InnovateHER is determined to harness the power of purpose, passion and collective action among professional women in the Kansas City community. We are cultivating our own sphere of influence which will deepen the impact of professional women in the Kansas City community. A space where all women are welcome to speak their truth, unapologetically, and feel heard.

Our mission is deeply rooted in the importance of providing inclusive support to all women, promoting diversity and advancing the professional goals of women in the Kansas City area.

Our members transcend industry and background, coming from all walks of life and professions. We are entrepreneurs, politicians, educators, activists, advocates, healthcare professionals, designers, technologists and academics. We run classrooms, found companies, serve on boards and lead teams. Our one unifying factor? We are committed to enacting positive change in Kansas City through innovation.

Welcome to InnovateHER KC!

Our Core Values

Belonging. Growth. Respect.

We believe in creating space for our members to evolve and engage.
Our Foundational Ethics
Meet The Team
Lauren Conaway
Lauren ConawayFounder & CEO
Elaina Brownlee
Elaina BrownleeDirector, Social Programs
Carlanda McKinney
Carlanda McKinneyDirector, Impact Programming
Larissa Uredi
Larissa UrediDirector of Marketing
Tammy Buckner
Tammy BucknerDirector, Youth Engagement
Kaitlin Abdelrahman
Kaitlin AbdelrahmanDirector, Strategic Partnerships
Our Board of Directors
Alissia Canady
Alissia CanadyManaging Attorney
Canady Law Firm
Aaron Fulk
Aaron FulkFounder & CEO
Lillian James Creative
Theresa Garza
Theresa GarzaRegional Manager
Spire Energy
Amanda Graor
Amanda GraorChief Innovation Officer
Mid-America Regional Council
Hugh Khan
Hugh KhanChief Operating Officer
Brenda Lowe
Brenda LoweCommisioner
Gladstone Planning Commission
Mary Ricketts
Mary RickettsFounder & CEO
Turning Point Training & Development
Sheila Seck
Sheila SeckManaging Partner
Seck & Associates
Herb Sih
Herb SihManaging Partner
Think Big Partners
Sarah Shipley
Sarah ShipleyFounder & CEO
Shipley Communications
Courtney Thomas
Courtney ThomasPresident & CEO
Newhouse Shelter