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Kansas City, MO 64106
Join us as we feature the female founders of the companies who won the LaunchKC grants! These innovative entrepreneurs will share their stories, challenges, future plans, and disruptive products as part of Athena League’s Global Entrepreneurship Week event!
Kris Adair is an experienced Entrepreneur and elected official. Kris has a strong social media presence and is responsible for leading Mycroft’s marketing effort. She serves as the executive director of the Lawrence Center for Entrepreneurship where she helps entrepreneurs succeed by providing a makerspace, co-working environment and datacenter. She also serves on the USD497 school board.
Gretchen Henry’s love of math led her to a passion for writing software. She has over 25 years of software development experience, mostly focused on large-scale financial systems. Her professional career began in developing commercial mutual fund systems. After a stint developing several systems for the USDA and Navy, Gretchen’s passion to develop software solutions for mission critical business problems launched into an over 15-year stint developing core systems for the federal employees’ retirement plan. As those systems matured, Gretchen’s desire to create turned into a side-hustle writing software for the AgTech (agriculture technology) market. With roots in the land of cotton, solving business problems with technical solutions tied in her childhood background in agriculture and her adult experience in financial systems. Realizing the need to improve technology for the agriculture world, this development quickly grew to become her full-time focus. Currently she is the CEO of ConsultUS Technology, a technology startup working to improve food safety, beginning at the earliest stage — animal food production. Their product, CommodiTrade, helps small to medium-sized animal feed mills track feed produced and delivered to livestock, ensuring all animal health and safety regulations are met and documented. Most recently, ConsultUS Technology was a winner of the “LaunchKC” international business model competition for technology startups, and a semi-finalist in the “Fueling the Growth Pitch Competition”, hosted by Uber, The Refinery (CT), and The Kauffman Foundation (MO).
Kacie Flynn-Saunders is Chief Marketing Officer at FEWDM, a fitness technology company that develops smart exercise equipment designed to help users solve common challenges to maintaining an active lifestyle. Previously, Kacie was a writer and editor at Vox Magazine. She graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism with a Magazine Journalism degree. Kacie has led the marketing strategy and content creation for FEWDM since 2013.