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Theme: Uncharted

This event occurred on
September 21, 2013
12:00am - 5:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Kansas City, MO
United States

Ideas shared involve risk-taking and may involve mistakes.

We have focused our curating efforts towards people who were going, or had gone, beyond limitations. we are hinting at geography as well as the limits of our imaginations. Inspiring and exhilarating, we invite you – to discover, explore, and challenge THE UNCHARTED.

Jeanette Nichols Forum
800 East 51st Street
Kansas City, MO, 64110
United States
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Eric Bunch

Eric Bunch, Director of Education at BikeWalkKC, manages bicycle and pedestrian educational programming and the operations of Kansas City B-Cycle, the city’s public bike share system. Eric also is leading an effort to make KC Public Schools more walkable and bikeable. He and his small family call Midtown KC home.

Mona Lyne

Mona Lyne is an associate professor and chair in the Political Science department at UMKC. She specializes in comparative politics and international relations. With her engaging personality, Mona challenges and inspires her students to think innovatively about current events.

Anton Kotar

Anton Kotar has worked in the commercial construction industry since 1981. After opening his own construction company, he saw the value in resources which were being wasted. After creating Grinders in the Crossroads in 2003, he understood the necessity of recycling. In October 2012, he opened his restaurant, Anton’s Taproom, which is dedicated to sustainability and a locally sourced experience. Although his restaurant has been open for less than a year, NY Times claims Anton provides arguably the finest steak in the region.

Karrin Allyson

Karrin Allyson is a 4-Time Grammy Nominee. She is a mid-western native now residing in New York City. She has thirteen critically acclaimed recordings out and travels the globe with her signature style.

Ramsey Mohsen

Ramsey Mohsen is the Director of Social Media at DEG, a full service e-consultancy firm in Kansas City. He leads social media engagements for both mid-sized businesses to global brands, including Hallmark, Lee Jeans, and Hyatt. He speaks at numerous conferences across the country and has had his work published in notable outlets such as Mashable and TechCrunch. Ramsey is also regular guest on KCTV5 for TV interviews regarding the latest announcements in technology, social media, and gadget reviews.

Willam Black

William Black is an associate professor of economics and law at UMKC. He has held many prestigious positions, including executive director for Fraud Prevention. He recently helped the World Bank develop anti-corruption initiatives and served as an expert for OFHEO in its enforcement action against Fannie Mae’s former senior management.He is a criminologist and former financial regulator.

Phil Borges

Phil Borges, filmmaker and photographer, has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures for over 25 years. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and his award winning books have been published in four languages. Phil’s recent project, Inner Worlds, explores cultural differences with respect to consciousness and mental illness.

Joyce Layman

Joyce Layman is the founder of Mind By Design. She is a keynote speaker with a passion for helping audiences to overcome their greatest obstacle - the four inches between their ears. Joyce currently serves as the President of the National Speakers Association, Kansas City chapter.

Omar Holmon

Omar Holmon is a Rutgers graduate, a 4 time grand slam champion [Urbana, Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, and Loserslam Grandslam,(twice)] and the only man alive to punch the planet Jupiter in the face. He was featured on season 2 of Verses and Flow,Final stage at the 2009 National Poetry Slam and has his work published in literary journals such as Pank, Used Furniture Review, & The Legendary and as of five minutes ago discovered 7 new species of ferns.

Archelle Georgiou

Archelle Georgiou is a physician who uses her medical expertise to help people and business navigate the healthcare system to make sure they get what they need. In 2009, Archelle was the medical correspondent for the Blue Zones international expedition to Ikaria, Greece where she helped explore the underlying explanations of the island’s longevity along with the National Geographic team.

Organizing team


Kansas City, MO, United States
  • Caleb Michael Files
    Vice Curator
  • Rahul Maheshwari
    Finance Chair
  • Laura Becker
    Director of Speaker Relations
  • Emily McGhee
    Public Relations Chair
  • Dipen Patel
    Director of Media
  • Santhi Reddi
    Director of Logistics
  • Sean Ghosh
    Marketing Chair