The Missouri Park and Recreation Association

along with the Kansas Recreation and Park Association have joined forces to present the ninth annual 


Onward & Upward

October 27-28, 2021

Gladstone Community Center

6901 N Holmes St.

Gladstone, MO 64118

0.9 CEUs Offered

Getting tired of your “new normal”? Let us help you do something about it. The Executive Forum is a dynamic leadership conference targeting upper-level management professional in key decision-making positions with public agencies in Missouri and Kansas providing parks, recreation, and similar community services.  


Join us this year as we gain some real-life, implementable ideas for moving onward and upward. Embracing different viewpoints, experiences and backgrounds can be the key in attracting more customers, increasing collaboration and innovation, retaining top talent, and ultimately delivering bottom-line results. You will leave this year’s event with the tools to conquer change, become more resilient, accelerate success, and achieve more… no matter what life throws at you.



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Kim Becking

Kim Becking is an engaging, high-energy, fun, and impactful keynote motivational keynote speaker and thought leader who has been helping organizations, leaders, teams, and individuals conquer change, boost resilience, reduce stress and overwhelm and communicate and connect in a more authentic and meaningful way for over twenty years. She provides people with the tools needed to create a “Momentum Mindset.” - ready to conquer change, take bold action, become more resilient, accelerate success and achieve more in their business, life and relationships no matter what life throws at them. 


A sought after motivational keynote speaker and change and leadership expert, Kim has been featured in national media such as People, SELF, The New York Times, USA Today, Good Morning America and Lifetime Television for her expertise on resilience and thriving in the midst of change. Using humor and vulnerability, Kim has the ability to 

connect with her audiences at a deeper level. Her authentic, engaging, humorous, and empowering messages of extraordinary resilience, conquering change, and creating success regardless of your circumstances have made her a favorite among her audiences. 


Kim knows a thing or two about change and challenges through her own experiences in business and life. As an attorney, serial entrepreneur running 2 successful businesses, communications strategist, and “recovering” political consultant, Kim has conquered the ever-changing tough worlds of business, government, and politics. She’s also conquered breast cancer. 

Kim has boosted communication, collaboration and consensus building capabilities for companies, associations, government, and non-profit organizations. As a communications strategist, she provides practical tools and strategies for leaders to effectively manage change and deal with difficult people, tough conversations, and hard issues through the art of effective communication. She’s coached CEO’s and C-Suite leaders, association executives, top level leadership, and elected officials to accelerate their success. 


Kim graduated with honors from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and received her Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. She is a member of the National Speakers Association, the International Association of Business Communicators, the Association of Talent Development and holds a Certificate of Public Participation from the International Association of Public Participation.

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Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson, (she/her/hers) is a diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism consultant for Winning Truths International, LLC a Kansas City-based consulting firm.


Lisa uses her knowledge and first-hand experiences to educate teachers, business leaders, and industry professionals about implicit biases, systemic racism, and the true cost of discrimination and exclusion.


She is also the author of “Anchored in Bias, Fired Over White Tears.” A book detailing her personal journey battling a media giant over discrimination and retaliation claims in a federal courtroom. The Missouri native triumphed in federal court over a national media company in 2019. Jurors unanimously found the media giant guilty of retaliation.


Lisa learned a lot from her journey to justice and the challenges she endured. Now, her hunger for change motivates her to educate others while encouraging all to harness their power to create more inclusive spaces.


Lisa’s understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and societal hierarchies was enhanced through her study of diversity and inclusion at both Cornell and Northwestern Universities.


Lisa is also an Emmy-award winning journalist with more than 20 years of media/television news experience. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA.


When she’s not working, facilitating workshops, or speaking at events, Lisa enjoys reading, writing, RVing, and traveling with her husband and two sons.


Joshua Green is a leadership expert and coach who emphasizes collaboration, intentionality, and integrity to create results. Audiences love his practical strategies they apply personally and professionally to create sustainable systems for positive, substantial and purposeful growth benefiting individuals, organizations, and communities.  With over twenty years of experience in government, Joshua knows the ins and outs of navigating political landscapes. He has a love for helping others correct inefficient or outdated systems and has consulted local and regional agencies, as well as federal government contractors. Joshua lives in Elk Grove, California with his partner and two children. When not working, Joshua can be found volunteering locally there with the chamber of commerce, rotary club, children’s coalition, or as a basketball coach at the high school.

Joshua Green



Cost per person: $150.00

Late Registration (after Friday, October 8): $190.00

Register Online

Online Registration is CLOSED. Please contact the MPRA office to attend this event.


Final Registration deadline is Friday, October 22, 2021! 


Wednesday, October 27

8:30 am    Check-In

9:00 am    DEI 101 - What Everyone Needs to Know!"            [0.3 CEU]            Lisa Benson

12:15 pm   Lunch

1:00 pm    Develop & Implement Your Equity Plan                 [0.1 CEU]             Joshua Green

2:05 pm    Break 

2:15 pm     Revolutionizing Your Hiring Process                      [0.1 CEU]             Joshua Green

3:30 pm    Happy Hour at Stone Canyon Pizza

6:00 pm   Social at Top Golf

Thursday, October 28th

9:00 am   Build a Momentum Mindset®: How to

                 Conquer Change and Boost Resilience

                 During Times of Stress and Uncertainty                 [0.2 CEU]            Kim Becking

11:30 am   Lunch

12:30 pm   Boosting Team Resilience: How to

                  Connect, Engage and Motivate Others

                  During Stressful Times                                              [0.2 CEU]            Kim Becking

2:30 pm    Wrap Up




Lunch Sponsors

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Delegate Gift Sponsor

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Social Sponsors

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Hotel Information

Courtyard by Marriott Kansas City at Briarcliff


4000 N Mulberry Dr. Kansas City, MO 64116


Group: Executive Forum

Rate: $123.00++

Book your room before October 5, 2021, to receive this rate.

Looking for something to do in the area?

Check out the dinning and shopping options

at the Villages at Briarcliff.


Health & Safety

Participants of this course must:

  1. Contact the MPRA office for guidance if you have tested positive less than 14 days before the event.

  2. Stay home and monitor your health if you have had contact with a person who has symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days prior to the event date.

  3. Wear a mask for the entire course.

  4. Complete a Participant Health Liability Form and have temperature checked prior to entering the classroom each day.

*All classroom seating will be at least 3 feet apart and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned regularly.