We are a community of educators, employers, and advocates working together to provide equitable experiences through integrated partnerships between students, teachers, and local businesses.
Meet Our Team
Every student should graduate with the tools to pursue their career goals and successfully navigate the rapidly evolving and increasingly complex economic landscape. We are activating a community to ensure that students are able to develop essential skills and understand their professional possibilities. The RWL Team supports districts, schools, and educators in creating opportunities for students to unlock their potential and empowers employers to improve career trajectories.
Educator in Residence
Executive Administrative Assistant
Educator In Residence
Communications & Engagement Program Leader
These companies have helped shape the RWL initiative, maximizing its impact on individuals, organizations, and our communities.
Comprised of employers and education leaders, our Executive Committee exists to review key resources, ensure equitable access, cultivate support, and advocate for continuous learning and innovation in our community.
- Julie Atkins Honeywell
- Dr. Kim Beatty Metropolitan Community College
- Angie Besendorfer KC Scholars
- Arthur Cheatham Spire
- Dr. Frank Harwood DeSoto School District
- Lynette Huscher Garmin
- Paula Infranca Burns and McDonnell
- Tysie McDowell Crossroads Academy
- Carolyn P. McKnight KU Edwards Campus
- Anita Newton CommunityAmerica Credit Union
- Megan Remley Lockton
- Brad Sandt Menlo
- Brandon Simpson Entrepreneur
- Dr. Kenny Southwick Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City
- Mike Stradinger Holland 1916
- Dr. Andrew Underwood Belton School District
- Molly Weaver Sunflower Talent Strategies
- Sharmelle Winsett KC Scholars
CEO Champions Group
As part of the regional Real World Learning initiative our community partner, KC Rising, has recruited a small group of CEOs to help support and champion RWL efforts.
Employers play a central role in RWL by providing experiences that allow students to discover their passion and understand their professional trajectory. There are over 600 employers involved in this work.