Many millennials are delaying or eschewing marriage. Why? What are the educational, economic, and cultural factors?
Join a group of experts on marriage and relationships, including Meredith Davis (of The League, a social and mobile dating app) and Marissa Vidler (co-author of Millennials with Kids, for a civil, fact-based discussion about the current state and future of matrimony.
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Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships, Central Exchange
Klassie Alcine is Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships for Central Exchange. Klassie has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, strategic development, and political campaign management. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Public Administration. She is passionate about connecting and empowering people to learn the tools to live a fulfilled life. Klassie is an advocate for a myriad of charitable causes ranging from homeless youth to higher education.
Marketing Program Manager: Latino Initiatives, H&R Block
A strong believer in the power of communities and business, Laura thrives on meeting new people, collaboration, and turning small ideas into a scalable opportunity. She currently helps oversee the Hispanic Consumer Strategy in Marketing and Operations for H&R Block. H&R Block is a global consumer tax services provider, having prepared more than 680 million tax returns since 1955. Laura also serves as a consultant to other businesses on growing their business within the Hispanic demographic.
Laura attended Quinnipiac University, graduating with a master in science of organizational leadership (MSOL). She has an almost law degree from the University of South Dakota and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Huston, earning a bachelor of arts in political science.
Most recently Laura serves as a board member and board development chair of Literacy KC. In 2017, she was appointed by the Mayor of Kansas City to participate in the cost of water task force and graduated from the United Way Governance Academy.
A bilingual leader, Laura has served as treasurer of the Young Latino Professionals of Greater Kansas City, an organization dedicated to developing leaders through networking, professional development, civic engagement, and philanthropic opportunities. Laura also served as president of the Kansas City chapter of Prospanica (formerly known as the National Society of Hispanic MBAs) in 2015. In 2012, Laura completed the Latino Leadership Institute, a program designed to train community leaders on nonprofit board governance.
Head of Communications, The League
Meredith is head of communications at The League, a social and mobile dating application. As The League’s first employee, Meredith has played a major role in scaling the company from leading both national and international expansion and growth initiatives to growing The League’s waitlist 5x in a single year through a variety of non-paid growth tactics including PR, email marketing and event partnerships. Meredith also focuses on building The League’s company, product, and executive narratives, devising content, social and media strategy and launching products and campaigns.
Meredith earned a B.A. at Indiana University where she studied Psychology, Human Sexuality and conducted sex research at The Kinsey Institute.
Founder, Clear Box Insights
With the innate ability to tell a great story, enough curiosity to kill a cat, and a willingness to take risks (including, but not limited to, referencing “killing a cat” in her bio’s opening statement), Marissa is a born researcher. With 18 years in market research, Marissa has personally talked to thousands of consumers to help bring their stories to life and strategically guide her clients to help them better meet their customers’ needs. Her curiosity and interest in marketing to the millennial generation led to her first book, Millennials with Kids: Marketing to This Powerful and Surprisingly Different Generation of Parents.
As the founder and Research “Genius” at Clear Box Insights, Marissa serves a variety of clients, including PepsiCo, Hallmark, Playboy, and L’Oreal as well as a myriad of industries, such as premium honey, alcohol, pets, technology, and babies.
Assistant Director of Development, UMKC Foundation
Ashley earned a Master of Public Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree from the University of Missouri- Kansas City. She loves to volunteer for groups that serve women and children. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for the domestic violence shelter, Hope Haven of Cass County, and on the Division of Youth Services Advisory Council for Missouri’s Department of Social Services. An outlier as far as millennials go, Ashley and her husband, Clint, will celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary this summer. They live in Greenwood with their three children: Vera (11), Henry (9), and Charlie (8).
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