Designed to support community economic and workforce development needs in metropolitan Kansas City, the Professional Edge Breakfast Series offers KU faculty and staff as presenters on current topics. Professional Edge provides:
Our Professional Edge breakfast series takes places each semester on the Edwards Campus.
STEM: The Key to Our Future ProsperityDr. Steven B. Case, KU Center for Science Education
A deep understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) lies at the heart of America’s future economic growth, international competitiveness and ability of innovate. Learn how you can participate with KU in assembling the building blocks that support our capacity to innovate.
Introduction to Project Management – Achieving ResultsHerbert R. Tuttle, professor of practice, director Engineering Management graduate program
How do you combine a background in social and communication skills with advanced science training? Learn about the growing need of project management (PM) specialists in the workforce and how these professionals are key to an organization’s success.
Engaging Citizens in Performance Management and Budget PrioritizationDr. Alfred T. Ho, associate professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration
For the past few decades, performance management has been pursued by many local governments as a technical managerial tool. However, to deal with the challenge of “doing more with less” or “doing less with less,” officials need to understand not only the “input-output-outcome” relationship, but also what citizens truly value and how they expect the government to perform. This presentation discusses the results of a series of research that looks at how citizens perceive government performance and how government officials could engage them more effectively in budget prioritization and performance management.
Wednesday, May 1, 8 to 10 am
The 5th Annual Leadership Symposium: Evolving Leadership
With virtual employees, a global economy and increasing connectivity, supervision and employee development must be reassessed. It’s a shift from where we work to how we work. Explore the trends in leadership from the past 20 years and what effective leadership is going forward.
Session 1: Evolution of HR: From Business Function to Strategic Partner
Lori J. Kelleher, Chief Human Resources Officer—Black & Veatch Corporation
Black & Veatch is a global engineering and construction company with revenues of $2.6 billion in 2011 and a global workforce of approximately 9,700 in more than 100 countries. As the leader of the global Human Resources for this organization, Lori is responsible for all facets of human resource management. She will engage the audience on how the role of HR has evolved in the past generation from a service to a strategic strength.
Session 2: Action Plan for Leadership Now
Kelly Tyler Byrnes, Chief Talent Officer & Director of Learning—MRIGlobal
MRIGlobal is an independent, not-for-profit organization that performs contract research for government and industry. At MRIGlobal since 2012, Kelly’s focus is on leadership development as it pertains to succession planning and company growth. She holds the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) designation and has been in the HR/Training field for nearly 20 years. Byrnes was named one of Kansas City’s Most Influential Women by KC Business. This session will focus on the skills required for effective leadership today and into the future.