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NAWBO-KC Members honored by the Kansas City Business Journal as Women Who Mean Business

Brandy McCombs, International Builders and Consultants (IBC Inc.), and Kelly Wilson, Weave Gotcha Covered!, have been selected for the 2016 class of Women Who Mean Business.   The 2016 class will be honored at a luncheon on August 26.   Take time to congratulate Brandy and Kelly for this accomplishment.



Kay Saunders, Human Asset Imaging Instiute, “Publishes the Book” on Interpersonal Skill Building.

Interpersonal Secrets for Professional Success, By Kay Allyn Saunders, MBA

November 2011

In a time of increased need for accountability and relationship building, workers at all levels must form interpersonal relationships with peers – as well as the public. The ability to accomplish this successfully is essential to productivity, performance, budgets and plans and is the subject of the new book, Interpersonal Secrets for Professional Success,” by Kay A. Saunders, founder and CEO of Bellewether, Ltd. and President/CEO of its subsidiary The Human Asset Imaging® Institute, which focuses on the people side of productivity – turning personal potential into organizational performance.

“Everything in a world filled with people hinges on how well people negotiate to get along,
accomplish tasks and utilize resources,” said Saunders. “What could be more practical to
achievement than gaining greater people skills?”

Saunders goes on to explain that it is a crucial time for managers to re-tool staff so that they may
more effectively adjust to social and economic changes brought about by increasing public
expectations, shifting US demographics, a diverse workforce composed of five generations,
attrition caused by retiring seasoned workers, globalization, and privatization.

“Certainly, the need for interpersonal skillfulness has never been such an obvious success factor,”
she adds.

The book is designed to guide readers through practical information, achievable steps and realistic
recommendations and is a comprehensive tool filled with relative information important to forming
and preserving personal, professional and social relationships.

“This book provides meaningful explanations to complex concepts in interpersonal dealings and
along the way intertwines fun, interesting stories of how some of the most well-known
contemporary and historic figures have leveraged relationships with some of the most unlikely of
people to gain friendships and influence, leading to mutual gain.

Every concept in the book can be tied back to practical business application and this provides a
fantastic platform for individual and team discussion and learning.

The book encompasses 11 dimensions of content and correlates to the Human Asset Imaging®
Inventory, an online assessment tool created by Saunders in conjunction with the U.S. Department
of Labor. “The assessment affordably appraises individual and group knowledge, skills, behaviors
and attitudes and measures what people know, or need to know about critical interpersonal skills in
eight dimensions and 32 competencies. It provides enormous value to business owners and
managers who must fill knowledge gaps but have limited training dollars,” Saunders said.

Saunders went on to say, “This book draws direct correlation of these interpersonal skills topics to
business foundations so employees understand how to build more effective relationships.
Managers build the skills needed to improve productivity, morale, employee retention, teamwork
and customer relations.”

Interpersonal dimensions explored throughout this book include Leadership, Self-Management,
Ethical Behavior, Professionalism, Communication, Interpersonal Behavior, Social Behavior,
Multiculturalism, Problem Solving, Decision Making and Business Foundations.


Marty Stanley, Dynamic Dialog Inc., Elected President-Elect for NSA-KC and Member of the Year

June 2011

Marty was recently elected to the board of directors for the National Speakers Association Kansas City Chapter.  She will serve as President-Elect for the 2011-2012 board. She was also awarded Member of the Year and will be recognized at the National Speakers Conference in Anaheim, CA in July.


This year Marty was a mentor for the Power of Pink Mentoring Program and has served as a NAWBO-KC board member from 2001-2007, including as President from 2003-2004, and received the Team Builder Award in 2007.


In addition to being a national speaker and trainer, Marty is an executive coach and organizational facilitator.




Women Who Mean Business Class of 2011

May 2011

The winners have been selected for the Kansas City Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business class of 2011.


The program honors corporate executives, entrepreneurs and professionals who are at the top of their game.


This year’s class marks the program’s 12th anniversary and brings to 300 the total number of women recognized. Previous winners have formed a network of ongoing support and friendship.


To identify potential honorees, the Kansas City Business Journal solicited nominations of women who have made significant contributions to business and industry in the Kansas City area. The nominees submitted detailed applications highlighting challenges they’ve faced, outstanding business accomplishments, growth plans for their companies, contributions to the community and efforts to improve the climate for women in business.

 A panel of judges, including prominent business experts and past honorees, spent hours reviewing the applications to identify the 25 women who make up this year’s class.  The following our our NAWBO-KC members who made the list!


Kim Deveney, American Funding Solutions LLC


Kiersten Firquain, Bistro Kids


Diana Kander, KR Legal Management LLC


Delena Stout, Brookside Barkery and Bath


Laura Maver Ward, MidCap Advisors



Candid Marketing & Communications Received Two Bronze Quill Awards

May 2011


LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (May 11, 2011) - candid, a full-service marketing and communications firm, was recognized Friday evening by the Kansas City Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)  with two Bronze Quill Awards. The Truman Medical Center (TMC) Charitable Foundation's Hello Baby! campaign received the Bronze Quill in the Publication Design Category, while the identity campaign for the Independence Economic Development Council took the Bronze Quill in Graphic Design. The annual awards ceremony was held May 6 at The Clubhouse on Baltimore in Kansas City, Missouri.


The Bronze Quill Awards celebrate excellence in the field of business communication. Award-winning entries are recognized for their innovation, creativity, strategic alignment and effective graphic communications.


"Having the work that we do for our clients recognized by other professional communicators is an added bonus for us," said Becky Freetly-Graber, president of candid. "We are honored to be a part of these award-wining collaborations with our clients and look forward to partnering with them to achieve additional success."



Kim Deveney, President of NAWBO-KC, Recognized with SBA Award

April 2011


The President of the Kansas City Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and local entrepreneur, Kim Deveney of American Funding Solutions, was recently recognized as a 2011 Small Business Administration (SBA) award winner.


Deveney, the managing partner of American Funding Solutions in Blue Springs, was selected as the 2011 SBA Women in Business Champion.  American Funding Solutions provides alternative funding solutions to small businesses nationwide, helping them acquire the capital they need to grow.  Deveney has been a NAWBO member for several years and serves as the current President of NAWBO-KC, an organization that represents the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all industries.


According to the SBA, Champions are judged on their dedicated assistance to small business beyond their professional involvement in the field of their award.  Winners in each category from the SBA's 10 regions compete for national awards, which will be announced at the National Small Business Week celebration event, May 12-14 in Washington, DC.



Stephanie Isaacson Received Honorable Mention for Enterprising Women of 2011

April 2011

Congratulations to Stephanie Isaacson, New Horizons Environmental, who has been chosen as an Honorable Mention recipient for the 2011 Enterprising Women of the Year and will be recognized in Boca Raton with the Class of 2011.

Enterprising Women, headquartered in North Carolina, is the nation's only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners that chronicles the growing political, economic, and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women.  The magazine provides a friendly meeting place, a public form, and an international stage for the critical issues confronting women's business and daily lives from the unique perspectives and experiences of entrepreneurial women.









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