Library Launches New Series of Public Discussions, The Real/Modern Show, With a Look at How Kansas City Can Build on Recent Successes

Real/Modern
Launching a new series, Real/Modern: KC, social media and digital marketing veterans Ramsey Mohsen and John Kreicbergs lead a fast-paced public discussion about the ways organizations and businesses use Kansas City as a selling point.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Program: 
6:30 pm
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The Library launches a new series, Real/Modern: KC, that takes a humorous, opinionated, intimate, and informative look at the modern world of design, technology, and media engagement. In this inaugural installment, social media and digital marketing veterans Ramsey Mohsen and John Kreicbergs lead a panel discussion about the ways local organizations use Kansas City as a selling point. Is the current Cowtown buzz helping area firms attract clients and recruit talent? Are developments like Google Fiber making KC a major player on the tech scene? Does the city need more than hometown sports and cultural offerings to elevate its reputation?

The fast-paced format features three elements: a quick rundown of timely industry news and topics followed by an interactive, in-person and online question-and-answer session and finally a lively conversation among Mohsen, Kreicbergs, and a panel of featured guests.



Jon Stephens — Founder & President, Rockhill Strategic
Jon is a 15-plus year veteran of the advertising and marketing industry. After stints with two of KC's top agencies, he served as the director of marketing and public relations with the Cordish Company and later the president of the Kansas City Power & Light District. He started his own advertising/marketing/communications consulting firm, Rockhill Strategic, in 2009; has served on the KCCVA's board of directors for the last 6 years, was part of the team that assembled the bid for the 2016 Republican National Convention and served as the interim President and CEO of the KCCVA from 2013 to 2014.

Chase McAnulty — CEO, Charlie Hustle
You may not immediately know who Chase McAnulty is but odds are that you've seen his work a lot in the last few years. In fact, some of it may be sitting in your closet right now. As a student at the Kansas City Art Institute Chase started his first company, Wicked Threadz, out of the basement of his parent's house as a way to help pay his way through college. After graduating in 2012, he then started Charlie Hustle. It's now one of Kansas City's best known vintage t-shirt and casual clothing lines, whose "heart KC" design has become one of the most recognizable grassroots designs to brand our city in since KCMO's official fountain logo was created in the early 80s.

Jennifer Wadella — Software Engineer at SMRxT
Jennifer Wadella has been writing code since before she realized it was a credible career path. After graduating from Drake University in 2009 with degrees in graphic design and business management, she returned home to Kansas City. She currently works as a full-stack developer at a medication adherence startup with a love of building javascript applications and speaking at technical conferences. Jennifer is an active member of the KC tech community and the founder of Kansas City Women in Technology (KCWiT), a non-profit aimed at growing the number of women in technology careers in Kansas City. She also founded and organizes CoderDojoKC, Coding & Cupcakes, and Coding & Cocktails, and sits on several boards and committees including the Shawnee Mission School District CTE Advisory board, KC STEM Alliance's Girls in STEM initiative, and Young Women in STEM Conference planning committee.

Erik Wullschleger — Director of LiveKC
After graduating from the University of Nebraska 2004, Erik Wullschleger moved to KC. A ten year veteran of Sprint, he also earned an MBA in entrepreneurship from UMKC during that time and was a driving force behind the formation of the Sprint Accelerator, an entrepreneurial and innovation center located in the heart of KC. In August of 2014, after spending more and more time in a volunteer capacity, Erik became the Director of LiveKC, a joint initiative between some of Kansas City's most recognizable and influential companies who's goal is to make Kansas City a more attractive place for Millennials to live, work and play. His team is dedicated to crafting unique and new pop-up experiences that not only raise the profile of KC, but also attract young new talent to our city.

Fri, 06/05/2015
Courtney Lewis,816.701.3669
Library Launches New Series of Public Discussions, The Real/Modern Show,<br> With a Look at How Kansas City Can Build on Recent Successes

(Kansas City, Missouri) - From its revitalized downtown to a growing tech reputation and vibrant culinary scene, Kansas City is generating some good buzz of late. How are local business and organizations capitalizing? To what degree can they?

Launching The Real/Modern Show—a series of public discussions focusing on the modern world of design, technology, and media engagement—digital marketing and social media veterans Ramsey Mohsen and John Kreicbergs lead a panel of experts and professionals in an exploration of how individuals, businesses, and civic entities are selling the city on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. The event at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., begins at 6:30 p.m.

The program, and all subsequent All Real/Modern installments, will be recorded and made available online as podcasts.

Each show incorporates three elements: a quick rundown of current industry news and topics followed by question-and-answer session and finally a lively panel discussion. Audiences can monitor and participate in the discussion via Twitter (@realmodernshow) and Facebook (facebook.com/realmodernshow).

The initial Real-Modern Show addresses the ways in which Kansas City and its recent success are used as a marketing tool. How are the positive vibes helping area firms attract clients and recruit talent? Are developments like Google Fiber further raising KC's tech profile? Does the city need more than hometown sports and cultural offerings to elevate its reputation?

Mohsen, the CEO of Everhance, a Kansas City-based social news and edutainment company, is one of the area's most influential digital consultants, speakers, and video bloggers. He has spoken at numerous conferences across the country and on local television and had his work published on the websites Mashable and TechCrunch.

Kreicbergs juggles three ventures as president of Kid Rocket Studios, which develops, publishes, and markets children's entertainment properties; general manager of P3 Apps, a digital production company that partners with advertising agencies and in-house marketers; and co-founder and partner of RKO Workshop, which works in exhibit design and interactive experiences for museums. He is immediate past president of the Kansas City affiliate of the American Advertising Federation.

They are joined in the discussion by four featured guests:

   
  •   Jon Stephens, founder and president of Rockhill Strategic, former president of the Kansas City Power & Light District, and former interim president and CEO of the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association (now Visit KC). He remains a member of Visit KC's board of directors and chairman of its marketing committee.

  •   Chase McAnulty, CEO of the Charlie Hustle line of vintage T-shirt and casual clothing.

  •   Jennifer Wadella, founder of the nonprofit Kansas City Women in Technology, is a software engineer at SMRxT, one of several companies developing smart pill bottles that deliver alerts when doses are missed.

  •   Erik Wullschleger, director of LiveKC, a collaborative initiative utilizing unique pop-up experiences to help make Kansas City a more attractive destination for Millennials.


Admission to the event is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th and Baltimore.

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