three-game guarantee.
Portions of the proceeds benefit the Saint James Food Pantry in Kansas City.
Boys and girls K-12 eligible.
Registration deadline: April 18.
Apr. 26, 2014, 9:00am at
Red Bridge Family YMCA,
11300 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, 64131
The Red Bridge Y is hosting a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® , the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, arts and crafts and more surprises to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,600 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year.
As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, through YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.
Apr. 27, 2014, 1:30pm at
Oak Room of Leawood City Hall,
4800 Town Center Drive, Leawood, 66211
The Leawood Stage Company, the Magna Carta & Royal Arms Chapters of the Daughters of the British Empire and The Barn Players will host the annual “Tea with Shakespeare” on Sunday, April 27th. There is nothing so quintessentially British as taking afternoon tea while enjoying the literature of Shakespeare.
Tea, along with a vast array of delectable tea sandwiches, scones and other sweets will be served by members of the Magna Carta & Royal Arms chapters of the Daughters of the British Empire. During the tea, the Barn Players will present selected scenes from Shakespeare.
Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and guests will be greeted with live music, Highland dancing, and displays by the sponsoring groups. A silent auction, raffles and door prizes will add to the ambience of the afternoon in honor of the Bard’s birthday.
Some attendees wear hats but there is no required dress code.
Due to popularity, seating is limited and the event has sold out rapidly each year. Reservations are required and it is suggested that reservations be made ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)
May. 1, 2014, 5:00pm at
BMO Harris Bank Leawood,
11301 Nall Avenue, Leawood, 66211
Get ready for Mother's Day and help support more than 45 area businesses while they feature their products and services.
Newhouse Domestic Violence Shelter will also be in attendance and accepting donations, including: Cleaning supplies, cosmetics, personal hygiene products, diapers, and used cell phones.
Lots of door prizes and great food provided by UnForked!
Please join us and bring a friend!
4809 W. 117th St.
Leawood, KS 66211
Ph: (913) 317-5040
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Referred to the Chamber by: Leonard Corsi
10003 W. 120th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
Ph: (913) 515-9268
Business Category: Marketing Consultants / Technology / Technology
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Innovat ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)
Caryn Clements has served as vice president, Private Banking at CrossFirst Bank in Leawood, Kansas since 2008. She has been on the Chamber Board of directors since 2011, serving as Treasurer, Secretary and as an Ambassador.
A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, she obtained her business and accounting education at Purdue University and Indiana University. In Indiana, she began her career as an accountant in the student loan industry, but due to her desire to work for a company with local headquarters, she soon joined Fort Wayne National Bank.
She ultimately moved to Overland Park and a new banking career with Bank IV. As the organization experience numerous acquisitions and mergers (including Boatmen’s Bank, NationsBank, and finally Bank of America), Caryn broadened her banking skills in commercial credit and lending, becoming an officer in diverse banking divisions, including commercial lending, private banking, and mortgage lending.
Various roles in the residential lending industry ultimately led her to CrossFirst, where she organized the Private Banking division, manages a portfolio and is instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the department.
She and her husband, Vernon, live in Overland Park with their two children.
During the past month or two, where was your favorite Leawood-area service, shopping or dining ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)
We, the internet using community, have been bitten by the Heartbleed bug. It came fast and the implications are serious. Integrity’s team of security professionals has been working with customers over the past several days to identify vulnerable systems and determine a course of action.
This vulnerability in the implementation of OpenSSL should teach us a few things.
Theory is great, but how that theory is implemented will determine long term success or failure. The encryption methods of OpenSSL weren’t bad, there was simply a mistake in the code which caused all the problems.
We need to stop treating the internet as if it is just the “Internet of Things”. It is not. It is critical infrastructure. We all agree that power grids, banking systems, transportation systems, etc. are critical. What if we couldn’t trust common security systems used on the internet? E-commerce would fail and economies across the world would have severe impacts. The internet is critical infrastructure whether we care to admit it or not. We need to take security seriously.
How security and technology vendors responded to Heartbleed should tell you a lot about how that company deals with risk management and security. Did they notify you of the vulnerability quickly? Did they provide updates and patches ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)
Did you know that you can add a "Proud Member of" Leawood Chamber logo to your website, social media pages or even email signature? This is a completely FREE way to make sure that your partners, clients and prospects know you have taken the initiative to support business and economic success in your local community.
Thank you for your membership!
*Schapiro Study, December 2012
The excitement is building for Touch-a-Truck and the Overland Park Convention Center, managed by Global Spectrum is launching something new; "Draw-a-Truck." OPCC is calling on the community, families, and children of Overland Park to draw their favorite truck to share with Touch-a-Truck fans.
Here's how to participate:
1. Draw your favorite truck
2. Take a picture of the truck masterpiece!
3. Post to Social Media
When posting be sure to use the HASHTAGS; #TouchaTruckOP and #DrawaTruckOP! The OPCC will be creating the submissions into a Draw-a-Truck Art Wall to be shown at the event on June 22. The Convention Center will also be accepting mail or drop off submissions at 6000 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66211.
Summer is coming and it’s time to mark your calendars for exciting area events including the 2014 A Taste of Leawood. The Leawood Chamber invites food and wine enthusiasts to the 17th annual A Taste of Leawood on Saturday, June 14th from 7:00-10:30 p.m. Attendees can look forward to culinary fare from 24 of the area’s premier dining establishments, wine, beer and spirits, and live music on the patio of Leawood City Hall, at 4800 Town Center Drive. Music will be provided by local variety band, Souled Out, who feature outstanding vocalists backed by one of the best rhythm sections around. In addition to delicious food, admission price includes drink samples, a souvenir wine glass, and a gift bag stocked with goodies and more than $100 in savings from Chamber businesses.
Tickets are $70 in advance and $75 at the door (if not sold out). Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. This is a rain or shine event and tickets are non-refundable.
To purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities please visit: LeawoodChamber.org or call (913) 498-1514.
... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)
More than 130 members and guests took part on April 8th, as the Leawood Chamber unveiled a new logo and slogan emphasizing their focus on providing a genuine community of people dedicated to business and personal success in and around Leawood. The new logo was designed by member business, The Collaboration. MK Mueller, celebrated author and motivational speaker, rounded out the luncheon with an uplifting presentation on the power of staying positive and practicing gratitude in all aspects of life, personal and professional.
Chamber Board members and committee chairs helped emcee the event, including Monty Spradling, vice president at UMB Bank, Phil Bressler, partner at Muller, Bressler, Brown, and Caryn Clements, vice president, CrossFirst Bank. Chamber member FINDitKC produced a video featuring Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn, Ben Biller of Burns & McDonnell and Carla Sanders of AMC Theatres, who shared their perspectives on the benefits of belonging to the Leawood Chamber, now in its 19th year.
The Chamber’s current membership brings together more than 500 small businesses, corporations, and non-profit members to connect with fellow businesspeople, develop lasting relationships and support the community at large. Chamber President ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)
Jennifer Wilt, General Manager, and Lynne Fleenor, Director of Sales and Marketing, attended the Starwood Specialty Select Brand Summit Meeting in Orlando March 30 - April 2, 2014. While attending the awards celebration, the Aloft Leawood-Overland Park was nominated for Highest Sustained RevPar Index Award, Top Group Business Development Award, and Top Sales Leader of the Year Award.
Aloft Leawood-Overland Park walked away with two out of the three awards (highest sustained revpar and top group business development awards).
Jennifer and Lynne commented: "What a true honor to be considered for these awards. This would not have been possible without our amazing talent at the hotel and the support of the Leawood Chamber."
Congratulations, Jennifer, Lynne and all at Aloft!
The Chamber wouldn't be the same without you!
Quitting tobacco (smoking and chewing) is the #1 thing we can do to improve our overall health. Employees, spouses and dependents are welcome to attend.
You do not have to be “ready to quit” to attend. The information will be presented in a non-threatening but motivational manner to help people get to the next level in the change process.
This workshop helps people understand the process of behavior change and their triggers, how to change the “habit loop” and how the brain works for or against us when we try to make behavior changes.
Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Registration: 8:15 a.m. Workshop: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Saint Luke's EAP Plaza Auditorium
Two Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Free visitor parking.
There is NO CHARGE for employees/family members enrolled in the Saint Luke’s EAP. Nominal charge for others, collected at the door.
TO REGISTER / LEARN MORE: Click Here
Or you may contact Holly Hamill at (816)931-3073 or (800)327-1223
Since moving to the Kansas City area in 2002, Dr. Vargas has focused on facial cosmetic procedures and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck. Before opening her own practice, she practiced at Midwest Ear, Nose, and Throat and later became the director of Midwest Rejuvenation Center in Olathe, KS. Today, she and her staff focus on facial cosmetic procedures, body contouring, hair restoration and skin care.
Dr. Vargas oversees all procedures on-site and her staff is trained on all laser procedures, performing under her direction. All injections are performed by Dr. Vargas, and laser liposuction procedures and hair restoration procedures are done in-suite.
Her center can help you with Elective Cosmetic Surgery, Laser Resurfacing, Hair Restoration, Botox, Dermal Fillers and Med Spa services, including:
13451 Briar, Suite 201, Leawood, KS 66209
Voice: 913-498-1514 Fax: 913-491-0134
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