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NAWBO KC April Meeting

Tuesday, April 9 @ 8:30 am - 9:00 am • Organized By National Association of Women Business Owners
4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway Suite, 350B, Fairway, KS 66205


Experience Matters: What I've Learned & Your Opportunity to "Ask the Expert"
Laura Laiben | The Culinary Center of Kansas City

NAWBO is very excited to have Laura Laiben join them for our April 9, 2019 breakfast meeting. Laura will share what she has learned, and provide attendees with the opportunity to "ask the expert." You won't want to miss this meeting!

Laura grew up in a small German community in Missouri where her passion for the culinary arts began at a young age, making pastry dough with her grandmother while sitting on her kitchen counter. She practiced corporate, securities and public finance law for 18 years before jumping career tracks to design and open The Culinary Center of Kansas City® in Overland Park, KS, in 1996. CCKC has enjoyed continued success for 20 years, offering over 600 cooking classes and more than 200 private interactive culinary experiences and teambuildings each year, in addition to a thriving Kitchen Shop featuring Dinners on Demand™ (chef-prepared frozen dishes). In 2016 Laura licensed a unique kitchen product called the Kitchen Boa™ which is now for sale in more than 2,400 retail stores in the U.S. and around the world. Laura believes strongly in the magic that happens around the table and in the kitchen, as well as pursuing social entrepreneurship, commitment to community and the philosophy that “if you do good, then you’ll do good.” She was featured on the cover of a national magazine, Family Money, and is a featured speaker on the topics of small business, social entrepreneurship, risk, business and personal mentoring, career changes and the practice of following your heart when it comes to your career. Laura has published two cookbooks: The Best Recipes of The Culinary Center of Kansas City – First Edition (2000) and Second Edition (2013). She is currently living her dream.


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4220 Shawnee Mission Parkway Suite
Fairway, KS 66205
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