Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events in 2018

All of our monthly events are held from 7:30 – 9 a.m. on the third Thursday at Brio Tuscan Grille, 502 Nichols Rd, Kansas City, MO 64112 on the Country Club Plaza.


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July 19, 7:30 a.m.    

Brio on the Plaza        

You Finished a Campaign. Time to Uncork the Champagne?


Hop off the deadline treadmill and begin your next project in the Zen zone of measurable marketing.


Whew! Your campaign is finished and it feels good. But what did it actually accomplish? It’s easy to get caught up in deadline-driven messaging and move on to the next project. But before you do, let Tara Saylor, a program manager for internal and executive communication at Cerner, help you make your next campaign better. Tara will explain how you can practically:

  • Determine how to measure success at the outset
  • Make the most of the pre-campaign stage
  • Work effectively with stakeholders
  • Crush it!
  • Measure and report
  • Celebrate

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July 31, 11:30 a.m.

Cinzetti’s, 7201 W. 91st St., OPKS

IndyComm | Searching for your SEO solution? Here’s your answer!

Does the mention of SEO have you feeling OMG?


Yes or no, join IndyComm on Tuesday, July 31, for an informative session on search engine optimization featuring Josiah Casey, SEO expert and solo practitioner. With years of experience helping individuals and organizations get found online, Josiah will speak to the latest happenings in a search-first world:


  • How to use SEO to add value to your content creation process and get results for your clients or yourself.
  • How to speak more confidently about search with clients you have or want.
  • How to work proven SEO techniques to your best advantage.
  • How to avoid making SEO mistakes with your website.

 Register now! Space is limited and you won’t want to miss this valuable discussion.


Josiah is the founder of KC Visibility, an online marketing agency that helps businesses understand and increase the value of their websites with inbound marketing. Before transitioning to KC Visibility full time, Josiah served as Manager of Search at MMGY Global, a worldwide travel marketing agency whose clients include the City of Cleveland, Destination DC, and CheapCarribean.com. Josiah oversaw all SEO activities at MMGY, including integrating SEO into website designs and content strategy.


Josiah has a degree in Business Administration and Marketing from William Jewell College. Developing his talents for SEO, he learned that the best marketing decisions are based in data and research, not on intuition. Josiah’s passion lies in making noticeable improvements in clients’ online presences, while removing the higher fees and slower processes that often come with larger marketing firms.

August 16, 7:30 a.m.

Hit the Marketing Bull’s Eye With a Buyer Persona


Tired of throwing blindfolded?


Many marketing approaches have the accuracy of a shot in the dark. Surely we’ll hit something if we keep trying, right? But what if we actually crafted messages our audience wanted to hear? It doesn’t have to be a guessing game. Tricia McKim, a veteran marketer and now the owner of Tricia McKim LLC, will share how to use and create a buyer persona so that your efforts pay off. A buyer persona is different than a buyer profile, which can be gleaned from public sources and your database. For that reason, a persona is much more valuable to your brand.


This presentation will:

  • Help you understand a persona and how it is created using your most important source: the customer (or near-miss customers)
  • Help you make the most of an existing persona, targeting your communications to match the needs of your audience
  • Explain how you can work with a pro to create a persona
  • Share the DIY option for creating a persona on your own



September 20, 7:30 a.m.

Where’s the Panic Button?


Learn how to craft an effective response before the crisis.


In today’s fast-paced, 24×7 world, crises are bound to happen. Disgruntled employees with guns, unexpected accidents on a job site, data breaches and “group think” social media outrage offer just a few examples of possible crisis situations. It’s not about if you’ll experience a crisis, but when one will happen. Gain a deeper understanding of the potential crises you could face and practical steps you can take now to manage your reputation.


Presented by Sheri Johnson, president, Morningstar Communications



Oct. 18, 7:30 A.M.  

Net Totality: Turn Your Website Into a Marketing and Branding Powerhouse    


Learn to make the most of your existing site and how to re-launch and blow up your brand.


Social media is all the rage, but you’re only a renter on the social space. When it comes to your website: You own it. There’s no more important component to your brand, no matter your type of business or organization. Whether you’re re-launching a website or making the most of what you’ve got, you’ll learn actionable steps from our panel of experts to move you forward.


Presented by:

  • Mohammed Azeem, digital marketing strategist, ConstellationCK
  • Gabe Braddy, development lead, Hallmark.com
  • Steve Green, president and CEO, Blue Rivet


Know a great speaker?

We’re always looking for new speakers for luncheons, conferences and special events. If you know someone who would be of interest to KC IABC’s members and guests, let us know.





We hope to see you at our next event.