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Central Exchange Leadership Lyceum

Award-Winning ABC News Journalist

Elizabeth Vargas will share her personal stories of change, growth and reinvention. She has traveled the world covering breaking news and reporting in-depth investigations. She is currently the co-anchor of “20/20” with David Muir. Vargas is also the author of “Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction” released in 2016.

Elizabeth Vargas

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Rice University professor and author of “Stretch”

Using colorful stories from businesses both well-known and little-known—Yuengling Beer, Major League Baseball, Fastenal, Netflix, NASA, etc.—Sonenshein demonstrates how stretchers’ ability to deploy resources beyond convention consistently helps them devise products, processes, services and work cultures that are unique and game-changing and explains 4 steps anyone can use to improve their ability to stretch.

Scott Sonenshein

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Executive Vice President, and Treasurer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Ronetta shares her ideas on ‘Becoming and Staying Relevant’ through diversity in the workplace. She currently leads the teams responsible for overseeing Ethics functions for Walmart U.S., Sam’s Club, and the Home Office, and for ensuring that Walmart’s policies, practices, procedures and systems are compliant with federal, state and local employment laws and regulations. Prior to joining Walmart, Ronetta served as a Senior Trial Attorney at the Dallas District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Ronetta J. Francis

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Claire shares her ideas on ‘Becoming and Staying Relevant’ through diversity in the workplace. She has been recognized throughout her career for her strong commitment to diversity. In addition to winning the Dave Jackson Trailblazer Award, in recent years she has been named a Diversity Champion by Diversity Edge magazine and was added to the “Women Worth Watching” list by Diversity Journal.

Claire Babineaux

Executive Vice President and Treasurer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

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Maureen Chiquet

From St. Louis to Paris and Old Navy to Chanel, Chiquet shares what she learned throughout her 30-year career in ‘BEYOND THE LABEL: Women, Leadership and Success on Our Own Terms’. She shares the unsung benefits of a jagged path to leadership in the workplace, how a self-professed introvert can learn to address—and win over—a crowded room, how to recognize that one professional opportunity has reached its conclusion and that it’s time to move on, and more.

Former Global CEO Chanel

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2016 Lyceum Gallery

Central Exchange leadership development programs create a pool of highly qualified leaders available for executive positions in the Kansas City area. This supports our strategic initiative win|win, a business case for Kansas City, to increase gender diversity at the top of area companies.

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