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Laurie Ingram Consulting

LI Consulting is designed to help non-profit boards, development directors and staff to communicate effectively and reach goals via long term strategies, board development, PR and event planning. For profit companies will benefit from LI Consulting by utilizing our ability to help narrow the field of contenders for their charitable giving.

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The Fairy Godmother Of Nonprofit Solutions


Laurie Ingram: Success Strategist
Address: 4233 Roanoke Road Suite 100 Kansas City, MO 64111
Work Phone: 816-471-2800 X 202
Mobile Phone: 816-506-2127
Email: laurie@laurieingramconsulting.com

Laurie became involved in the philanthropic community by doing publicity work for the ALS Keith Worthington Chapter in the 1980s, just after college. Since then, Laurie has thrown herself whole-heartedly into a variety of community activities — too many to list– but among her personal highlights was chairing the Lyric Opera Ball (the first fundraising gala in Kansas City to NET more than one million dollars), her 16 years with the AIDSWalk Advisory Board, PEO Chapter LW, Non-Profit Connect Rising Stars in Philanthropy. Children’s Relief Association, University Academy, (which she lists as the event that most changed her), and most recently as a volunteer with the Kansas City Hospice House, taking care of patients first hand. All these plus 19 other volunteer positions to which she currently lends her time, have given Laurie a solid sense of our community.

Laurie has helped raise more than 20 million dollars for non-profit agencies in Kansas City. She has long been known to many as the “go-to” person for brainstorming new ideas in philanthropy. Her inspirations include her three children, her husband, family and memory of her late mother Jean, who believed that giving back was an essential part of life. Laurie and Chip continue to work as a team at home and as publishers of The Independent, Kansas City’s oldest continuously published magazine. They recently added the Theater Guide Publications to their product line. Laurie’s consulting business — which guides non-profit organizations in mounting successful events, is becoming increasingly more valuable. For Laurie, there are few things in life as important as God, family and community. And those who know her attest that she happily shares those gifts in abundance.

Services


Board and Volunteer Development
Utilize LI Consulting for expertise in mentoring and guidance to create the most responsive boards and volunteers you will ever have. We can work together to achieve a higher satisfaction rate among your organization and in turn make them more efficient and great ambassadors for your organization. LI Consulting will help you define –“Whose job is it anyway?” and help you create great board members/volunteers.


Grant Writing
This is one area never to be taken for granted. LI Consulting will train your staff on how to write a grant request that will be read word for word. LI Consulting can write or edit anything you have or will be doing in-house. Our systems allow us to specifically target foundations who should be listening to your proposals. Our specialty is knowing who we are “selling” it to, thus creating compelling reasons for them to say “yes” to your needs.


Membership Campaigns
Every organization needs to capitalize on the members they currently have, not to lose them year after year, and keep the membership growing. Let’s find a fresh and creative approach for your organization to be at the top of its game.


Nonprofit Startup
Don’t let lack of knowledge regarding legal issues hold you back from your great idea. Our team of lawyers can manage your 501(c)3 status from beginning to end.


Social Media & Branding
Every day this presence becomes more and more important in our digital world. Let our experts provide guidance to keep you up to date and in the know about where you stand in the community and also help you stay connected to the new and younger population that is becoming more active by the minute.


Strategic Planning
This is basically a “Master Plan” for your company. LI Consulting will review and develop the mission, vision and goals for your organization for a time period, usually one or three years, with optional five year plans, and of course 30 and 60 day emergency plans. It is essential to create this overview and have a clear plan in place when you are raising funds and seeking community support. LI Consulting will develop staffing plans, operating budgets, timelines, analysis of data, financial reporting, goals for the board, executive and development directors’ and evaluation plan. Within these items are various additional plans created specifically for your organization’s needs.

Advisory Board


Barnett Helzberg – Personal Mentor to Laurie Ingram

A Kansas City area native, Barnett Helzberg, Jr. received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Helzberg Diamonds (est. 1915) and expanded the company from 15 units in 1962 into the third largest jewelry retailer in 23 states which was sold to Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffett) in 1995. Barnett is the creator of the I Am Loved® theme and co-creator with Dr. Rich Davis of the book titled “I Am Loved”® published in 2001. He is the author of the book titled “What I Learned Before I Sold to Warren Buffett” published in 2003. He also wrote, with Deborah Shouse, the book, “Entrepreneurs + Mentors = Success; 22 Convincing Stories” published in 2012. Barnett is currently the Chairman and founder of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program and Co-founder and Board Member of the University Academy K-12 Charter School in Kansas City, Missouri. He established the Helzberg Leadership Fellows (a program to train young Jewish leadership) and has been an Adjunct Professor at Rockhurst University for more than 17 years. Barnett lives with his wife, Shirley, and they have two adult sons, Barnett III and Bush, and six brilliant grandsons, and one gorgeous and brilliant granddaughter.


 Crosby Kemper

Crosby Kemper III is the Director of The Kansas City Public Library and former CEO of UMB Financial Corporation. Educated at Pem-Day, Andover, Eton and Yale he has taught English at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. He is the editor of, “Winston Churchill: Resolution, Defiance, Magnanimity, Good Will”. In 2008 Crosby received the Difference Maker Award from The Urban League of Kansas City; and he and the Library received the Gold Medal for Libraries from the Institute for Museum and Library Services presented at the White House by former librarian, Laura Bush. In 2009 he was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame by the Kansas City Kansas Community College Endowment Association. In 2010 he was appointed to the Missouri Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission by Governor Jay Nixon, and received the William F. Yates Medallion for Distinguished Service from William Jewell College and the 2010 Harmony Humanitarian Hoffman Legacy Award.


 Debbie Bass

Debbie Bass, MPA, CFRE, joined Shawnee Mission Medical Center Foundation in February 2011 as their Associate Director. Prior to this, Debbie had been the Associate Director for Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation (TMC CF). She has been with TMC CF for 18 years and was responsible for raising $14 million. Debbie also teaches a continuing education grant-writing course at University of Kansas. Having received recognition from those TMC serves with mental illness has been the highest honor Debbie feels she ever received (Ark of Friends Professional of the Year Award, 1998, Public Relations Award, 1993, 1994, 1995). Debbie says, “I try to live each day to “Leave My Campsite Better than I Found It.”

 


Joyce Hrinya

Joyce assists chief executive officers of small to mid-size consumer businesses with customer-centric marketing approaches. She has over 24 years of brand marketing experience with extensive expertise in retail and consumer markets. Her previous experiences include executive positions at Helzberg Diamonds, Danskin, Liz Claiborne, Aris Isotoner and Coach. She has contributed to the Kansas City community for six years on the Starlight Theatre Board, chairing their Marketing Committee for two years, as well as co-chairing the 2011 University Academy Gala with Laurie Ingram. Joyce holds a BS in Finance from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 


Mary Bloch

Mary has served on several non-profit boards over the years. When she hit the big 5-0, she decided that while she would continue to serve the community, she needed to do something for herself as well. Though an attorney by trade, her love of cooking, combined with her passion for food and travel led her to turn to food writing. She writes a blog called Around The Block at aroundtheblockkc.com. She contributes to Kansas City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Visitor’s Guide. Serving as a regular panelist on “The Food Critics”, a local public radio show. Mary is a member of the Association of Food Journalists.

 


Kenna Lewis

Kenna is an energetic entrepreneur who first excelled in Corporate America with Fortune 500 companies. She worked with domestic and international partners in every aspect of business. Her expertise was in high performance leadership. A “people person,” Kenna shares her positive attitude with clients and vendors alike. She is dedicated to creating a culture in which client satisfaction, achieving results and pride of accomplishment are core values. A native of KC, Kenna has achieved a unique insight into the business climate of the area and has a wide span of business contacts and influences. She is known as the go-to-person to develop social media following for businesses and non-profits. Kenna has been on the following boards; John Wornall House, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and currently sits on the Power Chics Board.

 


Michael Lintecum

A native Kansas Citian, Michael has over thirty years of experience in public affairs work. He has held numerous political and governmental positions including service to several Members of Congress and The White House Advance Office, as a volunteer, under two Administrations. In addition to extensive organizational and public affairs experience, Michael’s fund raising background includes development work in higher education, health and social services, fraternal organizations, political groups and the arts. His recent experience in event management/advance work include coordinating functions for personalities such as Walter Cronkite, Chris Matthews, Lady Mary Soames and Mrs. Colin Powell. In the past Michael has advanced personalities including Presidents Ford and Reagan as well as then-Vice President Bush and former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. He has also directed events for the then-Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger, the late former Ambassador Clair Booth Luce, the then-Director of the CIA, William Casey, former First Lady Roslyn Carter, Walter Cronkite and poet Maya Angelou. In the Spring of 1992, Michael served as Event Director for Former President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev’s visit to Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri.

Michael Lintecum works with clients to maximize their fundraising and friend-raising potential, often by producing their special events. Services in any or all combinations include developing budgets, identifying and soliciting corporate and individual major financial support, creating and executing the event marketing plan, managing the volunteer committee, and serving as the producer of the actual event, including developing load-in schedules, traffic plan, designing PowerPoint presentations and/or video presentations and script writing.


Lisa Merrill Hickok

Lisa HickokA native Kansas Citian, Ms. Hickok has been involved with the Kansas City community her entire life. As a child, Ms. Hickok trained with the Kansas City Ballet, under the tutelage of company founder Tatiana Dokoudovska, joining the company first as an apprentice at the age 12 and as company member at age 13. She appeared in numerous community theater productions including Starlight Theatre and Shawnee Mission Theater in the Park, and was a principal in the children’s theater group “The Jack and Jill Players,” whose specials appeared every holiday on KMBC-TV 9. First serving as a Board member and head of the Marketing Committee for Kansas City Ballet Board of Trustees, Ms. Hickok was asked to join the staff and revitalize the marketing efforts of the Kansas City Ballet. As Director of Marketing from 2002-2008, Ms. Hickok and her team broke all sales records for Kansas City Ballet including top single and season ticket sales, and most season ticket subscribers in the company’s history. In November 2012, she chaired Crescendo for the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, moving the event to the Kauffman Center for the first time and breaking all previous attendance and revenue goals. Also in 2006, she was responsible for creating the first auxiliary for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Kauffman Center Ambassadors, and was appointed its first President in 2008, serving on its Executive Committee until the completion of her term in 2012.


Meg Conger

Meg CongerMy skills and experience make me an ideal candidate for the position of ADA coordinator. I am organized and can run an office; I can be a coordinator and staff at the same time. I am very much a self-starter who does not need excessive direction; once I know the task, I will complete it. I am also skilled at dealing with the public/constituents, often in difficult circumstances, and I excel in defusing difficult situations. Educating myself is something I enjoy doing, and I also enjoy educating others. My experience in fundraising has taught me how to secure funds and grants from a myriad of sources. I have been involved with the City of Kansas City for nearly 20 years, and have much knowledge of the workings of the City and its government. I have years of experience in Kansas City working with the civic, political and philanthropic communities in three counties. My involvement in organizations has included building awareness, fundraising, governing, consensus building and outreach.


Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones is a successful local event planner with a broad range of experience in planning and coordinating both small private affairs and large corporate events. Lisa spent most of her adult career in various marketing and sales positions with several large companies in Oklahoma City, Boston, and Kansas City. This included Seagate Technology, where she achieved over a million dollars in sales in 1999-2000 and was treated to an all expenses paid trip to Australia to receive her recognition on the stage of the Sydney Opera House. While working in the corporate world, Lisa always made time for volunteering at the various charitable fundraising activities of local organizations. These included the Junior League and the Chi Omega Sorority. Lisa’s volunteer activities reached a pinnacle when she served as the Chairperson for the Kansas City Ballet School’s annual Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Based on all the positive feedback from attendees and vendors, Lisa started her own event planning company, Millie’s Event Designs, in October 2010.


Trudy Gabriel

Trudy has been involved with volunteering for many great organizations, such as the following: Click Here to View

Professionals For Webinars


Kenna Lewis

The importance of social media

Kenna is an energetic entrepreneur who first excelled in Corporate America with Fortune 500 companies. She worked with domestic and international partners in every aspect of business. Her expertise was in high performance leadership. A native of KC, Kenna has achieved a unique insight into the business climate of the area and has a wide span of business contacts and influences. Kenna owns the Leadership Institute of Greater Kansas City and Social Centric Media. New Days Coaching will also be launching in the near future. Kenna has been on the following boards; John Wornall House, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and currently sits on the Power Chics Board.


Barnett Helzberg

Personal Mentor to Laurie Ingram

A Kansas City area native, Barnett Helzberg, Jr. received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Helzberg Diamonds (est. 1915) and expanded the company from 15 units in 1962 into the third largest jewelry retailer in 23 states which was sold to Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffett) in 1995. Barnett is the creator of the I Am Loved® theme and co-creator with Dr. Rich Davis of the book titled “I Am Loved”® published in 2001. He is the author of the book titled “What I Learned Before I Sold to Warren Buffett” published in 2003. He also wrote, with Deborah Shouse, the book, “Entrepreneurs + Mentors = Success; 22 Convincing Stories” published in 2012.Barnett is currently the Chairman and founder of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program and Co-founder and Board Member of the University Academy K-12 Charter School in Kansas City, Missouri. He established the Helzberg Leadership Fellows (a program to train young Jewish leadership) and has been an Adjunct Professor at Rockhurst University for more than 17 years. Barnett lives with his wife, Shirley, and they have two adult sons, Barnett III and Bush, and six brilliant grandsons, and one gorgeous and brilliant granddaughter.


Andie Weisz

Keeping your volunteers informed, happy and connected

Mrs. Weisz is a partner with boost501, a firm she co-founded in 2010 to provide personalized, private websites to leaders of non-profits to help them streamline their communications and manage their organizations more efficiently. boost501 websites are easy-to-use, secure communications hubs that allow non-profits to make announcements, schedule events, discuss issues and share documents. Nonprofits using boost501 are located across the country and come from a wide variety of sectors. Prior to founding boost501, she served as president of the Pembroke Hill School Parents Association from 2008-2009. In 2009-2010, she managed more than 200 volunteers who comprised the 11 tasting committees for the Centennial Commemorative Cookbook. Mrs. Weisz has served on the boards of the Carriage Club, William Jewell Fine Arts Program, Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and the Jewish Family Services agency of the Jewish Federation of Kansas City. She has chaired the Public Relations committee for the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art cookbook. While living in New York and Los Angeles she served in leadership positions of both the Junior League and the Jewish Federation. Mrs. Weisz earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Michael Lintecum

Strategic planning for your organization

A native Kansas Citian, Michael has over thirty years of experience in public affairs work. He has held numerous political and governmental positions including service to several Members of Congress and The White House Advance Office, as a volunteer, under two Administrations.
In addition to extensive organizational and public affairs experience, Michael’s fund raising background includes development work in higher education, health and social services, fraternal organizations, political groups and the arts. His recent experience in event management/advance work include coordinating functions for personalities such as Walter Cronkite, Chris Matthews, Lady Mary Soames and Mrs. Colin Powell. In the past Michael has advanced personalities including Presidents Ford and Reagan as well as then-Vice President Bush and former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. He has also directed events for the then-Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger, the late former Ambassador Clair Booth Luce, the then-Director of the CIA, William Casey, former First Lady Roslyn Carter, Walter Cronkite and poet Maya Angelou. In the Spring of 1992, Michael served as Event Director for Former President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev’s visit to Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri.

Michael Lintecum works with clients to maximize their fundraising and friend-raising potential, often by producing their special events. Services in any or all combinations include developing budgets, identifying and soliciting corporate and individual major financial support, creating and executing the event marketing plan, managing the volunteer committee, and serving as the producer of the actual event, including developing load-in schedules, traffic plan, designing PowerPoint presentations and/or video presentations and script writing. 


SSS-_RIS4025eS. Sloane Simmons

The Creative Effect

After 15 years in retail, Sloane Simmons is proud to co-own an award-winning store – STUFF – with her sister, Casey Simmons. STUFF has stretched the boundaries of traditional galleries and retail stores, is recognized as one of the top stores in the country for selling handmade arts, is one of the top small businesses in Kansas City, has been honored for ethical practices, and is known for investing in the local community. It continues to humble them both when these awards are given, because STUFF doesn’t strive for awards – they strive to operate an outstanding business, and to feel good about running a business that is judged on merits beyond financial success. Sloane has experience in serving on not-for-profit boards and their committees. For eight years, she served on the board of the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and she ended her time there as a two-term president of the board. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Kansas City Free Health Clinic and is their Board President. The Chancellor’s Advisory Board to the Women’s Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is another current responsibility in which she holds a position as Board President. She has recently joined the board of directors of Friends of Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.


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Lisa Pelofsky

Capital Campaigns

Lisa Pelofsky is the Chief Executive Officer of Pelofsky and Associates, Inc., a Kansas City, Missouri based consulting firm founded in 2002. Pelofsky and Associates, Inc. (P&A) provides fund development services to non profit organizations across the country. P&A’s current and past clients include: City of Kansas City, Missouri Health Department; Metropolitan Community College; Northland Health Care Access; Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center; Saint Luke’s Hospital Foundation; The American Red Cross, Synergy Services and many others. The most recent campaign completed was the campaign for a new health care facility for Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center for 26 million dollars. Lisa earned her Bachelor’s degree from American University in 1986 where she also lettered in women’s basketball as an NCAA Division I athlete. She began her fundraising career immediately after college serving in various fundraising positions on Congressional and Senatorial political campaigns in the Midwest and on the West coast. Following these campaigns, she spent time on Capitol Hill as a Congressional staffer.

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