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The Barton School of Business Executive Education Program presents Creating Resilient, High-Performing Cultures, 7:45a – 5p, May 6 and 7, Wichita Country Club. $2,950. Only 30 spaces available

Join the W. Frank Barton School of Business for its first in a series of intimate, impactful, immersive workshops for top executives. Our inaugural, 2-day workshop will show you how to build a business culture that thrives in any environment. Meals will be provided.

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Workshop Details

7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.  •  May 6 & 7  •  Wichita Country Club  •  $2,950


Who should attend

Our workshops are specifically designed for:

CEOs   |   C-Suite executives   |   • Other top-level executives

Key Outcomes


  • Learn to build a thriving culture from global subject experts
  • Enjoy networking opportunities with other top execs
  • Discover why culture eats strategy for lunch
  • Find out the five ingredients for effective culture
  • Learn the cultural roadblocks and how to avoid them
  • Instill accountability into your organization’s culture
  • Understand the impact of strong communications channels
  • Develop a culture that includes and empowers employees
  • Learn how to engage and enhance your culture remotely

Presenters


Our global culture experts will discuss a variety of actionable insights for your business. We encourage you to start a dialogue, challenge and ask questions. Interact with these members who are at the top of their fields:

Curt Coffman

Curt Coffman

Founder, The Coffman Organization

Combining a deep understanding of data with his psychology expertise, Curt finds the stories behind the numbers. He makes data sing. His insights have helped revolutionize how companies view culture and employee engagement as the founder of The Coffman Organization and co-author of the bestselling book, “First, Break All the Rules.” Prior to starting his company, Curt spent 22 years at Gallup as the former Global Practice Leader for employee and customer engagement consulting.

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Ginger Hardage

Ginger Hardage

Founder, Unstoppable Cultures

As the SVP of culture and communications at Southwest Airlines, Ginger created their powerhouse culture that it’s known for today. As a leader of more than 150 people, her and her team led Southwest to multiple honors including being a perpetual standout on Fortune’s “Most Admired Companies in the World” list. She is now the founder of Unstoppable Cultures, a global brand that helps organizations sustain great culture.

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Dr. Dan Denison

Dr. Dan Denison

Chairman & Founder, Denison Consulting

For 25 years, Dr. Dan Denison has advanced the field of organizational development and is one of its leading scholars, practitioners and teachers. He is the co-author of “Leading Culture Change in Global Organizations” and has consulted many corporations around the world regarding organizational change, leadership development and cultural issues associated with mergers & acquisitions, turnarounds and globalization.

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Mary Alice McNeil

Mary Alice McNeil

Leading Communication Expert

A strategic leader and a successful business consultant who excels at building relationships that result in an engaging environment to build resilient and high performing cultures. McNeil is a communication coach, facilitator, and speaker who custom designs programs to address the challenges managers face in 2021 – communicating to stakeholders. building inclusive teams, strengthening client relationships, and developing authentic leadership in a socially distanced world. Over the last 30 years, she has impacted thousands of professionals through corporate clients, like Landor Associates, VISA International, PG&E, Chevron, Patelco Credit Union, Provident Credit Union, Kovarus, the California Tissue Donor Network and the Association of Junior Leagues, Int’l. She has also taught countless MBA students during her 25 years as a faculty member in the School of Economics and Business Administration at St. Mary’s College. Additionally, management positions at St. Mary’s College, Williams Sonoma, Inc., Bank of America, and the University of Virginia allow her to seamlessly bridge the gap between organizational practice and academic research. She finds high touch solutions in a high tech world.

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Barbara McGraw

Dr. Barbara McGraw

Leading Expert on Values-Based and Intercultural Leadership

Formerly a corporate finance attorney with the international law firm Skadden Arps, Barbara A. McGraw holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Social Ethics (1999) and a Juris Doctor Degree (1984) both from the University of Southern California. A thought-leader in the newly emerging intercultural-interfaith leadership field, Dr. McGraw is a champion of values-based leadership that takes account of the deep religious value roots of constituents’ diverse cultures in galvanizing them for organizational cohesion and effectiveness.

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Wichita Cultural Leader Panelists


Margaret DeChant

Margaret Dechant

CEO, Partner & Wealth Advisor at 6 Meridian

Margaret Dechant has spent decades in the finance field and got her start with a private banking group. Margaret was successful in her career working for a national brokerage firm, but she and her business partners made the bold move of starting their own firm designed to serve entrepreneurial-minded clients.

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Paul Allen

Paul Allen

CEO, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C.

Paul Allen has served as chief executive officer of Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C. (AGH) since 1987. He was the managing partner of a national accounting firm’s office in Wichita until AGH’s founding members created an independently-owned firm to more effectively serve closely held, entrepreneurial companies and public sector entities in the central U.S.

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James Nastars

James Nastars

President and CEO, Meritrust Credit Union

James Nastars has served as the president / CEO with Meritrust since 2013, and has been in the credit union and banking industries for more than 30 years. He also serves as board member of the Heartland Credit Union Association, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Wichita Community Foundation, and MEMBERS Development Company.

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Luncheon Presenters / Cultural Practicum Leader


Bill Voloch

Luncheon Presenter
Bill Voloch

President and Chief Executive Officer, Wesley Medical Center

Bill Voloch is the president and chief executive officer at Wesley Medical Center. He is an innovative leader with more than 14 years of experience in hospital management. Prior to joining Wesley, Voloch served as the chief financial officer at the Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado. He began his career with HCA in 1993 at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago. Voloch graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, and he and received his Master of Business Administration degree from Regis University. Voloch has volunteered with the Rotary Club, as a Cub Scout den leader and with the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He and his wife, Juli, have three sons and two daughters.

Luis Rodriguez

Luncheon Presenter
Luis Rodriguez

President, Keycentrix, LLC

As president of Keycentrix, LLC (keycentrix™) Luis Rodriguez leads a group of hardworking and highly skilled technologists and support professionals toward greater and greater levels of success. He is truly a developer at heart, in every sense of the word. His zeal for both the advancement of technology and helping unlock the potential of people, communities, and businesses drives his actions and motivates him every day.

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Brian Rawson

Cultural Practicum Leader
Brian Rawson

Management Educator, W. Frank Barton School of Business

Following 25 years in consulting, management and executive roles in the corporate world (seven of which were spent in Japan), Brian now pursues his passion of teaching in order to help organizations and individuals achieve profitable growth.

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DAY 1: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Time Topic Speaker
7:45a Breakfast  
8:15a Welcome

Dr. Larisa Genin
Dean, W. Frank Barton School of Business

Dr. Gerald Graham
Director, Executive Education Programs at W. Frank Barton School of Business

8:30a Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch (Part 1) Curt Coffman
Founder, The Coffman Organization
10a Break  
10:15a The 5 Lies of Organizational Culture Ginger Hardage

Founder, Unstoppable Cultures

11:45a Lunch  
12p Luncheon Presentation: Insights from a Cultural Warrior Bill Voloch
President and Chief Executive Officer, Wesley Medical Center
1p VIRTUAL SESSION: Can Your Culture Withstand a Crisis? Mary Alice McNeil
Leading Communication Expert
2:30p Break  
2:45p Cultural Practicum: Interactive Case Study Brian Rawson
Management Educator, W. Frank Barton School of Business
5p Adjourn  

DAY 2: Friday, May 7, 2021

Time Topic Speaker
7:45a Breakfast  
8:15a Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch (Part 2) Curt Coffman
Founder, The Coffman Organization
9:45a Break  
10a VIRTUAL SESSION: Leading with Values Dr. Barbara McGraw
Leading Expert on Values-Based and Intercultural Leadership
11:30a Lunch  
Noon Luncheon Presentation: Insights from a Cultural Warrior Luis Rodriguez
President, Keycentrix, LLC
12:30p VIRTUAL SESSION: Remote Work and the Cultural Connection Dr. Dan Denison
Chairman & Founder, Denison Consulting
2p Break  
2:15p Creating Resilient, High-Performing Cultures: How Wichita Leaders Make It Happen

Margaret Dechant
CEO, Partner & Wealth Advisor at 6 Meridian

Paul Allen
CEO of Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C.

James Nastars
President and CEO, Meritrust Credit Union

3:45p Breakdown, Activation & Final Thoughts  
4:45p Adjourn  
 
Dr. Gerald Graham teaching

About the Executive Education Programs Director

Events like this are made possible by the Barton School’s new Executive Education Programs. Dr. Gerald Graham serves as its director. As a researcher, writer and consultant, Dr. Graham has made a tremendous impact in the classroom and in business including the more than 750,000 participants around the world who have attended his management presentations.

 

COVID Precautions

This workshop will be held in-person in order to enhance networking opportunities and promote interaction between attendees and presenters. We will be following the CDC, City of Wichita and Wichita Country Club guidelines throughout the event. Social distancing and mask requirements will be enforced. If the event is impacted by COVID-19, it will proceed as schedule in a virtual format. Any changes will be sent out in advance.