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IMA Heartland Regional Council Leadership Training Seminar

May 18, 2019 
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Keeter Center - College of the Ozarks

The speaker for this seminar will be Courtney Thomas, President & CEO of Central Exchange. This seminar will offer 2 hours of CPE.

Courtney Thomas
President & CEO, Central Exchange

A native of North Carolina and a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Bachelor of Science in Accounting), Courtney moved to the Kansas City community in September of 2002. Courtney brings more than fourteen years  of executive leadership, innovative vision, and strategic alignment to the Central Exchange.

Courtney joined the CX team in February of 2017, and her arrival coincided with the launch of a new strategic plan for the Central Exchange, outlining our path forward from now through 2020. Over the next four years, Courtney’s leadership and vision will shape the execution strategy to deliver on our goals to: Enhance Brand Equity, Grow Membership, Focus and Elevate Programming, Upgrade Technology, and Improve our Financial Strength.

Prior to joining CX, Courtney served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Great Plains SCPCA, Kansas City’s largest animal welfare organization. Serving in this capacity for over six years, Courtney led a staff of 160 and managed a budget of $7.8M, while growing the organization’s mission impact by over 350% and establishing new facilities on both sides of the state line. As the top executive, she set the vision and strategy for operations, marketing, fundraising and business development, while leading agency culture, human resources, and finance activities. Prior to her most recent role as CEO, Courtney spent ten years in progressively responsible leadership positions in Marketing, Public Relations, and Operations.

KC Magazine named Courtney one of Kansas City’s Top 100 influential people in Kansas City in 2013, and that same year, Courtney received the 2013 Rising Star award from Nonprofit Connect. Courtney was also the Founder and President of the Pet Animal Coalition of Kansas (PACK) and represented the state of Kansas on the Companion Animal Advisory Council for the Humane Society of the United States. She is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator — a prestigious designation of less than 100 across the country —  acknowledging excellence in leadership, financial and operational acumen, public relations and veterinary medicine. Courtney is also is a member of the Lyric Opera Circle of Kansas City.

Outside of work, Courtney is the mother of three beautiful young children and has been married to her husband Jeff for twelve years. She loves spending time with family, practicing photography, supporting our hometown teams, and participating in civic activities that make Kansas City a better place for all of us to live.

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Hello members and potential members of the Heartland Regional Council (HRC) of the IMA.,

It is with great humility that I take the position of president’s role, on the council (HRC) and follow in the steps...
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The Heartland Council is proud to offer two $700 IMA Heartland Council Scholarships to defray travel costs to the National Student Leadership Conference, November 14-16, 2019 in Charlotte, NC. The Scholarship Application can be found on the student resource page and is due September 15. Page_0.jpg


Heartland Regional Council Student Leadership Conference Proposals

The IMA Heartland Regional Council is inviting student chapters in our region (Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Western Illinois) to submit proposals to host the Saturday, April 18, 2020 Heartland Student Leadership Conference on their campus. Proposals will also be considered for the Spring 2021 Heartland Leadership Conference. The conference lasts from noon to 6:00 PM. 

Below are the proposal guidelines. Deadline for application is Friday, May 10th.  

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