Darla has over 33 years of experience connecting businesses to people with disabilities for employment. She has owned her own consulting business since 2010 and continues to provide consultation and training specific to the employment of people with disabilities. After joining Disability:IN GKC in 2014 Darla has been a key player in directing the programs and services and since January 2019 acts as the Executive Director and manages all aspects of Disability:IN GKC's operations, achieving success in collaboration with business partners and the Board of Directors. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a non-profit emphasis from University of Missouri-Kansas City and has served on many national and statewide boards focusing on increased employment for people with disabilities. Partnering with businesses to assist in elevating inclusion in the workplace is her passion.
Brenda has spent her career as a small business owner in the employee benefits and communications arena working with business and HR leaders to improve employee appreciation, engagement and retention. She has extensive volunteer leadership experience with SHRM-KC and Missouri SHRM and understands the challenges of disability inclusion and talent acquisition. She was a founding board member and past president of the Greater Kansas City Business Leadership Network, now Disability:IN GKC. As Business Relations Consultant, Brenda is the liaison between corporate members and leads our partnerships and communications efforts.